A lot of people in Chennai walk-in to Tamira with several questions about hair transplants.
Most questions revolve around (but are not limited to) cost, treatments, side effects, recovery time, results and expectations.
The Scientific Committee Team and the Hair Transplant Surgeons at Tamira, decided to make effective use of this opportunity.
Hence we have put together a quick educational article. One that answers the most commonly asked hair transplant FAQs.
1. What is hair transplant?
Its a surgical treatment that involves removing hair from a part of the body that is resistant to balding and transplanting it to a spot that is in need of hair due to accident, surgery, balding etc.
The latest hair transplant technique is not the same as a skin graft, where swatches of skin are removed hair and all. Only certain types of hair follicles are removed and transplanted helping to match your natural hair perfectly.
2. How much does it cost?
The cost for a hair transplant is formidable, we’re talking thousands of rupees no matter what. Whether you got a little hairline recession or you got some serious baldness showing.
Most clinics charge patients a cost per graft, which when multiplied by the number of grafts required gives you the cost you will have to incur (standard taxes apply, of course).
Cost can also vary based on your total requirement of number of grafts. Many surgeons offer discounts on cost per graft as the number of grafts required increase.
These may not be applicable for the lengthier mega and giga sessions though. Those sessions are very demanding of patient, surgeon and staff.
Mega & Giga sessions are offered mainly as a convenience factor for patients with extreme baldness not wanting multiple sessions.
3. Can women undergo hair transplant?
It is almost surprising how many women undergo this surgery. I say “almost” because it is not shocking that women feel more pressurised to maintain a proper hairline compared to men
For men, a bald pate is stigma only to those who feel inadequate without their hair. And there are plenty for whom dropping that kind of money on hair is simply not going to happen.
4. How to find a good surgeon?
Like with most things these days, your research for hair transplant should start online. It’s a smart choice to start by checking the reviews of whomever you are interested in to do the transplant.
Don’t just look at one website, try and read different reviews across different websites for the same surgeon or hospital. You could also read patient testimonials about procedures other than hair transplant.
Check to see if the surgeon is board certified – this is the most important step. Visit their website and try to verify their qualification, certifications etc.
Next, find out ho many years of experience he or she has. Keep in mind that surgeons with greater experience tend to generally charge a higher fee. But that isn’t a bad thing, because the odds of great results are often higher with well experienced surgeons.
5. Are hair transplants only for the head?
Not at all. There are of course other reasons than balding for getting a transplant.
Such as the restoration of eyebrows, chest hair, pubic hair, facial hair like beard, moustache, side burns or goatee or to fill in scars left by accidents or surgery.
6. What is Strip Harvesting?
Strip Harvesting is a technique where a strip of scalp with hair is removed and cut into small pieces called grafts.
These grafts are then sutured to the balding area, leaving scars that will show unless the hair is long.
Recovery time is less than a month. There will be pain, and stitches to remove.
7. What is FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE is harvesting of individual hair follicles. These follicles are then reinserted in the bald or balding area. Micro punches are utilised for the extraction and micro blade for the insertion.
In some cases, the survival rate of the follicles is lower without the piece of scalp (as in strip harvesting) and multiple treatments may be likely. FUE is relatively less painful and has a shorter recovery period,
Plus there and no stitches to remove, like in strip harvesting. Sometimes, following an FUE procedure, there may not be a suitable strip of scalp left for a graph if the transplant is not satisfactory.
If you want to read more about FUE head over to our in-detail article on FUE Hair Transplant in Chennai.
8. How long does the hair growth take?
In the days that follow your surgery, all of that newly transplanted hair are meant to fall out. Don’t worry, it’s only so that newly grown follicles can replace the fallen hair.
For some patients, you may have to repeat this surgery if your “regular” hair continues to thin while your transplanted hair stays new.
9. Any other precautions?
Like any surgery, anesthetic will be involved along with a cleansing of the area (shampoo), and antibiotics. No smoking or drinking before the procedure or your results may not be satisfactory.