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Hair Transplant

What is a Hair Transplant?

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:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Medications
  • Hormonal imbalance
Hair Transplant  formation

Who can undergo a hair transplant?

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. 

Types of techniques

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)

Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI)

Need

  • Hair thinning
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Minor scalp injury
  • Male pattern baldness

Diagnosis

  • Blood Test – This helps uncover medical conditions that can be responsible for hair loss.
  • Pull Test – The surgeon will gently pull some hair to check the frequency of hair loss. This can help determine the stage of the shedding process. 
  • Scalp biopsy – This test involves scraping samples from the skin or hairs plucked from the scalp. The surgeon examines the hair roots under a microscope to rule out the cause of hair loss due to an infection.
Tests before hair transplant.

Risks & Complications

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 – 

  • Tachycardia – It occurs when a tumescent fluid containing adrenaline is given. This may pose a risk for patients with cardiac diseases. Therefore, doctors advise all patients above 40 years of age to undergo an electrocardiogram and physician assessment to avoid such complications. 
  • Syncope – This complication usually occurs in long surgeries. The patient may feel abnormal pain, postural hypotension, poor hydration, etc. 
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia – Some patients may have a history of allergic reactions to local anesthetics. This can cause severe complications including termination of surgery. Therefore, it is important to share the family history of allergic reactions to anesthesia. 
  • Pain – Mild pain is common during and after the hair transplant surgery. Several factors can contribute to pain, including bleeding, wound tension, and inadequate anesthesia. 

When to consult a doctor ?

You can consult the doctor if  – 

  • You feel constantly distressed due to your persistent hair loss or hair loss of your kin and wish to pursue treatment. 
  • Women who are constantly experiencing a receding hairline and want to undergo early treatment to avoid significant permanent baldness.
  • People who notice patchy hair loss or lose hair more than usual while combing or washing the scalp. Sudden hair loss can signify a medical condition that may require immediate medical attention.

Questions to ask your doctor

Will my hair transplant be noticeable?
Will my transplanted hair look natural?
Will the hair transplant surgery cause pain?
When will I see 100% results of hair transplant?
How many successful hair transplant surgeries have you performed?
How many years of experience do you have in hair transplant surgery?

Treatment options & cost

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

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. 

 

  • Medications

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 – 

  • Minoxidil- This medicine was conventionally used to treat ulcers, but it can also treat enlarged prostate. The androgen, such as Dihydrotestosterone, attaches to the hair follicles to trigger inflammation. This inflammatory response makes it difficult for blood vessels to supply blood to the hair follicles. This can also result in tissue death. The tissue death can progress alopecia that in turn leads to baldness. Minoxidil dilates the blood vessels allowing more blood to reach the follicles and prevent damage.
  • Finasteride- Finasteride prevents androgen from sticking to the hair follicles. However, this medication can also have some side effects that can cause lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction. This is why some people may not opt for this medication. 

 

  • Microneedling

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

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.

  • Low-level laser therapy

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 Reduction Device

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.  

Insurance coverage for Hair transplant
Insurance coverage for Hair transplantInsurance coverage

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. 

Recovery rate

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. 

  • The recovery time for FUT is around 2-3 weeks, depending on how strictly the patients follow the post-surgery regime. 
  • The recovery time for FUE is around 5 days if the patient follows all the recovery tips given by the doctor. 

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.

Long term outlook of the treatment

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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FAQ

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. 

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Benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for Hair Transplant

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 – 

  • Highly experienced aesthetic surgeons- Our team of cosmetic surgeons has years of expertise and training to perform advanced surgeries with a very high success rate. Our cosmetic surgeons will discuss all the necessary information prior to the procedure to make you aware of the risks and complications involved during the treatment. 
  • Personal Care Buddy– Pristyn Care has a unique concept of a ‘personal care buddy’ who is present with the patient on the day of the surgery. This care buddy takes care of all the paperwork and miscellaneous formalities from admission to the hospital till discharge. 
  • Flexible payment options– Pristyn Care offers various modes of payment for hair transplants with no cost EMI. In addition, we accept credit cards and cash payments for the procedure.
  • Free pick-up and drop facility Pristyn Care provides free cab services for pick-up and drop-off to each patient within the city on the day of hair transplant surgery. 
  • Free follow-up consultation- Recovery plays an essential role in the treatment. Pristyn Care provides free follow-up consultation along with proper diet charts to all the patients who have undergone hair transplant for a quicker and smoother recovery process. 
  • COVID-19 safe environment – Pristyn Care makes ensures proper sanitization of all the OTs and clinics before each surgery to curb the spread of the COVID. It is our top priority to maintain excellent hygiene and social distancing while providing a seamless patient experience. 

 

Booking an Appointment with the best cosmetic surgeon for a hair transplant 

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:

  • Fill out the patient form on our website www.pristyncare.com. Our medical coordinators will reach out to you at the earliest and gather details from your end once the appointment form is submitted. They will subsequently fix an appointment with the concerned hair transplant surgeon according to your schedule. 

 

  • Connect directly with our medical coordinators via the contact number on our website. A team of dedicated medical coordinators will gather inputs from your end and connect you with the cosmetic surgeon near your area and book an appointment consecutively. 

 

  • You can also book an appointment through our Pristyn Care app. Our medical coordinators will arrange an offline or online consultation with our cosmetic surgeon near your area at the earliest via video call. A nominal consultation fee will be charged.
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