How does hair transplantation work?
The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site).
The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and regrowth. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Originally many years ago, large circular grafts (commonly called ‘plugs’) containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeably unnatural results. Over years, instruments and techniques have been developed that allow hair transplant surgeons to achieve truly natural results by transplanting large numbers of small grafts very close together. We have found that hair grows from the scalp in groups of one, two, or three (and rarely, four) hair follicles, called “follicular units.” We can transfer these groups of follicles, called “follicular unit grafts,” after eliminating the excess surrounding tissue.
This allows the grafts to be placed closer together resulting in a denser and more natural result. A significant amount of artistry is also needed in order to recreate the natural patterns of hair growth.
Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?
Yes. The hair that is transplanted usually comes from the back of the head or the side of the head of you having the transplant. Unless you have an identical twin with extra hair to donate, you must serve as your own donor. The hair follicle that is transplanted, should it survive the transplant, will produce hair in its new location. The hair follicles will not divide and multiple to produce several hairs in its new location. So, in that sense, the hair that is transplanted will not “spread”.
How long does a hair transplant procedure take?
Hair transplantation can be quite time intensive. Depending on the amount of hairs that needs to be transplanted, it often takes several operative sessions, and these must be placed at least 6 to 8 hours apart.
Does the hair transplant procedure hurt?
Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during a hair transplant procedure today. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anesthetic is injected into the scalp. Once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain. If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to re-anesthetize the area. Advances in local anesthetic and the way it is applied allow for a comfortable and relaxing procedure. Most patients watch movies, listen to music or nap during their procedure.
What does a hair transplant cost?
Despite the initial cost of the procedure, hair transplantation can be less expensive than an artificial hairpiece over the long run. Considering that the results are permanent, most people consider it a good investment in their future happiness.Different surgeons have different practice costs, which they must cover. The business of hair transplantation is relatively competitive and individual surgeons are not shy about stating what their procedure costs once they have seen what needs to be done in an individual patient. Without an examination, It is not possible to quote a price on a patient.
How many grafts/hairs will I need?
Totally dependsupon the area of baldness as well as donor area and customer’s requirement. Need to consultwith specialist to get an idea about look, it should be natural.
What is the recovery/healing time?
Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day. Your hair restoration surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation.
Will people know I had a hair transplant?
No, specialist means specialist. Hair transplantation surgeon is responsible to give you a natural look.
When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?
Are the results permanent?
Yes, transplanted hairs are from your permanent donor site.
How do I find an excellent hair restoration surgeon?
Since our own specialty is plastic surgery, we are somewhat prejudiced in favor of plastic surgeons. There are individuals with other specialty training background that do good hair transplant procedures. In general, we think that the plastic surgeon is more likely to be able to use mini grafts, tissue expansion, flap advancement, and scalp reduction techniques to accomplish you’s goals. I think that having many techniques available increases the likelihood that one can meet you’s expectations.