Hair Transplant FAQs
We have hired services of some of the best hair transplant surgeons from around the world. Our experts have specialized in the latest hair transplant procedures including Follicular Unit Transplant (FUE) and Stem Cell FUE. They are highly skilled and have a vast experience of treating people from all races and ethnicities, from Asia to Africa to Europe. To us it doesn’t matter from where you are, you just come in and we assure you will get exactly what you want.
Anyone suffering from significant hair loss can get a hair transplant to considerably improve his appearance as well as quality of life. But there are several factors that are considered before determining the candidacy of a person for the surgery. These include, his age, hair type and extent of hair loss, hair density, race, scalp laxity and above all his family history. An ideal candidate for hair transplant is the one who has been shedding hair for more than five years and whose pattern of baldness has stabilized. This means his hair loss should have stopped by that time.
Having that said, to determine whether you are a candidate or not you should get yourself physically examined by one of our highly skilled hair transplant surgeons.
Just like men, women can also have a hair transplant surgery as well. But since women do not go completely bald, rather their hair loss is evenly distributed over the entire crown, they rarely need to undergo a surgical hair transplant. Doctors generally recommend non-surgical hair loss treatments such as ACell/PRP therapy to women. But if you are bothered by significant hair loss and are seeking an instant and guaranteed fix, you can always opt for a Hair Transplant.
A Hair Transplant Surgery is generally performed with local anesthesia, therefore the patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, expect to experience some swelling, pain and discomfort after the surgery. Your surgeon will recommend you some non-aspirin pain medications to mitigate this discomfort and antibiotics to speed up the healing process. Take these medications as prescribed by your surgeon to minimize the pain and eliminate the chance of infection.
No, it is not possible to have a hair transplant using someone else’s hair because your body would reject them. And to minimize the chances of rejection by your body, your surgeon will recommend you immunosuppressant drugs, which have some serious life side effects than living with hair loss. Furthermore, finding someone with the same hair color, texture and thickness is close to impossible.
If you do not have sufficient donor hair supply, we can help you with Body Hair Transplantation. In this procedure donor hair grafts are extracted from different areas of your body including your beard, chest and thighs and transplanted onto the scalp just like a conventional hair transplant.
Yes, correcting a poorly executed hair transplant is very much possible. Our team of experts have a vast experience of fixing bad hair transplants. We use two techniques to fix bad hair transplants – camouflaging pluggy grafts and excision and re-implantation of existing grafts to obtain natural looking results.
Shock loss refers to shedding transplanted and/or existing hair after a hair transplant surgery. You can lose hair from either the donor area or the recipient area or both. This is due to the trauma caused to the scalp because of the surgery itself. A shock loss generally starts after 6 to 8 months and eventually resolves itself within a few months, without needing any special treatment.
Yes, shock loss can occur in the donor area as well. But the latest donor hair harvesting technique, the Stem Cell FUE, causes minimal trauma to the donor area, therefore chances of shock loss in the donor area in this case are very low. Rather, this procedure guarantees hair regrowth and regeneration in the donor site within 3 to 6 months, which is not possible in case of FUT and conventional FUE hair transplant.
The results of a hair transplant are long lasting. Since the donor hair follicles are harvested from the areas that are balding resistant, you will not lose them to androgenic alopecia any more. However, like your other natural hairs, transplanted hairs also have a life cycle, on completion if which they will fall out, but the follicle will remain there and new hair will sprout out of it like a normal hair. Some people complain about loss of hair density in the transplanted areas, this is mostly because the original hairs in the affected areas fall out succumbing to androgenic alopecia, causing hair loss.
Shedding hair after a hair transplant surgery is pretty normal. The process is called shock loss and it generally starts 6 to 8 weeks following the procedure. Expect to lose not only the transplanted hair but also some existing hair in and around the site of the hair transplant. This is a normal response by the body to the trauma caused to the scalp. Once the shedding process is complete, new hair will automatically sprout. This hair will in all probability remain on your scalp for the rest of your life, growing like normal hair on the scalp.
The length of your hair transplant surgery depends entirely on the number of grafts to be implanted. Generally it takes 6 to 8 hours for a hair transplant surgery to complete. But if the transplant area is big and more than 2500 grafts are needed for a fuller appearance, it can take more than 8 hours as well. Lesser grafts can take even 4 to 5 hours for their completion. The surgical technique used also plays a vital role in determining the length of your surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is the most time consuming procedure while Stem Cell FUE is the quickest of all.
We always take breaks during a long surgical procedure to allow our patients to stretch a bit and have lunch and snacks etc.
Your recovery time after the surgery depends on various factors include the surgical technique used, the number of grafts implanted, your skin type, your wound healing tendency and above all your family history. Based on these factors, every patient recovers differently from a hair transplant surgery. However, it generally takes several months to recover completely from the surgery. Remember your scalp will initially get worse after the surgery before you will start noticing any signs of improvement.
As far as downtime is concerned, you may be asked to avoid indulging into routine tasks for 2 to 3 days in case of FUE and for one to two weeks after FUT.
The transplanted hair follows the natural hair growth cycle. The only difference is that they will shed before starting to grow. Your transplanted hair will start growing after 3 to 4 months, while the results will become clearly visible after 8 to 12 months.
A successful hair transplant surgery needs your cooperation as well as time and patience. Your new hair will not grow over night. On average it takes 4 to 6 months before you start seeing new hair sprout. However, full results my take 12 to 18 months to be visible. Recovery period after the surgery varies significantly from person to person. Some people start seeing results as early as after 8 months while others may take more than a year before their thatch starts filling up. So, it is very important to remain patient and not overreact.
Cost of hair transplant surgery depends entirely on the number of grafts implanted. Surgeons generally charge their patients based per graft. The experience of your surgeon and the geographic location of the clinic also play a vital role in determining your total cost of treatment. Getting a hair transplant in Gulf will cost you less than getting the same procedure done in some developed country like the United States or the United Kingdom.