A hair transplant is a daycare procedure involving extraction of hair from the back of the scalp (donor area) to the bald areas showing hair thinning (recipient area). Although hair transplantations are typically used to treat scalp baldness in men, they can also be used to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery over scalp, moustache and beard area. It is also useful to treat female pattern baldness after evaluation.
In FUT, after the patient’s scalp is numbed, the doctor removes a thin strip of tissue containing hair from the back of the scalp. The donor strip is then separated into individual follicular units and transplanted to bald areas.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of extracting follicular units one-by-one from a donor area using a motorized punch. Individual extracted follicular units are then transplanted. Once extracted, the donor area heals in 3 days.
The advantages of FUE are,
There will be some redness and crusting in the recipient area after the surgery. Follicular unit grafts are taken up in the recipient area in 10 days. A donor area usually heals in 3 days. Our patients usually get the surgery done by the end of the week and are ready to go to the office next Monday.
During the first few days after surgery, almost all of the transplanted hairs will fall out due to effluvium. Within two to three months new hair will begin to grow from the recipient area and continue to thicken during the subsequent six to nine months. Transplanted hair continues to grow long like normal hair. It can be cut, washed, coloured, straightened or curled similar to normal hairs.