In the modern world, it is not uncommon for people to have a lot of issues with their hair. In terms of hair, there are a lot of different treatments for people to undergo. Some of these treatment options include going to a doctor and getting a hair transplant surgery. Others include undergoing the process at home by using a laser or an IPL machine that can target the hairs that need to be removed or transplanted.
As a hair transplant specialist, I, Dr. Soniya Pendharkar, can guide you through the process of hair Transplantation. Also, I will tell you about its benefits, procedure, and aftercare suggestions and complications.
What is Hair Transplant?
Hair transplantation is an elective surgical procedure where hair follicles are shifted from one part of the body to another. However, in recent years there have been advancements in non-surgical technologies. These technologies allow for less invasiveness and more precision when harvesting donor tissue. It provides patients with a better quality of life.
The Importance of Hair Transplant Surgery in Healing Baldness
Hair transplant surgery has been a revolutionary treatment for those who have been coping with hair loss. It has been a way to restore hair, as well as some self-esteem, back into those who have suffered from the condition for a long time. The transplanting process is performed by either:
- Shaving off the entire scalp and taking grafts from the back of the head
- By implanting small grafts taken from different parts of the body into the balding area
Both methods are safe and effective, provided they are done by certified professionals. It is important to know that there are two categories of transplants: Cosmetic and Medical. Both types of transplants fulfil their purpose by restoring natural looking hair with minimal work.
What is a Follicular Unit Extraction?
FUE is a method of hair transplantation that extracts individual grafts from the back of the scalp, which are then implanted into bald or thinning areas.
This technique offers many benefits over other methods like:
- Strip harvesting or micrografting
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Improved patient satisfaction rates.
What are the Benefits of Hair Transplant?
There are many benefits that come with hair transplantation including:
- Decreased hair loss
- Increased self-confidence
- Increased physical appearance
The process of a hair transplant is a complicated one. Yet, the benefits of having a hair transplant are worth it. There are some facial hair transplants available as well, including beard transplants. These procedures typically involve taking a small strip of tissue from the back or sideburns and transferring it to areas lacking hair proximally in order to provide more density in these areas.
Are you a good candidate for hair transplant?
Some people are good candidates for a hair transplant. These people include those with thinning hair and those who want to cover balding spots. All genders and races of men and women can be good candidates for a hair transplant. You need two things for a hair transplant.
- You have a lot of hair on your scalp
- Ability to regrow hair in the shallow areas of your scalp
Depending on the results of the scalp exam, you may be given recommendations for treatments or test strips to track progress. Online consultation with a dermatologist is an excellent starting point for finding out if your scalp has these capabilities.
Often when people find out that they are losing hair, they start to wonder why. Usually in these cases, blood tests can provide more insight in order to prevent future hair loss. Patients may need a procedure called a scalp biopsy in some cases depending on how severe the problem is. A quick and simple consultation with a professional may result in a scalp biopsy.
How to Choose the Best Surgeon for Your Hair Transplant Surgery?
There are many factors that the client should consider when they are looking for a hair transplant surgeon. They should ask how long they have been practicing, their qualifications, their experience with hair transplants, and more.
It is important to find a qualified doctor who has the best qualifications for your needs. That way, you know that the doctor can handle your expectations and deliver results.
Some surgeons have specific areas of expertise – some even specialize in certain types of surgeries or procedures. These surgeons can offer better quality results than those with less specialization but this is not always the case. Thus, it is very important to check with each surgeon’s website what they offer before deciding on your next move.
Checklist for a Successful Hair Transplant Surgery
For a successful hair transplant surgery, the following factors need to be considered:
- Should you undergo a hair transplant or not?
- What type of procedure should you go for?
- Who will do the transplant and how is it done?
- How much time for recovery?
How technology is Helping the Hair Transplant by Reducing the Cost & Increasing Quality?
The use of robotics in hair transplantation has reduced the cost and increased the quality. The technology is used to extract follicles rapidly and with minimal collateral damage. The technology can extract up to 10,000 follicles in a single session (compared to 100-200 per session)
Hair transplants are an expensive procedure. The average cost of a hair transplant starts from Rs. 25000 and can go upto 2 lakhs. With these new technologies it will be possible for many more people, who previously couldn’t afford this procedure, to benefit from it.
A Comprehensive Guide to Hair Transplant Complications
Complications of hair transplantation include:
- Injury to the donor area that will require permanent hair removal or cosmetic treatment.
- Initial shedding caused by splitting of the hair grafts during the donor area preparation and the regeneration phase.
- Allergic reactions to topical medications and anesthesia.
- Infection and inflammation around the grafts and in the donor area.
- Graft rejection.
You can read my article on Hair Transplant Facts & Recovery for better understanding of complications that might arise and recovery.
How Long Does It Take for New Hairs to Grow Back on the Scalp?
We know that our hair needs certain nutrients to grow. Certain vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats are required for hair growth. So the natural question that arises is how long does it take for our hair to grow back on the scalp after it is shaved?
It takes about 6 weeks for the hair to regrow on the scalp if you shave it regularly every day. If you shave only once or twice per week, it will take about 3-4 months.
Aftercare of Hair Transplant Surgery
As the day goes on, your hair will start to feel worse. You may experience small hairs that are coming out, shedding, and pain. All of these signs are normal and to be expected after a hair transplant. It is important to take it easy so you can recover fully from the procedure. Here are some tips for how to care for your hair after getting one:
- Wash your hair every night with a gentle shampoo.
- Avoid using too much product in your hair after washing it as this can cause dryness and breakage.
- Avoid blowing on it too hard as this may cause damage.
Hair transplant is a cost-effective, efficient hair restoration solution for people with baldness. It has been proven to be safe and effective in all ethnicities. In case you need professional advice or are looking for hair transplantation, you can get it done at my DermaDream Clinic, Ujjain. Contact us today for initial consultation!