Hair Transplant Pune

It is normal for you to lose approximately 100 hairs every day, but these hairs then re-grow several months later. When the hair loss exceeds new hair growth, it results in baldness. Once it starts, hair loss is progressive and often continues for a lifetime. To overcome this problem and to have a healthy hair it is suggested to visit trichologist. Karishma Cosmetics, a clinic known for cosmetic surgery and hair transplant treatment possess experienced trichologist in Pune.

There are many reasons for hair loss but nearly 95% of all cases are due to a condition called “androgenetic alopecia.” In men, this is commonly referred to as “male pattern baldness.” The onset of this condition is due to several factors including:

  1. a genetic predisposition to lose hair;
  2. the presence of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone; and
  3. age

What is the hair transplant procedure?

There are two hair transplant techniques. Both of them have benefits and drawbacks that should be carefully evaluated before deciding on a technique.

Follicular Unit Transplantation

During follicular unit transplantation (FUT), also known as strip surgery, Dr Sanghvi will remove a strip of scalp containing dense hair follicles and then suture or staple the area of the scalp back together. Follicular units (hairs in groups of 1, 2, 3, and 4) are sliced and dissected preferably under the microscope and then placed into tiny pricks made by the needle on the bald area of the scalp. The area from where the strip has been removed (generally called the donor area) will have hair regrowing with the help of a new trichophytic closure technique.

Follicular Unit Extraction

In follicular unit extraction (FUE) also known as the follicular isolation technique (FIT), Dr Sanghvi will extract one follicular unit graft at a time from the donor area (an area on the scalp which has dense hair growth). The follicular unit graft is then transplanted in the bald area through tiny needle pricks.

What is the actual procedure?

The surgical aspect of the hair transplant procedure takes approximately 3 to 8 hours, but you won’t see the final result from a single procedure for about 12 to 20 weeks. Depending on your hair restoration goals and level of baldness, you may need more than one procedure. A hair restoration procedure does nothing to stop the progression of male pattern baldness. It only surgically removes hair from one part of the scalp and replaces it in balding areas.

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What can I expect after a hair transplant procedure?

Most people are able to return to work and most social activities in one to three days. In four to six days all activities, including most exercise and regular hair care, can be resumed.

Tiny crusts will develop around each graft, falling out after one week. Dr Sanghvi will prescribe a suitable ointment for application. The transplanted hairs then usually fall out two weeks later, only to re-grow in two to three months.

Frequently asked questions :

What is the number of follicular unit grafts for adequate hair density?

In a hair transplant, most people ask how many follicular unit grafts / hairs per square cm is considered adequate hair density. Is it 40 / 60 / 80 follicular units? The answer to this question depends on the hair characteristics, number of hairs per graft, and the patient’s hair restoration goals. Typically 50% of natural hair density will present a good illusion of hair fullness. Since the average natural hair density without any hair loss is approximately 80 follicular units per square cm, 40 follicular units per square cm should give a significant improvement in the appearance of hair density after hair transplant surgery. The higher density that can be achieved in an area (taking into consideration future hair loss, coverage verses density, feathering of the immediate hairline, etc), the better it will look.

What does “hair shedding” and “shock loss” after hair transplant surgery indicate?

It is perfectly normal for hair shedding of the new grafts which typically occurs between two to four weeks after hair restoration surgery. The patient loses most, if not all, of the new hair. Below the surface of the scalp, the follicles are healthy and resting (catagen) and will rise again and most likely begin to break through the skin between three to five months. Hair growth is gradual and won’t be visible at first, though the new hair can be felt with the fingertips. New hair will also grow at different rates slowly maturing up to one year or eighteen months before the final result can be seen.

Shock loss is always a possibility for those who have had hair transplanted in between and around existing natural or “native” hair. This “shock” is a result of trauma to the scalp during surgery and can occur anywhere from a few days to a couple of months after the procedure. The good news is, in most cases, hair transplant shock loss is temporary and these hairs too will re-grow typically around the same time new hair re-growth starts.

Does the hair transplant procedure leave a scar at the back of the head?

The scar resulting from a hair transplant surgery will begin to fade within 3 months to a year and may usually remain inconspicuous.

Whether medical treatment for hair loss should be continued after hair transplant surgery?

Yes, you will need to continue with medical treatment to restore and stop the loss of natural hair (hair that has not been transplanted).

Who is a good candidate for hair restoration surgery?

Anyone who is concerned about hair loss and is willing to undergo a minimally invasive procedure is a potential candidate. Having a reasonably good donor area on the back of the head.

Does the procedure hurt?

None of the patients at Karishma Cosmetic & Laser Clinic feel the pain as the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The only pain they feel is the prick of the needle while the local anesthesia is administered.

What about transplants to other parts of the body?

Through follicular unit grafting, hair can be transplanted to virtually any part of the body like the eyebrows, beard, mustache and chest.

Is it true that one can usually see results after only 5 months?

Though a hair transplant isn’t fully mature until approximately 3-4 months after surgery; most patients see significant new hair growth by about 5-6 months.

Can a hat be worn after a hair transplant procedure is finished so that nobody knows about it?

Yes – a loose fitting hat can be even worn immediately after the hair transplant procedure, even before you step out of the clinic. Be sure that you put it on and take it off carefully and gently as to not rub against the newly transplanted hair. Ten days after your hair transplant surgery, the follicular unit grafts will be secure in your scalp and you can go back to wearing a hat normally with much less caution.

In my opinion, however, give your scalp as much of a chance to breathe as possible, minimizing the use of the hat when inside of your house or in places away from public eye. Though a hat will not stunt hair growth, exposing your scalp to the air will facilitate healing.

When can one start brushing hair normally after hair transplant surgery?

The first two weeks after a hair transplant surgery are critical in terms of healing and securing of the follicular unit grafts in the scalp. Anytime after that, it is safe to brush hair normally. Because the scalp can remain sensitive for a few months, brushing should not be too hard as this may further irritate the scalp.