Hair transplanting is a technique which is finding lots of demanders in today’s world. People suffering from the problems of balding or hair fall issues find it as a proper solution to regain their confidence. A real way out of the social and mental pressure faced by many youngsters living among us. Even though hair transplant is becoming popular, people still have a number of questions relating to this. Here are a few frequently asked questions related to hair transplant.
1. What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a process by which people suffering from serious issues of balding. This has now become very popular due to the increased demand from younger generation facing the problem of balding.
The most effective method to get this done is by a surgical process during which, hair follicles are being planted to the area where balding has affected. The follicles may be taken from another area known as the donor site. Another very effective use of hair transplantation is seen in the case of people who have lost their hair due to accidents .
2. How Successful is a hair transplant?
It is to be noted that the transplanted hair may be growing out only in three to four months after the surgery. Initially, you may note that the transplanted hair keeps falling out. This happens in a couple of weeks after the procedure. 50%-60% of the hair follicles may be growing out during a period of 6-9 months. The hair being grown back is not any different from your original hair. This is especially important when you consider the process of hair thinning.
3. What is the difference between Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
FUT and FUE are two kinds of hair transplants:
FUT- in this process, a small strip of scalp from the back of your head will be removed. This strip will be then separated into smaller units which may contain at least one hair. The small units will be planted on to your head by creating small holes but the area from where the strip has been removed will be covered by stitches.
FUE- in this type of hair transplantation, instead of grafting the scalp strips, hair follicles will be individually removed and placed.
4. Is hair transplant painful?
Hair transplant is done like any other major procedures. Normally, a patient may feel pain from the surgery after the procedure is done. This is because the patient will be under local anesthetist during the surgery.
While the procedure is going on, there would be a slight prickly sensation at the beginning, then skin will start being numb to the pain. On another note, it is seen that FUT is more painful than FUE. This is because a strip of your scalp is being removed in FUT. Another suggestion is that the procedure should be given intervals, so that the patient does not develop muscle pain by lying in the same posture for a long time.
In normal cases, the surgeon would definitely suggest some pain killers for the patient to avoid the post surgical pain. You should also take care that the area is not washed for a few days, not combed or brushed, not given much stress, etc
5. How much is the cost of a hair transplant in India?
In India, a large section of the population suffers from hair loss. It is found that when compared to other parts of the world, India offers a lower cost for hair transplanting. This is the major reason why many people come to this Asian country for getting their hair done. The cost of hair transplanting varies from clinic to clinic; even the consultation fee will be different for each surgeon.
The cost of surgery is usually calculated on the basis of the number of grafts being planted. This again differs between the two methods, FUE and FUT.
FUE costs about ₹35-₹75 per graft and FUT costs ₹25-₹35 per graft. In total, the procedure can cost anything in between ₹25,000 - ₹1,00,000 in India. This amount is much less compared to the cost of hair transplanting in other countries.
6. Does hair transplant have any side effects?
Many side effects can occur after hair transplantation. Here are few:
Swollen scalp: since the grafts are taken from the patient’s scalp and then replanted, it can lead to swelling due to the incisions and planting of follicles.
Bleeding: scalp may be seen bleeding after the procedure due to the mild texture of the scalp skin.
Infection: this may be happening at the site where follicles have been replanted. Folliculitis- this is an inflammation or infection of the follicles. In some cases it can be cured by using simple gels or creams but if it gets uncontrollable, then it is suggested to consult a medical practitioner.
Shock loss: this is the temporary loss of the transplanted hair, shortly after the procedure is done. But this is no matter to be too concerned about, as the hair may be growing back after a certain period of time. Infact, it has been observed that people who face shock loss are seen to grow much more hair overtime.
Failure of procedure: this is a situation which may be rare to occur, but very serious once it happens. There would be the need to even undergo a second procedure to overcome it. The reason for failure may be the fact that the transplanted grafts are not taken into the scalp.
Numbness: This condition may be felt at the area where the incision has taken place to remove the scalp strip. In any case that this numbness prevails over 8/9 weeks, you should definitely consult a doctor.
There are few important things to keep in mind: Make sure you are wearing a shirt or t shirt which does not need to be pulled over your head. Do not go for the surgery alone, it is important that someone accompanies you for safety reasons. Make sure you have cleaned your hair well on the day of the surgery.
7. Will I continue to lose my natural hair after a hair transplant?
Let us discuss about “Shock Loss” to start off on the topic of hair loss after transplantation surgery. It is the condition of losing the newly grafted hair, but it may end up in a situation where the hair starts to grow rapidly after a few weeks. Now, let us talk about the loss of natural hair after a transplantation.
This is a serious issue considering the money and effort put into the whole process. Hence, it is always advised to take a preventive hair loss treatment to ensure the non-transplanted hair is not thinning or falling after the procedure. On the other hand, transplanted hair will be growing out, creating an uneven pattern of hair. This will lead to more unfavourable situations, hence it is necessary to take measures to prevent hair fall before you consider transplanting.
8. How long will it be before I notice a difference after a hair transplant?
It is found that normally hair transplantation takes place with a period of 4-6 months, depending on the individual. Before this, the shock loss of transplanted hair happens. Shortly after, the follicles enter a “resting” period and than the normal growth begins, but it will take about 10 months to see that the thickening of transplanted hair happens rapidly.
Over the period of a year, there would be very visible changes in the thickness and growth of your hair. You should take particular care to control the loss of natural hair during this time.
9. Can anyone be trusted for a hair transplantation surgery?
This is a very important question to be addressed. There are a huge number of people suffering from hair loss and hair thinning conditions. This leads to a frustration or urgency to find a solution for the condition as per modern techniques. But, you should always make sure that the practitioner selected is of the right qualification and skill.
He should definitely be certified and licenced. You should do a thorough study of his patients and check the success rate of his procedures. Make sure you get in touch with at least one person who had been to him as a patient. If you fail to choose the right surgeon, the results may be very different from your expectation.
10. What is the right age to undergo hair transplantation surgery?
We see that in many cases the doctors suggest people to wait for a procedure, if they are in the 20’s. This is mainly because at that age, not all of your hair would have fallen off or showed signs of thinning. During the procedure, the surgeon replants the hair from the back of your head to the front.
Later, the rest of your natural hair falls off and the transplanted strip remains. This leads to a very odd situations, where the person has to again undergo the procedure on secondary or tertiary levels. Hence, it is advised that the procedure is performed only on people past their 20s, who have lost all of their hair naturally.
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