Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant

Hair loss occurs in a large population of the male society. This condition is caused primarily by a combination of aging, a change in hormones, and a family history of baldness. Burns or trauma can also cause hair loss. Women have also been known to suffer from hair loss, which is usually caused by aging, illness, or hormonal changes after menopause. There have been many options to restore a full head of hair. One of these options is hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplant surgery is a procedure where hair-bearing grafts and flaps are taken from the head and relocated to bald or thinning areas. Healthy hair growth at the back and sides of the head typically serve as these donor areas. There are various techniques used during hair transplant surgery, these include punch grafts, mini-grafts, micro-grafts, slit grafts, strip grafts, flaps, tissue-expansion and scalp-reduction. Several sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results. Also the final results of your hair transplant may not be evident for months, possibly a year after undergoing the first surgical treatment.
  • Inform us about any allergies, any serious medical condition(s), and all medications you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines for two weeks prior to surgery.
  • It is advisable to avoid the intake of alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.

The first stage of the operation is concerned with establishing the perfect donor area, which is located in non-balding sections either at the back or sides of the head. A strip of hair bearing skin, the size of which varies depending on the bald area to be covered but which generally results in between 400 – 800 grafts, is then removed from the donor area. Once this has bee done the area is closed with fine stitches that produce an equally fine hairline scar.

A number of very tiny incisions equal to the number of prepared hair grafts are then made in the bald area of the patient’s scalp and the hair grafts transplanted at a ratio of one graft to one incision. Great care is taken to ensure that the incisions are placed in such a way as to create an extremely natural appearance. The natural appearance is further enhanced by the use of single grafts only along the hairline and bigger grafts at the back of the head for the purpose of creating hair density in this area.

The length of the procedure is of course dependant on the size of the area to be covered however it usually takes between two to five hours although some exceptionally long procedures have been known to last as much as seven hours.

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  • As the surgery is performed under local anaesthetic you will be free to leave after completion of the procedure and will be driven back to your hotel.
  • A long lasting local anaesthetic is generally used to ensure that the patient will be free of pain for four to six hours after the procedure. Thereafter either a strong analgesic or anti inflammatory (or a combination of both) will be prescribed to minimize any further potential pain or discomfort.
  • As a rule patients experience very little discomfort in the recipient area following surgery, most discomfort coming from the donor area. This however seldom lasts more than a couple of days.
  • Fortunately there is no bruising associated with hair transplant surgery. However you will more than likely experience a certain amount of initial swelling in the forehead area and around the eyes (particularly if extensive work has taken place in the vicinity of your hairline). This will neither look nor feel great but will soon settle.
  • Your scalp will be sore for a least a day. For some people, the discomfort lasts several days. You can carefully rinse but not vigorously wash your hair for the first ten days. If you are not careful, the grafts may become dislodged, bleed, and fail to grow new hair. You may brush or comb your hair where your surgery wasn’t done. Also you can use a gentle blow dryer on a cool setting to dry your hair.