A hair transplant is a surgical procedure which involves taking the hair follicular unit from the back and side of the head (“donor area”) and planting them to the areas undergoing hair loss or thinning. A follicular unit consists of one, two or three hair strands along with their hair root (follicle). Each follicular unit or graft is cut out individually under the microscope/ magnification and transplanted into the minute incisions made by needles at the affected area. This latest technique is also known as the follicular unit micro-grafting.
Depending on the degree of baldness a session may require a grafting of about 700 to 3,000 hair follicular units which takes about 6 hours to 10 hours of surgery on an outpatient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by evening. View a step by step overview of a typical hair transplant procedure.
Most patients are pleasantly surprised by the minimal pain and discomfort after the local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Following surgery patients will feel some amount of discomfort, numbness and soreness which require oral medication.
Today most clinics charge an average of Rs.50/- to Rs.80/- per hair follicular unit, so the total possible expenses actually depend on the degree of baldness; you can have an estimate only after consultation. Some clinics may charge you by the session (sittings) and multiple sittings may be required until you are satisfied with the thickness of the hair growth.
Immediately following surgery the recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. During the first few days it will be noticeable, these hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within 7 to 10 days and most patients are comfortable being in public without wearing a hat in few days.
It grows within a few weeks depending upon the growth cycle of the transplanted follicle, at the normal growth rate of 1 – 2 mm/day. Within 3 – 6 months al the transplanted hair follicles will start to grow.
Yes, since the hair follicles transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to baldness, they are as permanent as your normal hair although you may see some hair fall and regrowth which is totally a normal occurrence as we all experience in our daily life. They will also grey with aging.
A hair transplant when done rightly can look so completely natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you’ve had it done. It’s important to choose the right procedure and the clinic which assures you a complete natural look. The hair transplant procedure that we recommend is called “Follicular Unit Transplant” (FUT).
Some of the patients may not get the expected results, this is because each individual react differently to tissue injury and has different levels of capacity to heal, allowing the hair follicular unit to grow normally. If you have had an unsatisfactory hair transplant you can have a revision hair transplant.