Hair growth through hair restoration surgery is quite common nowadays. In such surgery roots from the healthy dense part of the head is transmitted to the bald part of the head. After 6 to 9months, new hair grows from the roots eliminating baldness.
Types of surgeries
There are two main types of restorative surgeries.
- Follicular unit transplant
- Follicular unit extraction
Follicular unit transplant FUT:
The surgeon removes a strip of skin usually from the back of the head. The cut is stitched after taking a cut out.
The strip contains small units of follicles. These units are dissected in single units with the help of very sensitive surgical instruments. Small incisions are made on the bald area. These single units are inserted and incisions are closed.
Follicular unit extraction :
This is the minimally invasive state-of-the-art technique. The surgeon uses a micro punch machine to take out a unit of 3 to 4 follicles from the donor area of the head which is usually the back of the head. There is no need to use stitches as the punch holes are too tiny to be visible
Both techniques are excellent. Restoration surgery is more reliable using the FUE method. However, FUE needs more skill and experience than FUT.
Both surgeries are undertaken by giving local anesthesia and take hours depending on the number of grafts and size of the bald area. Patients can go home after the operation and within two to three days can continue routine life.
In the case of FUT, the surgeon will remove the bandage. And to avoid ant infection you may prescribe some antibiotics. Or some anti-inflammatory.
Hair may fall out in two to three months. But there is no need to worry, this is part of the restoration. They will regrow within 6 to 9 months.
Does hair growth through hair restoration surgery work?
The transplant method is more effective than over-the-counter medicines. Almost 90 to 95 % of transplanted follicles regrow after 6 to 9 months. The regrowth is natural and permanent, no need to go again and again for hair transplant surgeries.
Especially in FUE follicles are inserted at specific angles and directions, keeping in view the natural angle and direction of each surrounding follicle. Thus the regrowth is a complete match to the surrounding area.
Still, there are some factors to be considered:
Like natural grafts, the new will be affected by thinning due to aging
It will work if the patient is naturally facing balding or thinning, or due to some injury
They may not work if
- Patients have thick injury scars
- The patient has widespread thinning or baldness. The restorative procedure is done with existing follicles if there is no donor supply recovery procedure is impossible.
Do hair growth through hair restoration surgery has any side effects:
The growth will not suffer any side effects. However, after treatment, there may be some side effects. Some of them are minor and recovered in a few days with proper care. Some may stay for long if not treated at the right time:
- Pain and swelling
- Visible areas that do not match the surrounding area in case of treatment by inexperienced surgeons.
- Linear Scar in the case of FUT treatment
How much will it cost:
Both methods are costly. But FUE is costlier than FUT. The cost depends on the number of grafts that need to be transplanted. The size of the bald site. The fee of the expert physician. The average hair transplant cost in Pakistan is in the range of 45000 to 150,000 Pak Rupees.
Final word :
To get the best results from hair growth through hair restoration surgery, follow the post-care directed by your physician. To enjoy the full benefits of it a patient may need to avoid stressful exercise for a few weeks, and for a few days avoid washing their head. A pro tip is to select the best expert physician to go through such a delicate and sensitive procedure.