Is age important for Hair Transplantation?
Technically hair transplantation can be performed at any age. The patient’s age is a vital factor to be considered, though. Preferably the patient should be at least 30 years of age. Under certain circumstances younger patients may be considered.
Is there any risk of infection?
With any breach of the skin, the risk of infection does exist, however small it may be. Post-operative infection is very rare. In the rare event of an infection, it is usually treatable with antibiotics.
Is it going to pain during and after the surgery?
Majority of the patients are comfortable both during and after the hair transplant surgery. When administering the local anaesthesia patients will experience some discomfort or pain. Once the medicine starts to work the patient should not feel any pain. Postoperative pain is less and the recovery much faster.
Will I need time to go for work after my surgery?
This depends on your type of work. If you don’t have a physical or strenuous job, medically you can go back to work after just a couple of days, otherwise, return after 7 days. The other consideration is from a cosmetic point of view. If you do not have sufficient hair to cover the donor site or if you are very concerned about anyone knowing, then it is probably best to take a couple of weeks off work. You will not be able to wear a hat immediately after surgery, although a modified cap may be possible depending upon the surgeon’s opinion. The sun will not damage your grafts, but as your scalp may still be numb you will need to wear a hat to avoid sunburn to your scalp.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
FUE follicles containing 1-4 hairs are removed individually from the donor site (usually on the sides and back of the head,) and artfully transplanted into thinning or balding areas on the head. The individual extraction of the donor hair ensures minimal risk of skin scarring as compared to the old strip-surgery method.
Can a Hair Transplant go Wrong?
Not only using the wrong donor grafts result in your hair transplant not looking as natural as possible it also has a higher chance of failing. There is a chance of the transplanted hair rejecting and your hair transplant will go wrong.
Can the procedure be repeated?
Yes. The procedure can be repeated and a large number of hairs can be removed without noticeable thinning in the donor-area. As hair loss is progressive, a patient may need between 1-3 hair transplants throughout their adult life.
Will I regain a full head of hair?
Although a very good result is expected, the results can never be guaranteed as it depends on many factors; hair loss area size, donor area quality (volume and density), size of the procedure, lifestyle and diet, medication, underlying medical conditions, unrealistic expectations and the quality of the hair transplantation procedure.
During hair transplantation we are only redistributing your existing hair to your thin or bald areas. The transplanted hair usually behaves like the donor hair. We are not creating new hair. Having said that, in expert hands, the limited donor hair available can be used to create the illusion of a lot more hair in people with significant hair loss. In extensive baldness it may be difficult to get extensive coverage with high density. Your surgeon will be able to determine that on examination.
Do I need to take any medicines ?
Antibiotics and pain killers is all that you will need to take after surgery and our doctors will prescribe some medicines/supplements to help strengthen the transplanted as well as the existing hair.