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Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplant

Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplant Answered By Surgeon

  • By Harleys Clinic
  • Mar, 02 2023

Hair loss (Alopecia) has long been a common concern among most men and women across the globe. It is noticed in every 2 out of 3 men and every 1 out of 5 women. One can experience excessive hair fall or hair loss because of many reasons such as hereditary, age, tight hairstyles, stress, scalp skin conditions, certain medications, some underlying medical conditions, and hormonal imbalances. Thankfully, hair transplant surgery in Mumbai performed at Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic can help alopecia patients permanently restore their heads full of thick, healthy hair.

Most people considering hair transplantation have questions coming to their mind usually revolving around (but not restricted to) procedure, recovery time, costs, side effects, results, and expectations. This blog answers some of the most commonly asked questions many patients ask hair transplant surgeons regarding hair transplantation. Keep reading to know the answers provided by highly experienced hair expert and transplant surgeon in Mumbai Dr. Sumit Agarwal at Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic

What is hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is a cosmetic surgery for permanent hair restoration. In this procedure, the hair transplant surgeon takes healthy hair follicles from the back or side of the head (or sometimes another body part) and transplants them to those areas of the scalp presenting moderate to severe thinning or receding hair or balding.

Who is a suitable candidate for a hair transplant?

Not all people suffering from hair thinning or balding are good candidates for hair transplantation. This surgery is recommended for anyone with significant hair loss, sufficient healthy donor hair, and a healthy scalp. Such candidates must be in good overall health and hold reasonable expectations of the outcome of the surgery.

However, hair transplant surgery is contraindicated in cases of Alopecia Areata, patchy hair loss, or total baldness. Those who are young (below 21 years), have active scalp conditions, suffer from blood-borne illnesses, have hemophilia, or have serious health complications are not advised to have a hair transplant.

What are the two methods of hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery can be performed by either of the two techniques: Traditional Follicular Unit Transplantation or Strip Surgery (FUT/FUSS) and Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In the FUT method, the harvesting of hair follicles is done by taking out a strip containing healthy hair follicles and then dissecting it under the microscope to separate the individual hair follicles from the remaining skin.

These follicles are then inserted one by one into the tiny holes created in the recipient area using a micro blade. In the FUE method, a micro-punching device is used to directly harvest individual hair follicles. Mostly, an FUE hair transplant is done as it is a painless and easily recovering method but has a lengthy procedure and therefore is costlier than a FUT hair transplant. FUT hair transplantation often results in one linear visible scar.

How does a hair transplant work?

In hair transplant surgery, healthy hair is removed from the back or sides of the head- the donor site and transplanted to the thinning or balding sections of the scalp- the recipient site. As the donor areas have hair resistant to Dihy-drotes-toster-one (DHT) hormone that causes hair loss, such donor hair ensures the success of hair transplant surgery. The transplanted hair is not rejected by the body and continues to maintain its unique characteristics including its color, texture, curl, and growth rate; after hair transplantation and re-growth. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the proper blood circulation to the scalp.

How long does it take for transplanted hair to grow?

In the days ahead of the surgery, all the newly transplanted hair falls out and gets replaced by the newly grown hair follicles. The candidate can expect to notice new hair growth within the first 3 months of receiving a hair transplant and see significant changes in appearance between 6 months and 1 year. The newly transplanted hair grows thicker, longer, and denser in volume than earlier. Full hair growth of the transplanted hair takes some time and the growing hair stays for a lifetime.

Are there any side effects or complications with hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplantation is a safe procedure but the operated candidates may sometimes complain about some side effects of the surgery such as pain, itching, numbness, swelling, bleeding, scarring, unsatisfactory results, or surgical complications like skin necrosis, scalp infection, cysts, thinning of hair girth, and wound dehiscence.

Can women undergo hair transplantation?

Yes, there are many women who have receding hairlines, thinning hair, or bald spots/patches on their scalp and who seek hair transplant surgery to maintain their heads full of healthy hair.

What precautions should I take before my hair transplant surgery?

Before getting your hair transplant done, you must avoid vigorous physical activities and take more rest for at least a week. Also, a week before surgery, you must avoid smoking, alcohol, and too much intake of caffeinated drinks. You must keep the scalp free of dandruff and wash your hair with anti-dandruff shampoo for three days beforehand. On the day of the surgery, you must come with a clean head, have at least 1.5cm long hair, and not with an empty stomach.

Is hair transplantation a costly procedure?

The price of having hair transplantation depends upon a number of factors including:

  • Number of grafts needed
  • Size of the recipient area
  • The hair transplant technique used
  • Expenses of the surgeon, the anesthetist, nursing, and medications
  • The locality of the clinic/surgical center and the technologies used.

As hair transplantation is permanent hair restoration, there is no need for recurrent expenditure. The upfront cost of this surgery is more than other hair loss treatments but in the long run, the procedure is cost-effective.

One can also know more about hair transplant cost in Mumbai in detail by discussing with the hair experts at Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic, one of the top transplant clinics in India.

What are the post-operative instructions?

  • Immediately following the surgery wear a light head cover.
  • Avoid exercising or any strenuous physical activities for at least 5 days.
  • Use a soft pillow to sleep and avoid any jerky movements to the head.
  • Take prescribed painkillers and antibiotics.
  • Keep the head away from direct sunlight exposure.
  • Take hair growth therapies or medications to improve the results.
  • Wash head or shampoo hair as directed by the surgeon after 1 week of having surgery.

Is the surgery painful?

Hair transplantation surgery is carried out under regional anesthesia which numbs the surgical sites and ensures that there is no pain or discomfort felt throughout the procedure. However, the candidate can expect to experience mild pain or discomfort when anesthesia is administered.

Do I need to get admitted to a surgical center or hospital to undergo hair transplantation?

No, hair transplantation is a simple, minor surgery carried out as an outpatient procedure. You can go back home the same day after having a hair transplant.

If one has any doubts regarding this procedure and this surgical procedure of hair restoration, Then book a consultation with the hair fall treatment doctor in Mumbai only at Harleys Hair Transplant Clinic.

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