What is Hair transplant?
Hair transplantation, it is a common surgical technique in which hair follicles are removed from a part of the body which is referred to or called as the donor site (as the site is from the follicles are taken) and then is placed on to the bald or balding site which is called the recipient site (as it is where we transplant the follicles).
What are the causes of male pattern Baldness?
What are the types of hair transplant surgeries?
First, we will discuss on the basis of the harvesting of the donor area. As per harvesting from the donor area, it is of two types :
Another classification is on the basis of equipment used
What are the side effects of Hair Transplantation?
Is hair transplant permanent?
Yes, it is. But we still do need to take care of the area and get routine checkups with the surgeon
What is the cost of the hair transplant?
The Cost of Hair Transplant varies from person to person due to the following reasons:
On average, hair transplant in Gurgaon might cost you this much:
Minimum price may be at Rs.77,000
Average price may be Rs.98,000
Maximum price may go upto Rs.1,65,000
Each graft costs about Rs. 20/- to Rs.120/-, depending upon a surgeon’s experience and center’s reputation and the technology implemented.
Hair transplant or hair transplantation is a surgical technique in which hair follicles are removed from one part of the body which is referred to as the donor site (as the site is from the follicles are taken) and then is placed on to the bald or balding site which is called the recipient site (as it is where we transplant the follicles). Hair transplant is a process which is used to treat balding pattern often in males. Hence generally refer to this treatment of the male balding pattern. Hair transplant can also be used to treat or restore the areas around eyes for example eyelashes, eyebrows or areas around the beard and chest. Sometimes it is also used to cover up an area where a scar is present due to trauma and needs covering up. Rarely, people use the technique in the pubic area also.
Balding is the major condition in which hair transplant is recommended and especially when there are areas in which hair is present at some and not at others. This is more of an aesthetic related purpose surgery that we do as today good and vibrant hairline is a mark of confidence as well. Eg: Some Movies stars endorse hair shampoos and we buy that shampoo as we want such beautiful hair, hence people do not like balding pattern unless by choice as good hair makes us feel more confident.
There are various ways in which the baldness pattern is classified. We will be discussing the most common classification pattern, the Norwood scale pattern. As per the Norwood scale pattern the balding pattern is divided into seven stages. We will discuss the stages in brief to have a better understanding.
In this, thinning of hair is noticed around the temples and slightly receding hairline or recession of hair. But, it often is not noticed by an untrained eye.
In this, we notice that the balding near the temples area has increased and moved further inwards, often described as creating M-shaped hairline. It is very commonly noticed in males.
In this stage, the baldness becomes more visible and the recession in the temple area increases and grows to the extent that there is little or no hair in the temporal regions. Also, during this stage, we notice that the area on the top of the head becomes thinner and noticeable. During this stage, often some people notice spotting or spots where hair is missing.
This is an advanced stage and when the patient reaches this stage, he is sure that he is experiencing balding and it is very much evident and noticeable by the human naked eye. During this stage, the patient often develops bald spots which are noticeable and difficult to hide. There is hair thinning on the crown portion of your head and you might lose large patch or patches of hair.
In this, the most common and early sign is that of the horseshoe-shaped hairline. This marks the stage when the hair loss is becoming severe and becomes difficult to treat.
By the time the patient reaches this stage, he has managed to lose a large portion of his hair and there is a major loss of hairline. The amount of hair covering the crown portion of the head is minimal hair.
This stage is considered to be full baldness. This is the classic horseshoe or cul-de-sac pattern, in this, the crown portion is completely bald. If no actions have been taken, the chances of recovery are very slim. Often, surgeons evaluating the patient in stage seven, generally recommend hair transplant and only do so after explaining to the patient about the success chances and making him aware of what he should expect.
When we notice balding we often think, is hair transplant a good option for me? Will it be successful? Am I the correct candidate for this?
These are some very important questions that we ask ourselves and hence go visit doctors for medical consultations.
So, some basic pointers we should keep in mind while we consult the doctor are :
When Am I not a good candidate for hair transplant?
It is actually classified into various types. First, we will discuss on the basis of the harvesting of the donor area. As per harvesting from donor area, it is of two types
Follicular Unit extraction (FUE)
The advantages that follicular unit extraction has over strip harvesting is that it gives much more better and natural results, does not require large area for harvesting like in strip harvesting, no linear scar and postoperative pain and discomfort is minimized. Also an advantage is no suture removal is required in this. But nothing is perfect in this world hence it also has some disadvantages. These include very high or increased surgical time as extracting and harvesting 3000 grafts takes time, higher cost to the patient as it is expensive and since it is technique sensitive so a very highly skilled surgeon is required to pull this off otherwise we will notice that some follicles are not able to stay at the transplanted site.
Another classification is on the basis of equipment used
Routine preoperative guidelines include:
Even with the advancement in medical sciences we still need to take some preventive measures. These include: