Hair Transplant Techniques

Throughout history, men and women have battled with hair loss using variety of treatments. In 1550 BC Egypt they used to swallow snake oil, in 420 BC Greece Hippocrates created a mixture of cumin, pigeon droppings, horseradish and nettles; it didn’t work. Fast forward to 17th century France – wigs were introduced into fashion by King Louis Xlll who went prematurely bald, not a treatment but a disguise. The early 20th century was an industrial marvel, as was the creation of various mechanical devises like: thermocaps and glass combs.

The greatest breakthrough was finally seen in 1939, when a Japanese dermatologist Dr Shoji Okuda successfully pioneered a procedure for grafting hair from the back of the scalp onto patients’ bald patches. This procedure became known as hair transplant; today it has become the 6th most performed surgical cosmetic surgery among men.

hair transplant techniques

Hair transplant is a permanent solution for those experiencing pattern hair loss, receding hairline or traction alopecia. The transplanted hair grows healthy and naturally as it’s no longer prone to any kind of alopecia.

However, the procedure is not recommended for anyone experiencing diffuse hair loss, spot baldness, or for those with insufficient hair at the donor site. The surgery also is generally not recommended for anyone under the age of 25, since it is difficult to assess the long-term stability of donor hair and the extent of future hair loss.

HOW IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT PERFORMED?

There are two treatment method that we use in our clinic: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI).

FUE hair transplant

The most popular technique, as it has minimal downtime and is not very invasive, the FUE method involves a surgeon manually harvesting individual hair follicles from a donor area (usually the back of the head) under local anesthesia, and then grafting them into new hair channels at the appropriate area to achieve a natural look.

With this technique, the head is usually shaved down for the surgery, healing after such procedure takes place in under 7 days.

For those who want a faster recovery we offer FUE Sapphire; in this case, the instrument to create new channels will be made of sapphire, a material stronger than steel it makes incisions that are more precise.

DHI hair transplant

 

The latest technique, it is popular for being less invasive easier to disguise, like FUE the DHI method involves a surgeon manually harvesting individual hair follicles from a donor area (the back of the head) under local anesthesia, the implanting however, is made with a use of a mechanical device called Choi Pen. 

Such procedure reduces the time hair grafts spend outside of the body, insuring hair regrowth. The head is shaved only at the donor area, and healing takes place in under 5 days.

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Hair transplantation is done on an outpatient basis and the operation usually consists of 4 to 8 hours. An inevitable part of the procedure is local anesthesia, used in order to prevent pain. However, our experienced nurses would reduce the pain as much as possible using ice as a tactic to numb the area first. Once the needle is inserted you may feel a slight discomfort for about 5 minutes. Once you get through the first faze it is over. 100% numb.
You can expect some minor discomfort after the procedure such as tenderness, redness, or mild pain to the scalp. But this process is pleasantly easier compared to some other surgical procedures. The level of pain to experience after the operation depends on many factors. Like whether or not you are taking the prescribed pain medications given to you by your doctor. Also depending on your physical tolerance related to pain and discomfort. In general, if you take your prescribed painkillers then you are good to go and can return to your everyday life. You will receive post-procedure instructions for the first few weeks of healing to help minimize any discomfort following the hair transplant procedure.

 

In determining the success rate of hair transplants, it is important to take into account the client’s satisfaction with the procedure as well as the total percentage of the transplanted follicles that were successfully harvested from the donor site and transplanted to the recipient site. Using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with FUE increases the success of FUE hair transplants. Your hair will begin to grow 3 to 4 months after the operation, and final results up to 1 year. With an experienced surgeon and ideal candidacy, the survival rate could reach up to 95%.

Hair transplantation operation can only be done under the supervision of a doctor. Since hair transplantation is a long treatment which has more than one phase such as anesthesia, implantation preparation, channel opening, implantation, etc, the doctor constantly checks the hair transplant technicians and participates in the operations if it is needed. 

Yes, a Hair transplant will change your look completely. The good news is state-of-the-art techniques that have been developed over the years which help to enhance the field hair restoration with new extraordinary levels. With the skill and experience of your hair transplant surgeon, combined with some of the latest technologies, the results of hair restoration surgery can look so natural that it may exceed your level of expectations.

Although most hair transplant procedures harvest donor hairs from the scalp, an increasing number of patients are relying on the use of body hairs to contribute additional grafts beyond what the scalp can provide. The best areas for these donor hairs are the beard followed by the chest and back.

Unlike organ transplants, you are your own donor for a hair transplant. The roots of your hair have live cells and just like all your other cells, you have your own unique genetic code embedded in them. If your body comes across someone else’s genetic code through transplanted hairs, it would cause an intense immune reaction and your body would reject them. You donate your hair from your own donor area.

It’s normal for the transplanted hair to fall out two to three weeks after the procedure. This makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see some amount of new hair growth 3 to 4 months after surgery and final results within 8 months to a year. When performing the hair transplant operation, your surgeon will make sure to extract and implant hair follicles from your donor area that are not affected by hormones which causes makes them fall out.

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