Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation is surgical procedure performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia that involves removing a narrow strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back of the head and using it to fill an area with thin or no hair to correct androgenic alopecia, cicatricial alopecia or any form of permanent hair loss.

The cost of hair transplantation will depend largely on the amount of hair to be transplanted.

Patients are required to be in good health before undergoing the procedure. Upon evaluation, the doctor determines the cause of the hair loss before undertaking the surgery which has a number of steps.
  • First the surgeon cleans the scalp, and then injects an anesthetic to numb the area where a 3- to 4-inch strip of scalp will be removed.
  • After removing the strip of scalp, the surgeon sets it aside and sews the scalp closed. This area is immediately hidden by the hair around it.
  • The surgeon then divides the strip of removed scalp into tiny grafts containing an individual hair or just a few hairs each depending on the hair type, quality, and color as well as the size of the area where it will be transplanted.
  • After the graft preparation, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area where the hair will be placed, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and delicately places each graft in one of the holes.

The transplant takes approximately four to eight hours depending on the extent of the procedure. Sometimes additional sessions are needed if you continue to lose hair or decide you want thicker hair.

After hair transplant surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days and wear surgical dressing over the scalp for at least a day or two. Your surgeon may also prescribe an antibiotic and/or anti-inflammatory drug to be taken for several days following surgery.

It is usually a very effective since most people are able to return to work two to five days after surgery.

When do I expect to see a result?

Within two to three weeks after surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, one will start to notice new growth within a few months. Most people will have attained 60% of new hair growth after six to nine months

As with any surgical procedure, hair transplantation carries risks, including bleeding and infection. Other risks that can occur with hair transplants include scarring and unnatural-looking new hair growth.

Around the time new hair growth starts, some people experience inflammation or infection of the hair follicles. This can be relieved with antibiotics and compresses. Another potential risk is the sudden loss of transplanted hair, called shock loss but it is rarely permanent.

If you are bothered by thinning hair or balding, hair transplantation can significantly improve your appearance and self-confidence. However, it is important to understand that hair transplantation is just that — transplantation of hair you already have to a place where it is more visible. It does not create new hair.

To minimize the risks and improve the success of surgery, it is important to undergo hair transplantation only if you are healthy. You should always discuss the potential risks and benefits of any surgery with your doctor.