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What is hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is a surgical process of removing hair follicles from one part of the head and planting it on another. The area from where the follicles are removed is known as 'donor site' and the area where the implantation is done is known as 'recipient site.' Hair transplantation is a modern and advanced way of hair care and is basically done to treat male patterns of baldness. Hair transplant is done at dedicated hair care centres under the supervision of a hair expert and his team. The process is used mainly to treat hair loss caused due to deficiency in diet, stress, illness, hormonal imbalance, and reaction to certain medications.

Causes

Symptoms

Treatment

Removing hair follicles during Hair Transplantation

Procedure

Hair transplantation is done by taking hair from other parts of the body or thicker parts of the scalp, and then grafting or implanting it in the balding or thinning scalp.

Hair transplant is a daycare procedure. You can return home the same day after the surgery is over.

The surgery is usually done in a doctor’s clinic. There are two methods of doing a hair transplant – Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Let’s understand both these processes in detail now.

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)

This process is also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

To perform the procedure, the surgeon will first numb the back of the head with local anesthesia. The surgeon will also sterilize the area from where the hair will be taken. Using a scalpel, he will remove a section of your scalp, generally from the back of your head. With stitches, the surgeon will then close the area from where the scalp has been removed. The surgeon and his team then separates the scalp and divides it into tiny pieces using a scalpel. The scalp may be split into as many as 2,000 small pieces which are known as grafts. With the help of a needle, the surgeon makes small holes in the rest of the scalp where the hair will be transplanted. The surgeon then inserts the small grafts into the holes. This process is known as grafting. With the help of bandages, the surgeon then closes the surgical site.Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

In this process, the surgeon will first shave the back of your head. Using local anesthesia, he will numb the back of the head. He will then remove individual scalps from the shaved part. The surgeon will then make small holes in the rest of the scalp and graft the hair follicles. The surgical site will then be covered with a bandage.

Why Pristyn Care ?

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

Assisted Surgery Experience

Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Overview of Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that aims at removing hair from one part of the head to a bald part. Generally, hair is removed from the back or side of the head where hair usually grows and is implanted in the bald area.

Hair transplantation is performed under anesthesia, which means patients neither feel any pain nor any discomfort. Hair loss is one of the common problems affecting several million people around the world.

Facts on Hair Transplantation

  • Around the globe, 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women suffer from hair loss.
  • Studies confirm that around 85-95% of implanted grafts grow in the transplanted area.
  • Alopecia can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnic groups.

Need for Hair Transplantation

The following people should ideally consider undergoing hair transplantation and benefit from the procedure.

  • Males suffering from male pattern baldness
  • Women suffering from thinning hair
  • People who are shedding hair due to a burn or injury to the scalp

Types of Hair Transplantation

The following are the types of hair transplantation that people generally undergo-

  • Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
  • Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)

Choosing a Hair Transplantation Clinic

To ensure that the hair transplantation surgery results are close to the patient’s needs, one must find the right clinic. Choosing the right clinic is the first step towards ensuring the consequences of the procedure are successful and permanent.

  • Check the website thoroughly for the services and corresponding offers they provide.
  • Go through the doctor’s profiles meticulously to check their experience, specialization and qualifications.
  • Look for genuine patient testimonials who got treated by the doctor and from the clinic.
  • Inquire about the equipment installed in their world-class clinics.
  • Talk to the clinic staff including nurses to see their behavior.
  • Consider the number of services provided under that cost.
  • Look for the before and after photos for the procedure.

Questions To Ask Before Hair Transplantation Surgery

Prior to the procedure, it is essential that patients ask a couple of questions in order to get an idea of what to expect from the procedure. Here are some questions that patients should ask the surgeon during the consultation-

  • Do you have all the necessary medical licensing and certifications required to perform the procedure?
  • For how many years you have been successfully performing the procedure?
  • Can you show me the before and after photos of other patients?
  • What are the realistic results should I expect from the procedure?
  • Is the surgical equipment used to perform the procedure up-to-date and latest?
  • What is the approximate cost of the entire procedure?
  • How can I finance the procedure? What are the various payment options accepted at your clinic?
  • Do you provide any additional services within the quoted amount of the procedure?
  • Do you provide special post-operative instructions to follow after the procedure that guarantees the best results?
  • Should I come up for a follow-up consultation after the procedure?
  • Have you been recognized by any reputed organization for your contribution?
  • Are there any hospital privileges provided during this procedure? If yes, then at which hospitals?
  • Is the clinic accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting agency?
  • What happens if I am not satisfied with the results of the liposuction procedure?

Preparation of Hair Transplantation

Preparation is an integral part of the entire treatment of hair fall. Therefore, surgeons recommend patients follow every preparatory step before the procedure to ensure successful results.

  • Stop smoking as well as quit drinking alcohol for at least one or two weeks before the procedure as it restricts blood circulation and slows down the recovery.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home after the procedure as the anesthesia effects may not subside completely.
  • Adjust or stop taking medications as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Complete all the diagnostic tests and get yourself medically evaluated.
  • Quit taking any medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or any herbal supplements as per the doctor’s instructions.

Risks of Hair Transplantation

Hair transplantation is one of the major surgical procedures. Therefore, it is common to experience some minor complications and side effects post-procedure. Some of the common risks that people have reported include-

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Swelling of scalp
  • Itching of scalp
  • Formation of crust on the scalp where hair follicles are removed or implanted
  • Numbness of the treated and implanted area
  • Folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicles
  • Sudden loss of transplanted hair, also known as shock loss
  • Tufts of hair growing unnaturally
  • Curling of hair follicles
  • Looseness of the scalp

Recovery After Hair Transplantation

Once the procedure is complete, surgeons prescribe taking the following recovery tips. There are a couple of factors such as the type of hair transplantation used, physique of the patient, etc. depending upon which the duration of the recovery period varies.

With the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) technique, the patient is able to recover within a period of 2-3 weeks while with the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique, patients are able to recover within 5 days.

In order to experience the full benefits of hair transplantation, it is important to be absolutely careful during the entire recovery period. Here are a couple of tips to take care of while recovering after the procedure.

  • Don’t lift any heavyweights or excessively load any heavy objects.
  • Restrict drinking any alcoholic beverages absolutely after the procedure.
  • Protect the scalp from salt, dirt and chlorine, avoid going to swimming.
  • Don’t put your head directly under the shower while taking a bath.
  • Protect the scalp from direct sunlight while stepping outside. Wear a hat or cap while stepping outside.
  • While applying the conditioner, massage the scalp gently in a circular motion.
  • Apply conditioner in the area filled with small red dots to get relief from itchiness.
  • While showering, use a mug or cup to pour water over the head.
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