Hair transplant is perhaps the best thing that has happened to people suffering from hair loss or baldness. It has saved so many men from undergoing the trauma of losing hair and with it, their self-confidence. Today, transplant procedures are very advanced and readily available, but the topic still eludes some hair loss sufferers. Some are scared that a hair transplant will give them toupee-like or ‘pluggy’ looking hair, while others fear the costs. But the truth is hair transplant can deliver natural looking results that can last a lifetime.
Here are some commonly asked questions about hair transplant:
- What are the types of hair transplants available?
Most surgeons around the world use either FUE or FUT hair transplant procedures. FUE hair transplant in Delhi or Follicular Unit Extraction involves taking healthy hair follicles from a donor area, usually the back and sides of the head, and implanting it onto bald or thinning spots. While FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation involves extracting a strip of scalp from the donor area, dissecting it into individual grafts, and implanting them on the bald spots.
If you are considering a transplant, you should set up consultation with a surgeon and ask them which of the procedures will suit your individual needs. The type of procedure depends on the stage and pattern of hair loss, availability of donor hair, and how much hair loss is expected in the future.
- How much does it cost?
Hair transplant is often viewed as a procedure that film stars and other celebs get. But the truth is that it is very reasonable and you don’t have to be uber rich to get it. While the cost of the transplant in most developed countries is still a bit expensive, it is much cheaper in countries like India. In the U.S., a hair transplant will cost about $4,000-$16,000, while in the UK, it is between £3,000 and £30,000. In India, the cost in the best clinics averages at about – Rs 30,000 to Rs 2,00,000 (depending on the number of hair grafts), which is roughly about $450-$3000.
A lot of people travel to India for hair transplants as it is cheaper and you get the same level of service as in any Western country. Infact India is a hub for medical tourists. Every year thousands of patients from all over the world visit India for a range of procedures like brain surgery, cancer treatment, in vitro fertilization (IVF), joint replacement surgery, and heart transplant.
There are reputable hair transplant surgeons in most big cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Although, don’t let cost be the only deciding factor, but do extensive research on the clinics and surgeons available and make an informed decision.
- Does it hurt?
Pain is a legitimate concern for anyone undergoing any kind of surgery. The good news is both FUE and FUT are almost painless. Hair transplant is conducted under anaesthesiaand therefore there is no pain, just a little discomfort. You might feel mild pain once the anaesthesia wears off, but it won’t last more than a day or two. And it’s nothing that a common painkiller can’t handle.
- Does hair fall after surgery?
So here’s what happens post surgery –after a fewweeks,the hair from the implanted follicles will start to shed, and it will start growing back within the next three to six months. Post which it will follow a normal growth cycle.
The new hair will behave as hair from the donor areas. It might shed like normal hair but keep getting replaced. The transplanted hair will also turn grey and fine as you grow older like natural hair.
- Will there be surgery scars?
The FUT method causes a thin linear scar, which is about a millimetre wide and about 2-3 centimetres long in size. The scar will start to fade in about a month, and will become much lighter in a few months post surgery. These scars can be hidden if you keep your hair slightly long.
FUE patients are left with small dot-like circular scars in donor areas, where hair follicles are extracted. The number of scars varies amongst patients depending on the number of hair follicles needed for the procedure.FUE scars are usually spread over the donor area, and are less noticeable.
- How long do I need for the procedure?
Depending on the stage of hair loss, the procedure itself will either take a few hours in one session or can be spread over a few sessions. The patient is good to go home the same day and can resume work within a week.
Some people prefer to take a longer time off just so they don’t have to go to work with fresh scars or scabbing on the scalp, while others choose to wear hats and resume work after a week to 10 days. The recovery time is about a week but you will have to be careful to not start working out excessively, or cause your body to sweat too much. Apart from that a hair transplant doesn’t need you to stay home or at the hospital.
Hair transplant is the best shot for people who are suffering hair loss but aren’t comfortable with being bald for the rest of their lives. It is just matter of finding a good, reputable surgeon who can give you an aesthetically pleasing and natural looing transplant, and make baldness the least of your worries.