Hair Transplant FAQs
Q?How does hair transplantation work?
A.Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head.This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated to.
Q?Do hairs look completely natural?
A.Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will remain the same.
Q?How much time investment is required for hair transplant procedure?
A.In general a session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts involves a full day of surgery on an out patient basis. This some time depends on the surgeons.
Q?Does the hair transplant procedure is painful?
A.Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Once the anesthesia is given to the Patients feel no pain or uneasiness during the surgery.
Q?How many grafts/hairs will be required?
A.The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of baldness or hair filling space.
Q?What is the recovery/healing time?
A.With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.
Q?Will people know I had a hair transplant?
A.Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days.
During the first few days after the surgery a person’s hair transplants will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery.
Once the transplanted hair grows out the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination.
Q?When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?
A.Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.
Q?Are the results permanent?
A.Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a life time – just as if they had been left in the bald resistant donor area.
Q?How do I find an excellent hair restoration surgeon?
A.The most important decision in restoring your hair is the physician you choose. The skill, talent, and experience of hair restoration physicians vary widely, as do the end results. Who you choose will determine how natural and full your new hair will be for the rest of your life.
Q?What is a hair transplant exactly?
A.Hair transplantation is an artistic redistribution system that takes donor dominant hair follicles donor areas such as the chest or from the very back of the head and artfully transplants them into thinning or balding areas. With current microsurgical technologies, this results in a very natural appearance. Basically we take hair from where you have more than you need and put it where you need it more.
Q?What will it look like after the procedure?
A.The grafts form small scabs in the days after the procedure. If one has enough surrounding hair, these scabs can be camouflaged with creative styling. If not, the small scabs may be visible but do not attract much attention. By keeping the scalp moist, the scabs usually come off in about a week or so.
Q?When can I go back to work?
A.Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day. Your hair restoration surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation.
Q?How long does the transplanted hair last?
A.Hair transplant will retain its genetic characteristics even after relocation so for the vast majority of patients, virtually all transplanted hair lasts a lifetime. In some cases, a small percentage of transplanted hair may be lost as the patient ages.
Q?What is "follicular unit extraction"?
A.Hair transplantation beginning with traditional larger plugs and culminating in the move to 1, 2, 3, and 4 hair follicular unit hair grafts, which mirror the way hair, grows in nature. Using this advanced technique a surgeon can move more hair in a totally natural way.
Q?What are the complications or risks with the hair transplant surgery?
A.Occurrences of infection after the procedure are rare, mainly due to the patient's failure to fully follow post-operative instructions. Infection is easily treatable with antibiotics, which can be prescribed by the physician.
Q?What is the time gap between individual sittings?
A.Individual sittings of FUE can be planned according to the time available. They can be done even on consecutive days or few days or a week apart whereas in the strip , you have to wait for 6-12 months.
Q?What is the difference in the post-op precautions of both techniques?
A.In STRIP method, sutures are put at the back of head, so special precautions like sleeping in a particular position, refraining from exercise, avoiding strenuous work etc. are required till the stitches are out. In FUE, the patient walks out of the clinic ,rests for a while and is free to follow daily routine from next day. Even the bandage at the back of head is out the next day. As there are no sutures there is minimal pain post operatively.
Q?Do you do hair transplantation on women?
A.Yes. Female hair loss is quite common. "The great majority of women with typical female pattern hair loss can be helped significantly; Women usually have a similar donor area to men. This means they have enough supply to fulfill the demand, so the results are usually very good".
Q?I have a medical condition, can I still receive a hair transplant?
A.Pre-existing medical conditions are always a concern. For your convenience, we have listed responses from some of the most frequently asked medical questions?
Q?How many hair are there on human scalp?
A.On the average are over 1,50,000 on scalp.
Q?WHow many hair do we shed on an average per day?
A.On the average we shed 50-100 hair per day.
Q?Why do people have different types of color?
A.Hair color is the pigmentation of the hair follicle due to two types of melanin:
- 1. Elumelanin : pigment which gives black or brown colors.
- 2. Phemelanin : pigment which gives red color to hair.
Q?What are the vellus hair?
A.Vellus hair is also known as a “peach fuzz” in the urban dictionary are fine short light-color or translucent and non-pigmented that developed from childhood and found on most areas of body.
Vellus hair are no longer then two millimeter and hair follicle are no associated with sebaceous glands.
Q?What precautions should be taken pre & post procedure?
A.1. On week prior to procedure the clients need to avoid vitamins,aspirin,consumption of alcohol and smoking.
- 2. Also the TCC(total care consult) needs to advise the client in the case he’s diabitic,suffering from high blood pressure, on cardic related medication or prescribed any medication by a psychiatrist.
- 3. Antibiotic will prescribed by the doctor for 3 days after the procedure only under specific circumstance.
- 4. Heavy exercise,weightlightlifting,swimming and scalp exposure to direct sunlight has to be avoided for 15days after the procedure.
- 5. The client can resume light exercise and brisk walks 7days after the procedure.
Q?Does the client need to be any long term medication post procedure to prevent transplanted hair from falling?
A.There’s no requirement for any medication as the implemented will not fall. However minixodil application is required to prevent thinning and falling of the existing hair.
Q?When can the client go for his first haircut after FUE session?
A.The client can get a haircut done 4-6 week after the procedure.
Q?When can a client start coloring his hair after the session?
A.The client can start coloring his hair 45days after the session.
Q?Why sun exposure has to be avoided after the hair transplant?
A.Sun exposure has to be avoided to prevent sun burn of the graft.
Q?After how many days can one resume sport and exercise?
A.Post session cardio and mild exercise and swimming can be resume after 2week and instance exercise, like heavy weight lifting etc can be resumed after 3-4 week.
Q?Is there any side effect on procedure?
A.The injection of local anesthesia solution can occasionally cause swelling of the forehead for 3-4days post procedure. some patient develop small and red individual spots in the recipient area the of the head, month after the procedure. This is an irritation of the skin and can be treated easily by using medication shampoo once a day for 4days. During the period it is important that no other shampoo on hair products are used on the hair.
Q?Will the implemented hair fall off early post procedure?
A.It is the normal for a significant amount off the newly placed hair that were attached to the follicular unit to the fall out within the first 4-8week post procedure which is part of the normal growth process.
After the hair has fallen, a new growth begins that will start to come in within 2-4months. The newly placed hair will be fully grown within the next 8-12 months following the procedure.
Q?Is the procedure carried out under a sterile environment?
A.We performed to the completely safe environment. The operating room, equipment and surgical instruments are sterilized according to the international guidelines of sterilization.
Q?Is the FUE a painless technique?
A.The procedure is virtually painless and performed under local anesthesia, during the procedure the client can relax, listen to music, watch TV, enjoy a light lunch.
Q?Will it pain after the effect of local anesthesia is over?
A.Due to the minimal skin injury the client will not feel any pain even after the effect of local anesthesia is over. The client might feel a tingling or itching sensation.