Hair Transplantation Treatment

Hair Transplantation Treatment

Hair Transplantation

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Most of us take our hair for granted until they start falling off making us look old and not as beautiful as before. In this kind of a situation, a hair transplant can help in bringing back the bouncy hair, helping you to gain the lost confidence.

What is a Hair Transplant?

Hair Transplantation is a type of surgery that fills an area with less or no hair by moving the hair you already have. This procedure is conducted in a clinic under the supervision of a highly experienced doctor.

Procedure:

  • The surgeon cleans your scalp 
  • Medicines are injected to make the back of your head numb for the surgery
  • One of the follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) is chosen by the doctor to complete the surgery

FUSS

With this procedure, the surgeon removes a 6- to 10-inch strip. This strip of skin is taken from the back of your head. Then the strip is kept aside and the scalp is sewed closed. This strip of removed scalp is then divided into 1000 to 2000 tiny grafts. Each of these grafts consists of an individual hair or just a few hairs. This process of dividing the hair and transplanting it to the affected areas depend on the colour, type, quality, and the size of the affected area.

FUE 

This procedure requires the surgeon to shave the back of your scalp from where the hair follicles are removed one by one. The area then heals slowly with small dots and is then covered by the existing hair.

The above-mentioned processes are the basic processes to start with. After these steps for both FUSS and FUE, the affected area where the new hair is to be transplanted is numbed with the help of medication. Later holes and slits are made in this area with the help of a scalpel or needle to place the grafts one by one in the holes.

The entire procedure takes about 4-8 hours, depending on the size of the transplant you are getting.

What to expect from a hair transplantation Surgery?

The scalp remains tender for some time after the surgery and one may even need to take some pain killers for a few days. The scalp will be kept bandaged for at least a day after the surgery and the doctor can prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs to the patient. But the after effects don’t last long and the person can get to their daily routine in about two to five days post-operation. 

After 3-4 weeks of surgery the implanted hairs usually fall out. However the roots remain in side.  New hairs start growing after 3 months and keep on growing life- long.  It may take about a year to show the full effect of Hair Transplant. 

Side Effects of Hair Transplantation

The side effects of a hair transplantation surgery are quite mild and clear up within a few weeks. The side effects are as follows:

  • Mild swelling of the scalp
  • Minimal Bleeding
  • Infections are extremely rare.
  • Itching sometimes.
  • Lack of sensation in the treated areas. Sometimes, it gets cured by itself in about 5-6 months.

Who should opt for a hair transplantation surgery?

  • Women with thin hair.
  • Men with thin hair and baldness issues.

Authored By Dr. Sajjan R Agarwal

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