Most of the population in India must have experienced hair loss to a large extent, till the time they attain the age of 50. For some people, the process of hair loss starts very early, almost after they reach their mid twenties.
Such a process triggers the need for hair transplantation, to a large extent. We suggest that, in case you are thinking about hair transplantation process, it is always better to look for a perfect doctor. You are advised to choose your clinic based on your doctor’s preferences. If you are going for the procedure the first time, then be sure that you clear all your doubts before you actually implement the same. Ask your doctor frankly how many cases he has dealt in, in the past. Also request him to share the photographs as well. The major objective of the entire process, is to understand, whether you shall be able to achieve your targets. Simultaneously, asking questions can actually help you to set expectations for the entire process, well in advance.
In order to help you take a consultation with the doctor, regarding your hair transplantation process, we have framed a questions checklist, on your behalf. This will help you to understand the process better.
Here are a few questions, that can answer your queries on a one go….
1. Am I too young for a hair transplant?
Yes, by and large, age is a major factor that can influence the process of hair transplantation on the whole. Experienced doctors evaluate a large number of factors, which forms to be an integral part of the hair transplantation process. Major considerations for taking a decision of hair transplantation, is related to several factors, primarily related to the patient’s age. Current loss of hair and future perspectives are clearly related to the treatment process. Hair loss patterns, of the patient, are then studied, by the doctor, which allows them to take a decision, on the most suitable time, so as to make sure that the process is successfully implemented.
2. How many grafts/hairs will I need?
This is a very common question asked by most of the patients who are interested to go for hair transplantation process. However, the number of grafts that can be transplanted on the human scalp remains to be dependent on the donor area and the kind of hair density one looks for!
3. How much does a hair transplant cost?
Costs can never be generalized as every patient happens to be a unique case. It is a common observation that, more number of hairs being transplanted, the cost increases. Every patient would require a separate process of hair transplantation. But, approximately, considering every other factor, you can expect that a FUE Hair Transplant procedure to start at about £7,000.
4. Should I use hair loss medication in addition to my hair transplant?
Hair loss medication happens to be useful, only when one is young. Some patients at the young age are suggested to use Finasteride or Minoxidil to hold their pre-existing hair for as long as possible. These type of medications, help through slowing the rhythm and rate of hair loss depending on particular age.
5. Will I need future transplants?
This depends on the rate of hair loss, and for some patients this continues to be a problem, even after hair transplantation. Loss of excessive hair even after hair transplantation, happens to be a trigger for future transplants. You can consult your hair transplant surgeon in order to know more on this. Increasing the density of hair transplantation can be a solution towards this kind of problem.
6. Do I have enough donor hair?
Your surgeon needs to look into your donor area and examine it carefully in order to find out whether you have enough donor hair. The size of the scalp surface which is bald and your respective hair density can actually determine whether you have enough donor hair.
7. Has my hair loss stabilized?
This requires the use of special magnifying apparatus. A Transplant Surgeon can measure your degree of hair loss in various areas of your scalp, with the help of this special apparatus. They will be checking the percentage of hairs that are in the Telogen phase (resting phase). You yourself can also take a close stock of regular hair fall and hair thinning activities.
8. Will the results look completely natural?
This is one of the most common questions that are faced by expert hair transplantation surgeons on the whole. As a matter of fact, innovative skills of the surgeons, and improved technological interventions are two major drivers which can help in gaining a natural look. This is in fact, the look which most patients would prefer. Thus, experts suggest that, one should go for a FUE since the method treats each hair follicle independently. Consequently, the placement of the impaired hair can be managed. This gives the patient the most natural looking feel and comfort, after hair transplantation.
9. How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the size of the treated area and the density of hair required, the hair transplant can take, on average, between 2-6 hours per day. Some patients might even need 2 days of procedures.
10. When will my hair start to grow?
As soon as the transplantation procedure is over, you will be able to notice the difference. Lucky ones should be able to see the outline of new hair, once the process is done with. However, it will take approximately 1 year for your hair to fully grow. But a successful hair transplantation process can help you to notice daily progress.