ABOUT MALE HAIR TRANSPLANT
There has always been a certain stigma that has attached itself to hair transplant and baldness. Due to this stigma, patients have always shied away from getting hair transplant surgeries and have been condemned to live lives drenched in embarrassment and awkwardness. However, due to the recent acceptance of hair loss being a natural phenomenon and certain celebrities coming forth with their hair transplant stories, hair transplantation is now a more widely accepted process. Thus, hair loss is no longer something to be ashamed about. Elegance plastic surgery provides the opportunity to get Male hair transplant in Karachi at an affordable price. Elegance Plastic Surgery provides hair transplant services for males through Follicular unit extraction or follicular transfer (FUE). FUE is one of the two leading primary hair transplant procedures through which individuals can re-obtain hair follicles. The FUE method essentially reverses male baldness patterns to the point that it becomes barely noticeable. FUE is a breakthrough innovation in the field of hair transplantation, and it has elevated the field of cosmetic/plastic surgery to realms that once seemed impossible. FUE has provided an opportunity for individuals to battle the mammoth that is hair loss through minimally invasive procedures. Through FUE, a person who wants to no longer suffer from baldness can opt to get a full head of hair without the hassle of strip harvesting or having to deal with post-operation trauma and pain.
Process of Male Hair Transplant
The FUE method is generally less invasive and tends to be immensely simpler than its counterparts. Unlike the FUT method, it does not involve any sort of suturing and instead of relocating actual strips of hair, revolves around the transferring of hair follicles. First and foremost, the patient’s scalp is shaved, thus if one does not want to shave their hair, they cannot use this method. The FUE method involves taking every second hair graft from a specific donor zone, which results in lower yield from the graft or area. Then the surgeon transfers the hair follicles to the incisions made on the scalp, where they are set down on certain angles that make the hair growth look natural and authentic. The FUE method, although requires shorter sessions and less rigorous sittings, can take up to 8-10 hours of a patient’s time. During these tiresome hours, about 2000 hair follicles will be transferred from the donor region to the receiving area. Depending on the patient and the outcome, however, one might require more than one sitting, which will in turn also affect the overall price of the process. During the procedure, the physician will remove up to one hair follicle, that is about 1-4 individual hairs, whilst the patient is under the influence of local anesthesia. The extraction of these hair follicles involves the surgeon utilizing a micro-surgical extraction instrument which will ideally be between 0.6mm and 1.0mm. After this, the surgeon will use a punch or perforating tools in order to make widespread incisions or punctures throughout the individual’s scarp/receiving area. The punch will be inserted into the skin and twisted ever-so-slightly while keeping the pressure maintained, however, the surgeon must be careful to keep the trans-section rates low so that the hairs aren’t held too tightly by the piloerector muscles.
Through the FUE method, the time period for post-operative recovery and the residuary discomfort or pain is tremendously decreased. FUE method works generally best for those who like to keep their hair short or for those who want a smaller area transplanted. Another benefit of the FUE method is that there is no linear scar, so the patients can easily keep their hair short, without having to worry that their procedure looks too obvious or can be noticed by others. The sessions and the time spent at the surgery table is amazingly shorter for those in the early stages of hair loss. Since FUE is a less invasive process, the chance for visible scarring in the donor area is greatly decreased. Patients who have opted for FUE, can also easily shave their head and sport military hairstyles. Since this process is optimum for smaller areas of hair, thus it is the best method for those who want to gain hair in the eyebrow, mustache or beard regions. This method is generally preferred by many, due to its highly successful postoperative outcomes. Complications regarding this method are usually rare. Some patients even choose to have FUE transplants in order to conceal their previous FUT incisions. This method is also optimum for those who want to experience lesser downtime, as FUE method involves no stitches or scalpels, the patient does not need to wait for the operational wounds to heal and can go about their life as they normally would in just a number of days.
Some complications of the FUE method include numerous white scars on the patient’s head, a risk of losing hair permanently in the donor area, a possibility of necrosis or cysts appearing in the donor region, and numbness in the posterior region of the head. The patient might also experience bleeding afterwards or might have to deal with extreme swelling of the scalp. The procedure can also lead to bruising of the eyes in certain instances. Other than that, a crust might form on the scalp, where the hair was removed and/or implanted. One of the most severe complications that might occur is that the area that was operated might get infected; infections then can give way to other complications. A patient might also experience irritation or intense itching on the scalp. Other than that, in certain cases, a patient might be inflicted with Folliculitis. Folliculitis is a condition that affects a person’s scalp and causes inflammation or infection of hair follicles. The most common complication that might occur after surgery is that a patient might be unlucky enough enough to grow un natural looking tufts of hair. In case of any complication, the patient must directly rush to their dermatologist/plastic surgeon or physician.
Generally, the recovery time for the FUE method is 6-7 days, after which one can confidently flaunt their newly obtained head of hair. The first results will be visible after about four months. But one must not expect hair to magically start growing after the recovery period. Like every medical procedure, hair growth also takes time. Therefore, in order to see the full-fledged results of this surgery one must wait an entire year (at the very least). It is in this time period, the post-operational consequences come into full view. The transplanted follicles might start to shrink, which might lead to shorter hair growth, in which case, a patient must opt for another transplant procedure. But in most cases, another surgery is not needed, as after reaching the 1-year mark, the aspired result is obtained. Most people choose FUE over FUT, just because the healing time for the former is much lesser than the extremely invasive and permanently scarring FUT process. In order to hasten the recovery, most physicians recommend sleeping in a semi-sitting position, in order to lessen the impact on the scalp. Through this, the swelling of the receiving area reduces much faster and unables the patient from accidentally rubbing their scalp and causing infections. The patient must also avoid, scratching and touching the operated area in order to see a much faster recovery. Other than that the patient is also given certain shampoos and medications which help reduce the period of recovery and the postoperative pain or numbness.
FUE, however, is not meant for transplantation of larger areas and can cause scarring and thinning of hair. Unlike other methods, it’s impossible for doctors to go back for another surgery and remove linear scars, thus, numerous FUE operations generally conclude in numerous noticeable scars. The incisions made by the surgeon are generally spread across the scalp, and thus, there is no way to know certainly how the incisions might affect a patient’s overall appearance over time. As hairloss continues, the clinical appearance of an individual might not be what the patient aspired for. In order, to control this uncertainty, surgeons have to be extremely careful about the incisions that he has made in the receiving area and the number of follicles he has chosen to harvest from the donor area. Thus it is entirely possible that, in an attempt to reach maximum density, doctors might accidentally cause more problems for the patient, i.e. severe thinning of hair follicles and the occurrence of see-through hair. One of the biggest risks that come hand in hand with FUE method is that after the surgery, follicular damage might occur. The success of the procedure largely depends upon the follicles or grafts that have been taken from the donor area and transplanted upon the receiving area, thus, if the follicles are damaged it will result in them becoming unlikely to produce hair. A patient might ultimately have to suffer from a patchy, uneven or ‘moth-eaten’ hairline, which goes completely against the patient’s initial desired effect.
1 How much will it cost?
2 Will I be left with scarring after undergoing a hair transplant?
3 Will I feel pain during and after the transplant?
5 Will a hair transplant help me to grow new hair?
6 Will I continue to lose my natural hair after a hair transplant?
7 How long will it be before I notice a difference after a hair transplant?
8 How much time do I need to take off work?
9 Will I need more than one hair transplant?
10 What is the most important consideration when patients considering a hair transplant?
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