Cosmetic Services

Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is the ultimate solution for thinning and balding, offering a permanent, natural-looking result. Our comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the procedure, from initial consultation to post-operative care, ensuring you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your hair restoration journey.

What is Hair Transplant?

Hair transplant offers a transformative solution to restore not just your hair but also your self-esteem and confidence. The procedure delivers completely natural-looking results that can be virtually undetectable. However, selecting a skilled doctor is crucial for achieving optimal outcomes.

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Donor hair is a precious resource and your most valuable asset. It’s important to understand that hair transplants can only relocate hair from areas unaffected by hair loss to the part of the scalp that needs restoration. Your hair supply is limited, which is why our doctors take utmost care to protect each individual hair throughout the procedure.

No hairs are damaged, dropped, or misplaced. This is why choosing the right hair transplant center is crucial for achieving the best possible results. Many people are unaware that poor technique and outdated equipment can cause significant damage to the donor hair follicles, making corrective treatment impossible later on.

Every individual is unique, and so is their hair loss. That’s why we tailor a hair loss treatment plan for you based on factors like your gender, age, extent of hair loss, and budget.

As your hair becomes sparse and bald, a hair transplant is the only way to fill those areas before they become noticeably visible. The beauty of it is that the transplanted hair is your own.

  • Natural-looking and undetectable results
  • Continued hair growth that should last a lifetime
  • No need for troublesome post-op maintenance
  • Maintains the natural characteristics of your original hair

Causes of Hair Loss

Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss and thinning.

DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the primary contributing factor in male pattern baldness. DHT, an androgenic hormone, is normally produced by the body and is important for normal male sexual development before birth and during puberty.

Male pattern baldness is caused by a genetic sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT. This hormone causes follicles to shrink or “miniaturize,” shortening their lifespan and preventing them from producing hair normally.

Thinning hair in women often has no apparent contributing factor like male pattern baldness. Women with hair loss typically experience diffuse thinning all over the scalp rather than a specific pattern.

This thinning hair is usually temporary and can result from various conditions related to hormonal activity, such as thyroid conditions, pregnancy, and menopause. Where illness or underlying hormonal factors are not the cause, DHT acting on an excess of androgen receptors in hair follicles may also be implicated in thinning hair in women. Female hormones are believed to influence the onset, severity, and pattern of hair loss experienced by women.

Comprehensive Guide to Hair Transplant

Everything You Need to Know

Ideal Candidates for Hair Transplant

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Hair transplant surgery can enhance your overall appearance and self-confidence, but it’s important to understand that the results may not perfectly match your expectations. Before deciding on surgery, carefully consider your goals and discuss them with your surgeon.

It’s crucial to know that all hair transplant techniques use your existing hair. The goal of a hair transplant is to make the most efficient use of this existing hair.

Candidates for hair transplant should have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head, which will serve as donor areas. These are the areas from which grafts and flaps are taken.

Factors such as hair color, texture, waviness, or curliness can significantly affect the cosmetic result. There are various techniques used in hair replacement surgery, and sometimes, a combination of techniques is used to achieve the best results.

It’s important to remember that there are limits to what can be achieved. Individuals with very little hair may not be suitable candidates for hair replacement surgery.

Hair Transplant Risks and Safety Information

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While hair transplants at Yanhee International Hospital are conducted safely by skilled and experienced physicians, it’s important to note that individuals vary greatly in their physical reactions and recuperative abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.

As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. Additionally, some scalp-reduction procedures may result in excessive bleeding and/or wide scars, sometimes referred to as “stretch-back” scars caused by tension.

In some cases, hair loss may continue after surgery, leading to an unnatural, “patchy” appearance, especially if the newly-placed hair lies next to patches of hair that continue to thin out. If this occurs, additional surgery may be necessary.

Preparing for Your Hair Transplant Procedure

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Your surgeon will provide you with a list of instructions on what to do before your procedure during our virtual consultation. These instructions will cover areas such as smoking, medications, what to bring to the hospital, and when to have your last meal before surgery.

It is crucial to follow these instructions, as well as any given after your surgery, to ensure a speedy recovery and prioritize your health.

Before your hair transplant surgery, you must strictly follow these instructions:

  • For smokers: Stop smoking two weeks before surgery. You will need to refrain from smoking for another two weeks after surgery. Smoking increases the risk of complications as the chemicals in smoke act as free radicals that can interfere with the healing process. Prolonged healing may result in the formation of large, unsightly scars. If your surgeon discovers that you are still smoking, he will not perform the procedure.
  • Stop drinking alcoholic beverages one week before your hair transplant procedure.
  • The day before your surgery, do not consume alcohol and ensure you do not eat or drink anything at least six hours before your procedure.

Hair Transplant Procedure

Hair transplant physicians now have the ability to utilize various techniques to extract and transplant large numbers of hair follicles, known as follicular units.

There are two primary techniques currently used for hair transplantation: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

These techniques differ mainly in how the hair follicles are extracted from the donor area.

 

Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

In an FUE hair transplant procedure, each follicular unit is individually extracted from the scalp without removing a strip of tissue.

Hair follicles are extracted randomly, which reduces hair density in the donor area, though many find this change hardly noticeable. This is the main difference between the FUE and FUT procedures.

Typically, the hair transplant physician follows these steps to perform an FUE:

  • The donor area is marked and anesthetized.
  • A custom-built micro-removal instrument isolates individual follicular units, with the surrounding tissue largely unaffected. See figures below.
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  • Follicular units are removed with utmost care, ensuring minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The donor area typically heals within a week. See the figure below for an illustration.
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  • The recipient area is anesthetized, after which your physician will create small puncture sites to receive the grafts. The grafts are then positioned in a predetermined pattern and density, with the punctures angled uniformly to ensure a realistic hair pattern. The donor’s hairs are then placed into these sites. See the figures below for a visual representation.
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  • The recipient area typically heals within a week.

Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a technique where hair is transplanted from the permanent zone, which is the region in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. This is achieved by using naturally occurring clusters of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs, called follicular units.

The procedure begins with the patient’s scalp being anesthetized. The physician then removes a strip of tissue from the donor area, which is within the permanent zone. Once extracted, the donor strip is slivered into several independent follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques.

After the follicular unit grafts are prepared, the physician makes small incisions in the scalp, called recipient sites, where the grafts are placed.

The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts determine the aesthetic qualities of a hair transplant. Therefore, the arrangement needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the patient’s history of hair loss and the probability of future hair loss. Because follicular unit transplants mimic the natural growth of hair, the results appear completely natural and are indistinguishable from one’s original hair.

What are Follicular Units?

For a long time, it was believed that scalp hair grew as individual strands. However, scalp hair actually grows in tiny groups of 1-4 hairs each, known as “follicular units.” Interestingly, even after doctors discovered the existence of these groups, they didn’t consider using them in hair transplant procedures.

What is Graft Dissection?

A crucial aspect of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation is stereo-microscopic dissection. This process enables follicular units to be isolated from the donor strip without becoming split apart, broken, or damaged.

During graft dissection, it’s essential to keep the entire follicular unit intact to maximize its growth potential. Intact follicular units also contribute to the fullest hair restoration outcome, as they carry the natural complement of 1-4 hairs.

What is a Holding Solution?

During hair transplant surgery, grafts can be stored in various solutions to preserve their viability and ensure maximum growth. Our understanding of the best holding solution continues to evolve and improve over time.

What are Recipient Sites?

Recipient sites are the needle slits or holes created by the hair transplant surgeon in the patient’s scalp, where the follicular unit grafts are placed during a hair transplant procedure.

At Yanhee International Hospital, recipient sites in most of our hair transplants are created using lateral slits (also known as coronal or horizontal slits).

Lateral slits offer the advantage of orienting the hair within the follicular unit to match its natural growth pattern. They also provide the surgeon with a high level of control over the direction and angle in which the transplanted hairs will grow.

What is a Donor Area?

The donor area is the section of the scalp, typically the back and sides, where hair-bearing skin is removed during a surgical hair restoration procedure. For a hair transplant to succeed, the hair in this area must be permanent and not subject to the effects of DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

Minimizing the surgical mark from the donor incision is a crucial aspect of a successful hair transplant procedure. A fine donor scar allows a person to keep their hair fairly short after the hair transplant, if they prefer, and maximizes the amount of hair that can be harvested for future hair transplant procedures.

Graft Numbers

Calculating the number of follicular unit grafts to be transplanted in a hair transplant is a crucial step in planning and designing the procedure to achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome.

PRICE AND PACKAGES

Procedure

Price (THB)

Description

Hair Transplantation

80

per graft

Take the first step and reach out to us for a complimentary virtual consultation. Our virtual consultants and surgeons will provide personalized recommendations based on your unique needs. Every client is different, and we tailor each procedure to match your individual requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I need to be admitted?

You may be discharged right after surgery. However, you will need to return the following day for hair and scalp hygiene, three days after for a check-up, and a week after for stitch removal.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

No, the hair transplant is performed using local anesthesia with sedation, so you will be awake and relaxed during the procedure.

Will the results be permanent?

Typically, the grafted hair strands will fall out after about a month, but their follicles will remain in the scalp to grow back slowly and blend with the rest of your hair. However, permanence cannot be guaranteed due to the effects of aging and genetic tendencies.

What Are the Potential Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with hair transplants, including bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and infection. While the hospital is equipped to manage these issues, a serious risk is graft rejection, which can result from factors like poor blood circulation.

Is it possible to undergo the procedure again if the initial grafts do not "take"?

If there is enough donor hair available on your head, repeat surgery may be an option to address grafts that do not “take” during the initial procedure.

How do I prepare for surgery?

To minimize complications and reduce risk factors, it is important to follow these guidelines:

  1. Stop smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, as smoking can interfere with the healing process.
  2. Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages, as alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding.
  3. Discontinue the use of hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medications that may interfere with surgery. Only continue medications that your doctor allows, and do so at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery.
  4. Patients with underlying medical conditions may require surgical clearance from their medical specialist to ensure they are fit for surgery.

Following these guidelines can help ensure a smoother and safer surgical experience.