A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where the surgeon fills the area of your scalp having thin or no hair at all. The surgery is primarily done to treat male-pattern baldness, where the surgeon takes hair follicles from the thicker parts of the scalp or other parts of the body. The hair follicles are then grafted or implanted in the head with a bald or thin scalp. The procedure is done under local anesthesia to numb the scalp area for a painless procedure.
Hair loss is considered one of the most common conditions that affect a large portion of the population, including 85% of males and 40% of females. Every year, the incidence of hair fall keeps increasing with age for both sexes. The condition can either be permanent or temporary, affecting your scalp or the entire body. Hair loss can be a result of heredity, hormonal change, medical condition, or aging. Hair loss is more common in men. There are a variety of factors that progress hair loss, such as:
Hair transplant can help improve appearance and self-confidence in people. Men, as well as women who suffer from hair thinning with no thick scalp injury, are usually the ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery. People who can undergo hair transplants are men suffering from pattern baldness, women with thin hair, or anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or previous scalp injury.
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)
Hair transplant is a safe procedure that ensures hair growth. It is an ever-evolving procedure, and thus, with the introduction of new technology and change in techniques, the effectiveness of hair transplants also changes. However, there may be some complications that can occur during the surgery –
Here are some tips to prevent hair fall in men and women –
Hair oils can relieve your hair loss problem and boost hair growth, thus, improving the health of your hair. Moreover, hair oils also help combat problems like frizziness, dryness, split ends, and dandruff. However, if you are experiencing heavy hair fall, it is always advisable to take a doctor’s advice for reliable and long-lasting solutions. It is important to take good care of your hair before they wear off. Certain oils that can help you prevent hair fall are –
Coconut oil is considered one of the most readily available hair oil in India. You’re likely to find coconut oil in your mother’s or grandmother’s cupboard as well. Coconut oil has several characteristic properties such as vitamins, carbohydrates, and minerals that nourish the hair like nothing else. Moreover, coconut oil is also rich in fatty acids that penetrate deep inside the hair follicles, giving them strength and texture.
Argon oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamin E that are essential for hair nourishment. This oil is considered very suitable for dry, frizzy, and brittle hair. Applying argan oil daily can hydrate and moisturize your hair, giving them strength and preventing breakage. If you are constantly exposed to heat treatment, like curlers, hairdryers, hair straighteners, then argan oil is the best hair oil to keep your hair nourished.
Almond oil is considered one of the best solutions for all hair problems. It contains fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, proteins that help reduce hair breakage while promoting hair growth. Almond oil is essentially great when it comes to restoring hair growth. The oil deals with damaged and dull hair providing omega-3 fatty acids, thus promoting hair growth.
You can consult the doctor if –
Surgeons often recommend certain techniques which can prove to be effective alternatives to hair transplant surgery. Non-surgical methods can prove to be effective but can also cause severe side effects. Therefore, it is generally advised to seek consultation from a renowned cosmetic surgeon before proceeding with the alternate treatment. Non-surgical methods for hair transplant are –
Hair Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a non-surgical procedure that aims to treat hair loss with the patient’s plasma. It is a three-fold procedure where the doctor will first collect the blood sample from the patient. The blood is then put into a machine called a centrifuge that spins at high accelerations. The rapid spinning separates the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma is then injected back into the bald area. PRP stimulates the growth of new cells and progresses hair growth by strengthening existing hair follicles.
Medication is considered the most widely used non-surgical method. Doctors often prescribe certain medications for hair loss that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Common medications prescribed by the surgeon include –
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that can trigger hair growth. The surgeon uses several small needles on the scalp that stimulate new cell growth and promote collagen production. Microneedling is a safe procedure where the patient may experience mild irritation and redness during the recovery.
Hair replacement involves stitching the base with hair follicles that acts as a tight membrane. The surgeon chooses the appropriate skin base from the range of various types such as skin, lace, polymer, and monofilament. Then, the hair follicles to be implanted on the base are opted in terms of texture, length, and color. Finally, the surgeon chooses the ventilation options in the forms of knotting, injection, and looping.
It is a non-surgical procedure where the doctor uses a probe that emits photons on the bald area. The weak hair follicles absorb these photons to promote hair growth. This procedure has several advantages (painless and non-invasive) with almost no side effects.
Scalp tension is considered the primary cause of hair loss. Hence, surgeons aim to reduce this tension to reduce hair fall via scalp tension reduction device. The device causes the scalp to reduce the tension via constant inflation and deflation.
A hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic procedure and not a medical necessity. Therefore, it is not covered under the insurance. Cosmetic surgeries are usually not covered under insurance, but it can depend on the type of your insurance company and the terms and conditions set by them.
The recovery rate of a hair transplant procedure depends on the type of treatment you are undergoing. Since direct hair implantation does not involve any cuts or incisions, recovery is swift compared to other surgical procedures.
While most patients usually see the results of hair transplantation after 6-7 months, it may take 8-10 months or even 10-12 months for complete recovery. The recovery rate depends mostly on the quality of your hair and how strictly you follow recovery tips.
The long-term effect of the treatment will be visible within 3-8 weeks after the surgery. The transplanted hair follicles will fall off and will be replaced with natural new hair. You may witness new baby-like thin hair sprouting from the scalp. Finally, your hair will begin growing in its natural texture and quality.
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How should I choose the doctor for hair transplant surgery?
The surgeon should have prior experience in hair transplant surgery. You can ask the surgeon about their history of successful hair transplants surgeries to narrow down your options to the most suitable one.
What is the minimum age to undergo a hair transplant?
The minimum age to undergo a hair transplant is 18 years. However, you can undergo the procedure as you feel fit. It is usually done to restore hair due to hair loss, a common problem in middle-aged men and women.
How safe is a hair transplant?
Hair transplant is a safe and effective procedure if done by an expert cosmetic surgeon. The hair follicles grow back naturally to give your hair a more natural appearance. In addition, an experienced surgeon ensures minimal post-operative risks and complications.
Will I get a natural look after a hair transplant?
Yes, there are high chances your new hair will appear natural. However, the effectiveness of surgery depends on the surgical expertise of the surgeon and how strictly the patient follows post-operative care. The hair follicles shed within a few weeks after the surgery, and new hair begins to grow from the transplanted roots.
Pristyn Care is a full-stack healthcare provider associated with some of the best multi-specialty hospitals and healthcare institutions across the country. We aim to ease the process of accessing advanced treatment and surgeries for each individual at minimal costs. We have some of the best plastic surgeons and specialists with years of experience in hair transplants to ensure a very high success rate. Pristyn Care is a full-stack healthcare provider that performs outpatient surgeries with almost no risk and a faster recovery. Some of the benefits of choosing Pristyn Care are –
Pristyn Care has some of the best cosmetic surgeons with years of experience in hair transplant surgery. Our specialists are fully trained and upskilled in performing advanced surgeries for the best outcomes with almost no risks. You can book an appointment with the aesthetic surgeon at Pristyn Care for hair transplant surgery in the following ways: