How does the hair transplant procedure work?
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair follicles from one part of the scalp, called the “donor site,” and transplanting them to a bald or balding part of the scalp, called the “recipient site.”
The most commonly used method for hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). In FUT, a strip of skin containing hair follicles is removed from the donor site and then the individual hair follicles are carefully extracted and prepared for transplantation. The extracted hair follicles are then transplanted to the recipient site, where they will begin to grow new hair.
Another method of hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In FUE, individual hair follicles are removed directly from the donor site, one at a time, using a small punch tool. The extracted hair follicles are then transplanted to the recipient site, where they will begin to grow new hair.
Both FUT and FUE are outpatient procedures that are usually performed under local anesthesia. The procedure can take several hours to complete, depending on the number of hair follicles being transplanted.
After the hair transplant procedure, the transplanted hair will begin to shed within a few weeks. This is a normal process and the hair will begin to grow back within three to six months. It can take up to a year for the final results to be visible.
The transplanted hair will grow and behave just like the patient’s own natural hair, it will require the same care and maintenance, including washing, styling, and cutting.
It is important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for a hair transplant. Factors such as overall health, the degree of hair loss, and the patient’s expectations should be considered before undergoing the procedure. Additionally, the success of a hair transplant depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon. So, it is important to do a good research and choose a reputable and experienced surgeon to perform the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks associated with hair transplantation such as bleeding, infection, and reaction to anesthesia. However, these risks are rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon.
In conclusion, hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that can help restore hair growth in areas of the scalp that are bald or balding. It is a safe and effective treatment option for many people with hair loss, but it is not suitable for everyone. A good candidate for hair transplantation is someone who has good overall health, realistic expectations, and a skilled and experienced surgeon.