Maintaining top-notch health is of prime importance to many in the modern era. This is a welcome change in society. Out of all the factors that determine a healthy body, one of them is having healthy hair growth. Unfortunately, due to the modern way of living, many are losing the natural ability to maintain thick locks of hair. This is where hair transplant is the good news for both men and women. Hair transplantation leads to natural hair regrowth in the long run when done by an expert surgeon. Though both men and women suffer equally from hair loss, in women, it manifests as bald spots or thinning of hair every time you comb. If you are facing these problems and looking for a hair transplant, then you may have questions lingering in your mind. Well, this blog will help you answer the frequently asked questions about Hair Transplantation in Women.
What is an acceptable range of hair loss?
This depends on individual preferences. However, medically, it is considered normal to shed 50-100 strands of hair a day. As a result, new hair follicles grow every day as well. But due to numerous factors ranging from pollution, stress, hormonal changes etc., the natural hair regrowth process slows down or stops. In such cases, it is good to consult a hair restoration centre.
How do I know if I qualify for hair transplantation surgery?
Well, that’s relatively easy to know. One of the main criteria is to have good hair on the sides and back of the head since they are the donor sites areas for the grafts. Below conditions make women good candidates for hair transplant:-
- Well-defined visible bald spots
- More than usual thinning of hair
- Hair loss due to scalp injuries, scarring or cosmetic surgeries
- To thicken the eyebrows.
- Adjustments from previous hair restoration procedures.
How is the Hair Transplantation procedure performed?
There are many hair restoration procedures, namely FUT, FUE, Sapphire, SHI etc. The underlying principle behind all of them is the same. A strip of hair is removed from the back or the sides of the head where the hair is thicker. This hair is then made into strips known as grafts. These grafts are implanted in the recipient site. The hair extracted from the donor regions will grow back over a period of time. The incision made at the donor site is carefully closed, and a very thin line is left there, hidden in the hair.
In how many sessions is the whole treatment completed?
Depending on the size of the bald area, more than one session is required. This is all well planned, even before the procedure starts. Subsequent sessions are scheduled with a gap between them. Hair Sure surgeons maintain a perfect balance between the number of sessions needed and grafts planted in each session. Every single session might last for 3-4 hours. The patient is given breaks during this period.
What is the post-surgical experience of the patient?
Patients can return to work in a couple of days after their procedure. Take a break from rigorous physical activity for a week, including gym, heavy lifting etc. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to reduce swelling and pain. Patients see crusts or small scabs at the site of surgery and also experience itching. All these symptoms will go away in seven to ten days. Regular follow-ups are a must. They are scheduled in four to six-month intervals. In these follow-ups, the surgeon will monitor the growth rate of the newly implanted grafts and recovery of the donor site.
When can I expect the results of hair transplantation?
The results are dependent on the extent of your hair loss, the density of your donor’s hair, as well as the number of sessions. The transplanted hair will be shed in a month. Within 90 days, you will happily see new hair growth, and it will continue to grow at a normal rate. Within six months, the new hair gets a natural look, and it will continue to grow for a lifetime. Meanwhile, the donor area will slowly get back to its pre-transplant form, with a small incision hidden away in the surrounding hair.
Should I expect any complications after hair transplantation surgery?
Though minimally invasive, a hair transplant is still a surgery, but the complications are rare and generally minimal. Very rarely, there might be bleeding and infection, which your surgeon can quickly bring under control. Discuss your existing medication with your surgeon so that they will suggest what you should avoid so that there are no unwanted complications after the surgery.
Does the hair transplantation procedure hurt?
The patient is administered local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation. Hence, there is no pain during the procedure. However, patients experience post-operative pain. Therefore, your surgeon will prescribe NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce post-operative pain.
When can I get back to my favourite activities like swimming or other physical activities with my new hair?
Just wait for seven to ten days immediately after the procedure, and then you can enjoy your favourite activities like swimming, sports etc. Remember that the transplanted hair is permanent and so you can treat it usually and wash, cut and dry it.
Will my transplanted hair eventually fall out?
The transplanted hair falls off, but the hair that will grow will continue to grow naturally for a lifetime. However, make sure that you are regular with your follow-ups and if there are any concerns with new hair growth, discuss freely with your surgeon.
HairSure International is a world-renowned clinic voted as Hyderabad’s Best Hair Transplant clinic for 2021 by Times Health Survey. We attract many patients from out of India, too, due to our complete care packages. If you have personal concerns and would like to discuss them in more detail, please reach out to us today at 040- 42020202, 949402022, firstname.lastname@example.org.