Can Anyone have hairtransplant?
Hair transplant is generally used to treat MPB & FPB, but not Alopecia Areata or Trichotillomania cases.
Just because people retain hair around the sides and back of their head does not mean they are suitable for a transplant. Extensive research must be done to ensure that the person is aware of what can be achieved and the doctor is clear on realistic goals. After a thorough consultation process, transplants are often a compromise between doctor and patient.
Can i achieve full head of hair
The art of hair transplantation is the illusion of a full head of hair. Logic tells us you cannot replace all lost hair, but you can mask the loss to give the illusion of more hair. The fact is that most men lose 40% of their hair before realizing they are thinning.
Will it look natural?
Hair transplants are not just about technical ability but also a talent for design, especially when creating the front hairline. A doctor with a gift for design will create the most natural looking head of hair, virtually indecipherable from original hair. This will be the difference between a good transplant and a great one.
Will it work?
The idea here is simple. Male-pattern baldness does not affect the hair on the sides and back of your head. This allows the movement of grafts to an area of thinning while maintaining its natural characteristics.
How long is the procedure?
This depends on the procedure and the amount of grafts placed. Strip procedures of 5,000 grafts plus are completed in one day while FUE procedures over 1,500 grafts are budgeted for consecutive days, i.e., 3,000 FUEs over two consecutive days.
Is it painfull
Hair transplants are considered minor surgical procedures performed with just a mild sedative under a local anesthetic. Many say the administrative element is the worst part of the procedure. Strip procedures can be slightly more uncomfortable, particularly post-op, with tightness around the suture, and this may last for a few days. Post-op is less dramatic with the FUE procedure than a FUT/Strip although in general a mild painkiller will relieve any discomfort.
Can i use someone else hair?
The easy answer is no. The genetic properties of the follicle must match those of the recipient and while research on donor transfer has begun, it is still in its very early stages.
Can hair be taken from other parts of the body
The use of body hair FUE is a newer form of transplant and should only be a last resort for patients whose scalp donor area has suffered so much trauma that there is little hair to take. Body hair can be taken from the back, chest, arms and legs but it is different from scalp hair and the patient must be aware of this before considering it. It is BHR policy not to rush into large body-hair procedures. In our experience, smaller operations spread the yield for the best long-term results.
Can i have more than one hair transplant?
The potential number of grafts on an average scalp can exceed 8,000, but this is not possible or ethically wise to transplant in one procedure. Additional procedures can be carried out at a later date if the person loses more existing hair or wants more coverage, and good donor management allows for the sensible distribution of hair and the best possible overall result.
Will i need more than one hair transplant?
Factors such as age, Norwood Class and progression of hair loss will help answer this question, but in most cases a person will undergo more than one procedure, even if there are many years between each one performed.
When will my new hair growth?
The transplanted hair in the recipient area takes about one week to bed into to the skin tissue and cardiovascular system. The hair can start to grow within the first month and then fall out, leaving no visible signs of the transplant. It is common for 80% of the placed hair to initially fall out. The follicle then rests for three to four months before growth starts. At this stage it is normal to have 30% growth; 60% at six months and the rest at 9 – 11 months. It can take a year to see full maturity and true results.
What are the health risks?
There are very few health risks associated with hair transplant, but we still take all necessary medical precautions with surgical procedures. Risks are typically related to the healing process and even post-op infection is very unlikely if you follow the instructions and take the medications provided.
Will my health affect the hair transplant?
Generally there are no medical conditions that would deter you from undergoing hair transplant. Having said that, a blood test is taken before any procedure and it is your responsibility to declare any conditions you may have or medications you are taking.
Certain precautions can be taken before and after your operation to aid healing and encourage the best possible result. These mostly have to do with your cardiovascular system. We advise you to not smoke or drink alcohol before and after the procedure (see the pre- and post-op instructions).
How long the healing takes?
This can depend on the procedure. Recipient sites heal at the same speed for either procedure but donor healing may vary. In the recipient area there will be short shafts of hair surrounded by a small scab. You begin to wash your hair the day after the procedure. The scabs are washed away gradually and the shafts of hair fall out. This normally takes 10-12 days until there is very little to see.
With the strip in the donor area, the suture can be hidden if your hair is kept long. The suture can be removed 10 days post-op but the area will remain a little red for a month while the skin tissue relaxes. With FUE in the donor area, the punches are hidden by your hair growth. Even after seven days it is hard to see any signs of the transplant while they heal.
Swelling can occur on the forehead, especially in large procedures that involve hairline creation. This is normal, starts the day after the procedure and typically last three days. There is no danger to your health or the success of the procedure. Gentle massage and an ice pack will keep this to a minimum.
What after care is needed?
Post-op care helps stop infection and speeds the healing process. Products include anti-bacterial cleansers and shampoos, which are generally used for the first two weeks before returning to your regular products.
Can i return to work / play sport right away?
Although the procedure is classed as minor, it is still surgery so a couple of days rest is advised. The cosmetic signs of the Hair Transplant will last for a couple of weeks, so depending on your lifestyle and/or job you may wish to wait until there are no visible signs. Medically speaking, however, it is perfectly feasible to return to work within couple of days.
Physical activity is not advised for a number of weeks after the procedure. There are a number of reasons for this. The cardiovascular system should not be tested while the grafts are still embedding themselves into the recipient area and any scar line could stretch if there is pressure or pulling on the scalp skin tissue.