Hair loss problem is very common nowadays. It is not only a problem for aged people anymore. Even, men and women belonging to young age are facing severe hair loss, either due to stress or inheritance. Whatever might be the cause of hair loss, with hair restoration surgery, one can easily get rid of hair loss problems.
A hair transplant or a hair restoration is a suitable cosmetic procedure through which the surgeon moves hair follicles from the backside, i.e., the ‘donor site’ of the head to the bald site or the ‘recipient site’. This surgery is ideal for both men and women who have experienced thinning of hairs and baldness. Generally, this cosmetic procedure is used for hair loss on any part of the body.
Are you suffering from regular hair loss? Are you sad with severe hair thinning? Okay, if your answer is yes, you don’t need to worry. Even if you are a likely candidate for hair loss and need some treatment, hair restoration surgery could prove to be handy.
Hair restoration surgery is done via two methods; i.e., Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) method and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. The whole treatment takes place under local anesthesia so that the downtime is less. Being a day-case, the patient can go back home after the surgery.
FUE: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is one of the most advanced and minimally invasive hair transplant technique available in the market. In this technique, the surgeon extracts the hair follicles unit from any dense area and grafts it on the area that is facing severe hair loss. The hair follicular units contain one to four hairs.
Healthy hair follicles are plucked from the donor site of the scalp and grafted on the balding site. Individual hair extraction is done with the help of a special device. The healthy locks of hair are transplanted in a precise manner by the surgeon into the respective area. After months of transplantation, the hair starts to grow like natural ones.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), also known as the Strip method, is a hair transplantation technique. In this technique, small follicular units are safely transplanted to areas experienced dense hair loss. In this procedure, large strips of hair tissue from the scalp are plucked by the surgeon. It is then divided into individual hair follicles. The hair follicles are transplanted into the areas of hair loss.
Well, the transplanted hair falls off after 2-4 weeks. After that, new hair growth starts to take place.
Let’s take a look at the advantages offered by FUE and FUT procedures:
- A highly effective procedure for restoring lost hair on moustaches or eyebrows
- No need of stitches after the treatment
- Recovery time is very less
- No linear scarring
- Denser and natural-looking hair
- Transplants hair follicles at a faster rate
- Designed to achieve a healthy and natural look after surgery
- Higher hair follicle survival rate
- Improved chance of success
- A better option for covering wide areas of the scalp
The side effects of hair transplant surgery are mentioned below: They are:
- Swelling of the scalp
- Infection of the hair follicles
- Bleeding and Itching
- Numbness on the treated area
- The recovery period from FUE is usually 5-7 days.
- The new hair growth will start to take place 3-4 months after the operation. It would take around another 6 months to note the significant changes in hair growth.
- Normal activities could be resumed a day after the surgery.
- Swelling might be present; however, it would subside after some time.
Q. Will there be any permanent mark after hair transplant?
Scarring is minimal inexperienced hands in both techniques.
Q. Will transplanted hairs be my own original hairs?
Yes, they are your own hairs.
Q. Will transplanted hairs grow like normal hairs?
Yes, they will grow with the rest of your hairs and like the rest of your hairs, you will need to get them dressed from time to time.
Q. Will transplanted hairs grow after hair cut or shaving?
Yes, they are your normal hairs shifted from one place to another.
Q. Will transplanted hairs stay on my scalp for whole life?
Yes, most probably. They will stay there as long your posterior hair (donor’s hair) is there. It can be lost only if you have a strong tendency to complete baldness.
Q. Can I apply oil and can I dye my transplanted hair?
you can use any oil which is commonly used for hairs, dyeing with chemicals usually not advised
Q. What about hair loss and hair transplant in females (women)?
Hair loss in females is more or less similar to that in males. It can be because of nutritional deficiency, illness or stress. Male pattern baldness (due to excess male sex hormone) can present both as the development of male-like hair pattern (recession inside) or as diffuse hair loss.