Hair Transplant Procedure

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Image 1Hair transplant surgery has come a very long way since the days of unnatural looking cornrow plugs, however most prospective hair transplant patients are unaware of what true state of the art hair transplantation is, and what the procedure entails. 

Today's gold standard in surgical hair restoration is a procedure known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Follicular Unit Transplatation might appear to be a simple outpatient procedure, but a very specific skill set is needed to perform it well. Hair transplantation is a team effort, and each member of the surgical staff must be highly trained in order to achieve the desired cosmetic result.  

 

Hair transplant surgery is as much an art as it is a science. The goal is to create a completely natural looking result that's consistent with the patient's hair supply, the patient's specific hair characteristics, and just as importantly, the patient's goals. During the hair transplant procedure a thin strip of DHT resistant hair baring tissue is removed from the back and the sides of the scalp. The size of this strip is dependent on the total number of follicular units or grafts that need to be redistributed to the patient's balding and thinning areas. After removal of the donor tissue, the area from where the strip is removed is sutured or stapled closed. The suture line is easily covered by the patient's existing hair, and in most cases heals to the point of being imperceptible when performed correctly.   

 

The donor tissue is then given to the surgical staff to begin the labor intensive and highly skilled task of dissecting the tissue into follicular units. These tiny, naturally occurring hair grouping are also known as grafts, with each FU graft containing between one to four hairs. High powered dissecting microscopes are use to aid in the dissection process. Each surgical technician must make sure that each graft is completely intact and trimmed of excess tissue before implantation. Once the grafts are dissected they are submerged in a holding solution, usually saline and kept refrigerated in order to keep them viable while the team finishes the dissecting process. Each step of this process must be performed with the utmost care in order to insure the final result of the hair transplant.   

 

While the grafts are being prepared, the hair transplant surgeon meticulously makes the recipient sites (the sites where the grafts are transplanted) using tiny cut to size blades, and or the bevel of a tiny hypodermic needle. This process must be performed carefully to insure proper depth, angulation and density. If the recipient sites are made in a haphazard fashion, the newly transplanted hair follicles will grow in an unnatural direction making it difficult for the patient to properly style his hair once the transplant has matured. The level of skill that this takes should not be underestimated. This is a very time consuming process and takes significant experience to master.   

 

Once the surgeon completes the recipient sites, it's time to place the follicular units.  Placement of these tiny hair follicles into the scalp is a demanding skill and can take up to ten hours to perform depending on the size of case.   

 

Once the procedure is completed the patient is sent home, bandage free in most cases, and in some cases wearing a light head band and a baseball cap provided by the facility. Post operative instructions are provided as well as antibiotics as a prophylactic to avoid the possibility of infection. Pain medication is also provided in case the patient feels any discomfort the following few days.   

 

The day after the procedure the patient usually returns to the facility to have his head shampooed for a post operative follow up. Normal activates can resume usually within a week, but heavy weight training and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least one month after the procedure to ensure proper donor healing.   

 

History of Hair Transplantation 

Today's state of the art surgical hair restoration is an evolution of a technique that was actually cultivated in Japan in the late 1930s. It was in 1939 when Japanese dermatologist Dr. Okuda described in detail a technique of grafting skin and hair to the scalps of burn victims. In his description, he utilized a punch technique to extract round plugs of hair bearing skin which were then inserted into round holes made in the burned skin. After the skin healed, the transplanted hair began to grow normally in the previously burned and bald areas of the scalp.   

 

Five years later Dr. Tamura, another groundbreaking Japanese dermatolgist began experiments with significantly smaller and more refined grafts consisting of one to three hairs to replace lost pubic hair in hisfemale patients. Dr. Tamura used an elliptical incision to extract the donor tissue and then dissected each individual graft. Interestingly enough, Dr. Tamura's technique was very similar to the techniques being used today.   

 

Due to Japan's role in World War II, the groundbreaking work of both Dr. Okuda and Dr. Tamura were lost for over a decade and completely unknown to western medicine. It wasn't until years after the war that the documentation of these scientific finding were found and shared.   

 

Here in the west, it is New York Dermatologist Dr. Norman Orentreich who is credited with the invention of modern day hair transplantation by performing the first known hair transplant in 1952 on a patient suffering with common male pattern hair loss. Seven years later Dr. Orentreich published his findings and set fourth his theory of "Donor Dominance" in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science. His finding proved that the hair that remains in what's known as the Hippocratic wreath, the hair found on the back and sides of the heads of most balding men, is for the most part genetically resistant to the balding process.   

By the 1960's hair transplantation began to become more prevalent, unfortunately Dr. Orentiechs technique mirrored the less ascetically acceptable punch graft process of Okuda instead of the more naturally appearing smaller grafting techniques of Dr. Tamura. Dr. Orentich's  crude technique of hair transplantation set the stage for countless tragic outcomes and gave the field of surgical hair restoration a less than stellar reputation which had plagued it until very recently.   In the mid 1990's modern day hair transplantation began to hit its stride and several hair transplant surgeons were adopting techniques that were  producing impressive results for their patients.   

 

By the year 2000 follicular unit transplantation became the gold standard bringing modern day hair transplantation to a whole new level of state of the art cosmetic surgery. Today surgical hair restoration is truly a viable option for many suffering with common genetic pattern hair loss and had sifgnicantly improved the lives of many.  

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gondil said:

gondil
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klinik Esthetika said:

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digicomseo said:

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adhiindia said:

adhiindia
Know the reasons behind the success of Hair Transplant in India
One will not be astounded to see the different hair transplantation centers mushrooming everywhere on a city or town. The chief reasons behind this development are the interest for transplant in youths who are losing hair rapidly. The example of haplessness, which was prior seen in men over 40 years of age, is presently being seen in adolescents and men in the age aggregation of 25-40. There are numerous causes behind this pattern and incorporate variables like contamination, not so great dietary patterns, lesser forethought of the hair and scalp. Then again, hair transplant has come up as the best alternative for such people as they can now get back their lost trust and enthusiasm by having true hair become again on their scalps. While the amount of cases for Hair Transplant in India has expanded so has the victory rate of these transplantation's.

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India has turned into the most preferred place for getting hair transplant because of various reasons. The principal of these is the rate of achievement of the transplantations by different systems relying on the condition and seriousness of the issue of hair misfortune. Restorative tourism to India for different therapeutic issues has picked up catalyst in the late years because of the low stickers for medication in India. The same applies to the hair transplant extension of drug as the transplant in India is accessible at a small amount of the expense when contrasted with those clinics of USA, Germany, Canada and UK.

Reasons behind popularity of Indian hair transplant service

While the specified reasons are the real ones helping the developing pattern of therapeutic process for hair transplant, alternate reasons incorporate the accessibility of such medications at world class facilities in different urban areas of India. Moreover the metro urban communities like New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, Chennai one can undoubtedly discover eminent and world class hair transplant facilities in urban communities like Jaipur, Nagpur, Lucknow and Pune. This decongestion of facilities and clinics for the said medicine makes it simpler for patients living in abroad to pick a suitable objective that offers them luxuries and medication alternatives that suit their inclination.

Cost and the techniques followed for hair transplant

The Indian clinics in spite of giving Hair transplant cost at a much lower rate than their western partners are no less on framework, supplies, nature of restorative consideration and expert assistance. The doctor's facilities are directed and worked by specialists and surgeons that have picked up training and experience at the most celebrated schools and clinics of the world. The Indian healing centers that work on the hair transplant offers fantastic hair transplant services in India. The doctor's facility gives hair transplant through strategies like FUHT, FUSE and different methods that suit the patients. The patients of the abroad can either contact the healing facility specifically or get help from the few medicinal tourism advisors. They aid the patients in evacuating all the hair related problems with a wonderful therapy and aide them in getting the best medication accessible at pocket-friendly cost.
 
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jacksonmic said:

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Many solutions are available to thick and increase the intensity of hair .Use proper solutions and diet methods make your hair intense and zinc containing items increase the hair thickening all over the time.Thick Hair Shampoo is widely used to get best result.
 
August 04, 2014
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Carla Philips said:

Carla Philips
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Its good to know how it all began. We should all be thankful of this "innovation" as this will change someone's life. It may sound not so serious but for those who are actually experiencing hair loss, the solution might mean so much to them. Thank you for the nice article.
 
September 29, 2014
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Soniya said:

Soniya
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Hair transplantation is in treading now days. Not only celebrities, But normal people also take treatment for look beautiful & young.Hair transplant in Surat will give you permanent and guaranteed traetment for all of your Hair related needs.
 
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Rahulindia said:

olmeccosmeticsurgery
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There is lot of scam and drama going on as far as hair transplant is concerned. It has become a great trouble for patient to choose a proper Hair transplant surgeon. As far as I am concerned Hair transplant should be done by Plastic Surgeon, Because they are trained in such kind of surgeries. Hair transplant in Delhi has become a circus with Lots of advertisement,Discounts going on in here. Choose wise and be safe.
 
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Amro Azzouz said:

MCAN Healt
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Really thanks for this rich article.I didn't know that hair transplant is that old!!!! Anyway i noticed nowadays that turkey is the first destination in the world now for hair Transplantation. and there are a lot of international clinics there like MCAN HEALTH where i had a great experience.
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dhcuaeweb said:

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