What kind of technology does the use?
At present, Single Follicle Hair Transplantation is the most advanced hair transplant procedure in practice across the world. The MHT uses varying graft techniques, providing the patient with benefit of a combination of micro and mini graft procedures. This tissue is dissected under high magnification microscope by a highly trained and skilled team. All disposable micro instruments and medicines used during the procedure are imported from the USA and the UAE.
How does the actual hair transplantation take place?
Following the extensive assessment of transplantation area, the patient undergoes four blood tests. Next the area in the back of the patient’s head is locally frozen (anesthetized), this is followed by the harvesting of live hair tissue from the donor area, and closing with stitches/staples. This is followed by the design of a final hairline, and following approval by the patient, the bald area is prepared for reception of grafts. For further information, please view Surgical Procedure, here.
What is the cause of hair loss?
Hair Loss is caused by a combination of hormones and balding genes. When testosterone is changed chemically by an enzyme in the skin (5 alpha reductase), it becomes a more potent hormone known as Dihydrotestosterone (Dht). However, Dht alone does not responsible for hair loss, it only has an effect when it comes in contact with hair that is genetically programmed to suffer its influence. Hair loss, therefore, occurs from a combination of two factors, the hormone Dht, plus the gene inherited from one’s parents.
Are there any side effects to this surgery?
Single Follicle Hair Transplant is one of the safest form or restorative procedures and is free from any kind of risk or complication. Although there is occurrence of mild pain in the donor area post surgery, pain and swelling subsides within three to five days; with patients managing to avoid all side effects if they follow post-operation instructions carefully.
What factors affect the density of the new hair?
Density of hair is usually affected by the following factors:
- Quality of hair in the donor area
- The size of the area of baldness
If the quality of tissue in the back of the patient’s scalp is excellent and the area of baldness is small, it ensures a dense packing of grafts, resulting in good density and body of hair. If the quality of the hair in the back is not good and this is augmented by an area of baldness that is extensive, the first session might not result in thick packing and there may be a need for a second session.
How much does the process cost?
Pending actual physical examination or with the help of photographs, a Hair Transplant Consultant can determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for hair transplant, and also provide an answer regarding how the cost of the procedure in that particular case.
How many follow up visits are required post surgery?
Patients are required to visit the clinic ten days after the procedure to remove stitches/staples in the back of the scalp. Further visits are advised after a period of three and six months respectively, to help monitor progress.
How many days does a patient need to rest and recuperate?
The time needed varies with different people, although a minimum recommended time period would be three days off from work. Patients can resume light exercises within a week of surgery, with heavy exercises possible after 2 to 3 weeks. A complete recuperation can be expected within two weeks.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is carried out under local anesthesia; with the donor area frozen with a fine 30 gauge needle. Though most patients are apprehensive about the procedure initially, they begin to get quite comfortable about the entire process within an hour of the procedure. MHT also arranges meetings with past patients to enable the prospective patient with a firsthand account of the procedure.
How soon can one expect results?
The full effects of a hair transplantation procedure are usually visible after a duration of 4 to 6 months.
Is the procedure offered by MHT the most advanced in hair transplantation processes?
Single Follicle Hair Transplant is the most advanced hair transplantation procedure available, and comes with the added advantage of providing a completely natural appearance. However, for those looking for an alternative, cost effective solution, can also benefit from the punch graft technique, which is also available at the MHT.
Will hair fall again after surgery?
Transplanted hair has the same age as hair taken from the donor areas, i.e. the back of the scalp, which is usually guaranteed to last for a lifetime. Tissue harvested from a permanent zone ensures that the new hair should stay permanently, making it less likely to fall off after surgery. The body many lose already existing hair, although this can be controlled to a large extent by using medication.
What precautions must be taken after the surgery?
The patient must strictly adhere to the following post-operative instructions:
- Avoid direct contact with the area of transplantation
- Sleep on their back for a few nights.
- Avoid bowing forward for a couple of days.
- Avoid smoking, coffee and tea for 48 hours post surgery.
How long is the surgical process?
The duration of the procedure varies depending upon the size of the session. A normal session can range from anywhere between 3-4 hours to 5-6 hours for the planting of 2000 plus grafts, depending on the density of coverage required.
How much time is needed for the conduction of a mega session?
A mega session takes about six hours, during this time, the patient will be able to relax, watch TV, eat lunch and even talk to the surgical team during the actual procedure.
How is hair transplant different from hair pieces and wigs?
Hair pieces and wigs can provide a temporary solution to baldness and thinning hair. A transplant, on the other hand, is permanent, with your own growing hair transferred from the back of you scalp to the front. Hair pieces require constant maintenance, while a hair transplant, once performed, requires no follow- ups. In the long term, a hair transplant is cheaper than hair pieces. Confidence and good hygiene can only be achieved with a hair transplant.
Does the procedure guarantee 100% successful results?
A number of studies conducted internally by the MHT, have revealed a success ratio on the uptake of tissue between 93% to 97%; which comes in second only to results achieved by a modern Centre in the USA.
How soon does hair start growing after surgery?
Proper hair growth can be observed in the area of restoration / transplantation as early as the first three months; however, effective results are expected after a period of six months.
Is there any need for post operative maintenance?
Once desired results have been achieved, there is no need for future maintenance. However, patients can undergo additional procedures to enhance the density of the hair, or to change the hair line.
Will the new hair grow naturally?
The kind of hair transplantation offered by the MHT ensures that transplanted hair grows naturally. Patients do not have to visit the Centre for maintenance and can make regular visits to any hair cutting salon of their choice.
Does the MHT charge any consultation fees?
Consultations at the Manzoor’s Hairtransplant Surgery Centre are completely free of cost.
What other services does the MHT offer?
The MHT offers complete hair transplantation and restoration services. In addition to hair restoration on the scalp area, the Centre offers expertise in the reconstruction of the beard, beard line, moustache, eyebrow, and post-trauma scars on scalp.
Is there an age limitation for the surgical procedure?
Single hair follicle transplantation poses no age limitations for those requiring the treatment. The MHT has a current portfolio that ranges from patients as young as 18 years old up to 72 years old.
What are the maximum number of mega sessions that one person can undergo?
A total of three to four mega sessions is the highest number recommended, with there being at least 6 to 8 months between two consecutive sessions.
How many times must a patient visit the Centre after surgery?
A total of three visits are required for the entire hair transplantation process from start to finish, these include:
Initial assessment of the transplantation / restoration area
Day of the actual surgery
For the removal of stitches on the tenth day after the surgery.