Hair transplantation is all about redistributing the patient’s own existing hair to their receded zones to cover it up. This is not equivalent to growing hair on a bald scalp, but is illusive, since the transplanted hair can resume hair growth in a bald area.
The Consultation— Are You Eligible For Hair Restoration
Deciding the course of the surgery is the main objective here. However, before the surgery, the consultation and the pre-operative phase also includes in the course of the procedure.
It all starts with the initial consultation. The consultation is the first step to ascertain the eligibility of the candidate to benefit the most from the surgery. The surgeon predict the hair loss syndrome, donor hair accuracy, recipient site condition, patient’s medical history, expectations from the surgery, the procedures to be applied and hair transplant cost.
Once the patient has qualified to have the surgery, they are given some instructions to prepare for the surgery. The pre-op instructions are personalised as per the patient’s lifestyle habits and overall health. The most common pre-op instructions include—
- Refrain from smoking
- Avoid certain drugs, including aspirins, anti-inflammatory drugs, blood thinning drugs etc.
- Arrange certain needful, such as a person to accompany the patient from the clinic to home, after surgery; shopping for essential articles like medicated shampoo, topical medication, special headband to hold the seeping fluid during the first night of surgery, etc.
Choosing Between FUE and FUT
There are two methods by which the donor hair is harvested from the back of the scalp. It is either by FUT to cut a strip of skin with hair follicles stuck in it, and dissecting that skin to yield 2-5hair grafts, otherwise, pluck them one by one with FUE.
Choosing between the two involves the determination of scalp laxity, and the demand of donor hair. Usually, the FUT strip procedure is ideal for those with good donor reserve and a full frontal area baldness. FUE is excellent when a minute hair restoration is covered, the minimal scarring being another an attraction. However, when covering a big baldhead, even when there is good donor reserve, the time and extent of the surgery exposes hair grafts to transaction due to drying and surgical trauma.
Finally when the hair transplant surgery is over, it is time to take care of the transplanted hair grafts to avoid shock loss. Other than the common to-do things, direct exposure to sun, fried spicy food, and stress may be factors that contribute to the hair growth. The time for the hair grafts to mature varies patient to patient, and it takes a lot of patience and faith to come to a decision. Topical hair loss medications are an excellent way to elevate hair growth, but do not overdo the application without the surgeons knowledge.