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Hair Transplant: Symptoms, Classification, Diagnosis & Recovery

Hair transplant treatment has gained an immense popularity in the recent few years. This cosmetic treatment has offered a new hope to people who suffer from premature falling of hair and baldness. In fact, hair transplant not only helps those who suffer from baldness but also the ones who want a new look by altering their main and hairline. Many cosmetologists around the world offer hair transplant as an effective hair loss treatment that gives long-term and satisfying results.

This hair loss treatment is best suited for people who have lost confidence because of their receding hairline and baldness. It can boost confidence in people while improving their self-image and self-worth. However, it is necessary to talk to a good cosmetic surgeon before opting for this procedure and to analyze whether you are a candidate for it or not.

  • You will be advised to stop smoking and restrict alcohol intake at least a few weeks before the surgery.
  • Do not cut or shave your hair before the transplant.
  • Massage your scalp every day for 10 to 15 minutes for at least a week before the surgery.
  • Take medications as advised by the doctor.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any medications. They may advise you to stop them temporarily. These may include blood-thinning medications, beta blockers, anti-inflammatory medicines, and herbal supplements.
  • You may be asked to undergo a few routine blood tests and other tests such as an ECG.

This hair regrowth treatment is generally conducted in the doctor’s office. During this procedure, the hair already present on the scalp are used for transplant to the scalp area that has gone bald.

The surgeon first cleans the scalp and inject the medicine to numb the area. Depending on the approach used for transplantation, the surgeon may perform the following steps:

Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)

  • The surgeon removed a strip of skin from the back of the head.
  • The scalp is sewn, closed, and covered by surrounding hair.
  • The strip of skin is divided into tiny grafts with just one of a few more hair

Follicular unit extraction (FUE)

  • The surgeon shaves the back of the scalp.
  • The follicles are removed one by one from the shaved area.
  • The area heals by itself and is covered by hair eventually.

Once the grafts are available, the surgeon created tiny holes in the targeted bald area and places each graft in a hole. The entire procedure takes around four to six hours to complete.Depending on the desired results and the outcomes of the procedure, another session may be conducted.

You may experience extreme tenderness and soreness in the scalp after the procedure. This is why you will be required to take pain medications for at least a few days.

Additionally, you will have a bandage over your scalp for a few days. An anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotic may be prescribed by the cosmetologist following the procedure. You will be able to return to a normal routine within two to five days of the procedure.

The transplanted hair usually fall out within a week or two of the procedure. However, the growth of new hair starts within a month of hair transplant. However, most people are able to see the growth of new hair after six to nine months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Whatis the hair transplant cost?

A: Hair transplant cost varies from one country to the other. However, it may vary from $4000 to $15000.

Q: What are the risks associated with a hair transplant?

A: Hair transplant complications rarely occur, however, some patients may suffer from complications arising out of infection and bleeding. Inflammation of the hair follicle transplanted is also a complication.

Q: How long does hair transplant last?

A: Hair transplant is generally considered as a permanent solution for hair loss.

Q: Does hair transplant work for everyone?

A: While it does work for most of the people, it may be considered less effective for men and women whose follicles have been dormant for more than two years.

Q: What is the hair transplant success rate?

A: The success rate of hair transplant among non-smokers is more than 90 percent. The grafts are able to grow successfully in them after a few months of the procedure.