WILL HAIR TRNAPLANT WORK?
The principle is simple; the genetic makeup of the hair around the sides and the back are immune from the male pattern baldness gene. This enables the hairs to be moved to an area of thinning and they keep their natural characteristics and continue to grow.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
This is dependent on the procedure and the amount of grafts placed; normally it takes around 5-6 hours to complete the procedure. If more number grafts needs to be placed, consecutive days of surgery are usually planned.
IS IT PAINFUL?
With the advancements of technology, skills and medicine today, hair transplant surgery is surely less painful than it was in earlier times when larger sections of scalp were excised. The hair transplant is considered a minor surgical procedure performed with a mild sedative to calm any nerves and under a local anesthetic. Although you are conscious throughout, a few people find they sleep through large parts of the procedure.
WHICH TECHNIQUE IS BETTER?
There is not a simple answer to this question; each technique has its’ merits and its’ down falls; that is why education is vital to evaluate which procedure is going to be best suited to the individual goals, hair loss stage and long term happiness
CAN I USE SOMBODY ELSE HAIR?
The easy answer is no; the genetic properties in the follicle must match those of the recipient. Research commissioned in to the potential of donor transfer is there, but it is in the very early stages.
CAN HAIR BE TAKEN FROM OTHER PARTS OF BODY?
- The use of body Hair FUE is a newer form of H/T; and should only as a last resort on patients’ whose scalp donor has suffered so much trauma that there is little hair to take. BH can be taken from the back, chest arms and legs. It holds different characteristics to scalp hair and the patient must be extensively educated before this is even considered.
- It is BHR Policy to not rush into very large Body Hair procedures, we have found smaller operations and slightly spread yield the best long term results.
Can I Have More Than One HT?
- The potential number of grafts on an average scalp that can be moved can be in excess of 8000; and this is not possible or ethically wise to do in one procedure. Therefore, more procedures can be carried out at a later date if the person loses more existing hair or wishes more coverage. Donor management allows the sensible and ethical distribution of hair to gain the maximum result for the patient.
Will I Need More Than One HT?
- Factors such as age, Norwood Class and progression of hair loss will help to answer this question; but in most cases a person will certainly undergo more than one procedure; even if there may be many years in between each.
Will I Be Left With A Scar?
- Regardless of the technique used and how well it is performed technically the fact the skin tissue has been cut or punched there will be a scar. Today with Strip closure methods the linear scar is becoming undetectable even with very short hair. With FUE the technique is much less invasive and the scarring much smaller; on occasions the scarring can be invisible to the eye, even if the head is shaved.
When Will My New Hair Grow?
The placed hair in the recipient area takes approximately one week to properly bed into to the skin tissue and cardiovascular system. The hair can start to grow within the first month and then fall out, leaving no visible signs of the H/T; it is common for 80% of the placed hair to initially fall. The follicle then rest for 3 to 4 months before the growth starts; at this stage is normal to have 30% growth, at 6 months 60% growth and 9-11 months the remaining growth. It can take a year for the full growth to mature and the true result be seen.
What are the side effects of hair transplantation?
- Some patients experience mild pain and discomfort directly following the surgery. However, this is not likely. Since the scalp is numbed for the procedure, the majority of patients do not complain of any pain.
- It is possible that following the surgery, you will experience a temporary thinning of your pre-existing hair. This side effect does not occur in all patients, and if it does happen, hair will re-grow, along with the newly transplanted hair.
- Numbness of the scalp is likely to occur following the surgery but generally resolves in several months.
- There are several side effects of hair transplantation that are very rare and only occur in a small percentage of patients. Although these side effects are rare, they are serious. They include bleeding, scarring, cysts, and infection. The number of cases where this occurs approaches zero percent in my experience. If you do experience these side effects following your hair transplantation, call your doctor immediately.
- After the surgery, you will see small scabs form over the grafts on your scalp. These scabs will take about one week to disappear