Hair Transplantation Surgery
Pre-operative Assessment and Planning
Dr. Sachin Shah will start with a detailed analysis of the scalp, evaluation of the donor areas, extent and grading of alopecia and then advise the best approach.
Hair Transplant works essentially by extracting hair from a hair-loss resistant area and planting them on the recipient’s balding area.
Hair transplant is essentially worry-free, and patients may return to their normal schedules within one or two days. Men with a reasonable amount of healthy hair growth on the sides and back of their head can expect good results.
What is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a method of extracting, or “harvesting,” follicular units one-by-one directly from the scalp. In FUE, an instrument is used to make small, circular incisions in the skin around follicular units, separating them from the surrounding tissue. The follicular unit is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp, leaving a small open hole that heals with a small white mark.
This method of donor harvesting is what differentiates the FUE procedure from Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). The creation of recipient sites and the placing of follicular unit grafts are essentially the same in FUE and FUT procedures.
What is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)?
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is a hair restoration procedure in which naturally-occurring groups of one to four hairs, called follicular units are transplanted from the donor area to the recipient area. In FUT, after the patient’s scalp is numbed, the doctor removes a thin strip of tissue from the back and/or sides of the scalp. The donor strip is then separated into hundreds of individual follicular units using precise stereo-microscopic dissection techniques. The doctor makes tiny slits in the scalp, the recipient sites, into which the grafts are placed.
Am I a Candidate for a Hair Restoration Procedure?
The answer will depend on the cause of your hair loss, your age, the stability of your donor supply, how extensive you hair loss is, your expectations and a number of other important factors that will be taken into account during consultation.
How Long Does a Procedure Take?
Smaller sessions of FUT (less than 1500 grafts) can take about 4 hours, while larger ones (2500 grafts or more) can take longer. Sometimes large sessions of FUE are split over two days. The main determinant of the length of the session depends on the number of grafts being transplanted.
After the grafting session is complete, the scalp will be cleansed and semi-permeable dressing may be applied. We facilitate our patients to recover bandage-free. Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.