A hair transplant is a popular cosmetic surgery performed by a skilled hair transplant surgeon to restore the natural hairline of an individual. At Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, we understand that every patient is unique, and their hair loss pattern and expectations may differ. That’s why our hair transplant surgeons provide personalised care to every patient, starting from the very first consultation.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A follicular relocation endeavor, known as a hair transplant, is a surgical procedure involving the displacement of hair follicles from a donor zone, typically situated on the posterior or lateral regions of the cranium, to the recipient area, often located on the alopecic or thinning regions atop the cranium. This procedure aims to rehabilitate the hair growth in the targeted region, thus producing an authentic and organic head of hair. While this technique is frequently utilised for treating male pattern baldness, it can also be employed to revive hair in diverse regions of the body.
How does a Hair Transplant work?
A hair Transplant involves extracting hair follicles from a chosen donor area, which is typically located at the back or sides of the cranium. This is accomplished through the implementation of either the follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique. In FUE, a minuscule punch tool is employed to extract individual hair follicles, one at a time. On the other hand, FUT involves removing a strip of skin containing multiple hair follicles, which are then dissected into individual units.
These extracted follicles are then transplanted into the recipient area with extreme precision, utilizing either small incisions or punctures. Following the procedure, the transplanted follicles will begin to sprout new hair growth in the designated area.
However, it may take several months for the full results to appear. The efficacy of a hair transplant depends on several variables, including the dexterity of the surgeon, the quantity and quality of the donor’s hair, and the traits of the recipient area, among other factors.
What conditions does Hair Restoration Surgery treat?
Hair restoration surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps people address hair loss issues. It has gained popularity as a viable solution for male and female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. This condition is hereditary and causes hair loss and thinning in specific areas of the scalp.
Hair restoration surgery aims to transplant hair follicles from areas of the patient’s scalp that are not susceptible to hair loss (the donor area) to areas affected by hair loss or balding (the recipient area). This surgical technique is also used to manage other forms of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder resulting in patchy hair loss.
The effectiveness of hair restoration surgery can vary depending on the nature and severity of the hair loss condition.
Who is a candidate for Hair Transplant?
In a hair transplant surgery, hair follicles from a donor area are transplanted to a recipient area to restore hair growth. This procedure is mainly used to treat androgenetic alopecia, a genetic condition that causes balding or thinning hair in certain areas of the scalp. However, other types of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, can also be treated with hair restoration surgery. But the success of the surgery depends on several factors, including the severity and type of hair loss and the expertise of the surgeon. Overall, if you are experiencing hair loss and are considering hair restoration surgery, it is important to consult with a qualified surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Before the procedure
During the consultation, the surgeon evaluates the patient’s medical history, including any underlying medical conditions, medications, and allergies. This information is crucial in determining the patient’s eligibility for hair transplant surgery and minimising the risks associated with the procedure.
The surgeon also examines the patient’s hair loss pattern, including the extent of hair loss, and hair quality in the donor area. This evaluation helps the surgeon determine the number of grafts required for the procedure and design a hair transplant plan that suits the patient’s unique needs.
During the procedure
Our surgeons use the latest techniques and equipment to create the best possible results during the hair transplant procedure at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka. The surgeon will first administer local anaesthesia to the scalp, which ensures that the patient is comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
The surgeon will use a specialised instrument to harvest hair follicles, which is usually at the back, since the hair is dense and resistant to balding. The donor area is carefully selected to ensure that the harvested follicles are of the highest quality and can be transplanted to the recipient area for optimal growth.
Once the hair follicles are harvested, they are meticulously transplanted to the recipient area using tiny incisions in the scalp. The surgeon carefully places each graft in a predetermined location and direction, ensuring that the transplanted hair looks natural and grows in the desired direction.
After the procedure
After the hair transplant procedure, patients can expect to experience
some discomfort and swelling in the scalp area. Our experts provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that the patient’s scalp heals properly and the transplanted hair grows as expected. Pain medication and cold compresses are usually recommended to manage discomfort or swelling.
The recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the hair transplant procedure. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week, but it is important to follow instructions to ensure the best possible outcome. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting or exercise, for a few weeks after the procedure to allow the scalp to heal properly.
Complications and Risks
While it’s generally a safe and effective procedure, it’s not without its potential complications. Here are a few common risks:
- Loss of feeling on your scalp.
- Failed grafts or flaps.
- Excessive blood loss.
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia.
Our surgeons provide patients with detailed aftercare instructions and follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery process. Patients can rest assured that they are in good hands with our Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka team.
Treatment at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka
Hair transplant surgery can be a life-changing procedure for those suffering from hair loss. At Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, we offer advanced hair transplant techniques and personalised care to ensure the best possible results for our patients. Our skilled surgeons, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to patient care make us the top choice for hair transplant surgery. In addition, we provide comprehensive care throughout the entire hair transplant process, from pre-operative consultation to post-operative follow-up, making sure our patients have a seamless and satisfactory experience.