A male patient with a receding hair line considering a hair transplant.

Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant, like the name suggests is a procedure wherein hair follicle is taken from one part and implanted in another. Simply put, hair follicles is taken from the part of the scalp with lesser chances of thinning / balding (such as the back of the head) known as the donor site and is transplanted to the part of the scalp witnessing the hair loss (such as a receding hairline or patchy baldness) known as the recipient site.

How does hair transplant work?

Pictorial representation of how hair transplant works

This treatment can be done for hair loss in both men and women. For men, hair transplantation can also be used to restore facial hair.

Hair transplantation can be done in either of the two ways:

  • Strip harvesting – wherein small strips of skin surrounding the hair follicles are removed from the back of the scalp and implanted.
  • FUE – FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction wherein individual follicular units are carefully removed and placed. FUE is conducted under local anaesthesia since extremely small punches are made at the donor site and subsequent skin punctures are made at the recipient site. This procedure allows us to cover the smallest of areas witnessing hair loss, thereby giving a realistic hair pattern.

FUE is the more popular technique followed these days given the precision of the treatment and the result seen thereafter. Post procedural care may be advised for a period of 7-10 days when regular dressing and wound care is needed.

How is hair transplant different from other hair growth treatments?

  • Unlike other treatments, hair transplantation is minimally invasive
  • It has to be done under local anaesthesia
  • Results can be seen after one sitting. Not immediately but after the implanted hair grows