Hair transplantation refers to transfer of intact hair from one part of the body to another. Typically this procedure offers a solution for those seeking to replace hair loss.

The purpose of Hair transplantation is to make you look different. Hair transplantation should not be looked upon as a cure for baldness. No hair transplant of any complexity time or cost will match the dense hair growth that you had in your youth. The philosophy of hair transplantation is to frame the face with hair on three sides (the right left and the top). This framing of the face with hair gives you a youthful look. You should judge the results of the surgery by what it does to your appearance and physical appeal, rather than what it does at the operated site itself.

Hair transplantation can replace hair loss due to a variety of causes. Balding in men and in women can be treated by this procedure.

This procedure can replace hair in

  • The scalp to replace balding
  • The eyebrow
  • The mustache

This procedure is a good option for you if:

  • You are bothered by balding
  • Your are concerned by a thinning hair line
  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectations

There are different ways to do harvest the hair from the scalp. In FUT (Follicular Unit Transfer) or strip method here a strip of hair is harvested and then the hair is split into individual follicles under videomicroscopy. The place where the hair is harvested from is closed with sutures.

In FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or follicle extraction method, the hair follicles are extracted by the use of a special instrument. After this the hair is follicles are prepared and transplanted . Here there are no sutures on the scalp.

This procedure can be done under local anaesthesia. There is a chance that it may have to be repeated in future.

The procedure is performed a day care surgery and you will be sent home the same day on a few medications. You will need to come for follow up during the following week.

The final results of hair transplantation are generally good. There is a possibility of you needing a second transplantation in order to have a more natural looking hair growth.

What to expect:

Hair Transplant is a delicate procedure. Follow the instructions properly for optimal results. Transplanted hair begins to grow in 3-4 months. In the mean time small scabs form around the hair follicles and in 7-10 days time they fall off along with the shaft. DO NOT PANIC, this is normal,. Roots are left behind which continue to grow reaching the skin surface in 3-4 months. By 10 months hairs will mature and add density to the areas. Since the hair grows at 1.5 cm per month it usually takes 10 months to see the results of surgery.

Diet: Normal diet, no spicy food.

Posture: Do not bend to pickup things in the first five days. ( Swelling and bleeding may occur at implantation site)

Sleeping: Keep the head elevated , this reduces the swelling and discomfort.

  1. Start washing after 24 hours.
  2. Use half a bottle of saline/ mineral water to wet the head.
  3. Lather any shampoo on the palm and gently tap it on the head,(DO NOT RUB)leave it for 2-3minutes.
  4. Use other half of saline/mineral water to rinse off the shampoo.
  5. Pat with a towel to dry( DO NOT RUB, DO NOT USE BLOWER)
  6. Follow the above steps twice daily for one week.
  7. After 7 days you can gently rub the grafts.
  8. After 10 days shampoo normally.

Sutured area:

  1. Wash the area daily.
  2. Apply antiseptic cream given twice daily.

Watch out for:

  1. Bleeding: Small amount of staining from donor site or recipient area is common, if you see bleeding from a spot use the gauze given and apply continuous pressure for 10 minutes.
  2. Hiccups: Occasionally this problem is seen in the first 24 hrs, do not panic, it is self limiting. Drink plenty of fluids.
  3. Swelling: In about 5% of patients swelling which may extend to eye lids is seen. It pain less, does not affect the grafts. Gentle massage, ice packs on the fore head will help.
  4. Folliculitis: Some patients develop folliculitis at the grafted site. They look like pimple or acne. Apply moist warm soaks and antiseptic creams thrice daily. If this does not resolve in a day or two report to us for further treatment.

Dos and Don’ts

  1. No alcohol for 36-72hrs.
  2. No aspirins or blood thinners for 48 hrs
  3. No exercise or sports for a week. Mild exercises after 10 days.
  4. No swimming for 6 weeks.
  5. No cutting or dying of hairs for 6-8 weeks
  6. Grooming with gel hair spray allowed after 2 weeks.
  7. Wear a cap while going out.