Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that moves hair follicles from a part of the body called the 'donor site' to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'. It is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness. In this minimally invasive procedure, grafts containing hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding, (like the back of the head) are transplanted to the bald scalp. Hair transplantation can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, pubic hair and to fill in scars caused by accidents or surgery such as face-lifts and previous hair transplants.
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Automated fue –
Fue or follicular unit extraction is a minimally invasive method used to harvest and transplant hair. The treatment removes individual follicular units directly from patients donor site , which are then replaced into the scalp. The fue machine which is automated hair transplant machine that seeks to assist the doctor in performing faster extraction rate of grafts in a limited time.
Fact of FUE
- Based on principle of older hair transplants such as removing hair follicles from one area of scalp with denser hair growth and implanting them on the scalp where hair growth has stopped or thinning. The popularity is due to the amazing results and very natural hairline that it provides who undergo procedure.
- FUE is a minimally invasive surgical procedure compared to other surgical hair restoration techniques.
- The procedure is relatively very lesser painful.
- Healing time is minimal.
- Hairs transplanted using FUE procedure are not influenced by the negative effects of DHT, which is the hormone that is a significant cause of male pattern baldness.
- Duration of FUE procedure is on an average between 4-8 hours.
- The procedure happens under local anesthesia administered to patient.
- The usual survival rate of growth during FUE procedure is more the 90%.
- FUE is an excellent scalp hair restoration procedure.
- FUE has very less bleeding during case.
- With FUE patients can sport their short hair.
- After FUE from next day patients can start his/her regular routine and wash his scalp very soon.
- Very best about FUE is it that has no age limit, it depends upon quality of individual hair graft.
- No requirement of any medicines to maintain growth of hair.
Steps of FUE
- First step is to analyze patient's scalp personality or photos if distant on consultation. Depending upon type & nature of baldness treatment & procedure differs & is decided.
- After appointment is fixed the next phase involves hair trimming so that hair follicles can be extracted with ease.
- Next doctor gives local anaesthesia to make sure entire FUE procedure is almost pain free.
- Then doctor proceeds to remove hair follicle from back of your head. Each follicle unit is selected & removed one by one using sharp 0.7 to 0.8 mm micro punches.
- The small hole left behind after follicle unit is extracted heals over next few days & it results virtually unnoticeable.
- The next step of FUE is preparation of grafts to be transplanted in bald areas.
- After local anaesthesia is bald areas follicular units are implanted in recipient units in few hours.
- After completing procedure patient is allowed to his daily routine in 1-2 days & allowed to wash his scalp from 5th to 6th days itself.
- The implanted hair start to grow after a period interval of 2-3 months & one can see fully grown hairs till 4 months get complete.
Pre hair transplant workout
Primary objective is to consult and establish a rapport with prospective patient and educate him /her about nature of hair loss as well as benefits of hair transplantation and finally to evaluate individuals situation and determine long term hair restoration result.
It starts with laboratory workout which includes some of investigations.
Then patient should discuss previous measures or every treatment he has tried before for hair loss. Then patients hair and scalp are meticulously evaluated. The recipient and donor sites are studied in close scrutiny and recorded. Then after instructions before hair hair transplant procedure an appointment is fixed.
Instruction before hair transplant
- Stop aspirin & aspirin related products 3 days before procedure if prescribed by his physician by his due fitness.
- Do not consume alcohol / smoking and minoxidil application 2 days prior to surgery.
- Wash your hair the morning of hair transplant.
- Do not cut hair before hair transplant.
- Do avoid applicationof any oil day before and on the day of hair transplant.
- Wear button down shirt on the day of hair transplant.
- Accompanying relative/ friend will be helpful.
The Day of hair transplant
- Final consultation
- Hair line design
- Hair trimming
- Washing head
- Paint drape
- Local anesthesia after sensitivity test
- Follicle extraction
- Graft preparation
- Graft implantation
Post hair transplant instructions:
Day 1 to day 5 :
- Take recommended medicines as per prescription.
- Remove bandage applied on donor area on second day of hair transplant.
- Avoid any kind of exertion or jerky movements to your head.
- While sleeping one can lay on back or side wards ; can use soft pillow.
- Moisture is necessary for grafts implant6ed so spray or apply wet clean napkin on implanted area by normal saline for first 5 days .
- Taje bath daily excluding head for 5 days.
- Apply given lotion by your doctor on both donor and receptor area ; keep it for 1 hour and take shower without rubbing of grafts; again apply give shampoo to whole scalp and wait foe 5 minutes and take shower. Soak scalp with clean towel gently and observe not to rub it.
- Mild jogging / exercise is recommended after 6 days.
- Wash scalp with shampoo every day.
2nd week to 4th week:
- Itching on scalp may start in this week. Avoid scratching if it happens and take TAB. ALLEGRA sos if excess.
- Grafts start to fall after 1 month but need not to worry as these will regrow in 3-4 months of duration.
1 month to 3 months:
- Start using minoxidil 5 % on scalp.
- Individuals having dandruff / dry scalp should use antidandruff / sulfate free shampoo prescribed by doctor to keep your scalp clean.
- Grafts start to grow by the end of 3rd month and continue to increase in density till period of 8 months.