Best Hair Transplant / Hair Loss Surgery in Kolkata

What is Hair Transplantation?

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair is moved from the back and/or sides of the scalp, where it is permanent (donor area), to areas that are thinning or bald on the front, top, or crown of the scalp (recipient area). Once transplanted, the hair will continue to grow for a person’s lifetime. Dr. Srinjoy Saha performs the two most effective types of hair restoration procedures, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). 

What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair restoration procedure in which naturally-occurring groups of one to four hairs, called follicular units, are transplanted from the donor area to the recipient area.
In FUT, after the patient’s scalp is numbed, the doctor removes a thin strip of tissue from the back and/or sides of the scalp. The donor strip is then separated into hundreds to thousands of individual follicular units using precise stereo-microscopic dissection techniques. As the follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny slits in the scalp (recipient sites), into which the grafts are placed.
If well executed, the use of follicular units ensures that the transplant results will look completely natural and be undetectable. Follicular Unit Transplantation was conceived by Dr. Bernstein and first described in the medical literature in his landmark 1995 publication.

What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of extracting, or “harvesting,” follicular units one-by-one directly from the scalp. In FUE, an instrument is used to make small, circular incisions in the skin around follicular units, separating them from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp, leaving a small open hole that heals with a small white mark.
This method of donor harvesting is what differentiates the FUE procedure from Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), in which the donor hair is removed in a long strip that is dissected into individual follicular units under a stereo-microscope. The creation of recipient sites and the placing of follicular unit grafts are essentially the same in FUE and FUT procedures.
The FUE technique was conceived by Dr. Ray Woods in the 1990s in Australia and was introduced into the medical literature by Rassman and Bernstein in 2002. In 2011, Dr. Bernstein began performing FUE using robotic technology, and now all FUE hair transplants at Bernstein Medical use the speed, precision, and consistency of the robotic hair transplant system.

Which is Best? FUT or FUE method of Hair Transplant?

In general, FUT yields the most donor hair. Therefore, the procedure is best suited for more extensive hair loss and in patients where the main concern is the maximum use of one’s donor supply. The hair is maximized because of the precise nature of stereo-microscopic dissection and the fact that all the hair is harvested from the mid-portion of the permanent zone where the hair is most dense and stable. A limitation of FUT is that it leaves a line scar in the donor area. With normal styling, this is easily covered with hair, but it precludes someone from wearing their hair very short.
FUE is more appropriate for patients who would like to keep their hair very short or who can’t limit strenuous activities in the post-op period. In general, younger patients who need to keep their styling options flexible choose FUE, whereas those who desire the most coverage opt for FUT.

How many Grafts need to be done in Hair Transplant?

The amount of grafts necessary depends on the density of the hair that the patient wants AND the area of baldness that he wants to get covered following his Hair Loss. Like in economics, Hair Transplant is also governed by the eternal rule of "Demand and Supply". The "Demand" is determined by Density and Area, and the ""Supply" is determined by the availability of hairs at the donor site at the back of the head.

Are the results of hair transplant completely natural?

Hair transplant results done by a good surgeon is completely natural. The hair grows at the same rate as others, and it can be cut and styled just like hair in other parts of the head. In fact, the results are so natural that even a hair stylist will be unable to understand if it has been performed at all.
The recommended state of the art hair transplant procedure to achieve this procedure is called "Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation".

How long does Hair Transplant take to perform?

A typical session of Hair Transplant usually lasts a full day. Patients do not need to stay overnight. Most patients can arrive in the morning and go home by the evening. It is advisable that patients be accompanied by relatives or friends, stay in a nearby place, avoid   long distance journeys or drive a car immediately afterwards.

Is Hair Transplant procedure painful?

All patients with Hair Loss routinely receive a special regimen of analgesics, sedatives and regional anesthesia before Hair Transplant is performed. There are usually no complaints of pain or discomfort from the patients, and the entire procedure is performed peacefully. In between, patients can have meals and multiple breaks.

After Hair Transplant  is over, there is mild amount of soreness and numbness, and maybe some discomfort, but all of these are taken care of well by necessary medicines.

What do I Expect After My Hair Transplant Procedure?

There are some pink areas with scabs immediately following the surgery around the areas of micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions heal rapidly within 7 to 10 days. The transplanted hairs may be noticeable in the first few days following the surgery if transplant is performed in a completely bald or thinned out area. Even then, most people feel comfortable without a cap or hat within a week of surgery. The results look and feel completely natural once the hair grows out completely following hair transplant. It is not possible to distinguish the areas where hair transplant was performed even after close examination later on.

What are the Costs of a Hair Transplant Procedure?

The costs have been kept at affordable levels, keeping in mind the socioeconomic factors facing the common man in our parts of the country. In fact, the costs are among the most affordable being available in Kolkata and also for that matter, in IndiaThe costs have been kept intentionally low to reach out to the general public at large and help them reap the benefits of  plastic and cosmetic surgery.



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