What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is the procedure of reallocating hair follicles from other parts of bodyto balding spots. When the follicles get transferred to the balding region, hair appears again in this area. This procedure is considered the only definitive solution for androgenic baldness, which is hereditary.
Importantly, baldness is not the same thing as hair loss. In balding hairs do not just fall but goes into a process of miniaturization – becoming similar to the facial hair, which is very small and almost unnoticeable. This only occurs in patients who are genetically prone to it. It is usually triggered by male hormones (testosterone and its derivatives, principally dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT).
DHT is five times more potent than testosterone and is the key hormone in the onset of androgenic alopecia. The fact that receptors for this hormone are not evenly distributed throughout the scalp, explains the patterns of male hair loss. To tackle the hair loss problems, clinic like Terra Medical provides male hair transplant in Singapore thatremoves hair follicles from this area and reallocates them in regions where there has already been miniaturization.
Hair transplantation vs. hair implantation
Sometimes, the term’ hair implantation’ is used interchangeably hair transplantation.It’s a misnomer since the implant presupposes the placement of unnatural hair in the region affected by baldness whereas air transplantation uses the patient’s own hair follicles.
Who can benefit from hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation can be done on anyone who suffers from androgenic alopecia and wants to have hair again in the area that is bald. However, it is important to evaluate eligibility during consultation with the specialist. The stage the balding process needs to be factored in. More often than not, specialists prefer to perform the procedure when it is stabilized.
Can hair fall out after hair transplant?
As the transplanted follicle does not suffer from the action of the DHT hormones, the transplanted hair will not undergo further modifications. However, nothing prevents other non-transplanted follicles from being subjected to the process of miniaturization and from baldness continuing to advance.
Possible complications in hair transplantation
The surgery is minimally invasive, which leads to very few possible complications. Complications can arise from low level integration of new follicles (especially in diabetic patients and heavy smokers), some level of numbness and swelling of the forehead, which happens within the first three days after the operation.There is no chance of infection, as this is an auto transplant, i.e. the transplanted follicle is the patient’s own hair follicles.
Before Hair Transplant
Basic tests prior to the surgery are performed like any other type of surgery. In the conventional FUT technique, no preparation is required to perform the procedure. But, in the FUE technique it is necessary to shave the hair from the donor area prior to procedure.
After Hair Transplant
After the operation a special fixing spray can be applied, which prevents the use of bandages. On the day after procedure, the patient returns to the clinic to wash their hair. From that moment, the patient is free to perform day to day activities. A few safety measuresinclude avoiding the sun, beach, swimming pool, physical activities etc.