What is Hair Transplantation? Hair transplantation is the process of increasing hair density by transplanting hair follicles taken from the scalp to other regions for people who experience hair loss. It is generally preferred in cases of hereditary hair loss such as male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) or female pattern baldness. This process allows for natural hair growth in the previously affected areas.

Types of Hair Transplantation Procedures

Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)

FUT, also known as the strip method, involves removing a strip of skin from the donor area and then extracting individual hair follicles from it. This method is efficient for treating extensive hair loss and provides a high graft yield.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

FUE is a minimally invasive procedure where individual hair follicles are directly extracted from the donor area using a specialized punch tool. It leaves minimal scarring and has a shorter recovery time compared to FUT.

Robotic Hair Transplantation

Robotic hair transplantation utilizes advanced robotic technology to perform the FUE procedure with precision. It ensures accurate graft harvesting and placement, leading to excellent results.

The hair transplant procedure usually consists of three steps:

  • Removal of Hair Roots (Donor Area): In the first step, hair follicles are taken from the area called the donor area, usually in the nape region. This region is generally an area that is genetically resistant to hair loss. Local anesthesia is usually applied to remove hair follicles and hair follicles are collected by microsurgical methods.
  • Creation of Channels: In the second step, channels or sacs are created in the area where the hair follicles will be transplanted (recipient area). This step is important to ensure that the hair follicles to be transplanted are placed at the right angle and density.
  • Transplantation of Hair Roots: In the third step, hair follicles are taken from the donor area and placed in the recipient area. This procedure is usually done by microsurgical methods. Hair follicles are placed at the right angle and density, and after careful placement, the healing process begins.

Hair transplantation is usually performed by specialist doctors or hair restoration specialists. The procedure can usually take several hours and is done under local anesthesia, so pain or discomfort is minimal. The healing process can usually take a few days or weeks, but results often become apparent over time.

An important point is that hair transplantation may differ from person to person and may not be suitable for everyone. It is important to make a preliminary assessment to determine the best candidates for hair transplantation. Suitable candidates are generally individuals with healthy hair follicles and sufficient donor area.

Is hair transplantation suitable for women?

Hair transplantation is not limited to men; women can also benefit from it. However, the suitability depends on various factors such as the underlying cause of hair loss, the extent of thinning, and the availability of healthy donor hair.

Will the transplanted hair require special maintenance?

Transplanted hair doesn’t require any special maintenance. It can be treated just like your natural hair. Regular washing, conditioning, and styling are sufficient to keep your transplanted hair looking great.

Can I wear my hair short after the procedure?

Yes, you can wear your hair short after a successful hair transplantation. The transplanted hair is meant to blend seamlessly with your existing hair, allowing you to style it as desired.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to hair transplantation?

Yes, there are non-surgical options such as medications and topical treatments that can help slow down hair loss and promote hair growth. However, these options may not yield the same permanent and natural-looking results as hair transplantation. (Dr Haar Patent 7)

How soon will I see the final results?

Hair transplantation is a gradual process. Initially, the transplanted hair will fall out, but new hair will start to grow in its place within a few months. It can take up to a year for the final results to become fully visible.