Hair transplant is a blessing not only for those who have bald scalps but also for those who have a general hair thinning in a specific area of scalp. These issues were previously treated with medicines like finasteride and rogaine that grow hair on bald patches but the bad side of the treatment was, it gives results as long as they are used. Once you stop using medicines you will lose all hair that was grown with medicines. It would essentially mean that you need to use medicines throughout your life. No doubt, that is a big continuous expense.
Hair transplant surgery is popular for its benefits. It gives permanent and natural looking hair. You can shampoo your hair, brush them and even pull them and they will not fall out. Your new hair would not need any extra maintenance. They will stay quite fine with your normal hair care routine. As far as the surgical procedure is concerned, using a local anesthesia ensures that you will not feel any pain during the treatment. As the procedure is minimally invasive so, there is only minimal bleeding and with the use of modern techniques (FUE hair transplant) there will be no discomfort after surgery. However, it majorly depends on a person’s tolerance level; usually patients go for the work the same day after surgery.
Hair transplant procedures
Strip harvesting it is an old approach is used whenever an increased number of grafts are needed to be transferred in one session. It takes a strip of tissues from the back of the head, extracts hair follicles from the strip and plants them in a bald or balding site. It leaves linear marks on the donor area.
Follicular unit extraction it is a modern approach of hair transplant and gives minimum downtime and discomfort. In FUE individual follicular units which have 1-4 hairs are extracted. This technique leaves no linear scars and requires an experienced and skillful surgeon.
Side effects and risks
There are minimum side effects and risks involved in the treatment.
- Swelling of scalp and forehead is common. Your surgeon may recommend you a painkiller to ease any resulting discomfort.
- During first two weeks after your transplant, all your hair would fall out, a procedure known as shock loss. New hair would appear after two to three months.
- You may experience itching and scab formation. Shampooing will help prevent scab formation.
Hair transplant is a state-of-the-art procedure that miraculously returns your hair. For sure, you can stay happy with anything but a bald scalp!