Hair serves the most important cosmetic function in humans. Loss of hair causes significant emotional stress and loss of confidence. However, with the recent advances in medical technology, fortunately now there are permanent solutions for thinning hair and balding heads. One such hair restoring technique is Hair Transplantation.
Hair transplantation is done in both male and female pattern baldness. In males, the hair loss involves the entire frontal area. While in females, baldness begins as increased hair loss at the partition site or sometimes as diffuse hair loss in the frontal area.
Types of Transplants
A variety of hair transplant techniques exist, and two of the more popular techniques today are what are known as Micro-Minigrafting and Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT). Both of these processes can be done by dissecting a small strip of hair follicles from the donor site. Follicular Unit Transplants can also be harvested in a process called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), wherein a less than one millimeter diameter punch is used to remove individual follicular units. The latest technique in this series has the powered machine with very fine blunt punches which can extract the follicular units at much faster rate and negligible trauma to hair follicles.
Determining which hair transplant technique is right for you is a matter of personal choice based on factors such as procedure time, cost, time that you are willing to wait for results, and number of procedures required. The FUE technique produces multiple, extremely small scars that are difficult to identify, and the strip procedure produces a single scar, which can be concealed underneath existing hair.
The scalp contains a large number of vessels, and immediately after the transplantation, the surrounding tissue begins nourishing the transplanted follicles. You should be able to return to work and most normal activities the day following your procedure, but should refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting until any non-absorbable sutures in the donor site are removed in 7 to 12 days. This period of healing is faster in FUE technique as there are no sutures used. As healing begins, some crusts may develop at the base of the grafts. After several days these can be gently removed while shampooing. Most transplanted hairs will be shed between 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, but the follicles remain, and hair that has been transplanted may require as long as 3 to 5 months to begin growing. Once hair growth begins, there will be a progressive cosmetic improvement, which will continue for up to 12 to 15 months after surgery.
Follow-up procedures are typically performed after around eight months, when all the implanted grafts are growing. Also, as some of the hairs surrounding the transplant may continue to be lost, a future hair transplant may be recommended to maintain even coverage.
We have the latest equipment for follicular unit harvest known as S.A.F.E. SCRIBE system, which uses a powered machine with very fine blunt punches to extract the hair follicles successfully and at a much faster rate. This new system is minimally invasive and virtually pain free. Other advantages associated with this technology include no visible scarring , reduced healing time and minimal damage to the follicle.