step-by-step guide to a hair transplant

Losing hair is an emotional process for both men and women, but since men are more prone to male-pattern baldness, they're obviously more cautious of gradually going bald.

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With the help of science, however, it's become rather easy to "grow" those hair back on your head. While there are a few therapies and treatments out there claiming 100 per cent results, the most common choice among men happens to be hair transplant; and it's not an easy process.

Hair Transplant Edinburgh
Hair Transplant Edinburgh

In wake of the recent demise of a medical student in Chennai due to a faulty hair transplant, we bring you a step-by-step guide of the procedure of a typical hair transplant.

Anyone above the age of 21 can get it.

The doctor first takes pictures of the scalp to ascertain the transplant location along with pre and post-operative results.

There are two methods for a transplant--Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

First, a local anesthesia is injected on the scalp for a pain-free treatment. For both the methods, a donor area is identified--the back side of the scalp that is genetically resistant to baldness and prepared for extraction.

In FUSS, a strip of 6 to 10-inch strip of skin from the donor area is extracted to be transplanted in the bald/thinning area. It is then sewed and the hair around it hides the scar. The sutures are generally removed after 10 days.

The hair follicles' rich strip is then microscopically divided into grafts of 500-2,000 hair follicles, depending on the requirement of the patient. More than these require a 3-day procedure.
The bald/thinning area is then prepared for transplantation by making tiny incisions to put the grafts in.

The hair follicles are then carefully placed into these incisions.
Whereas, FUE is a much more time consuming process--the hair follicles are removed one by one from the donor area, leaving little dots there that heal up in a week (this procedure does not leave a scar after extraction).

After this, the procedure is the same. The patient can join work as early as the next day itself.
Transplantation takes about 4 to 8 hours, after which, the patient might experience some redness and stiffness on the scalp, dizziness from the anesthesia or even a little pain.

The patient is given a post-operative kit, medication and washing directions. A 6-month follow up is essential to monitor healthy hair growth.

Within 2-3 weeks, the transplanted hair will start falling out, which is normal, as healthy hair will thereon grow and become resilient to baldness due to its new genetic nature.

Within 6 to 12 months, the hair growth will be restored.


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