1. What is a hair transplant?
The procedure of hair transplant is performed to restore damaged or lost hair follicles. A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where individual hairs are taken from the back of the head and moved to the bald area. A strip of skin is removed from the donor area and dissected down to the level of the scalp. The grafts are then inserted under the patient’s own natural hairline.
2. How does it work?
During the procedure, the doctor removes small plugs of skin containing hair follicles from the back of the patient’s head. These grafts are placed in a special solution to keep them alive until they reach their destination. Once transplanted, the grafts take root and begin to produce new hair.
3. Who performs the procedure?
A team of doctors performs the procedure. The surgeon makes incisions at the back of the head, removing a section of skin. He then uses a microscope to remove tiny plugs of skin containing hair. These grafts are then placed in a special solution and stored in a refrigerator. Afterward, the doctor moves these grafts to the bald area using a needle.
4. What are the risks?
There are many risks associated with hair transplant surgery. The biggest risk is infection. Other risks include bleeding, scarring, nerve damage, and loss of sensation. There may be some discomfort after the procedure.
5. Is it painful?
Most patients experience minor pain and swelling immediately following the procedure. Most people feel no pain once the anesthesia wears off.
6. How long does the recovery period last?
Recovery time varies depending on the number of grafts being transplanted. Usually, the patient goes home the day of the procedure. However, if the procedure requires more than one session, the patient may need to stay overnight.
7. Can I drive after the procedure?
Yes, you can drive yourself home after the procedure. You should avoid strenuous activity for several days.