Hair transplant — the process of getting it done
A worldwide phenomenon
Almost 70% of all men will face hair loss and baldness at some point or the other in their life. One in every 4 men will suffer from male pattern baldness before he reaches 30.
Hair transplant is a long term solution for baldness and can provide respite to young people suffering from MPB(Male Pattern Baldness). There are two main types of transplant. These are follicular unit extraction and strip harvesting. In follicular unit extraction (FUE), individual follicles of hair are harvested from the head and transplanted in the bald region. In strip harvesting, a strip of skin with hair is taken from the back of the head and then individual follicles are extracted from it.
Any of the two methods used is a minimally invasive surgery that takes less than half a day to complete. The patient is operated under local anesthesia and can leave for home within a couple of hours of completion of the operation. The operation doesn’t leave any scars and results can be seen within 3–4 months after surgery.
The first step in the transplant process is to find a top notch trichologist. A skilled doctor can make all the difference when it comes to how you look and how successful the operation is. A skilled hair transplant surgeon also needs to be an artist like a plastic surgeon as he has to work with a vision of post operation look in his mind.
The second step is to set up a consultation with him/her and meet him for a detailed examination. He needs to find the current hair density and loss and the site from which he can harvest hair for the transplant. For most people the hair is harvested from the back of the head. But in some cases, they can also harvest hair from the chest and thighs to transplant them to the head. For eyebrows generally softer hair from the base of the neck is taken. The doctor and the patient need to decide the hairline that can be achieved post-surgery. The doctor has to explain the different processes involved and per op and post op care. He also has to explain the number of transplants he will be making as the total cost of the surgery is decided by it. In hair transplant surgery, there are two parts to the cost. One part is fixed which involves the anesthesia, beds and other costs which are same for all patients. The other part is variable and depends on the number of hair follicles that are being transplanted. The charge for grafting a single follicle can range from $1 in some countries to $50-$60 in some others. Also since most insurance carriers may not pay for cosmetic surgery, it may have to be paid out of pocket.
Also it may not be possible to implant a large number of follicles at once and the doctor may recommend multiple sessions to get the desired effect.
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