Hair Transplant is a life changing step one can take. It is the most natural and permanent way to get new hair. This is a quick educational article that I have put together that will help you to answer most of the commonly asked FAQs.
Which are the methods used for hair transplantation?
There are two methods: FUE method which does not leave a scar and FUT method that leaves a slight scar at the back of the head. In FUE method, hair follicles are taken one by one and implanted in the areas that do not have hair where as in FUT method, a skin band is taken from the nuchal area.
How much does hair transplant hurt?
There is no pain caused during the surgery, but just a little discomfort. You will be given an anaesthetic so you don’t experience pain. The discomfort is caused due to sitting in the chair for a long duration of time in spite of regular breaks. Post-op you will experience slight pain but it can be handled by your painkillers. After all, there is no gain without some pain.
Is the scarring noticeable?
Grafting the follicular unit requires tiny incisions in the area and any scarring caused by this is invisible to the eyes. There will be a small scar at the back of the scalp, but will be hidden under the hair.
After how long the hair growth is visible?
The hair growth is a slow process and will take 3 – 4 months due to hair’s natural growing cycle. As the hair starts to grow the full growth will take around 8 months. I would suggest you should keep your expectations in control as it will take some time.
Will everyone know that I have gotten a hair transplant?
The hair will grow slowly but as the time goes people will feel there is some change in you, but won’t be able to identify that it’s the hair especially if you have less amount of work done. Shhhh! You don’t need to tell anyone, people might fail at figuring it out.
When will I need the next hair transplant?
This depends on the level of hair fall you experience. It is advisable you get your hair fall treated before you go for the hair transplant.
How much does it cost?
In the USA, the cost is between $4000 – $15000 and in India it starts at Rs. 25,000 for 1000 hair grafts.
What is the recovery time after the treatment?
A special bandage is applied to the head section after the procedure is done. The patient needs to keep the head covered for 3 days. After 3 days they can resume their work and the first medical wound dressing is done on the 5th day.
How long does the hair transplant procedure take?
The duration of the surgery depends on the hair follicles that needs to be implanted. Implanting 3000 grafts takes about 8 hours and can be done in one day.