Hair transplantation is done for both male and female pattern baldness and is a day care procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia. The person is discharged on the same day once the procedure is completed. It takes around 6-10 hours depending upon the area to be treated. People are becoming aware and going for this treatment. It gives good result and is pretty quick. This procedure leads to permanent restoration of hair loss without changing the hairline and the hair is natural. It grows naturally. It does not even require special care than day to ay washing, trimming and other usual things people do with their hair. It is done so nicely that even barbers cannot make out.
This procedure involves random extraction of permanent follicular unit grafts form the back or sides of the scalp which is called safe zone. These hair roots are then carefully planted into the bald or areas with thinning hair of the scalp known as recipient area with the help of special implanters. It is done under magnified vision so as not to cause any injury to the follicles which already exist in the area and at the same angle, depth and direction as the other existing hair. This technique of very tiny follicular unit transplantation has allowed the hair surgeons to craft very natural, feathered hairlines, which do not have the abrupt look that was common few years ago. The most important part of a hair transplant procedure is the creation of the frontal hair line. The frontal hair line is the most noticeable part of every day by both the patient and the others. If the frontal hair line looks natural, the rest of the hair transplant result will look awesome.
The transplant is done by latest FUE techniques. It depends on the degree of baldness. The cost of hair transplant depends on the number of grafts required by a person, area of baldness, donor supply, hair density and other requirements of the patient. It is mostly risk free and well tolerated. It has no side effects or complications. Scabs are formed on each graft within 24 hours and shed in 2 weeks. The hair starts to grow in 10-16 weeks and continue to grow for one’s life.
Who Benefits From Baldness treatment?
Anyone who has experienced permanent hair loss resulting in decrease density or bald patches may be a candidate for hair restoration such as men with baldness, diffused hair loss, women with baldness, hair loss from scarring, thickening of eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, side burn and mustache.
How much time and Pain in Hair Transplant?
Hair transplant procedures generally take from 6-10 hours and are performed under local anesthesia. It is done on an out-patient basis. No admission or stay is needed. Patients are mostly awake but relaxed as they are under a mild oral sedative. There is usually very little pain during the procedure. In general, the only pain experienced is connected with administering this anesthesia. Most of the patients compare this discomfort to the impression of a bee sting. There should not be any other pain experienced during this procedure. The recuperation after this procedure is smooth and with minimum pain. Medication is prescribed for the pain. No bandaging is done on the scalp. A head band is given to prevent swelling. Donor area from where graft is taken is covered by dressing which is removed the next day. There are no stitches and no scarring. After healing, one cannot make out the grafted area. The final result of FUE in all patients is that of a seamless, natural, healthy-looking head of hair.
What Happens After Hair Transplant Treatment?
It is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. Mild analgesics are given to the patients to relieve them of any discomfort. Small crusts are formed on each graft which shed after 10-14 days. Roots are dormant for 6-12 weeks after which new hair grows. Numbness disappears after two months. There is almost no scarring and patients may get some mild swelling in the forehead. No restrictions on food or activity are there. An after care list is provided to the patient.
When Should I Consider Hair Transplant treatment and Hair loss treatment?
Patients can go for this treatment at any age. It is better to start when the balding starts so there is existing hair which can be used to hide the bald patches. It should not be started at a very young age. Initially medications should be given as hair loss is gradual and progressive. Hair transplant is useful in making the hair look thicker and to rebuild frontal hairline.
Any person can go for this treatment who is suffering from baldness. Hair transplant looks natural but it may not give a look which people had when they were younger/teenagers. The doctor will answer all the queries which patients have about this procedure.
The cost of the treatment depends on severity of baldness, donor area capacity, scalp area coverage, density, hairline design, number of sessions and the city chosen. For eyebrow transplant and scar, the costs can be higher. The best way to find the exact cost is to consult the doctor.
Max FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Technique
The best hair transplant technique involves one by one extraction of follicular units or grafts from the scalp donor area which is positioned at back and both sides of scalp. It is also called permanent and safe zone. After extraction, these are implanted in the area of baldness. Hair growth is natural. The advantage of this technique is there is no scarring and gives a denser and fuller look. FUE is called follicular unit extraction and is performed by a machine with small round punch. It makes a circular incision surrounding the follicular unit or graft. Fue punch are chosen according to the donor hair characteristics. These are then implanted in the balding areas.
The results are permanent and natural. It is minimally invasive, painless, fast healing, can be done on anyone, safe, no bleeding, quick recovery and natural looking hair.
The grafts are harvested with the help of Automated FUE machine which ensures least damage to the grafts and is done under magnified view of surgical loupes. Very tiny punches are used for follicular extraction.
Direct root implantation – No touch technique: no punches, holes or drills are made. All the steps are performed under magnified vision for best results.
The patient should ask all his/her queries from the doctor. They should discuss every possible scenario. Cost is explained to them. A patient should choose expert surgeons and accredited clinics/hospitals for best results.
About the procedure
It is a one day procedure and is performed under local anesthesia. Admission is not required and the whole process takes 5-10 hours. Dressing is there for one day and the person can resume their normal routine. The procedure is painless and without any long term side effects. A customized hair transplant plan is prepared for all patients. Pictures of the scalp are taken for assessment. Donor area is prepared by trimming. Limited donor area is trimmed and rest of the scalp is untouched. An antiseptic wash is given. Local anesthesia is given to ensure minimum pain and discomfort.
With the help of motorized surgical, the doctor extracts the individual follicular units. These are surrounded by sebaceous glands. The donor hair is taken from the back of the head. The extracted follicles are kept at a low temperature to preserve their viability till they are reimplanted. There are no cuts or bruises and the donor site recover within a day.
Under magnification, the plantation of the newly harvested grafts is done with the help of specially designed planters which place the roots without touching during the procedure. This allows maximum density and the damage is minimum. The results are natural.
The grafts are kept under the supervision of specialist doctors for best results. The follicular units are placed at the proper angle, depth and direction considering the condition of recipient area. The patient’s age, donor density, future loss potential all plays a part in the hairline design.
Age of the patient, facial features and characteristics, facial symmetry and style are the various parameters that are carefully assessed during the hairline design session. Single units of follicles are placed at the recipients sites of the hairline to imitate natural hair growth. The hairline does not follow any linear model but gives the sense of being asymmetrical and incidental.
Antiseptic solution wash is given to both donor and transplanted area. Dressing covers the donor area. It is removed the next day. The areas are examined and medicine prescription is given.
This procedure is affordable and the cost depends upon number of grafts required to cover the bald patches/areas.