Hair transplantation relocates (transplants) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated.
Hair transplantation always gives natural result. The state of art hair transplantation procedure that we recommend is called "Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation".
A typical session of between 2500 to 2800 grafts normally involves 4 hours on an out patient basis. Most patient arrive in the morning and have their procedure completed by early afternoon.
Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort.
The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.
Nowadays, Hair Transplant is being done by Follicular unit technique, which involves two ways of hair extraction – STRIP method and FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION (FUE).
In the STRIP method, a strip of skin from the back of head (donor area) is removed with the help of scalpel. The gap at the back of head is then sutured together. The strip is then divided into grafts containing one, two or three follicles.
FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction: A stitchless method of hair restoration in which hair root (follicles) are extracted from the back of head with the help of special micropunches and implanted in the bald area. In this procedure, no scalpel is required.
With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery. Patient can have mild swelling on forehead and around the eyes but that disappears with time.
Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days. During the first few days after the surgery a person’s hair transplants will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 7-10 days following surgery. Once the transplanted hair grows out the results look entirely natural.
Normally it takes between three to six months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life
Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a lifetime – just as if they had been left in the bald resistant donor area.
The follicles are firmly fixed in the scalp 10 days following the hair restoration surgery. Hair is shed from the follicle beginning the second week after the procedure. This is perfectly normal and does not represent any loss of grafts.
Normally after a hair transplant we do a scalp dressing, which is removed after 48 hours. After that no dressing is required. Antibiotics need to be taken for about 5-7 days along with some anti-inflammatory to reduce your swelling. After the dressing is removed we allow a light shower immediately with some precaution explained during the counseling session.