A hair transplant is an advanced medical technique that helps to overcome baldness. In this procedure, the hair grafts are extracted from the donor area and are transplanted to the balding site of the scalp. The area rich in hair is called ‘donor site’ and the bald area is called ‘recipient site’. A donor site of hair transplantation is generally the side areas and back part of the head that are rich in hair. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and the patient does not feel any pain throughout the process. The transplanted hair may take 6 to 12 months to grow into mature hair. The hair transplantation procedure has a high patient satisfaction rate as it provides natural-looking results.
Frequently Asked Questions
No pain is felt during the procedure, as the anesthetic is provided to the scalp area. One may feel a little discomfort and pain after the procedure, which is managed with painkillers prescribed by the surgeon.
The hair grafts or follicles used for transplantation are composed of genes that are resistant to baldness. Generally, 2-3 weeks after the procedure, the patient will experience shock hair loss or what we call shedding of hair as the hair enters into the resting phase of the hair cycle. Then after shedding the transplanted hair and about 2-3 months later, the new hair growth takes place. The best results can be seen after 9 months.
The length of the procedure depends on various factors like the number of grafts to be transplanted, the technique used in the procedure etc. Generally, the duration of treatment varies from about 3 to 6 hours.
None! Yes, once the scalp has recovered completely and new hair has grown one can treat it just like their natural hair. Excess heat & styling shall be restricted to maintain the hair health & quality but that applies to natural hair as well.
As safe as scalp hair transplant is!
We all know how men love their beards. But sometimes they are not blessed with fuller beard naturally. In such cases, one can consider beard hair transplant. In this procedure the donor hair is taken from some other body part such as scalp or chest and transplanted on the face.
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Types of hair transplantation:
1. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) or strip method
In FUT the donor hair is trimmed, and a narrow strip is surgically removed using a scalpel. After the successful removal of hair, the donor site is stitched with suture. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia to manage pain during the procedure. The donor zone is usually the back or sides part of the scalp. This donor strip (or strip slivering step) is then further dissected into the individual graft or in the smaller hair follicular units. These small groups of hair follicles are then transplanted into the balding or recipient area. This treatment is best to cover large bald areas. Once there is full hair growth it helps to camouflage the scar.
Advantages of FUT:
- A revolutionary technique of hair transplantation
- The best option for the patient requiring more number of grafts
- Maximum fullness
- The procedure can be finished in one sitting and multiples hair grafts can be placed
- This treatment is cost-effective
Disadvantages of FUT:
- The scarring is noticeable
- It takes a lot of time to heal the wound
2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Non-strip method
FUE is one of the best hair transplant procedures throughout the world. This is the modern procedure of hair transplant. It is also known as a non-strip treatment and is less invasive. This procedure involves the removal of desired individual hair follicles instead of cutting a large scalp site. FUE does not involve big cuts, and in this treatment, cylindrical punches are used to remove the scalp skin that contains follicular hair units.
During the FUE procedure, follicular units are separated from the scalp skin through a tiny, circular-cut made with the help of an instrument. The cylindrical instrument is used to pick out the follicle unit from the cut. Small cuts or holes are made in the recipient site (bald areas) through a fine pointed instrument before transplantation of hair follicles. Then follicle units are transplanted into such bald areas where they will grow naturally into mature hair. The small holes formed during FUE treatment take less time for healing without any scar formation. This procedure takes about 3 to 5 hours to complete.
Advantages of FUE:
- It involves less recovery time
- The procedure does not require any stitches
- FUE treatment is less invasive than FUT treatment
- The surgeon can transplant several hair grafts in one session
- Best choice for people who do not want noticeable scars
Disadvantages of FUE:
- More time taking
Ideal candidates for hair transplantation
- It is the only permanent solution for baldness and hair loss
- The patient must have realistic expectations with the procedure
- There must be a finite amount of donor hair available
- Men and women who have lost hair due to injury or trauma
- This technique is suitable for men who are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) caused by genetic hair loss. MPB is the most common form of baldness. The males suffering from MPB suffer from hair loss from the top area of the scalp or receding hairlines. In spite of these conditions healthy hair is present at the back and sides of the head of those males suffering from MPD, so hair transplant can be done to restore hair growth.
Who is not an ideal candidate for hair transplantation?
- Hair transplant is not suggested for people who have Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia (unhealthy donor supply)
- Those who have low hair density
After FUT/FUE treatment
- The bandage should not be removed while going to bed
- The patient should elevate their head while sleeping
- The bandages should be removed carefully before taking a shower (as directed by the surgeon)
- Gentle washing of the scalp should be followed at least for two days (as directed by the surgeon)
- The patient is also advised to protect the scalp from direct sunlight, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water
*Opinions / Results may vary from person to person.
*Opinions / Results may vary from person to person.