Who is a candidate?
Hair loss is a fairly common problem. Anyone who is concerned about hair loss, significant thinning or scalp-showing is a candidate for hair transplantation. There are some exceptions however. Certain diseases or medications can cause temporary hair loss, and in a situation like this the root cause has to be addressed. Some patients with unrealistic expectations should be guided about the actual outcome. Future considerations in terms of further loss of hair have to be kept in mind and the procedure planned accordingly.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia under sterile conditions. Once the anesthesia is administered, the procedure is virtually pain free. First, a strip of skin is removed from the back of the head and the area where the skin is removed from is closed with sutures. The hair in the back of the head covers the sutured area and is not visible to anyone looking at the patient. The mini and micro grafts are prepared form the skin strip very carefully. This takes about two hours; during this period the patient can relax or watch a video etc. Then small slits are made in the scalp and the grafts are inserted. No dressing is required.
This is a scar less technique because the Hairs from back of the head are harvested with a special punch and no strip is removed. The scars are very small and virtually non visible. The recovery time is accordingly a few days and the donor area heals by this time. Similarly the pain is minimal as well because there is no scar.
The implanted hairs are placed close together as they have minimal fat around the shaft. This gives a very natural result and a very good density. Compared to strip method of Hair transplantation good density can be achieved in one session.
Time off from work/recovery
Physically there is no recovery time required. However, some swelling can occur around the eyes and forehead region, which subsides in 3-4 days.
When does the hair start to grow?
Generally, the hair begins to grow within three to five months after the procedure and the number of new hairs will continue to increase for the next eight or nine months with a proper care. Once the growth begins the hair grow at a rate of approximately half an inch a month.
Is there any maintenance required?
Transplanted hair is your own natural and growing hair. Other than regular hair-cuts and shampoo-application there is no further maintenance.
Does it look natural?
The modern technique of hair transplants with mini and micro grafting gives the transplanted hair a virtually natural look. The old technique of punch grafting which gave a “Barbie doll” or “bushy” appearance is not practiced these days. You will be able to see some of the before and after pictures to get the proper perspective.
IS THERE ANY PAIN?
Pain is minimal. Occasionally people get a headache – pain medication however is prescribed to make fast surgical recovery comfortable.
Numbness, occasionally some scarring and temporary hair loss of the existing hair due to shock are some of the complications that may result. Ingrown hair and cyst formation might also occur. These are minor complications and most of the time subside with minimal treatment.
What areas other than the head can have hair transplants?
Hair transplantation can now be done for many areas including eye brows, moustache, beard, burn areas, eye lashes and other areas where hair transplantation is needed.
The procedure can vary per session. It includes the surgeon’s fee, hospital charges, anesthesia fee and it also includes free consultation, free follow up for life time and an additional discount for future surgery.
The FUE method cost more because it is more detailed and takes longer time for the surgeon to complete.
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