What is Hair Loss?
Hair loss or baldness (technically known as alopecia) is loss of hair from head or body. It is a cosmetological condition and trichology is the specific branch of dermatology that deals with the study of hair and scalp. This has gained importance due to the percolative prominence of baldness in various age groups of both men and women. The most widespread cause of hair loss is androgenic alopecia or the male pattern hair loss. Some women also suffer from hair loss due to the presence of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in their bodies. Another cause of hair loss is alopecia areata, which is An auto-immune disorder where the immune system attacks the hair follicles and the skin has round hairless patches in multiple affected areas. Some of the general causes of hair fall are chronic subjection of stress, heredity, insomnia or sleep deprivation, unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet.
Many solutions are available in the market but the only permanent solution to hair loss that not only maintains your existing status quo of hair density but also has a room for full hair growth and thickness is hair restoration procedure.
In hair restoration procedure, hair follicles are removed from the non testosterone sensitive zone from the back of your head that typically grows in a horse-shoe shape in men after applying a local anaesthesia. In this zone the hair follicles survive for the longest period in all humans both men and women. In male hair loss pattern, most people lose their hair throughout scalp but even then these donor follicles in the back of their head are strong with relatively greater hair density. The use of automated motorised extraction technique along with local aesthesia makes it a painless procedure. The advanced equipments used prevent the formation of linear scars on the scalp as no surgical instruments such as scissors, scalpels or sutures are used.
The acquired hair follicles are then placed on the scalp using specialized packing equipments. The use of an implantation pen and other equipments allows accurate placement of hair at precise 35-45 degree angles from the scalp in the frontal, temporal and occipital regions. This is important as the hair follicles do not raise perpendicular to the scalp at any point. Generally an average of 6000 to 9000 hair follicles is placed in the scalp.
The hair in the restored region begins to grow after the third month of the hair restoration procedure. The hair then thickens by density in five to eight months. Full hair growth can be observed after ten months of the procedure.
The procedure is a time consuming one and can take upto six hours per sitting. In most cases one sitting is sufficient, but in advanced hair loss cases, it can take two sittings as well.
The Right Candidate
Hair restoration for androgenic alopecia depends on the concept of dominance of hair follicles and all males of the age group 23-59 are appropriate for hair restoration process. But, females without strong donor sites are not suitable for hair transplant if they have thinning from one area without stability in the follicles. Some suitable candidates for the hair transplant are:
- Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical traction alopecia
- Women who had previous cosmetic or plastic surgery are concerned about hair loss around the incision sites
- Women with distinct pattern of baldness, similar to the horse shoe pattern or hairline recession, vertex thinning, crown thinning from the top
- Women who suffer hair loss due to trauma, including burn victims, scarring from incidents or chemical burns
- Women with alopecia marginalis, a condition which looks similar to traction alopecia.
The candidates should not suffer from diffuse hair losses, hormonal imbalances and vitamin deficiencies. One of the major hormonal anomalies that lead to alopecia is hypothyroidism and sometimes hyperthyroidism. The candidates are expected to make sustained lifestyle changes in order to enjoy desirable results especially in the domains of diet, proper sleep, exercise, smoking and drinking habit. They also need to find techniques to manage chronic stress. They might have to regulate their medication after the procedure till the follicles settle. The candidate should screen for genetic and hereditary disorders and other major diseases for eased and sustained desired result
Permanence of the procedure
Hair restoration procedure is a permanent cure for general alopecia and the hair stays where it is placed. Hence it is a one-time investment.
Hair Transplant Cost
The procedure needs around INR 1,00,000 to INR 1,20,000 and is available in all major hair clinics in all over the world including cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai and Pune in India.
Hair restoration procedure is the perfect solution to general hair loss that re-instils your confidence in yourself by enhancing the overall pleasantness of your personality. It enables you to feel youthful.