What is Hair Transplant?
Hair transplant is a relatively minor surgical procedure that is very safe. It’s the transferring of hair-bearing skin to the bald or thinning parts of the scalp.
Effects of Hair Transplant
The transplanted hair above the scalp will initially be shed and for about 6-12 weeks, its roots will remain dormant. New hairs should begin to grow after this period.
Candidates for Hair Transplant
An ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery are those who have experienced permanent hair loss. This includes patients with male pattern baldness, women with thinning hair (female pattern thinning), those with areas of scarring from injuries or hair loss after undergoing facelift procedures, and those who simply want to thicken or restore beards, eyebrows, or eyelashes.
During the initial consultation, BHMG’s Board Certified Surgeon will ask for a complete medical history and will conduct a careful examination to evaluate your overall health. Pre-transplant and post-transplant photos will be taken of every patient who wishes to undergo this procedure.
The Hair Transplant Procedure
The hair transplant procedure usually takes about 3 to 8 hours and is performed on an out-patient basis with local or twilight anesthesia. The transplant itself involves removing a strip of permanent hair-bearing skin from the “donor area” (usually the back or the sides of the scalp). Using various techniques, the strip is then dissected into micrografts (containing 1 to 3 hairs) and mini-grafts (containing 3 to 8 hairs) each. These micro/mini grafts are then planted I to the thinning or balding area of the scalp (also called the “recipient area”). Creating very small micrografts (follicular units) allows very natural, feathered hairlines to be grafted and helps avoid an abrupt, clumpy look. Mini-grafts can also be used behind the hairline for added density.
Depending on the degree of baldness in the frontal and crown area, 1 to 3 procedures involving several hundred (or perhaps even 1,500 or more) grafts may be required in order to achieve the ideal result. Naturally, more procedures may be required if hair loss continues or if greater density is desired. Within 24 hours, you can expect to see small crusts forming on each graft which will shed in around 7 to 10 days. Grafted hairs are observed to start growing by 6 to 12 weeks after the procedure and can be expected to grow from then onwards.
To minimize swelling and bruising, patients may be required to sleep in a semi-upright position for 2-3 days following the procedure and to use moist compresses or sprays. Small crusts that may form on each grafts can be camouflaged by combing existing hair over the recipient area. Rest assured that these crusts usually flake off around 10 to 14 days after the surgery. Any feeling of numbness that may occur in either the donor or recipient areas usually disappear 2 to 8 months after the surgery.
It is possible that minor infections can occur around a newly transplanted hair follicle, similar to that of an infected ingrown hair or pimple. Minor scars can also be expected. Patients may experience mild swelling around the forehead area for a few days following surgery and on rare occasions, some patients may even experience a black eye if the frontal scalp is transplanted.
Note that risks may vary from patient to patient. You should be fully aware of the medical risks involved in a procedure before consenting to undergo surgery. Please be advised that it is your obligation to inform your surgeon of any key medical information that may affect the outcome of your desired procedure.
Who is an ideal candidate for a Hair Transplant?
An ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery are those who have experienced permanent hair loss. This includes those with male pattern baldness, women with thinning hair (female pattern thinning), those with areas of scarring from injuries or hair loss after undergoing facelift procedures, and those who simply want to thicken or restore beards, eyebrows, or eyelashes.