Hair transplantation surgery is a procedure where the hair follicles are taken from a donor site (usually the side or back of the head) and implanted on the recipient site that is on the area of baldness. This is a common treatment for men with androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) where the hair follicles reduce due to the influence of androgenic hormones. It can also help women with female pattern baldness.
Many people have reservations about the procedure but hair transplantation comes with a number of advantages, such as:
1. Natural growth after surgery
The biggest and most obvious benefit of hair transplantation is that it improves your physical appearance and eliminates the problem of balding completely. This is because the implanted hair follicles continue their natural growth process after they have been transplanted. So, your hair does not look artificial.
Premature bald spots often result in low self-esteem and self-confidence issues which can be effectively addressed by the surgery.
2. Uniform distribution of hair follicles
Hair transplantation with latest techniques gives a natural distribution of hair and proper coverage of bald areas
3. Easy procedure and no side effects
The operation is done under local anaesthesia. You will feel no pain throughout the procedure. Very comfortable procedure and you will be awake throughout the procedure. This surgery is done at the level of skin and this is not related to the brain. There are no side effects of this surgery. Today, the surgeons mostly use micro grafts which are placed in such a way that all bald spots are covered with minimal effort.
4. One time procedure
Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution for baldness. No medical treatment for baldness is permanent. Once the hair transplantation has been done, it lasts a lifetime.Since the grafts are made of your own hair, they continue to grow naturally throughout your life allowing you to cut or style your hair as you wish.
Another case of male pattern baldness treated with our custom prp therapy.
The platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy has gained popularity as a hair restoration technique due to its high success rate. The platelet-rich plasma from your blood is injected with a thin needle onto the scalp, which stimulates the hair growth naturally. The treatment is quite successful, has no side effects, and no medication is required post-treatment or during the treatment, making it the most popular hair treatment.
Things to know about the PRP treatment
On the morning of the PRP treatment, you will have to wash the hair, and you should steer clear from applying any other products. The primary benefits of PRP treatments are that it proffers fast results using the blood of the patient himself and is both affordable and cost-effective. You will have no scars and need not take any medications after the process is completed.
The complete PRP injection procedure
In the PRP hair treatment, the doctor would first collect the sample of the patient’s blood, and the amount of the blood depends on the area of application. Then this blood is kept in a centrifuge which spins exceptionally fast so that the components of the blood can segregate easily. It takes about 15 minutes after which the separated plasma is prepared to be injected into the affected area. The entire procedure takes about an hour.
Since the treatment is meant for promoting healing and growth, no immediate difference can be noticed. It is only after a few months that one notices the healing in the treated area. The patients might also notice new hair growth in the treated area.
What are the other treatments meant for hair growth?
Alongside platelet-rich plasma treatment, several other hair growth therapies exist, and some of them are discussed below:
With many men and women resorting to hair restoration techniques, plenty of treatment options are available. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy your hair restoration phase.
Many men and women suffer from baldness these days and in order to conceal it, look for options available in the market. Though there are many temporary solutions, the most permanent solution is hair transplantation.
What is Hair Transplantation?
Hair transplantation is broadly achieved by removing grafts/follicles from the back of the head which are more resistant to hormonal changes and placing them in areas of scanty growth or baldness. There are two methods to remove the grafts – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
In FUT method, a strip of scalp is cut out from the back of the head and is dissected into individual grafts.
FUE method of hair transplantation involves taking the individual follicular units/grafts from the back of the head one by one by cutting around it through a tiny specialised machine and removing them. The process is tedious and takes a few hours but is painless after a few numbing injections are given.
The rest of the procedure remains the same in both techniques. Tiny sites are created using very fine blades and needles in the balding areas after numbing them again with local anaesthetic injections. These grafts are then inserted in the sites on the front of the head or wherever there is hair loss.
Advantages of FUT method
Advantages of FUE method
Both methods involve surgery hence a proper consultation with the surgeon is required who can explain the procedure and its advantages and disadvantages. It takes several hours to perform the surgery and implant hence it is important to block the day out completely and be mentally prepared for it. Most surgeons will want to shave the entire head before embarking on the procedure so make sure that you factor that in.
Post surgery care
It is important to follow post surgery instructions and take good care of the grafts. Swelling of the scalp, face is common for a few days. You will be on antibiotics, steroids, painkillers for a few days and will be asked to use Minoxidil and or Finasteride.
The expert Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons suggest their patients to shampoo their hair after five days, preferably under supervision. They will eventually fall out after two weeks and the new growth will be seen anywhere between three to six months.
Who should opt for FUT method?
Who should go in for FUE method?
Hair transplant is a surgical procedure that is used to move hair follicles from one location in the body to another. The part from which the hair follicles are taken is known as the “donor site” and the location where it is moved to is called the “recipient site”. Patients who undergo hair transplants often come across the terms FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).
Follicular Unit Extraction is a procedure which involves the singular extraction of each hair follicle without any removal of strip of tissue. Random removal of hair follicle takes place which causes minimal and unnoticeable changes in the donor area. Fewer amounts of hair are transplanted as the follicles are removed one at a time which makes it beneficial for the removal of lesser hair as compared to the traditional FUT procedure.
In FUE, singular removal of hair follicles is done using specialized equipment that generally consists of a needle which has a diameter less than one mm. The needle is targeted at the base of the hair follicles. At this spot, a circular incision is made. Another instrument, similar to tweezers, is used to dislodge the hair follicle from the scalp.
Post- Surgery Management:
Stretches are not needed in Follicular Unit Extraction. Additionally, there is almost no post procedural discomfort. Since the occurrence of any scar is absent, healing time is generally less. However, puncture marks which have a diameter of 1 mm or less are common. These marks heal by themselves within 3 to 7 days. It takes three to six months for the hair to look natural once again. The initial scars heal quickly and daily activities can be resumed the very next day.
Perspective of the Patient:
There are 2 types of hair transplant methods, namely, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). In the FUE procedure, an incision is made near the hair follicle, after which the follicle is transplanted to the thinning area. The FUT method, on the other hand, involves removing a strip of the outer layer of the skin and then transplanting it into the thinning area.
This procedure is simple and one hardly feels a thing-