Common questions asked by patients when it comes to hair transplant
Undergoing a hair transplant is an important, even life-changing, step so here are some very common questions asked by patients
How much will it cost?
In India, hair transplant is quite affordable and in many cases clinics offer very cheap price but that does not mean the quality of service might be great. Hair transplant is a very delicate procedure and requires skills of a plastic surgeon and the cost is always slightly high because for the quality one must pay a reasonable price.
Who should I go to for my surgery?
This is a very simple question to answer and one must always choose a plastic surgeon because this is a cosmetic surgery and only a plastic surgeon can do justice. In India, even general practitioners are doing this surgery but often the end results are not very good.
How much will it hurt?
There is always some pain in any surgery and anyone who claims otherwise is just lying. The only time the patient will feel discomfort is when the anesthetics are given to numb the head so that the follicles can be extracted and implanted in the designated area.
How noticeable will the scarring be?
Scarring depends on the type of hair transplant technique the doctor will use. In FUE there will be no scarring and in FUT there will be a thin linear scar on the back of the head but once the hair starts to grow it will not be visible.
How long before signs of growth are visible?
Initial signs of growth can take anything from three to four months because the newly implanted hair will follow the hair’s natural growth cycle. Beyond that, the full effects will take around nine to twelve months.
Will everyone know?
If you want this to be secret then stay away from people you know for few weeks so the healing process is complete or you can wear a hat as the surgical area will be red and a little obvious. After the procedure, the hair grows slowly but if the doctor has done everything right and you have also followed the given instructions then you will have natural hair growth and no one will be able to tell the difference.
Will the results be permanent?
The hair follicles that are transplanted are genetically-resistant against baldness that is why hair from the back and the side are selected because they have that quality. However, there could be hair loss in different areas of your head which is not in the control of the doctor.
When will I need the next hair transplant?
In most cases, the doctor will ensure the coverage is completed in just one sitting but at times when the hair loss is extensive a second sitting is the logical step and may be performed after eighteen months or longer.
How long will I need to rest?
The best news is you just have to take a couple of days off, so if you had the surgery on Friday then you can relax during the weekend and join office on Monday like everything is normal. But it is important not to put any physical pressure on the body for few weeks and avoid alcohol and cigarettes for the same amount of period as tobacco and liquor prove an impediment in the healing of the head and the growth process.