Why Hair Transplant?
With all the medical improvements and continuous technological advancement, Hair transplant procedure has proved to be the best solution to hair loss problems. As a result, the Micro-FUE technique emerged to be the most efficient application in this industry. However, this technique will not meet the expected results, unless a skilful experienced doctor carries the procedure.
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Who is the best Doctor?
The main question arises among those who make the decision of undergoing hair transplant is- how to find the best Doctor? Unfortunately, the market is full of doctors who claim to have the required skills and experience to apply such procedure. However, the opposite is true; a qualified doctor should meet a set of criteria to be capable of safely carrying a hair transplanting session that guarantees expected results. An excellent qualified doctor has a reputation among patient who have undergone the procedure previously. He should also be familiar with other methods of hair transplant including the basic FUT method. An excellent surgeon does not only possess good skills technically but artistically as well. You might as well find them participating in famous forums and websites online like hairarab.com.
Hair transplant Techniques:
In the past, there was only one method applied by hair transplant clinics, which is Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).The continues improvements and technological advancement resulted into developing a more accurate technique known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The marked contrast between these two approaches is the way the hair is taken. In traditional FUT method, a thin strip of hair is excised from the donor area. That strip is always bulky and usually contain tissues. Consequently, the holes made at the receiving are should be big enough to contain those strips. The thing that results into clear scares in the donor area and slower recovery time. In an FUE hair transplant however, hair grafts are extracted from the scalp one by one using micro-motor. After that, very tiny incisions are made in the receiving area using micro-drills that are less than 0.5mm in diameter designed only for this purpose, and the follicles are then transplanted one after another. This last approach has resulted in a gigantic acceptance from both physicians and patients as it ensures minimal surgical invasion, and satisfactory results in terms of permanence and recovery time.
Before you decide to undergo a hair transplant procedure, you
are highly advised to make sure the following set of criteria is met:
- The clinic is hygienic and well sterilized.
- The clinic is legally licenced and approved by the ministry of health.
- The clinic has long-standing experience and excellent reputation.
Once you make sure of that, you are ready to undergo the procedure, which consists mainly of seven steps:
- Preoperative Evaluation.
- Trimming the donor area.
- Extraction of grafts from donor area.
- Grafts placement into the receiving area.
- Transplanted hair nourishment with Platelet-Rich Plasma.
- Spray the transplanted area.
- Post-operative process.
Hair transplant Stages:
The hair transplant procedure takes from 4-7 hours depending on the number of grafts to be transplanted. During this time, the following stages are set:
First of all, preferably all of the hair is shaved but it may be just the donor area that is shaved at this point; because, hair must be in 0.3 mm length in order to be extracted one by one by hair transplantation robot or micro motor. The planning stage of hair transplant now takes place, where the receiving area is evaluated to specify the type of baldness and grafts to be transplanted. Consequently, the number of grafts to be extract from the donor area will be identified, and the degree of hair density is marked based on your wishes and expectations.
At the beginning, you will be given narcotic ether which allows for smooth and painless spread of anaesthesia. The effect of local anaesthesia lasts between 12-14 hours.
This phase takes approximately 3 hours. It is the procedure of extracting the hair follicles one by one, every graft is extracted from the donor area using a micro-motor designed only for this purpose. At the edge of the micro motor or hair transplantation motor, 0,8-1 mm punch must be used for extraction.
As the specialist takes grafts from the donor area, another team member will be there to count and arrange them based on their type (single, double, and triple) and they should be put in a special solution in groups of 100. This stage ends simultaneously with the third stage.
This also takes approximately around 3 hours, but may vary depending on the number of follicles harvested. The area of transplantation is anesthetized totally by applying local sedation. After calculating the depth that hair roots should be in and the diameters, canals are opened for the transplantation. Opening the canals is one of the most important parts of the hair transplantation procedure.
Eventually, we reach to the final stage of the procedure which is implanting the hair follicles in the recipient area suffering baldness. This stage is carried out by carefully placing the hair follicles in the previously opened canals.