Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a hair transplant?

Hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which the hair follicles are transferred from one part of the body, known as donor site, to the other part known as recipient site. This procedure is mainly employed to treat the condition of male pattern baldness. The procedure is categorized into two types - FUT and FUE.

How long do hair transplants last?

Hair transplants are usually permanent procedures. The hair follicles are taken from the sides of the head and the back which is genetically programmed to not fall. They are categorized as a safe zone and hence resistant to hair fall.

Are there any complications or risks associated with hair transplantation surgery?

Hair transplants are safe procedures which hardly have any side-effects. The temporary side-effects are the following: minor discomfort, itching, numbness, and localized inflammation, which disappear with time.

How many hair transplant procedures are necessary?

The number of hair transplant procedures a person requires usually differs from person to person. Full coverage of the entire balding area is often difficult in one procedure. To cover your full head, it usually takes about 2 to 3 procedures.

How does Hair Transplant Surgery work?

Hair transplant surgery works by transferring hair follicles from one part of the donor site to the recipient site. The hair follicles transplanted grow hair and blend in easily with the existent hair, thus resulting in a headful of thick hair.

Is hair transplant surgery the most effective way to restore hair?

Yes, hair transplant surgery is certainly the most effective way to restore hair as it is a permanent procedure. When everything else fails, home remedies, oral medicines et al, it is only hair transplant that gives lasting results.

Is hair transplant surgery painful?

No, hair transplant surgery is not very painful as topical anesthesia is used during the procedure. There is a feeling of numbness while the procedure goes on, and minor pain after the procedure gets over. The first 6-8 hours may be uncomfortable, but after that it gets much more manageable.

How long will the transplanted hair continue to grow?

There are two phases of hair growth, the dormant phase, when the transplanted follicles shed their original hair, where there is no hair growth; and the emergent phase, where most of the hair emerge after 8 months.

What will I look like after my surgery?

The fact that you had a hair transplant surgery will be fairly evident since an area will be shaved and the grafting site will be visible. There might be crusting also at the recipient site for some time, then the signs of the surgery will gradually disappear.

Do hair transplants cause any scars or other marks?

Hair restoration procedures don’t have very visible marks. You may notice linear scars as a result of the strip method. But FUE rarely has any scars, and if it has, they are tiny ones which are not visible.

What causes hair loss?

There are various health factors which lead to hair loss, like genetic reasons, stress, nutritional deficiency, hypothyroidism, scalp infection, smoking, hormonal imbalances and so on. If the health factor is not controlled, it will cause hair loss.

How long is the hair loss restoration procedure?

A transplant of approximately 2,000 grafts can take about 5 to 6 hours, which includes harvesting the donor area, extracting the grafts and also implanting them. A patient can get back to normal life the very next day after the operation.

Do medications help with hair loss?

Minoxidil is one of the most effective over-the-counter medicines available in liquid or foam form that you can rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and prevent further hair loss. It may be used by both men and women. There is another medicine known as Finasteride, which is suitable for men. It is a pill, which needs to be taken regularly to retain hair growth.

Should I have a hair loss restoration procedure as soon as I see a sign of hair loss?

A person can opt for hair restoration after getting himself evaluated, and understanding why he/she is suffering from hair loss in the first place. Treatment starts after the underlying reason has been found. A hair restoration specialist can be consulted and the patient can opt for the treatment option suggested by him/her. Also, patients below 18 years of age are not recommended to go for hair transplantation.

Could my diet, lifestyle, or stress be affecting my hair?

Yes, diet, lifestyle or stress does lead to excessive loss of hair. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep can ensure that you enjoy good health, great skin, and healthy hair. But if you still suffer from excessive amounts of hair fall, then you must definitely seek the advice of a qualified hair restoration surgeon who will recommend the kind of hair loss treatment you need to undergo.