Hair Transplant Solutions at Royal Bahrain Hospital
TDT | Manama
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Our hair is a defining aspect of our appearance. A healthy head of hair makes us look attractive and youthful positively affecting our self-image and the way we interact with people.
Men, women and children can suffer from hair loss. Some healthy men tend to lose more hair than others. This is androgenetic alopecia (also referred to as male pattern baldness). Female pattern hair loss is restricted to the front and top with diffuse thinning but the hair line is typically maintained.
The field of Hair Transplant has evolved rapidly in recent years with the advances within the surgical technique. This article is an effort to provide scientifically and ethically correct information about Hair transplant surgery.
• What is a Hair transplant?
Dr Lalit: Hair transplantation is an operation that takes hair from the back and sides of the head which will not fall out in later life, and moves it to the area of hair loss. A new hair is designed artistically during the planning stage. Surgery is in a single or multiple sessions depending upon the extent of the bald area to be covered.
• Who are the candidates for Hair Transplant?
Those individuals with hair loss that have sufficient donor hair from the back and sides of the scalp to transplant to the balding area are good candidates for hair transplantation.
• What are the techniques used in Hair transplant?
The state-of-the-art procedures are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular unit transplant (FUT). FUE technique involves the use of small punches to selectively isolate hair grafts without cutting skin and thus giving small dotted scars.
The strip method removes a strip of skin from the back of the head, following which grafts are dissected out under high magnification and the donor area is closed by an imperceptible scar.
• What all areas can be transplanted?
To the areas of Scalp, Beard, Moustache, Eyebrows, Post burns/traumatic scar causing hair loss.
• What are the areas from which hair can be harvested?
a) From the Scalp, Beard, chest, back, etc.
•Is FUE Scarless?
No- It leaves very small round dots which are covered by surrounding hair.
•Is the procedure permanent?
Yes - The implanted hairs don’t have any effect of Androgens, thus making a permanent result.
• What is the survival rate of the transplanted hair? More than 85 % of transplanted hair graft will survive. This makes this procedure extremely rewarding.
• Does the hair transplant procedure hurt?
Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas with or without sedation following which no pain or discomfort is felt during the surgery.
• How long does it take for transplanted hair to grow and what`s the growth rate?
The growth process typically starts about 3 months after the procedure, while final coverage is obvious within 8 to 12 months after the procedure. During the process, sprays and lotions will have to be used to promote survival of transplanted hairs. Once the transplanted hairs begin to grow, they’ll still do so for a lifetime.