What we talk about when we refer to hair transplant?
The word “transplant” can scare a lot of people, but a hair transplant is, in fact, a small surgery that takes place in a doctor’s office and allows the patient to return home in the same day. For those who dislike being bald, but are afraid to go through a hair transplant, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Are the results of a hair transplant are definitive?
Yes. In a hair transplantation, hair follicles are extracted from one area of the patient’s scalp where the hair is healthy and is in constant growth. Subsequently, these follicles are implanted in bald areas. As these follicles were not subject to the conditions that led to baldness, they will remain healthy and active throughout the patients life.
Does transplanted hair falls?
Shortly after the transplant, the transplanted hair falls, which is normal because it will born again. The transplanted hair grows naturally, in stages. The new hair start to be noted 3 months after the transplant, and will continue to emerge and grow over the next 9 months. About 6 months after the intervention, the patient begins to notice a significant improvement and the end of a year he will see the complete results.
In the long run, the transplanted hair does not fall, as long as the general health has not changed since the date of the transplant. The most frequent causes of transplanted hair loss are: cancer therapy, exposure to radiation for long periods, constant inhalation of industrial chemicals, chronic inflammatory disease, burn or scalp surgery.
Can everyone do a hair transplant?
Unfortunately no, not everybody have health conditions or indication to do a hair transplant. However, the most common form of baldness, androgenic male baldness, has excellent results with hair transplantation. In the case of women, depends on the type of baldness or underlying problem.
How many hair transplant techniques exist?
Currently, the main techniques of hair transplant are the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). While FUT removes a strip of scalp from the neck of the patient, which is then sutured and leaves a visible linear scar, FUE extracts the follicles one at a time, and does not require stitches or sutures and scars are practically invisible. Recently built, there is a robotic equipment named Artas®, which makes FUE technique faster, accurate and secure.
The hair used in the transplant is artificial?
No. On modern hair transplant techniques, hair in bald area donor area call the patient, usually the back or the side.
Doe the hair transplant requires hospitalization?
No. The hair transplantation is done in a doctor’s Office and the patient returns home the same day.
General anesthesia is required?
No. The hair transplantation is uses local anesthesia.
Is hair transplant painful?
No. After administration of local anesthesia, the patient will not feel any pain. During the procedure, the patient is sitting or lying down and the medical team ensures your well-being.
How long is the surgery?
Duration of the surgical procedure depends on the technique used and the complexity of the case. FUT technique requires on average 6 hours, while FUE technique requires on average 7 hours. On FUE technique aided by Artas® , the time can be reduced considerably.
How long is the recovery time?
Depends on the transplant technique used. With FUE Technique, the patient can return to his/her normal activities within a few days.
FUT technique healing and recovery process is longer and more difficult. Some patients report feeling scalp repoussé, numbness and persistent pain.
Are hair transplant scars visible?
FUE Technique leaves the donor area with a number of very small scars, practically invisible. The patient can use short hair or anu other haircut that he wants, there is no need to cover the donor area.
Although, FUT Technique leaves a visible linear scar, usually in the back of the nape, the zone from which is extracted a scalp strip for obtaining the follicles to be transplanted. For this reason, the patient must wear a hairstyle that allows him to hide the scar.
Is there a rejection risk?
No. As the follicles implanted are from the patient himself, the chances of rejection are virtually null.
How long the transplanted hair takes to grow?
It depends from person to person and the type of technique used. With FUE Technique, hair begins to grow 2 to 4 months after the hair transplant. The total growth typically occurs between 8 to 12 months after the intervention.
Will people realize that I made a hair transplant?
When the transplant is performed with FUE technique, specially when this technique is performed with the help of robotic equipment Artas®, the scars are minimal and the results are more accurate and consistent, giving 100% new life, natural, and uniform aspect hair. The new hair will grow gradually, the chance of someone realize that you had a hair transplant is very small.
How my hair is going to look after the hair transplant?
Modern hair transplant techniques allow you to obtain excellent results. With FUE technique aided by Artas® , your hair gets a even more natural look, due to the precision achieved by the robot. The patient can use any hair length and haircut he wants.