What is Hair Transplant?
Now you can restore your hair, your self-esteem, and your self-confidence. The result of the procedure is totally natural and may be completely undetectable. But wait, choosing the right doctor with the right skill set is critical.
Donor’s hair is a valuable resource and your most treasured asset. The crucial thing to bear in mind is that hair transplants can only transfer hair from areas that unaffected by hair loss to the part of the scalp that needs restoration. Your hair is a limited supply, that’s why our doctors take the utmost care to protect each individual hair throughout the procedure.
No hairs are damage, drop, or misplace. This is the reason you can’t afford to choose the right hair transplant center if you want to achieve the ideal results possible. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there can be a lot of damage done to the donor hair follicle area due to poor technique and old equipment. If this happens, corrective treatment, later on, will not be possible.
Every person is unique, so is your hair loss. Therefore, we will tailor-make a hair loss treatment plan for you based on your gender, age, size of hair loss and pattern including your budget.
As your hair starts to grow sparse and bald, a hair transplant is the only way to fill those areas before they become significantly visible. The best thing about it is that it’s your own hair.
- First, a natural-looking and undetectable results.
- Second, continuously growing hair that should last for your lifetime.
- Thirdly, no troublesome post-op maintenance necessary.
- And lastly, 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 are 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”. In turn, this shortens their lifespan and prevents them from producing hair normally.
Thinning hair in most women has no apparent contributing factor as male pattern baldness. Women with hair loss generally are afflicted by diffuse thinning everywhere in the scalp as opposed to a specific pattern.
This thinning hair is typically momentary and can result from lots of conditions linked to the actions of hormones, as well as: thyroid conditions, pregnancy, and menopause. Where sickness or hidden hormonal factors are not the cause, DHT acting on an excess of androgen receptors in hair follicles likewise may seem the suspect in thinning hair in women. Female hormones are thought to trigger the time of appearance, intensity, and pattern of loss experienced by women.
The Ideal Candidates for Hair Transplant
The procedure can enhance your overall look as well as your self-confidence, but the results won’t necessarily match your ideal. Prior to deciding to have hair transplant surgery, consider carefully your goals and share them with your surgeon.
It’s vital that you realize that all hair transplant techniques use your existing hair. The purpose of a hair transplant is to find the most efficient uses for existing hair.
Hair transplant candidates need to have healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head to function as donor areas. Donor areas are the areas on the head from which grafts and flaps are obtained.
Additional factors, such as hair color, texture
Remember, there are limits to what can be accomplished. Anyone with very little hair may not be advised to undergo hair replacement surgery.
How do I prepare for the hair transplant procedure?
Your surgeon, through our virtual consultation, will provide you with a list of instructions on what to do before your procedure.
These will cover such areas as smoking, medications, what to bring with you to the hospital and when to have your last meal before surgery.
It is of utmost importance that you follow these instructions, and the ones you will be given after your surgery. Your speedy recovery and health should be your number one priority.
You will have to strictly follow these instructions before your hair transplant surgery.
These are as follows:
- For smokers: STOP smoking two weeks before surgery. You will need another two weeks after surgery to start smoking. Smoking increases the risks of complications. Chemicals present in smoke act as free radicals that interfere with the healing process. Prolonged healing may result in the formation of large, hideous scars. If your surgeon finds out that you are still smoking, he will not perform the procedure.
- Stop drinking alcoholic beverages a week before your hair transplant procedure.
- The day before your surgery, do not drink alcohol and make sure you do not eat or drink anything at least six hours before your procedure.
Hair Transplant Procedure
Now, hair transplant physicians can work with different techniques to uproot and transplant large numbers of hair follicles called follicular units.
There are two main techniques currently in use for hair transplantation. The FUE, Follicular Unit Extraction; and the FUT, Follicular Unit Transplantation techniques.
They vary mainly in the manner hair follicles uprooted from the donor area.
Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
In an FUE hair transplant procedure, each follicular unit is independently uprooted from the scalp with no strip of tissue being removed.
Hair follicles will randomly uproot, decreasing hair density in the donor area that many say is hardly observable. This is the major distinction between FUE and FUT procedure.
Generally, the hair transplant physician follows these steps to perform a FUT:
- The donor area is mark and anesthetize.
- The custom-built micro-removal instrument isolates individual follicular units. Note that the surrounding tissue is particularly unaffected. See figures below.
- Follicular units removed with utmost care. The donor area will heal within a week. See figure below.
- The recipient area is anesthetized. Then your physician will create small puncture sites to receive the grafts, positioning them in a predetermined pattern and density, and angling the punctures in a uniformed way so the hair pattern will appear realistic.
- The donor’s hairs are put in. See figures below
- The recipient area will heal within a week
Hair Transplant – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is an approach where the hair transplanted from the permanent zone. The region in the back and sides of the scalp where the hair is more resistant against balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp.
This can achieve by using naturally occurring clusters of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs, called follicular units.
After the patient’s scalp anesthetized. The physician removes a strip of tissue from the donor area. An area within the permanent zone, and, once extracted. The donor strip slivered into several independent follicular units by means of microscopic dissection techniques.
As these follicular unit grafts readied, the physician makes a small incision in the scalp, called recipient sites, where the grafts are placed.
The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts dictate the aesthetic qualities of a hair transplant. Therefore, an arrangement needs to decide on a case-by-case basis. And according to the patient’s history of hair loss and probability of future hair loss. For the simple reason that follicular unit transplants mimic the manner in which hair grows in nature. The results will appear absolutely natural and be indistinguishable from one’s original hair.
What Are Follicular Units?
For a long time, it was believed that scalp hair grew as individual strands, yet scalp hair actually grows in tiny little groups of 1-4 hairs each. These groups are called “follicular units.” Interestingly, even after doctors discovered the existence of these groups, they didn’t consider using them in hair transplant procedures.
What Is A Graft Dissection?
One of the crucial aspects of Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation is stereo-microscopic dissection. This enables follicular units to be isolated from the donor strip without becoming split apart and broken up or damaged.
Over the course of a graft dissection, it is important that the entire follicular unit is kept intact, as this will maximize its growth. Intact follicular units will also give the most fullness to the hair restoration, as they carry the total, natural complement of 1-4 hairs.
What Is A Holding Solution?
There are a number of solutions that grafts could be stored in during the hair transplant surgery to conserve their viability and guarantee maximum growth. Our knowledge about the best holding solution never stops to progress.
What Are Recipient Sites?
Recipient sites are the needle slits or holes that the hair transplant surgeon creates in the patient’s scalp, on which the follicular unit grafts are placed during a hair transplant procedure.
At Yanhee International hospital, the recipient sites in most of our hair transplants are created utilizing lateral slits (also called coronal or horizontal slits).
Lateral slits have the benefit of orienting the hair within the follicular unit to match the manner in which it grows in nature. They provide the hair transplant surgeon a very high amount of control over the direction and angle in which the transplanted hairs will ultimately grow.
What Is A Donor Area?
The donor area is the section of the scalp (normally 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 (not subject to the effects of DHT).
Minimizing the surgical mark from the donor incision is a crucial part of a successful hair transplant procedure. A fine donor scar enables a person to keep his/her hair fairly short after the hair transplant (if one likes to do so) and grows the quantity of hair that can be farmed (removed) in ensuing hair transplant procedures.
Calculating the number of follicular unit grafts that will be transplanted in a hair transplant is an essential component of planning and designing a hair transplant for the best possible aesthetic effect.
Hair Transplant Risks and Safety Information
Hair transplant at Yanhee International Hospital is safe and carried out by a skilled, experienced physician. Still, individuals vary greatly in their physical reactions and recuperative abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.
As with any surgical procedure, an infection may happen. Excessive bleeding and/or wide scars, sometimes called “stretch-back” scars caused by tension may result from some scalp-reduction procedures.
When hair loss progresses after surgery, an unnatural, “patchy” look may result-especially if the newly-placed hair lies next to patches of hair that continue to thin out. If this happens, additional surgery may be required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: How long will I need to be admitted?
Answer: You may be discharged right after surgery. You need to come back the following day for hair and scalp hygiene, three days after for check up, and a week after for stitch removal.
Q2: Will I be asleep during the procedure?
Answer : Hair transplant is done using local anesthesia with sedation so you will be awake and relaxed.
Q3: Will the results be permanent?
Answer : Normally, the grafted hair strands will fall off after about a month, leaving their follicles in the scalp to grow back slowly and blend with the rest of your hair. Permanence, though, cannot be guaranteed because of the effects of aging and genetic tendencies.
Q4: What are the risks?
Answer: Like other surgeries, the risks of hair transplant include bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and infection. The hospital is equipped to handle these problems should they arise. A serious risk is graft rejection due to factors such poor blood circulation.
Q5: Can I undergo the procedure again if my grafts do not “take”?
Answer: Repeat surgery may be done if there is enough donor hair on your head.
Q6: How do I prepare for surgery?
Answer: To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialist.