A Guide To Hair Transplant

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A Guide To Hair Transplant
Mimansha Ranjan
A Poetess of the wild type. Potterhead. Bewildered by the Cosmos and Space. A Biochemist by day and a writer by night.

Hair is an important part of your personality. A good hair day fills you with confidence. Shiny and beautiful, healthy hair is what all of us want.

We like to experiment with our hair as well. The colouring, dying, heating/ironing tend to impact our hair in a bad way. It might lead to hair fall in women.

Hair fall is a nightmare that we all fear. Losing strands of hair every now and then is fine. But if your body is not able to replace the lost hair soon enough; the hair fall becomes prominent. Your hair strands will become thinner and the scalp will be prominently visible. 

About 20 million women suffer from hair loss all around the world. There are many hair loss treatments for women, but nothing is as effective as Hair Transplant.

Why Do We Experience Hair Fall?

Strands of tangled hair on your comb or in your shower is an unpleasant sight. Hair fall in women could be because of many reasons. These reasons are listed below.

  • Diseases such as PCOD or other hormonal disorders, like thyroid.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • It could be genetic. Maybe baldness runs in your family.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Use of too many chemicals on hair, frequent change of shampoos and conditioners.
  • Dandruff can also cause hair fall.
  • Heat treatment, ironing or curling of hair on a regular basis.
  • Hair fall can be a side effect of some medications.
  • It could be because of a chronic ailment or treatment. Like cancer and Chemotherapy.
  • It might be temporary, due to a change in your routine, or the weather. 

There could be many reasons why you have started to lose hair. Baldness is feared more in women than in men. We try to switch shampoos, eat healthy food, but nothing seems to work. 

Hair loss treatment for women is not easy. Sometimes the cause may be unknown or difficult to address. It takes time for you to notice that the hair fall is severe. By that time you have already lost a heavy amount of hair on your head.

Doctors may find out some mineral deficiency in your blood or a genetic pattern to your hair loss. You may be advised to eat healthily and take lots of medicine along with protein in your diet. Treating hair fall is very expensive as well. And the results are never satisfactory. 

You might stop the hair fall but recovering the already lost hair is next to impossible. Therefore, we have come up with a guide to Hair Transplant.

What Is Hair Transplant?

Hair Transplant for women is the ultimate option available to restore the lost hair. Even though it is permanent; the newly transplanted hair will fall off eventually like your normal hair. But it will ensure that new hair is grown from the same site to replace the old one.

Process Of Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant is a complicated process. It may require several sessions for a patient to get their hair grafted. The whole process of Hair Transplant for women might take several days to weeks. The basic procedures are as follows-

First Step

The hair follicle from an area of the patient, which is not bald is taken out. Generally, this area is at the back of the head. These follicles are not dead yet and they continue to grow hair wherever they are implanted. 

A Guide To Hair Transplant

Doctors or Surgeons generally use anesthesia to numb the area. Hair follicles are taken out manually using a scalpel. This is generally called the donor area.

Second Step

The follicular grafts made in the first step are now filled in the bald area. Of course, it is not as simple as it sounds. The bald area is called the recipient area.

Tiny incisions are made in this area and the grafts are planted here carefully. The patient is allowed to go home once the grafting is completed. Though they are warned about the infection and protection from UV rays

Third Step

After the surgical process is done, the patient is sent home. They might experience pain in the recipient or donor areas. They have to avoid any sort of infection. Patients are asked to wash their hair after a couple of days. They are kept on prescribed antibiotics.

This is the last phase of Hair Transplant where the patient is expected to wait and watch the hair grow back. Similar to your natural hair this new strand of hair will fall off as well. But it will make sure that a new hair replaces it soon. This is because the follicles in the recipient area are alive now.

Side Effects Of Hair Transplant

Any treatment of such a complex nature is bound to have side effects. Hair Transplant for women has the following side effects-

  • It might not lead to a full recovery.
  • There might be pain and swelling.
  • You might feel faintish or dizzy because of the procedure.
  • You might develop an itchy scalp.
  •  You might suffer from headaches.
  • There might be bleeding in the donor or recipient areas accompanied by inflammation.

Apart from these side effects, there are myriads of facts that you should know about Hair Transplant.

Facts About Hair Transplant

It is not 100% effective hair loss treatment for women. You might continue to lose strands of hair even after the transplant. Not all transplants are successful. Have a clear discussion with your Surgeon or the Dermatologist.

It is very costly. A treatment which involves precision, with most sophisticated tools is bound to be expensive. Hair Transplant can cost anywhere between 5 lakhs to 50 lakhs or more. It usually depends on the strands of hair that you want to graft.

It is not an option for everyone. It depends on the type of hair fall and its cause. This treatment is not applicable to many hair fall patients.

Precautions To Take After Hair Transplant

  • Consult a Doctor. Your Surgeon should be skilled with maximum experience. Have a clear discussion with them regarding your expectation of the procedure.
  • Do not wash your hair for a couple of days.
  • Take only the prescribed medicines. Use the shampoo suggested by your Doctor.
  • Do not let your scalp sweat. Do not wear any helmet or a headband, or anything on your head.
  • Do not comb your hair, until the Doctor says so.

This was a guide to Hair transplant. We have covered everything that is there to know about this procedure. It is an advanced method which can show some positive results. There are other options as well. You can always buy a wig which will be less expensive and painful. 

A Guide To Hair Transplant

Treating hair fall in women is a challenge. No matter which option you select the result will never be 100% effective. You have to make sure the underlying problem is treated. If hair fall is a symptom or a side effect it will get reduced once the main cause is treated. 

Your hair is important, but it doesn’t have to be this painful or expensive to get it back. You will remain beautiful with or without your hair.