The words “hair transplant surgery” can be intimidating for people who suffer from hair loss and baldness. It sounds dangerous. After all it has the word surgery in it.
But mostly what makes it scary is the lack of understanding of how the process works.
I’m sure if you knew what goes on during a hair transplant and understood the entire process and the steps involved in with clarity, the doubts will go away.
What is hair transplant?
Quite simply, hair transplant is moving hair from one area of your body (donor site) to the balding or thinning area (recipient site). The process is safe and painless since you’ll be given local anesthesia by the surgeons.
The risks are minimized thanks to the rapid growth in hair transplant technology and even the side effects are nothing to be worried about.
Most people spend huge amounts of time into researching for methods to grow back hair naturally.
This is a waste since except from hair loss caused by temporary causes, such as medication or reaction to some product, etc., Hair transplant is the only way to treat permanent baldness.
Psychological effects of Hair loss and Balding
It’s not just about the looks, for most people, hair loss and baldness, can cause serious negative psychological effects like anxiety, low self esteem, and even depression.
Celebrity hair stylist James Brown suffered for over 20 years of low self esteem before getting a transplant. He’d never go anywhere without a hat.
Every time he had to go through airport security, where he had to take off his hat, he was filled with anxiety.
“It got to the point when it was so bad, I didn’t want to take my hat off. Those minutes before going through security and taking my hat off, they were torture for me.” He said.
For those who don’t suffer from it, hair loss can be easy to mistake as a harmless thing, but those who do, know the effect it has on the emotional health.
Research shows that baldness can lead to exaggerated feelings of ugliness and even trigger body dysmorphic disorder, where sufferers experience acute anxiety about their looks.
Anyone who has been through something this knows how devastating this is for the self esteem.
In Goa, or India in general, we tend to ignore mental health, which is dangerous because a untreated mental issue can get more and more severe.
If you suffering with this, you should stop procrastinating and get professional help.
Either a psychiatrist who will help you cope with your condition or a consult a hair specialist who, after some tests, will inform you about your condition and recommend the best treatment option for you.
Fue & Fut
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) Hair Treatment:- In this procedure the surgeon removes a strip of tissue with hair from the donor area, which is then dissected to separate individual grafts. FUT is also known as Strip Surgery.
The hair follicles are then harvested from this strip by the clinical team and then implanted in the recipient area, which is the area with the bald patch or scanty hair.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):- During FUE hair transplant, each hair follicle is removed from the donor area with the help of a small punch.
This procedure is repeated till enough follicular units are harvested for hair restoration. The follicular units are then placed in the recipient sites which are prepared beforehand by using a fine needle point instrument.
Before the procedure
During the first consultation, the hair specialist analyzes the patient’s scalp and then based on the results recommends the best approach for them.
Whether they need hair transplant or just medication will help.
Whether they will need a single or multiple sessions, how many grafts needed, etc.
After the procedure
Post Surgery the scalp will feel very tender for a few days and you may feel some pain. Nothing to worry about, but if the pain is too uncomfortable consult your hair doctor.
If there is pain, the surgeon will prescribe you pain medication. You will have to wear bandages over your scalp for at least a day or two.
You will be prescribed an antibiotic and the necessary medication. Also, for a few days you’ll have to avoid activities like swimming and sports.
The transplanted hair will fall out around 2 weeks after the procedure. This is normal. Most people will see 60% of new hair growth after 6 to 10 months.
Many people are reluctant to get a hair transplant because they’re worried about the procedure. They doubt whether it’s safe.
While there have been horror stories about hair transplant gone wrong, most of them due to a uninformed choice of clinics.
Always select a clinic with qualified staff for your treatment. Don’t make a decision based on the different costs different clinics provide.
If you make wise decision about selecting the best clinic for the treatment, you don’t have to worry about the safety. These procedures are pretty safe.
The doctors will take preventive measures before, during, and after the surgery to make sure you have the best experience.
Side effects & Risks
This is rare, but following the surgery your existing hair might think, this is not permanent and they will grow back.
Like I said before you’ll feel numb for a few weeks, usually in the donor area. It’s not permanent so nothing to worried about. Usually lasts 3 to 18 weeks.
They might happen, but very rare since good hair care doctors will take every caution to prevent them. You will be given antibiotics before and after the procedure.
You might feel some pain, in which case you should let your doctor know and you’ll be given some pain medication.
Conclusion: Hair transplant is a serious issue that is ignored by people because of the lack of awareness. If it is affecting the quality of your life it’s worth the effort to consider treatment options.
If you are considering hair transplant but have any doubts you can get a free consultation at the best hair transplant clinics in Goa.