A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing hair follicles from one area of the scalp (the donor site) and transplanting them to another area of the scalp (the recipient site). The goal of the procedure is to restore hair growth in areas of the scalp that are thinning or balding.
Good candidates for a hair transplant are typically in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Candidates should also have sufficient hair at the donor site to use as grafts for the transplant.
There are a few different types of hair transplant techniques, including Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), and DHI (Direct Hair Implantation). The most appropriate technique for a particular patient will depend on their specific needs and goals.
A hair transplant is typically performed under local anesthesia, so patients do not feel any pain during the procedure. Some patients may experience discomfort or swelling after the procedure, which can be managed with pain medication.
A hair transplant typically takes several hours to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated and the number of hair follicles being transplanted.
A hair transplant is considered to be a permanent solution for hair loss. Once the transplanted hair follicles have been successfully transplanted, they should continue to grow for the rest of the patient’s life.
A hair transplant can restore hair to the scalp, but it is not typically possible to restore the hair to its original thickness. The transplanted hair will generally be thinner than the hair that was present before the hair loss occurred.
It takes several months for the transplanted hair to begin growing and for the full results of the procedure to be visible. The transplanted hair will typically fall out within the first two weeks after the procedure, but new hair growth should begin within a few months.
The goal of a hair transplant is to achieve natural-looking results. With proper technique and care, the transplanted hair should look and behave like the patient’s natural hair.