What is Hair Transplant?
Hair Transplant is a surgical procedure that transplants or relocates hair follicles from back of the head (which is most resistant to baldness) to the balding areas in the front or top of the head.
Surgically performed hair transplant involves precise and close placement of large numbers of small grafts consisting of naturally occurring bundles of hair. The grafts are obtained after fine dissection of the donor area of the scalp under high magnification. These grafts are then transplanted into the recipient areas under magnification, for precise placement.
When these hair follicles grow, the results are mostly permanent. The hair follicles present at the back of the head usually last a lifetime. They are resistant to baldness, and remain so, regardless of the site to which they are transplanted.
Are the results of hair transplant completely natural?
|Patient #1: Before Hair Transplantation|
|Patient #1: After Hair Transplantation|
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 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.
How many grafts would be necessary?
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 signs of hair transplant evident after the surgery?
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 hair transplant?
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 India. The 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.