Our looks matter a lot. A good appearance is vital to indicate sound health and youth. Hair transplant can help achieve that perfect look by means of providing a near fuller head of hair. If you are really concerned about getting bald, then you must employ this procedure to boost your confidence levels. It is always better to consult your family physician before opting for hair transplant surgery.
So, what exactly is a hair transplant procedure? Well, it is a type of surgery that moves hair from a well-grown region to another region without enough hair. This therapy has been in practice since the 1950s and these techniques have evolved over time. This treatment is predominantly carried out in the doctor’s clinic.
The exact procedure:
Initially, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects medicine to numb the back part of your head. Your hair surgeon would adopt either FUSS (Follicular Unit Strip Surgery) or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) based on your particular needs.
During FUSS procedure, the surgeon removes a 6 to 10-inch skin strip from your head back. He sets it aside and sews the scalp closed. This particular area is immediately hidden by the hair surrounding it. Then, the surgeon will divide the strip of removed scalp into 2000 tiny grafts, each with an individual hair or just a few hairs. The graft type and the quantity depends upon your specific hair type, colour, quality and the size of the hair region in which transplant procedure is being carried out.
In the case of the FUE procedure, the doctor will completely shave the back of your scalp. Then, he/she will remove each of the hair follicles manually. The area will heal with small dots through your existing hair cover. Finally in both of the above procedures, after preparing the grafts the surgeon will clean and numb the area where the hair is to be transplanted, creates tiny slits or holes with a needle or scalpel and carefully places each of the grafts in the holes one by one. This transplantation procedure is normally carried out by a group of surgeons to save time. Based on the transplant size, the whole process may last up to a maximum of 8 hours. You would need another procedure if you continue to lose hair in the later phase or if you need thicker strands of hair.
Recovery time period:
After the operation, the hair scalp will be very tender. You would require pain medications for many days. Your hair scalp will be bandaged for a couple of days after the surgical procedure. The medical professional will also prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug or an antibiotic for the initial few days.
Normally, after 5 days a person who has gone through hair transplantation can return to his/her routine life. Within the next 3 weeks of the operation, the transplanted hair will fall out and within a span of 9 months, new hair growth will be complete. Hair growth drugs such as Minoxidil could also be taken based on a suitable prescription for obtaining quick results.
Treatment costs and risks involved:
The typical price of a single hair transplant is around 3, 00,000 Indian rupees. There are also a few risks involved in this complicated procedure including infection and bleeding. A few of the people have also witnessed scarring and unnatural-looking hair growth after the surgery as well. At the time of new hair growth, some people have experienced inflammation or a hair follicle infection called folliculitis. Compresses and antibiotics can be used for obtaining relief from the above-mentioned problem.
At times, a few would experience a sudden loss of original hair in the transplanted area known as the ‘shock loss’. However, it is not permanent and hence there is nothing much to be afraid of. Choosing the right kind of hair transplantation procedure based on your scalp is vital for the success of this procedure. Hence it is always recommended to consult a dermatologist before opting for any kind of hair transplantation surgery.