Hair loss can be the result of multiple factors, mainly caused by a combination of aging, hormonal changes, and genetics. There is more than one technique that can be used to improve your appearance, which will be selected based on the extent of your hair loss.
During an initial consultation with Dr Shetty, your head and scalp will be assessed, and you will learn which hair transplant technique will meet your desired results. The goal of hair transplant surgery is to use your existing hair in an efficient manner so that your balding areas can be restored.
To qualify as an ideal candidate, you must have healthy hair growth at both the back and sides of the head. These will serve as donor areas (places on the head where grafts are taken). The other factors that will also be taken into consideration include hair color and textures. These may affect the overall aesthetic result.
Ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery must also be healthy with no medical causes of hair loss and have realistic expectations and goals.
Hair Transplant Techniques
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The “strip” or FUT (“follicular unit transplantation”) technique is a commonly performed method for harvesting donor grafts. This surgical procedure effectively recreates a natural pattern of hair in the patient’s balding or thinning areas, producing an inaudible result. It is an excellent method for moving large amounts of grafts in a single transplantation session in those individuals who have a significant amount of balding.
Most strip method are performed on an outpatient basis and involve the use of local anesthesia.
Follicular Unit Extraction
The follicular unit extraction (FUE) method is a second technique used to harvest individual hair follicles. Like FUT, follicular unit extraction can effectively recreate a natural pattern of hair in the patient’s balding or thinning areas. This procedure requires the entire back of the scalp and sometimes above the ears to be shaved to the skin surface This technique does not require stitches or surgical clips, however, less hair can be moved in a single session as compared to the strip method.
Most FUE are performed on an outpatient basis and involve the use of local anesthesia.
It is common to experience some mild discomfort and tenderness over the scalp after hair transplantation surgery. Medicines will be prescribed post-surgery. There are multiple factors that will affect how quickly you are able to go back to your regular routine, such as the length, complexity, and type of hair replacement surgery you underwent as well as the type of work you do. If stitches or surgical clips are used, they are removed 9-10 days after surgery.
The hair can be rinsed gently with water on the first postoperative day. Gentle shampooing can usually begin three days after the procedure, and for the first few weeks, only a very mild, non-medicated shampoo should be used.
The Results of Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair transplant surgery offers a successful outcome, but it will take time to see the full results.
Within the first several weeks after surgery, many of the transplanted hairs will fall out — a process that normally follows this type of procedure. After the hair falls, it typically begins to regrow after 3-4 months have passed. You may anticipate about a half-inch of growth per month thereafter.
During the consultation, Dr Shetty will discuss the details of any potential follow-up procedures.