Have you been thinking about getting a hair transplant
This post was written by Dr Adil Sarwar on December 5, 2018
A hair transplant can enhance your look and build your confidence, but it’s important that you understand how the whole process works.
As a potential hair transplant recipient, here is what you need to know in order to decide if treatment is right for you.
1. The Different Types Of Hair Transplants Available
The two types of hair transplants that you can choose from are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The Follicular Unit Transplantation method is the oldest method and involves the cutting and then removal of strips of skin and hair from your scalp.
The hair is then transplanted to the areas on your scalp where there is thinning or bald spots. This method leaves a scar at the donor site.
The newest method is Follicular Unit Extraction. This involves making very small incisions around your hair follicles. The follicle units are then transplanted to the areas where you have thinning hair or bald spots.
While both methods will give you good results, the Follicular Unit Extraction method is the least invasive. It also produces the least amount of scarring and pain which means you can get back to your normal routine quickly.
2. Are You A Good Candidate For A Hair Transplant?
There are a few things that you need to bear in mind if you are want to have hair restoration surgery.
In order for you to be a suitable candidate, you must have enough hair at the donation site. The donation site is usually the areas around the back and sides of your scalp where the hair is denser.
However, in order to determine the perfect donor site, your hair surgeon will use a magnifying apparatus and measure how much hair loss you have in different areas of your scalp.
The amount of hair that you need transplanted is dependent on your rating on the Norwood Hamilton Scale. The Norwood Hamilton scale is a rating system with numbers as well as pictures that show different degrees of hair loss. Your hair surgeon will decide on your rating and then determine how much hair you need transplanted.
You may be wondering if the donor hair can come from someone else. Unfortunately, this will not work even if the donor is a relative because your body would reject the foreign hair. In order for your body not reject the foreign hair, you would have to take medication to help your body adjust.
If taking this medication was short-term then it would be beneficial to use someone else’s hair. Unfortunately, you would have to keep taking the medication for the rest of your life in order to prevent your body from rejecting the hair.
3. What Is Involved in the Treatment?
One of the important preparations for the procedure is the shaving of the area where you will receive the hair transplant. The donor site will also need to be shaved.
Since so many areas need shaving most patients normally shave the entire head to have a uniformed look.
Most Follicle Unit Extractions are completed in just one day. However, if there is a need to transplant a lot of hair, treatment may run into a second day.
Before the hair transplant surgery begins, the donor area is injected with anaesthetic in order to make it numb. This is done to ensure that you do not feel any pain while the treatment is in progress. Once the anaesthetic begins to take effect then it is time to remove your donor hair follicles one by one.
Once the donor hair is extracted the next step is to inject the treatment area with an anaesthetic to numb the area. Once the treatment area becomes numb then it is time to transplant the hairs taken from the donor site. Your surgeon will lay all the transplanted hair in the same direction as the hair that surrounds the treatment site for a natural effect.
4. What Should I Do After Surgery?
After your surgery, you should stay out of direct sunlight for a few days. If you must go outdoors then it is best to wear a hat.
While it may be tempting to touch your new hair from time, you should avoid it. If you feel some itching and soreness in the scalp you should try to resist scratching it as much as possible. If you pick at or rub your scalp it may result in your newly transplanted hair falling out.
Alcohol is something you should avoid for the first few days after the surgery since it inhibits the blood flow to the scalp. Smoking also has the same effect so you should avoid doing this as well for at least a week after your surgery.
If you wish to get even more blood flow to your scalp you may want to consider PRP treatment. This is a process by which your blood is spun and the most vital components removed and injected into your scalp to provide nourishment for your newly transplanted hair.
Strenuous activities such as exercising, playing sports and going to the sauna should be avoided during this time as they may cause excessive perspiration. Perspiration increases the chances that you will get an infection both in the donor area and the treatment area.
A hair transplant is a great way to restore your hair to its former glory. The process does not take very long which means that you can get great hair very quickly.
The key is to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery and if you have enough donor hair to make the procedure a success. Once you are identified as a suitable candidate for this surgery then you are well on your way to getting your hair restored.
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