Hair Transplant: The Complete Guide

Posted May 24, 2021 by in Beauty

In this guide, we provide answers to the most common questions asked by people considering a hair transplantation prices. We offer you an overview of the procedure, the expected results, and the points to pay attention to in order to minimize the possible risks associated with hair transplants.

What is a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation is a minimally invasive outpatient surgical procedure that can permanently restore the hair of men and women with partial baldness by transplanting new follicles into balding or thinning areas. It is also known as a hair implant or hair transplant.

Who can benefit from a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation may be recommended to anyone who suffers from partial baldness due to male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), female pattern baldness, receding hairline, traction alopecia, or head trauma. HairPalace hair transplant can provide eligible candidates with a natural-looking permanent solution.

The procedure is not recommended for people suffering from diffuse hair loss, spot baldness, or those who do not have enough hair at the sample site. Surgery is also not recommended for people under the age of 25, as it is difficult to assess the long-term stability of donor hair and the extent of future hair loss.

How does hair transplantation work?

There are two treatment methods used by hair transplant surgeons today: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), which literally means follicular unit extraction, and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which means unit transplantation. 

The FUT method: follicular unit transplantation

  • The traditional technique, developed in the 1950s, involves a surgeon removing a strip of skin from the donor site (usually the back of the patient’s head) under local anesthesia, dividing it into smaller grafts, and then implants them in the recipient sites.
  • With this method, the patient has a permanent scar where the scalp was removed, and the recovery time is about 2 weeks.

The FUE method: Follicular unit extraction

  • Increasingly popular because it is much less invasive and with minimal downtime, the FUE method involves a surgeon manually removing individual hair follicles from a donor area under local anesthesia and then grafting them into the appropriate locations to achieve a natural and uniform appearance.
  • With this technique, the donor area is usually shaved (although some surgeons use the unshaved technique), and healing occurs in less than 5 days.

What is a graft?

A graft is a piece of living tissue that is surgically moved from one part of the body to another. After being placed on the target area, a new blood connection will develop to nourish the bulb.

Hair follicles naturally develop in groups of 1 to 4 hairs, called follicular units. FUE hair transplant surgeons will endeavor to harvest and transplant hair in its natural bundles to promote even hair growth. The surgeon will remove each follicular unit (graft) with a hollow needle with a diameter between 0.6 mm and 1.0 mm. The surgeon will then use microblades and fine needles to insert the grafts into the target areas, orienting the grafts in a consistent pattern for a natural appearance and density.

How long does a hair transplant take?

The length of the procedure itself varies depending on the number of hair transplants needed and the size of the surgical team, but is generally 4 to 8 hours. As the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, the patient is fully awake and can read, watch television, talk, eat, etc. during this time.

Immediately after the procedure, patients are able to walk and resume most of their normal daily activities. The transplanted area will be swollen and tender for 3 to 5 days, but patients can return to work within 2 to 3 days after hair transplantation. There will usually be some redness and scabbing for 10 to 14 days after the procedure.

Some patients may require that the hair transplant be done in several sessions, a few months apart, to achieve the desired result. This can be determined by the surgeon prior to the procedure.

What results can be expected from a hair transplant?

In the first 2-3 weeks after hair transplantation, all transplanted hair will fall out. This phenomenon is known as “Shock Loss” and is the normal result of trauma to displaced hair follicles. Some patients may also lose hair in areas not affected by the transplant, which is temporary and normal.

Within 6 to 8 weeks after surgery, 85 to 95% of the transplanted follicles should begin to produce new hair growth, with more hair and thicker buds after each growth cycle (each growth cycle is approximately 6 weeks, depending on the individual). Although the results are visible after six months, the hair transplant will be fully completed twelve months after the procedure.