Word "Transplant" can be seen as made of two words, Transfer and Implant. So, hair transplant is simply transfer of living hair. These hair can be transplanted in any hairless area such as balding scalp or area of stable scar, eyebrow, moustache etc. Currently, this is the only technique that can give natural, permanent, growing hair in bald area.
Hair transplantation is used predominantly to treat the hereditary balding condition known as androgenetic alopecia ( Male pattern baldness). Patients with male pattern hair loss tend to loose hair from the front and top of their head. Since baldness is often ridiculed in society, it can undermine one's confidence and performance, especially if it comes at a young age.
Women with diffuse alopecia, selected patients with burn alopecia, eyebrow and facial hair loss patients are other candidates who can benefit from the procedure.
Although there are many causes of hair loss, the commonest cause is male pattern baldness. this is due to a combination of two factors. First, the hormonal byproduct Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT) and second your hair follicle's susceptibility to DHT, which is genetically determined. Both the factors should be present to cause hair loss.
Patients having baldness still have good density of permanent hair on the sides and back of the head. These good quality hair that naturally last a lifetime, are used to fill up the bald region. The hair are taken out from the scalp one by one (as single units called FUE) and are implanted individually in the bald area. This highly sophisticated procedure replicates the natural hair growing pattern.
The 'Strip' or FUHT technique involves cutting and taking out a portion of scalp skin followed by stitching of the wound for proper healing. It leaves a permanent linear scar in the donor area which is covered with existing hair.
In the Follicular Unit Excision or FUE technique, hairs are isolated & extracted from the scalp one by one using a FUE punch smaller than 1mm. As the wounds are very small, stiches are not required to close the extraction sites. They close spontaneously leaving a minute dot like scar.
Before starting, a mild local anaesthesia solution is injected at site of procedure. During injections you may experience discomfort or pain but soon it numbs the area of procedure. After that you won't feel anything. When anaesthesia effect wears off, you may require oral painkiller like acetaminophen.
If all is good about this new FUE procedure, what's the catch?
The catch is that FUE technique demands high level of precision and dexterity. Not all surgeons can perform FUE transplants and the results can be bad if the procedure is not performed correctly.
Not anymore. We have introduced many innovations at Provelus clinic to bring down the price of FUE transplant to a level comparable with strip surgery. In fact the price difference is so little that more than 90% of patients at Provelus now opt for FUE.
Hair transplant is a one day procedure in office setting. No admission is required. An average surgery of 1500-2000 grafts takes 5-6 hours. Megasessions of 3000 or more grafts may take 8-10 hours. You can go home the same day after procedure.
Yes. Since transplanted hair come from permanent hair zone (the back and side of scalp) that is unaffected by DHT, these hair do not fall after implantation. The growing hairs give natural, undetectable results. They will have same texture, colour and quality as your back hair and the results will last you a lifetime.
Entirely too many reasons. The biggest reason that my patients tell me is that they feel artificial. There is always that fear of losing face in public if the hair piece comes off. Then, of course, there is price for maintenance, price for replacement and price for touch ups. After some time the cost of maintaining a good hair piece crosses that of transplant and you still have nothing to show. Last but not the least is health reasons. The glue can cause allergy, the clips can cause headache,even wounds if they are too tight, weaving may pull and damage your existing hair.
The number of hairs required will be ascertained by evaluating the extent of your baldness, quality of hair, and the look you desire. Hair transplant is generally a onetime procedure. However,if the person has advanced baldness, more than one sitting may be required.
For good results. Having carried out thousands hair transplants over last years, our team offer both expertise and an assurance of quality and results. Highly qualified and internationally trained plastic surgeon carries out the hair transplant procedures at cost effective prices.