Question 1 : Why should I consider follicular unit transplant?
Hair in the front and top of the head are lost because it is genetically hormone susceptible. Hair on the sides and lower back are genetically immune to hormone sensitivity and are genetically programmed to grow a lifetime , It will continue to grow even though it is transplanted to different site. This is the medical fact and has been repeatedly proven for more than forty years.
Question 2 : How hair transplant is done?
Follicular unit transplantation gives permanent hair replacement of lost hair with new roots that grow normal hair. The new hair can be cut, shampooed and treated like natural hair. Under local anaesthesia, donor hair are harvested from the back and sides of the scalp. These hair follicles are then grafted into the bald area. Grafting of follicles is technically demanding and requires high level of artistic skill. In 3-8 weeks, the transplanted hair are shed, leaving the intact root in the skin. In 3-6 months, the transplanted follicle begins to grow new natural hair and continues to grow at half an inch per month for the rest of the life.
Question 3 : Is the hair transplant surgery painful?
You may have heard that the process is very painful. but with the proper technique in the application of an anaesthesia, it does not remain a painful process at all. It all depends on how the surgeon applies the anaesthesia and our clinic uses the least painful process available for the comfort of our patients. For a hair transplant process, every surgeon uses a nerve blocking local anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is never used in this case. Any pain at all during our procedure would be during the initial needle injection. Our clinic uses several techniques to reduce even this minimum pain. The anaesthesia is warmed to reduce the reaction time. The skin is pre – numbed before each localized shot and the finest gauge needle (30gauge) is used to minimise this pain. Initially, the patient is given a sedative through an IV medication. This sedative puts the patent into a relaxed, “twilight zone” state to minimize any pain there might be from the subsequent injections.
Most patients have informed us that the process was less painful than a routine trip to the dentist. In addition, the day after the hair transplant process 50% of our patient do not require any pain relievers at all and the other 50% will take pain killers for only a few days until the discomfort is gone.
Question 4 : How many sessions are required for a transplant?
If you have a completely bald area, it may take two surgeries to cover your entire head, If you have an area partially covered with hair, it may take only one surgery to fill in the area. The time between each session is usually three or four months depending on how the hair is growing out and to provide more equal distribution.
Question 5 : How long does it take the transplanted hair to grow out enough to fill in the balding area?
Usually it takes three to six months for the hair to grow out, and after that it will grow about half an inch per month. Which is the same rate as the donor hair. Initial hair quality is usually very thin, like baby hair and then it becomes coarse over a period of time. Sometimes the initial hair is curlier, then straightens in about one year. The color of the initial hair may also be darker and will get light and natural in due course.
Question 6 : How long will the transplanted hair continue to grow?
Basically, the transplanted hair is the hair from the back of the head, so even though it is transplanted, it will still have the same life span. Normally, the transplanted hair follicle sheds every three to six years and then grows back from the root. The transplanted hair continues the same life circle.