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In Depth About Hair Transplant Procedures!

Dr.Vikas Jain 89% (90ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Hisar
In Depth About Hair Transplant Procedures!

Like good health and youth, most of us take our locks for granted, until they're gone. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a full - or at least a fuller - head of hair.

A hair transplant is a procedure in which a dermatological surgeon moves hair to a bald area of the head. The surgeon usually moves hair from the back or side of the head to the front or top of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia.

Receiving a hair transplant can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

Good candidates for a hair transplant are:

  1. men with male-pattern baldness
  2. women with thinning hair
  3. anyone who has lost some hair from a burn or scalp injury

Hair replacement isn't a good option for:

  1. women with a wide-spread pattern of hair loss throughout the scalp
  2. people who don't have enough 'donor' hair sites from which to remove hair for transplant
  3. people who form keloid scars (thick, fibrous scars) after injury or surgery
  4. people whose hair loss is due to medication like chemotherapy

PROCEDURE-

  1. Planning and Assessment before the Operation.
  2. Harvesting Methods: The patient is sedated using mild sedation and local anaesthesia after which the transplantation is performed. Common hair transplant methods to choose from are:
    • Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
    • Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
  3. Strip Harvesting
  4. Robotic hair restoration

Care Post Operation:
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. You will be prescribed an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory drug to take for several days. Most people are able to return to work 2 to 5 days after the operation. The treated area should be protected from the sun.

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Nonsurgical Hair Replacement - The Only Way To A Natural Look!

Dermatologist, Noida
Nonsurgical Hair Replacement - The Only Way To A Natural Look!

In the continued battle against hair loss, the medical geniuses who represent the surgical hair loss market - those who perform hair transplants - are still unable to achieve a full density look and natural appearance. There are a few types of hair loss that respond to hair transplant procedures. For most men who suffer from hair loss, hair transplants will never restore their natural appearance and density.

Nonsurgical Hair Replacement - wearing "Hair Systems" - is still the only way one can restore their natural look with all the density they desire. Hair Systems consists of a lace/mesh base with hair tied to the base by use of delicate knotting techniques that mostly keeps the hair tied to the base. This base is designed to fit over the balding area of the head and blends in with your existing hair. It is then adhered to the scalp by way of adhesive tapes or glues.

This is the problem with this type of Hair Replacement; the adhesives are the weakest link. Even though most Hair Replacement companies will tell you that the adhesive will hold for weeks or months, most people will only get a good hold for a few days at a time, especially if they perspire a lot or have oily skin.

Even so, nonsurgical Hair Replacement remains the best way to cover the balding areas of the head. There are many practitioners of Hair Replacement, from national discount chains like Hair Club for Men to smaller local salons, boutiques and studios who supply hair systems from China and modify them to fit the customer. Almost all hair systems - and hair extensions - are manufactured in China because of China's cheap labour. Very few companies produce their own hair systems or hair extensions.

The other challenge with nonsurgical Hair Replacement is the maintenance involved. Even if you're lucky enough to locate an artistic practitioner who can make your Hair Systems blend with your own hair thereby creating an undetectable look, you still have to do a lot - and spend a lot - to maintain the look.

The knots on the Hair Systems come loose and hair sheds, just as it does with your own hair. When hair sheds from the Hair Systems, that hair needs to be put back onto the system. If the salon has a technician on the premises, that technician can tie in new hair. Also, the colour on the Hair Systems will fade and the hair will have to be coloured probably once per month at least.

These monthly maintenance appointments add up. The typical cost of a high-end nonsurgical Hair System is about $2500 apiece. Monthly visits can range to be about $60 to $90 plus tip. While this might sound expensive to some, when you find a Hair Replacement practitioner who can restore your natural look so that your Hair System is totally undetectable, other things besides hair you lost get restored, too. Like self-confidence and self-esteem, for starters.

In the end, you're not really paying for the Hair System itself - the base with coloured hair tied to it. When it is done right, you're paying for what the Hair Replacement system does for you, which is to improve the quality of your life by restoring your natural look. When this is accomplished right, the cost for Hair Replacement seems very small indeed. You realize that restoring your hair is something you can't afford to do.

There are companies that sell Hair Systems over the Internet, through mail order. They teach you how to measure your balding areas and order your hair. This is not a recommended approach. Those companies are unable to work on the systems. These tend to be cheap systems that the user throws away after a few months rather than pay to have hair inserted and the colour refreshed ... and the hair systems reattached to the head.

Remember, Hair Replacement is an investment in your life and well being. You have to do your research to find out which companies do the best work. "Undetectability" is the keyword there. Go to the Internet and read testimonials and look at client photos. Better yet, ask the company you contact to show you a client up close and personal. You want to make sure you get enough bang for your buck.



 

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Non-Surgical Hair Replacement - Know More!

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Non-Surgical Hair Replacement - Know More!

Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that causes hair loss which is a problem being faced by millions of men and women. The great news is that there is a non-surgical hair replacement system that is designed to cover up the bald spots. Hairpieces are used as hair replacement systems but these are very different from the traditional toupees that are seen in old comedy flicks. Do you remember the funny actor who has his toupee fall off into the soup he was eating or whose hairpiece is left behind because it stuck on something? Those were the days when this embarrassment could also happen in real life, but today, if you want to cover up your baldness, you can get coverage back in a great way.

Several hair replacement options are available for you and the most important thing to do now is choose the one that best suits your condition and budget. If you are just starting your search, it is better to get as many opinions and as much information as possible about these hair systems so you can have a better understanding of the available options for you.

A popular method for hair restoration used today is hair replacement surgery. This is an effective method but there are factors that can prevent you from having this procedure. The first thing you would be concerned about is its cost. On average, a hair transplant procedure can cost more than $20,000 which is really a large amount of money, especially for an average person. Each hair implant is priced between $3 and $8 and the usual number of hair implants that you might need for your bald spot is between 1000 and 3000 units. A cheaper method is non-surgical hair replacement.

Non-surgical hair replacement systems are designed to give you a covering on your head that is composed of natural or artificial hairs bonded into a base material. You have a lot of options for this treatment method and thus you can see a significant difference in the cost of hair replacement.

Some of the factors that you have to consider when you plan to have a balding treatment for men are how great the hairs of the replacement system exactly matches the density, color, and texture of your own. Density refers to the number of hair of units per square centimeter that you have in your present hair. If this number is matched well, your new hair replacement well blend well with your existing hair. You would not want to look ridiculous by having thick hair on the top of your head and a less dense hair on its sides.

The color and texture are the other factors that should be taken into consideration since you want your new hair to look exactly like what you already have. You should take note also of the curls that you already have and the thickness of the shafts. You would not want to wear your new piece if your head has curly hair on the sides but is straight on top.

Wear-ability is another factor that should be covered when choosing one of these products. The system must be made of a material that will let the scalp freely breath. Building up a sweat under your hairpiece is unhygienic and can cause an unpleasant smell. The base material should be made of light materials so it remains unnoticeable and undetectable even if touched. You have the best hair system if others can't tell that you are wearing a hairpiece even by touching your scalp.

Lastly, make sure that the hairline is still intact so that you will still be able to comb your hair straight back and still have a hairline looks very natural. The hair replacement system should not limit its wearer to only some hairstyles but rather he should be able to wear it whichever way he wants.

Hairpieces have existed for a long time in the form of toupees. Unfortunately, they did not look very natural and also had a tendency to fall off. As the years passed, these products were improved up to the point that today they seem like natural hair and it is one of the best ways for someone to cope with hair loss. Non-surgical hair replacement is a recommended way to have a head full of hair because it makes a person look and feel great.

Hair Replacement Surgery - Know Forms Of It!

Dermatologist, Jammu
Hair Replacement Surgery - Know Forms Of It!

Hair loss is a common phenomenon among people these days. Whether a male or a female, each and every individual tends to experience loss of hair at some point of time in their lives. The severe nature of hair loss can vary from a limited area to the entire body. One of the techniques that people have gone on to adopt over the years as part of treatment for this problem is Hair Replacement Surgery.

Before we take a look into exactly what Hair Replacement Surgery is all about, let us first discuss about the causes behind hair loss:

Causes of Hair Loss

Some of the primary reasons behind the loss of hair, which mainly happens as a combination of the following include:

  • Age
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Illness
  • History of baldness in the family
  • Trauma

Some of the less common causes which might also lead to this problem are:

What is Hair Replacement Surgery?

The interest among people in hair replacement has increased quite significantly in the last 10 years. By the time, men reach the age of 50, around 85% of them see a significant hair thinning coming through. In men, the main cause behind the hairline getting diminished is heredity. On the other hand, for women, hormonal changes like menopause can cause hair thinning as well as hair loss.

Ideal candidates for hair replacement must have quite a healthy growth of hair both at the back, as well as on the two sides of the head. The hair on one’s back and on the sides of the head would serve as areas of hair donor where dermatologists would take the grafts and flaps.

Techniques

There are mainly four different types of hair replacement methods, which include the following:

Hair Transplantation:

At the time of Hair transplantation, a dermatologist removes small pieces of scalp grafts bearing hair either from the back or from the sides of the head. Dermatologists help the grafts to get relocated to the area that has got thinned.

Tissue Expansion:

This procedure involves a device known as tissue expander, which is placed under the area that bears hair, lying next to the area that is bald. After a number of weeks, this tissue expander results in the skin to grow new skin cells.

Flap Surgery:

At the time of this procedure, a portion of the bald region gets removed and a flap of their skin bearing hair is placed on to the area without hair, while staying attached at one point to its original supply of blood.

Scalp Reduction:

This procedure involves removing the bald scalp with sections of the scalp that bears hair that is pulled together to fill in the bald portion.

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Hair Transplant - Aftercare Tips For You!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD- Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Hair Transplant - Aftercare Tips For You!

Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues.

There are many things, which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things.

  • Scars: The procedure will leave you with a few scars as you wait for the hair to grow back from the replaced follicles. There may also be a little bit of swelling or inflammation at the site of the transplant, which may cause irritation. Ask your surgeon for medication which will bring down the swelling. You must make sure that you do not touch or scratch the surface under any circumstances.
  • Elevation: After the procedure, as mentioned before, there will be some amount of swelling. So, it is important to keep your head in an elevated position so as to ensure that there is no extra swelling in the head. For this, you may have to sleep with your head on two pillows so as to keep the head propped up. Also, you may want to sleep or relax in a reclining chair for a few days until the swelling subsides.
  • Physical activitySweating will make the scar and swelling even itchier. So, it is imperative that you shy away from physical activities like workouts and running. Also, you may want to stay out of the sun, or even avoid a trip to the sauna for a few days as the exposure may lead to sweating.
  • Hygiene: The area around the scar and your scalp in general must be kept clean. Use mild shampoos and medication to keep the numbness and irritation at bay so that the scars get enough time to recover.
  • Food: In order to help the scar recover faster, you will need to avoid food that is too spicy as this usually has an adverse effect on the incisions and scars after any surgical procedure. These spices usually create a lot of heat and can cause further swelling, redness and other symptoms. Excessive alcohol consumption must also be avoided.

There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growthstarts.

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Are You Losing Your Hair Because Of Male Pattern Baldness?

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida
Are You Losing Your Hair Because Of Male Pattern Baldness?

How is Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Done?

You don’t like Surgery but still want to bring back a healthy, bouncy hair in your head?

Why not do a little legwork regarding Non-Surgical Treatments for your Hair. These could be the rugs you’ve been ignoring before. Right now, Non-Surgical Hair Replacements can bring out a natural and refined looking hair that exceeds your expectation.

Through using 100% of Human Hair, most individual now are just utilizing as part of their fashion statement. However, if you are suffering from medical issues, you really need to know how this Hair Replacement System works for you and your hair loss problem.

When you say ‘Hair System’ or ' Hair Patch ' or ' Hair Skin ', it pertains to a certain portion of your hair created to replace your missing hair.  Usually High-End Hair System or Hair Patch is specifically custom-made and created to fit your head with the help of Pure Human Hair. For guys out there, Hairpiece could be located on the crown down to cover-up Male Pattern Baldness. For women, it typically lies on the top of their head right on the receding line or anywhere they are missing their locks.

In this treatment, a Membrane will be applied to the scalp filled with natural hair. When it is already attached to your scalp, this could be blended along with your Natural Hair which exists already to form a real-like look. With that, the hair on the membrane will be harmonized on that existing hair in terms of thickness and colour. Such attachment needs the involvement of Modern Bonding Materials to secure it and make your more confident while wearing it.

Depending on your preference, budget, and Hair Loss Situation, you should know that there are plethora of options to achieve that natural-looking hair to camouflage your missing hair. Moreover, the price and quality basically depends on your hair type, the way it will be attached, your chosen base as well as the way it will maintained and serviced.

 

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Post Hair Transplant - How To Take Care?

Post Hair Transplant - How To Take Care?

Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues.

There are many things, which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things.

  • Scars: The procedure will leave you with a few scars as you wait for the hair to grow back from the replaced follicles. There may also be a little bit of swelling or inflammation at the site of the transplant, which may cause irritation. Ask your surgeon for medication which will bring down the swelling. You must make sure that you do not touch or scratch the surface under any circumstances.
  • Elevation: After the procedure, as mentioned before, there will be some amount of swelling. So, it is important to keep your head in an elevated position so as to ensure that there is no extra swelling in the head. For this, you may have to sleep with your head on two pillows so as to keep the head propped up. Also, you may want to sleep or relax in a reclining chair for a few days until the swelling subsides.
  • Physical activity: Sweating will make the scar and swelling even itchier. So, it is imperative that you shy away from physical activities like workouts and running. Also, you may want to stay out of the sun, or even avoid a trip to the sauna for a few days as the exposure may lead to sweating.
  • Hygiene: The area around the scar and your scalp in general must be kept clean. Use mild shampoos and medication to keep the numbness and irritation at bay so that the scars get enough time to recover.
  • Food: In order to help the scar recover faster, you will need to avoid food that is too spicy as this usually has an adverse effect on the incisions and scars after any surgical procedure. These spices usually create a lot of heat and can cause further swelling, redness and other symptoms. Excessive alcohol consumption must also be avoided.

There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growth starts.

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What Is Hair Replacement Surgery? How Does It Work?

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida
What Is Hair Replacement Surgery? How Does It Work?

Hair loss is a common phenomenon among people these days. Whether a male or a female, each and every individual tends to experience loss of hair at some point of time in their lives. The severe nature of hair loss can vary from a limited area to the entire body. One of the techniques that people have gone on to adopt over the years as part of treatment for this problem is Hair Replacement Surgery.

Before we take a look into exactly what Hair Replacement Surgery is all about, let us first discuss about the causes behind hair loss:

Causes of Hair Loss

Some of the primary reasons behind the loss of hair, which mainly happens as a combination of the following include:

  • Age
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Illness
  • History of baldness in the family
  • Trauma

Some of the less common causes which might also lead to this problem are:

What is Hair Replacement Surgery?

The interest among people in hair replacement has increased quite significantly in the last 10 years. By the time, men reach the age of 50, around 85% of them see a significant hair thinning coming through. In men, the main cause behind the hairline getting diminished is heredity. On the other hand, for women, hormonal changes like menopause can cause hair thinning as well as hair loss.

Ideal candidates for hair replacement must have quite a healthy growth of hair both at the back, as well as on the two sides of the head. The hair on one’s back and on the sides of the head would serve as areas of hair donor where dermatologists would take the grafts and flaps.

Techniques

There are mainly four different types of hair replacement methods, which include the following:

Hair Transplantation:

At the time of Hair transplantation, a dermatologist removes small pieces of scalp grafts bearing hair either from the back or from the sides of the head. Dermatologists help the grafts to get relocated to the area that has got thinned.

Tissue Expansion:

This procedure involves a device known as tissue expander, which is placed under the area that bears hair, lying next to the area that is bald. After a number of weeks, this tissue expander results in the skin to grow new skin cells.

Flap Surgery:

At the time of this procedure, a portion of the bald region gets removed and a flap of their skin bearing hair is placed on to the area without hair, while staying attached at one point to its original supply of blood.

Scalp Reduction:

This procedure involves removing the bald scalp with sections of the scalp that bears hair that is pulled together to fill in the bald portion.

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When Do People Go For Hair Replacement Procedures?

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Noida
When Do People Go For Hair Replacement Procedures?

Strong, healthy and lustrous hair acts as a natural ornament, adding an extra spark to one's personality. Women, particularly, are very possessive about their tresses. They try every effective hair care routine and remedy to maintain their hair. Unfortunately, at times, certain factors can trigger hair problems. For young adults, the problem can be highly demoralizing and depressing. In extreme cases and left with no other options, people opt for the various hair replacement procedures such as Hair Transplant, Hair Weaving, PRP, to name a few. In this article, we will mention the various factors that act as contributing factors triggering a hair replacement.

Conditions That Trigger Hair Replacement
On an average, it is normal for a person to lose between 50-100 hair strands daily. The problem starts when the hair loss exceeds 150 (often 200-250) with very little hair regrowth. With time and if left untreated, the condition worsens with the thinning of the scalp. Soon after baldness sets in (complete, partial or in patches). Men and women may both be equally affected by the condition. Mentioned below are some of the common reasons that result in hair fall, hair thinning and baldness.

Genetics: A term Androgenic Alopecia is often used to describe the severe hair loss in young adults (both the sexes), with the hereditary or genetic condition being the main wrecker in chief. In men, a condition called Male pattern baldness (some even in their early 20's) is characterized by hair loss and baldness mainly from the front part of the scalp and the crown. In women (female pattern baldness), the condition can result in severe hair loss from the crown and the overall thinning of the scalp. However, in most women, the visible signs appear after 40.

The hair loss can also be a part of the normal aging process, a condition medically termed as Involutional Alopecia.

The hair growth cycle consists of three stages-

  1. Anagen, a phase where there is active hair growth.
  2. Catagen, a phase characterized by transitional hair growth.
  3. Telogen, a phase when the shedding of hair takes place.

In some people, there may be a condition known as Telogen effluvium.This condition is characterized by an increased hair fall in the resting phase resulting in temporary thinning of the scalp.

  1. In some people, the hair loss can also be triggered by Alopecia Universalis, a condition where a person starts losing all the body hair at an alarming rate.
  2. Few young adults and children may rapidly start losing hair in patches (Alopecia areata). Over time, the condition may progress into Alopecia Totalis resulting in total baldness. However, the good news is, in most people the condition is reversible.
  3. Certain inflammatory disorders such as acne, folliculitis, lichen planus, to name a few (scarring alopecia), can result in permanent hair loss due to the inability of the hair to undergo regeneration.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hair Transplant - Post-Op, What to Expect!

Dr.R.Brahmananda Reddy 90% (11ratings)
Diploma In Dermatology, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Hair Transplant - Post-Op, What to Expect!

Male pattern baldness and other kinds of baldness can turn out to be a pesky affair that also eventually might have a bearing on your confidence level. A hair transplant is an excellent way of dealing with this issue. This method usually takes the hair follicles from the donor site and implants them on the scalp where male pattern balding has set in. While this is an effective and commonly used process, it also comes with minor scars and other issues. There are many things which you must take care of, after the procedure. Here are a few of those things:

  1. Scars: The procedure will leave you with a few scars as you wait for the hair to grow back from the replaced follicles. There may also be a little bit of swelling or inflammation at the site of the transplant which may cause irritation. Ask your surgeon for medication which will bring down the swelling. You must make sure that you do not touch or scratch the surface under any circumstances.
  2. Elevation: After the procedure, as mentioned before, there will be some amount of swelling. So, it is important to keep your head in an elevated position so as to ensure that there is no extra swelling in the head. For this, you may have to sleep with your head on two pillows so as to keep the head propped up. Also, you may want to sleep or relax in a reclining chair for a few days until the swelling subsides.
  3. Physical Activity: Sweating will make the scar and swelling even itchier. So it is imperative that you shy away from physical activities like workouts and running. Also, you may want to stay out of the sun, or even avoid a trip to the sauna for a few days as the exposure may lead to sweating.
  4. Hygiene: The area around the scar and your scalp in general must be kept clean. Use mild shampoos and medication to keep the numbness and irritation at bay so that the scars get enough time to recover.
  5. Food: In order to help the scar recover faster, you will need to avoid food that is too spicy as this usually has an adverse effect on the incisions and scars after any surgical procedure. These spices usually create a lot of heat and can cause further swelling, redness and other symptoms. Excessive alcohol consumption must also be avoided.

There are a number of things that you can take care of after a hair transplant procedure in order to recover faster and be comfortable until the hair growth starts. Talk to us in a private consultation for more information!

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