This surgical procedure transplants hair follicles from hairy patches to bald spots, by using the below methods:
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE): Hair follicles are extracted from the donor site and transplanted to the recipient site.
- Follicular unit transplant (FUT): A small patch of skin with hair follicles is taken from the donor area. The individual follicles are extracted and grafted into the recipient area.
Will laser hair removal cause cancer?
No, it is a myth. Laser hair removal does not cause cancer. In fact, in some cases of cancer patients lasers are used for treating cancerous lesions. These lasers are different from hair removal lasers. Laser hair removal is a safe and permanent method to get rid of unwanted body hair. The technology used for hair removal at MEDSTAR is extremely safe and effective as it uses multiple laser wavelengths with cooling devices.
Is hair transplant permanent?
Yes, hair transplant surgery has permanent results. The transplanted hair will undergo ageing and thinning like normal hairs. Extra hair loss treatments like hair PRP might be required to achieve the desired hair growth and volume. Final results also depend upon the factors like:
- Patient’s age
- The health of hair and hair follicles
- Response of scalp
- Type and texture of hair
Is a hair transplant painful?
The hair transplant procedure is performed under local anesthesia so it is a virtually painless procedure. After the procedure, the patient will feel pain, redness and swelling on the scalp for a couple of days and is advised to take prescribed medications to get relief from these symptoms. Also, to reduce swelling and redness, ice can be applied after the procedure.
Which is better: FUT or FUE?
FUT and FUE can be compared as follows:
The results of FUT and FUE are natural and healthy hair growth. The doctor will help you to decide on the type of hair transplant according to your scalp condition, concern and budget.
What are the risks of a hair transplant?
Normal side effects of hair transplant are redness, swelling, and pain in the scalp and donor site for a couple of days. Medications are prescribed by the doctor for relief from temporary symptoms. Other possible risks associated with hair transplants are:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Surgical complications like bleeding or wound infection
- Scarring resulting in reddened, raised and itchy scars
- Reduced sensation due to nerve damage during the hair transplant
- Necrosis of skin grafts
How much healing time is required after a hair transplant?
The healing time required after a hair transplant depends upon the type of procedure used for the hair loss treatment. Follicular unit extraction requires less time for healing than follicular unit transplant procedure. FUE transplants are completely healed in 10-14 days, while FUT takes 2-3 weeks to heal after the hair transplant procedure.
What is the cost of a hair transplant?
The cost of a hair transplant treatment depends upon the following:
- Type of hair transplant procedure performed
- Number of sessions required to achieve the desired hair growth
- Size of the targeted area for the hair transplant
Can Hair Transplant be done for African Hair Types?
The short answer to that is, “Yes”, but the treatment protocol has to be modified to get better results.
Ethnic groups from Africa have what is called Afro-textured hair, or, kinky hair. These hair types are also common among certain populations from South East Asia. The key characteristic of these hair types is that the hair grows in a helical pattern making traditional Hair Transplant techniques like FUE difficult to perform. For hair types 3A to 4B, our doctors recommend using FUT, which gives very good results.