All About Hair Transplants – Myths Debunked

Hair transplant procedures have come a long way since they were first available in the mid-1950s. Still, there are a couple of myths that have to be cleared to ensure a hassle-free hair transplant experience. Yes, they are definitely on the pricier side but before you sign up, you need to be quite clear on what to expect…

Hair Transplant Before After

Myths – Hair Transplant

Suitable for young men – In fact, it is suitable for young as well as senior adults i.e. both men and women. There is no age bar for a hair transplant however certain vital parameters need to be monitored and hence it is advisable to get it done under expert medical supervision.

Damages the Brain – No, the treated scalp is the top layer of the brain and hence no question of damaging the brain.

Painful Procedure – No, it is not a painful procedure. The entire process is done under local anesthesia. There may be slight discomfort after it wears out but then that is bearable.

Medicines for the rest of your life – None at all. After the procedure, some pain killers and antibiotic tablets are prescribed as precautionary measures. Post that, no medicines are required for your scalp while you could approach your doctor for advice on maintaining your mane.

Externally Grown or Third Party Hair – False, hair cannot be grown externally. Also, the body is very much likely to reject such type of hair. As of now skin has been grown externally and transplanted but not hair. So, a hair transplant procedure would involve your hair to be grafted and implanted on your scalp.

Dr Shankar Sawant

Dr. Shankar Sawant

The noted Hair Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Shanker Sawant, Rejoice Clinic states, “Hair Transplant is safe and permanent with manageable side effects.”

Hope most of your myths related to hair transplant are cleared. Now, we move on to the latest hair transplants procedures –

FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – Strip Method:

As the name suggests, a strip of tissue with hair follicles is removed from the rear side of the scalp. These follicles are carefully removed from this skin tissue and implanted in areas that require hair. The scalp area is then stitched up and healing takes place over some time. This method is not preferred as it leaves a scar in the area where the strip of tissue was removed.

Each FUT session could last up to 6 to 7 hours depending upon the area of the scalp that requires a transplant. If the area of transplant is quite large, more than1 sessions would be required.

FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant:

This technique uses a small punch to remove hair follicles from the scalp using a small punch. It is a relatively convenient procedure and hence has proved to be quite popular. The hair grafts are implanted using fine needlepoint tool i.e. the NeoGraft. The hair transplant results are better and give a more natural look. Further, it does not cause scars as no scalp has been removed.

But FUE is on the expensive side but with a higher success rate. Here again, the number of sittings depends upon the size of the area that requires hair transplant.

Robotic Hair Transplant:

As the name suggests, this hair transplant is done using a robot implying extra fine precision with nearly 100% accuracy. The procedure is done using a double punch arrangement with absolutely nil human interference using the ARTAS Robotic System. The robots are equipped to extract quality hair grafts. Since they can graft in larger quantities, less number of sittings are required. The robotic hair transplant is an expensive affair. The recovery period is sooner as compared to the other procedures as no surgical invasion is done.

DHI – Direct Hair Transplant:

Direct Hair Transplant uses a microsurgical tool to perform hair grafting. The hair follicles are directly implanted in a specific direction in the thinning hair area hence it is called Direct Hair Transplant. The sitting period could be of 2 to 4 hours and fewer sittings could be required as human intervention is minimal.

Post Transplant Procedure Scenario:

Recovery Period:

There could be discomfort for the initial 2 – 3 days after the procedure after which you could feel quite normal. The doctors prescribe pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines to minimize the discomfort along with antibiotics. At times, they could prescribe medicines to minimize hair fall.

Hair Growth:

Hair growth is visible after 10 days of the procedure but for the best results, it is advisable to wait for at 4 – 6 months.

Advice:

It is advisable to choose a well-qualified doctor or surgeon with a good reputation to do your hair transplant operation. The clinic you choose should have an exceptionally clean, hygienic and a sterile room for doing the actual procedure else you could develop a septic infection and further complicate matters.

You need to research and review well before you choose including their testimonials. Do visit ClinicSpots, the most reliable web-based healthcare portal that offers extensive information on hair transplant procedures. It posts responses to queries related to hair transplant posted on their website.

If you are keen to go ahead with a hair transplant procedure, ClinicSpots will assist you in locating hair transplant clinics and doctors in your areas as per your preference and book appointment for you as well.

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