Transplanted hair is a living hair taken from one's own body and relocated to a bald area. It can grow, and live as long as there is hair in the donor site.
However hair weaves or bonded hairs are dead processed hair that is fixed to the scalp which never grows.
No, all medications are only short course for a maximum of 1 week. No medications are to be taken in the long term. Patients may continue using the medicines they used before surgery if they wish to.
Procedure is done under local Anesthesia and light sedation, administration of LA is the only painful part.
Numbness in head, swelling in face, headache etc develops in a few people which resolve in a few days.
There are no long term side effects.
All the transplanted hairs fall off in a few days time. Of the transplanted hair approximately 20% will not grow back, others will start growing in 3 months time. They attain peak regrowth in 6-9 months time.
The appearance of normal density of hair is possible with a density of 50% (illusion) the redistribution is done in such a way that both the donor and recipient site appears normal in density.
Transplanted hair grows as it was at the donor site, it usually require no specific after care.
But some people who already are under medical treatment for hair regrowth may prefer to use them continually, that is optional.
The number of permanent hair available for transplant is finite. The more the number of procedures the poorer the graft quality will become in subsequent procedures.
It is difficult to close the wound after strip harvest in repeat surgery, leading to wider scars. So they may have to undergo FUE harvest.
Laser assisted Hair Transplantation exist, but it does not give any added advantage in terms of quality of results. Skill of the Surgeon is paramount in this than his gadgets.
Low dose LASER light combs are available for hair regrowth. This is an FDA approved procedure for hair rejuvenation. This can also be used for post operative hair regrowth.
FUE involves harvest of individual hairs one by one, so it takes more time to harvest the requisite hairs. The time spent for hair planting remains the same. Hence the total Operation time is more. The More the Theatre time the more the theatre rentals and charges.
No, it is last of all the options, after failure of medical treatments we consider HT provided there is good quality hair grafts to harvest.
HT can be done in females as well, especially to bring down the receding hair line.
HT done in females to increase the hair density usually produces unsatisfactory results compared to males.
Females are better suited for medical treatments, but drugs like Fenastride are not approved for use in females.
It can be done to increase density of hair in eyebrows, mustache, side burns, in some surgical scars following cleft lip surgery etc.
Dermarollers work well for hair regrowth by release of growth factors following deliberate trauma. Along with this we can instill stem cells and growth factors to the scalp. It has shown encouraging results.