Baldness is a universal problem. Two-thirds of the world population is reeling under the pain of losing hair at a rapid pace.Let’s have a look at some hair fall statistics:
Facts and Stats
As per a survey report of American Hair Loss Association, around 2/3rdmen start losing hair by the age of 35. Moreover, around 85% of men crossing the age of 50 suffer from severe hair thinning isuues.
This problem is not confined to men only; 40% of hair loss victims are women. They are likely to develop pattern hair loss as they near 50 around menopause. It is unfortunate that 3% of children have hair loss issues like bald spots and thinning.We increasingly see in India and also our studies have thatlate teens are also suffering from androgenetic baldness which is a concern socially and emotionally as well.
Recently, astudy regarding hair fall conducted in Chennai among males between 18-50 years of age revealed some vital facts. As per a survey, baldness remained one of the main stated problems of the city’s male population with 50.4% suffering from androgenetic alopecia. If that were not enough, 60.4% of Chennai population reported to have hair fall. 59% resorted to medications and creams as treatment to combat their hair loss. Likewise, 55.5% preferred hair transplantation as the best option to get over with this problem. Indeed, the latter alternate is the most preferred today and we will discuss this later, but before that let’s scrutinize the reasons behind hair fall.
The probable causes behind Hair fall
There could be any of the multiple reasons behind hair fall Here are the most probable ones:
• Lifestyle: If you are having irregular sleeping habits, have a stressful life, or do not workout, all these factors could affect your hair health adversely
• Watch what you eat: To keep your hair in perfect condition, proper nourishment is necessary. If your diet lags behind in protein, iron and vitamins, it could influence the growth rate of follicles adversely.
• Genes matter:Hair loss commonly results due to your genetic condition. It could be due to your race or your hormones. Generally, Europeans are more prone to baldness followed by Asians and Africans, in that order. Likewise, family genes could also cause baldness.
• Aging:Senility is a significant cause of hair loss after 50s
Mostly, a combination of genetics, hormonal changes and senility altogether lead to hair loss. So is there any treatment for this problem, or is it usual for people to surrender to hair fall and later baldness? Of course yes, and hair transplant surgery is the only viable natural answer.
Is hair transplant the best remedy?
People try different modes to cure their hair fall. They may use medications like DHT blockers (Propecia/ Finasteride), shampoos (Ketaconazole), supplements, etc. The utility of most is ambiguous. This is where hair transplant procedure comes to the fore. Indeed, this surgical hair restoration method is the best remedy to tackle baldness.
What is Hair transplant?
transplant involves surgically relocating hair follicles from a fertile zone or
‘permanent donor zone’ of the scalp (mostly side or back) to the bald area or
‘recipient site’ (hairline, vertex and crown). A plastic surgeon or a
dermatologist performs this surgery under local anesthesia. FUT is the
traditional technique, earlier considered the Gold Standard or Holy Grail of
surgical hair restoration.FUE hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure
and shifts slender grafts using small punches to recipient areas.Today only
micro grafts comprising 1-4 hairs are used to give naturalness and avoid the
pluggy doll’s head look of yore. The selection of procedure depends upon the skills
of your surgeon. If properly done, neither of the twohair transplant
methods have any significant side effect. However patients are increasingly
concerned about the visible scar of FUT with contemporary short hair styles.
The hair transplant procedure
The surgeon starts performinghair transplant surgery by counseling, hairline design and blood tests of the patient followed by with cleaning the donor site of the scalp. The patient has already opted for one of the two primary methods – follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
The steps of FUT treatment are as follows:
- The surgeon cuts a strip of scalp from the rear potion of the head, which may range to several inches in length and half an inch wide.
- He stiches the raw wound edges with sutures in layers.
- The surgeon then divides the portion of scalp thus removed into small parts with the help of surgical knife and magnifying lens. The steps of slivering and graft cutting is an ex vivo technique and is done under good magnification by technicians.
- These grafts when transplanted to the bald areas will lead to hair growth that appears very natural.
The steps of FUE treatment are as follows:
As the name suggests, this hair transplant surgeryrequires direct extraction of hair follicles from the back of the head through many small punch incisions.
- The plastic surgeon removes the hair from the recipient site directly.
- He creates small holes (slits) in the donor site of the scalp using a needle or a blade and places the extracted hair in these tiny holes in natural direction.
- The surgeon may transplant 1-4 thousand grafts during one session of FUE treatment
- Next, he covers the donor scalp with bandage.
Both these treatment methods take around 6-10 hours to complete one session. Moreover, there should be gap of several months between each session so that every transplant could heal in entirety. As for the stitches, the surgeon removes them usually within 10 days of FUT hair transplant surgery. FUE does not involve any stitches since it is minimally invasive in nature.
Are you the best candidate for hair transplant?
Undoubtedly, Hair transplant is the best and long lasting solution for baldness. But before opting for this surgery, you need to be sure if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
- Are you older than 25 years?
For youngsters below 25 years of age, the pattern of hair loss is not very clear. Moreover, a surgery in young age will compel one to abide by certain other procedures in future to keep pace with the loss pattern and maintain the coverage area. Hence, surgeons suggest such young people to follow other non-surgical techniques to control hair loss problems.
- Is your donor scalp dense enough?
The portion of the scalp from where the surgeon extracts grafts, should be dense enough. Hence If the back or side areas of your head have healthy hair growth, you are a good candidate for hair transplant. This will facilitate successful donation of hair follicles.
- Is your scalp very tight?
Too much tight scalp could often cause problems for the surgeons to extract and transplant the follicles in FUT technique. This is not a limitation foe FUE hair transplant.
- Your hair color matters
If the color of your hair and skin is the same, then you are the best hair restoration candidate. In addition, it is even better to have curly hair as such hair type will ensure better coverage and require least transplantation. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?
- Areyou healthy enough?
For any kind of surgery, complete medical check-up is necessary to know your existing health condition. The same holds for hair transplantation as well. You need to mention even minor health problems to your treating doctor before the procedure. Moreover, if you have an existing heart problem, diabetes, or are under blood thinning treatment, you need to undergo a selective treatment plan before opting for hair transplant surgery.
If you are still wondering whether you would be a suitable candidate for hair transplant procedure, feel free to approach us.
The aftereffects and the possible medication
So you have minimal pain, inflammation or swelling, you will be administered certain pain or anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics. You would notice hair fall or shedding within 2-3 weeks after the treatment, as this wouldgives way to the growth of new hair from the root underneath. It may however take around 8 months to one-yearafterhair transplant for new hair to grow on your scalp. For enhance hair growth and slow or no shedding, surgeons often recommend certain medicines like minoxidil (Rogaine), finasteride (Propecia), etc.
Are there any hair transplant side effects?
You may come across minorhair transplant side effects after the hair transplantation, which will vanish ina few weeks. Some of these may include:
• Mild Infection
• Scalp Swelling
• Bruising around eyes
Besides, you could also encounter several other possible complications like:
• Numbness on the treated portions of your scalp
• Folliculitis or the inflammation of hair follicles
• Temporary loss of implanted hair
• Formation of crust on donor or recipient site
Cost of hair transplant
Many premier Hair clinics all over the world offer the best hair transplant treatments; the difference lies in the cost. Until few years back, Turkey was a widely preferred hub due to the affordable hair transplant cost its surgeons asked for. As compared to major locations of the world like Dubai, London or America, Turkey offered budget friendly hair transplantation treatment. Thankfully, with many seasoned surgeons now operating in India, the focus of patients has shifted to this country.
No wonder, the treatment here is more cost-effective than elsewhere in the world. Here, you can undergo the treatment at around 30-90 INR per graft depending on the reputation of the concerned hair restoration clinic and the equipment they use. Their consultation charges may also vary between 500-1200 INR or more. Several clinics also provide EMI facility to manage the expenses of your hair transplant procedure.
Hair transplant is becoming the need of the hour for those with balding. Owing to numerous factors like environmental and dietaryissues, genetics, hormonal imbalances or aging, hair loss is becoming a universal problem. If you are balding or thinning, and are seeking a hair restoration surgery with a seasoned hair transplant expert who is trustworthy, we can guide you to India’s best hair transplant surgeons and clinics.
Feel free to contact us anytime.