Hair restoration Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will I have a scalp full of hair?
A. You should have a reasonable coverage of hair but probably not as good as the natural hair. The transplants have a certain number of grafts and the overall appearance depends on them. Most people like the results even if they no longer look the way they looked in their teens.
Q. Does the procedure hurt?
A. The procedure is performed after the administration of local anesthesia and therefore there is no sensation of pain during the course of the procedure.
Q. Will my transplanted hair undergo hair fall in future?
A. The transplanted hair is permanent in nature and once it grows out, it will not suffer from further loss. In most people hairs at the back and sides of the scalp are naturally resistant to factors causing hair loss. This is why these areas are selected for graft harvesting.
Q. Will I have scarring on my scalp?
A. There will be some scarring on the scalp in the donor area from where the follicles are collected. However, the nature of the scars will vary depending upon the hair transplantation method used. In the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), it will be a narrow and long linear scar. On the other hand, in case of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), there will be very small pinhole scars will form in the donor area.
Q. How long will the transplanted hair take to grow out?
A. The transplanted grafts take about three months to start growing new hairs after the procedure has been performed. In order to reach full length and start growing at a normal rate of half inch per month, the time taken can be between twelve to eighteen months.
Q. What is the downtime with hair transplant?
A. The downtime associated with hair transplants varies based on a few factors. First and foremost, each type of procedure has a different downtime. The strip method has two to three weeks of downtime and a rest time of about a week is needed. On the other hand, this period is significantly cut in case of FUE hair transplantation. Most of the individuals resume routine activities on the 3rd or 4th day of the surgery. How well a person heals also plays a part in the eventual time needed away from strenuous activities.
Q. How many grafts per session can be achieved?
A. The number of grafts per session varies with the procedure. In an FUT transplant, generally 2500 grafts per session can be achieved with ease. In FUE, this number is around 2000. In newer, most modern methods like Stem Cell FUE, up to 4500 grafts may be harvested and transplanted in a single hair transplant sitting.
Q. Why is the cost of hair transplants different from each other?
A. There are multiple factors that determine the cost of the procedure. The number of grafts is the first one. The more the grafts the higher will be the cost of the transplant. The different techniques used require different skill sets and different technology to be used. Newer technologies cost more. Last but not least, the skill level of the transplant surgeon and the reputation also weigh in. The more experienced the surgeon, the higher is the cost of procedure.
Q. Can I continue taking medications before my hair transplant?
A. The answer in most cases is yes. The doctors recommend that you continue your prescription medications. However, there are some exceptions present as well. Blood thinning medications and certain types of pain relieving medications should be avoided. Some supplements and herbal medications also fall under the category of blood thinners. Consult your surgeon at least a couple of weeks in advance to discuss your medications.
Q. Can smoking harm the transplant results?
A. Smoking can indeed have many adverse effects on the results of the transplant as it reduces the amount of oxygen and essential nutrients carried by the blood. The new follicles thus do not get enough nutrition and the risk of them not growing increases significantly. It also constricts blood vessels, affecting the blood flow to the scalp. Smoking should be discontinued two to three weeks, if not more, before the hair transplant surgery. Once the procedure has taken place, avoid smoking for several weeks afterwards as well.
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