Hair Transplantation

What is Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the 'donor site', to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'. The technique is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. In this minimally invasive procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding (like the back of the head) are transplanted to the bald scalp. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts and previous hair transplants. Hair transplantation differs from grafting in that grafts contain almost all of the epidermis and dermis surrounding the hair follicle, and many tiny grafts are transplanted rather than a single strip of skin.

Since hair naturally grows in groupings of 1 to 4 hairs, current techniques harvest and transplant hair "follicular units" in their natural groupings. Thus modern hair transplantation can achieve a natural appearance by mimicking original hair orientation. This hair transplant procedure is called follicular unit transplantation (FUT). Donor hair can be harvested in two different ways: strip harvesting, and follicular unit extraction (FUE).

What are the reasons for hair loss?

  • Genetic (androgenic alopecia ) is most common type
  • Stress , unhealthy life style , trauma to hair
  • Hormonal imbalance such as thyroid related , hair loss after child birth
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Medications including Chemotherapy etc
  • Gradual thinning of hair with age

How painful is a hair transplant?

Most people are surprised there is virtually no pain during an FUE hair transplant procedure done under a local anesthetic. Once the skin is properly anesthetized, though, there is no pain. After the FUE surgery, patients will typically feel some minor discomfort. It is usually described as minimal.

Is a hair transplant dangerous?

Hair transplantation is generally considered safe, but risks include: Infection, Bleeding and some scarring. Patchy hair growth, which can often be corrected.

Can you wear a hat after hair transplant?

Wearing a hat could compress, dislodge or move the grafts, resulting in an unsatisfactory outcome. Once the grafts have become a permanent part of your scalp, you can wear a hat. Some hair loss specialists recommend waiting as long as 3 weeks before wearing a hat to ensure that the grafts are completely anchored.

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