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Hair Transplant



OVERVIEW

• Hair transplant results in natural appearance only limited by supply & demand.
• Results are relatively permanent.
• Done under Local Anaesthesia, if required sedation.
• Patient can go home after surgery.

What is a hair transplant?
Hair transplantation is an advanced redistribution system for relocating hair follicles from a donor area, often at the back of the head, and artistically transplanting them to thinning or bald areas. With today’s microsurgical technology, a hair transplant results in a very natural appearance that is only limited by supply and demand. The supply depends on the amount of viable donor hair you have, viable meaning the hairs that are genetically programmed to grow for a lifetime. The demand depends on how great an area the patient wants to cover with the transplanted hair.

Hair transplantation is done using the patient's own hair. Hair is taken from the very back of the patient's head (where it is genetically programmed to grow permanently). Hair from this site is separated into follicular units and transplanted to other areas of the head, where it will continue to grow as vigorously as your natural hair. This donor hair carries with it the genetic code to resist balding, therefore making the hair transplant permanent.

What causes hair loss?
The most common cause of hair loss is heredity. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. In men, the hormone dihydrotestosterone causes a gradual miniaturization and eventual loss of hair follicles that are genetically susceptible. The mechanism of female pattern hair loss is not clearly known. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Men and women exhibit hereditary hair loss differently. Severe illness stress anxiety, medications, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores.

How do I know if I am a candidate for hair transplantation?
A thorough review of your health history and a physical examination of the scalp lay the foundation for determining if a hair transplant is right for you.

Are there other hair loss treatments?
The hair loss industry is a billion dollar industry that sells everything from balms to sprays. Many companies make claims about hair loss products and treatments that are unsubstantiated and not supported by empirical studies. Many in the medical community agree that hair transplantation coupled with prescription hair loss medication is currently the only effective means of reversing hair loss.

Are hair transplant results permanent?
Yes. Hair from the lower side or lower back of scalp donor area is genetically resistant to the male hormone that causes balding. When hair is appropriately harvested for hair restoration, the results are permanent. This harvested hair retains its genetic characteristics even after relocation so it will continue to grow for the rest of your life.

Are there any visible scars?
There are no visible scars around the transplanted hair. In the donor there will be a tiny line hidden in your hair, only noticeable if you shave your hair completely.

What are the techniques of Hair Transplant?
A. Hair Transplant is being done by Follicular Unit technique which involves two ways of hair extraction.
1. STRIP method
2. FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION ( FUE)
The Strip Harvesting technique involves removing the follicular units to be transplanted as one group, from the donor area. By this way the follicular units are kept intact in their genetic form and prevent the individual hair follicles from being damaged.
FUE is a stitch-less method of Hair Restoration for Men, wherein the hair follicles are extracted from the backside of head and implanted in the bald areas.

Are hair transplants painful?
The hair transplant procedure is performed under local anesthetic. In general the only pain experienced is associated with administering this anesthetic. Most patients liken this discomfort to the sensation of a bee sting. There should be no other pain experienced during the procedure.
Postoperative pain is unusual with less than ten percent of patients requiring medication for this problem.
We do not generally provide any sedation during the procedure. If however you are experiencing anxiety we can provide you with some sedation. You will not be able to drive after the procedure if sedation is administered.

Do you do hair transplantation on women?
Yes. Female hair loss is quite common.. "The great majority of women with typical female pattern hair loss can be helped significantly, Women usually have a similar donor area to men. This means they have enough supply to fulfill the demand, so the results are usually very good".

When do I see my hair grow?
It takes 4 to 6 months for transplanted hair to start growing. Hair growth is variable so do not be alarmed if your hair takes longer to grow. Full expression of a result is observed by 12 to 18 months following a hair transplant procedure.

What can be expected after hair restoration surgery?
The post-operative course will depend on adherence to the instructions given after surgery. Small scabs will form on the scalp at the graft sites. Generally speaking, these scabs disappear in 4-10 days. Shampooing can be resumed 7 days after surgery. The suture (stitch) used in the donor area is undetectable immediately after surgery as it is completely covered by your existing hair. It is advisable to take at least two days off work after surgery. A baseball type cap can be worn at any time after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for at least five days after surgery. Typically the grafted hair will shed in 2-4 weeks. New growth will begin in 3-4 months and length will increase approximately 1/2 inch per month.

How many sessions will be required?
The number of the sessions will depend on the 1) area of scalp treated 2) the number and size of grafts used 3) the density which the patient desires and 4) the individual characteristics of the patient, e.g. coarse hair will provide a more dense look than fine hair. The estimate of the number of sessions can be discussed during the consultation with your surgeon.