Hair & Beard Transplant
Do you have a family history of baldness?
You may be a suitable candidate for hair transplant
Our specialist performs 2 techniques of hair transplant as below:
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
Is a method of extracting, or “harvesting,” donor hair for transplantation in a follicular unit hair transplant. In an FUE procedure, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The unit is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp, leaving a small open hole.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)
Is a procedure where hair is transplanted from the permanent zone, the area in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding, to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. This is accomplished using naturally-occurring groups of 1, 2, 3, or 4 hairs, called follicular units..
How long will your need to stay in India or Thailand for?
Around 7-10 days is required. You won’t stay overnight in the hospital after surgery
Do I stay overnight in hospital?
Hair transplant is performed under local anesthesia, you are not required to stay overnight in hospital, you can return to your accommodation after surgery
Guidelines and Instructions for Hair Transplant Patients
Before The Transplant 1. Blood test for HIV is required and it can be done at the Hospital on the day before of the procedure. 2. Do not take Aspirin, vitamin, herb, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent or Propanolol for 7-10 days before the surgery. Continue taking your regular medications unless your doctor tells you otherwise. 3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 2 days before the surgery. 4. No haircut is advised before the transplant. Leave the hair long to provide better coverage.
The Transplant day
1. Please wear loose-fitting, buttoned clothing or shirt as you will not want to pull anything over your head. 2. Before the operation, have a light breakfast with no tea or coffee. 3. Please inform the doctor regarding any drug allergy. 4. Please arrive at the hospital at the time specified. 5. You must have someone drive you home after your transplant due to the relaxing medication that you will receive 6. Please notify the doctor in case of any fever or sickness prior to treatment. Our surgeons perform the hair transplant procedure in an operating room, fully equipped with monitoring equipment, emergency supplies, and sterile instruments. Prior to the procedure, photographs of your entire head will be taken and the doctor will carefully trace your hairline. Then, you will be given relaxing medication, only by mouth. Placement of graft into balding area, once the relaxing medication has taken effect, a local anesthetic will be injected, first into your donor area, and then as a block to numb the forehead and front of your scalp. At this point, the entire top of your head will be numb. Therefore, in most instances, hair transplantation is no more painful or difficult to undergo than a long dental procedure, and is done while you are relaxing, listening to music or simply napping. After your head is completely numb, a section of tissue is removed from the donor area which will be closed with stitches. There will be a linear scar, which will be hidden by your downward combed hair in the back. Then the tissue is dissected under microscopes into individual follicular units and placed into bald or thinning areas. Within 24 hours, small crusts will form on each graft, and fall out in the next 7-10 days. The grafted hairs will often start to grow within 3-4 months after the procedure and will continue to grow for a lifetime without any special care of any kind.
After the transplant
1. Take special care not to hit your head. This often occurs while you are getting into a car. 2. Please do not touch the transplanted hair for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery since we want the grafts to adhere solidly during this time. You can comb and style your hair but do not allow the comb to contact the skin in the grafted area. 3. Limit all strenuous exercise (including lifting and sex) and swimming for the week following the transplant. Also avoid all Aspirin and alcoholic beverages for 3 days following the transplant. 4. Taking post-operative medications as the doctor prescribed.- Pain relief medication take 2 pills every 4-6 hours if needed, and start at the early stages of discomfort. Do not wait for discomfort to get bad before taking medication. It is more effective to stay ahead of the discomfort than to try to overcome it. Most patients are pain free after the first or second post operative day.- Antibiotic Take one capsule of antibiotic 3 times a day after each meal for 2-3 days until finished. 5. After 24-48 hours post transplant, return to the clinic to have your hair washed. After this you can wash your hair everyday at home. Instructions for washing hair A. Wet your head with a bowl of cool water or with a gentle stream of cool water from the shower. B. Lather up with an extra mild or baby shampoo in your hands first. C. Pat the shampoo on the transplanted area gently. Do not rub. You may scrub any area that does not have any graft including the sutured line. Wash your hair in this manner for 10 days. D. Rinse off shampoo with a lot of cool water or a gentle stream of cool water from the shower. E. Pat dry your hair gently with a towel (do not rub) or with a cool blower if desired. F. After ten days you should start to gently rub the grafted area and gently remove any remaining scabs while they are moist. Never pick at scabs while they are dry. As you do this, some of the scabs and the accompanying hair may fall out but the hair roots remain behind. This is normal, and should not alarm you. New hair growth will begin after 90-120 days. G. Usually you may have itchiness at the donor or grafted area. If this occurs, apply a few drops of pure olive oil (obtainable from the supermarket) onto these areas 3-4 times a day. Never pick at scabs while they are dry 6. A loose-fitting hat or hair piece may be worn with care after your procedure. 7. Wear a head band for a few days and try to keep your head in the upright position in any activities. This will help prevent swelling of your forehead. On occasion swelling may still occur, this usually begins on the second or third day but it is painless and will not affect the growth of the graft and will be gone in a week. 8. Rarely, slight bleeding may occur from the donor or grafted area. If this occurs apply gentle but firm pressure to the area for 5-10 minutes with the gauze provided. The bleeding should stop. If it doesn't stop , notify the doctor. 9. On occasion you may develop a folliculitis (pimple like lesion) at the grafted site. If this happens, please notify the doctor to prescribe a specific medication for this problem. 10. Suture removal at the donor site will take place 10-14 days after the transplant. Absorbable sutures will be used for those who cannot return for suture removal. 11. At least 2 days are needed for the procedure (one day for hair transplantation and the other day for washing hair.) 12. You can return to work 1-3 days after the transplant. 13. It is important to realize that a dense result cannot be achieved with one session of hair transplant. Generally, 2-3 sessions are needed. Each session may be done as far apart as the patient wishes, but there must be a minimal 6 months interval between sessions. 14. Remember, after the transplant, dry scabs will form at each graft site. As these are shed, the accompanying hair may also be shed with it. These events are to be expected and are not a cause for concern. New hair growth may not be noted until the third to fourth month after each procedure. Please do not become concerned if you do not see growth before the fourth month! After that time, your transplanted hair will gradually grow, generally, about 1/2 inch per month.
What to expect after the surgery?
You may experience mild to moderate swelling on the forehead area for a few days following the surgery. There will be many scabs where the grafts were implanted and some redness on the recipient area. The redness will eventually go away on its own, while the scabs will start to flake off about 7-10 days after the transplant. Severe infection is extremely rare due to the abundant blood supply in the scalp. In occasions, some pimples or acne may occur on the scalps at the transplanted sites but will simply respond to antibiotics. Any patient who receives mega-session hair transplantation is more likely to have some degree of numbness on the scalp that could last for months, but the symptom will gradually subside overtime. During the first 2-6 weeks post operatively the transplanted hairs will continue to grow in their new location. Then virtually they will fall out, which is completely normal and is to be expected, and will leave behind the transplanted follicles beneath the scalp. It will take another 2-3 months before the new hairs begin to erupt from these follicles. Finally, the new, healthy hairs will grow normally and continue to thicken the same way as the hair in the donor site does. The grafted sites in the recipient frontal area usually heal with almost no visible scarring and are covered by the transplanted hair. Minor scar that occur in the donor scalp as a result of the removal of donor skin is narrow and can also be hidden in the surrounding hair. Facts about Hair Transplantation before considering a hair transplant, it is very important that you understand what hair transplantation really is as well as its benefits and limitations. Hair transplantation technique does not increase your hair volume; instead it moves hair from one area to another. The procedure involves both medical and artistic principles with the goal to achieve final density. It requires the hair transplant surgeon to redistribute your limited supply of hair follicles from the donor a reason the sides and back of the head to the bald area to create natural-looking hair for years to come. Because pattern baldness is a progressive condition, hair loss will continue as you age. The extent of hair loss is unpredictable and unknown; it is also different from person to person. As you lose hair, the size of the balding area increases while the donor area with hair decreases. Due to the limitation of your donor hair supply and the progression of your hair loss, only finite amount of hair can be removed. Each time the donor hair is removed, the density of the remaining hair decreases. Scientists are looking for a way to transplant hair using hair follicles from different persons, with the hope that they will find the successful solution some day. Until then, your doctor must create a long-term plan on how to effectively use your precious donor hair both now and in the future. This does not mean that hair transplantation will not produce sufficient hair density. By creating 50%density of the original, it visually looks like normal hair density. In order for human eyes to see the difference of hair density, one has to lose more than 50% of hair, or hair texture becomes thinner as affected by male hormones. With extensive skills and experiences of our medical team, We offer hair transplantation using DENSE PACKING TECHNIQUE to achieve the 50% density in a single session if the bald area does not exceed 60 square centimeters. For larger area, it is impossible to cover the whole area in just one session, and subsequent procedures will be required. The estimated volume of grafts and the density of transplanted hair for the same bald area may vary up to 50% from clinic to clinic depending on each doctors experience and skill. People with curly and large hair shaft benefit greatly from increased hair volume; therefore less hair is needed to cover the bald area. On the other hand, individuals who have straight, finely textured hair need not only more hairs, but also possibly additional sessions to achieve similar density. As seen from the before-and-after photos in our patient gallery page, some patients with large area of baldness are satisfied with the outcome after the first session while others who have smaller bald areas choose to have another session or two depending upon individual expectation. Younger men, whose final balding patterns cannot be determined, may choose to have additional procedures later on in life. In some cases, hair transplantation alone may not be enough to achieve the total coverage because of the patients’ limited available donor hairs. Hair transplantation technique does not stop your remaining hair from falling out either. Further hair loss continues to exist right after having hair transplantation done unless it reaches the final balding stage. Taking hair-loss medication regularly after the surgery is necessary and always recommended. It can effectively reduce extra hair loss and additional hair transplant procedures in the future. Typically, transplanted hairs start to grow 3-4 months following the surgery and most, if not all, of them will grow out after 6-7 months or up to a year for some patients. As a result, you should wait at least a year after the first surgery to allow complete healing and full growth of transplanted hairs before assuming any failure of transplanted hair-growth. For those patients who have had their hair transplants done at The hospital , if any of the transplanted hairs did not grow after a year, we will be gladly replace them with no extra cost on the next session. Knowing what hair transplant does and its benefits and limitations not only help you decide whether it’s right for you but also guide you to set a realistic goal and expectation if you choose to have it done. Setting a realistic goal and expectation mean that you completely understand that hair transplant, if done correctly, gives you a natural-looking-hair appearance that is appropriate for your age now and decades to come. It does not produce a dense-hair appearance that you had years and years ago, which is not appropriate for your age now or in the future. You also understand that the limited supply of your own donor hairs can be harvested only for a certain amount per procedure and your doctor must try to conserve it for the future as well. Once you take all of these factors into consideration and possess a realistic goal and expectation, you will be more likely a good candidate for hair transplant who will enjoy its benefits and outcome.
After My Hair Transplant What Do I Do Now..?
After the hair transplantation, you want to be careful not to lose any of the grafts.
How do I accomplish this?
I. Care of Grafted Area I should wear a paper medical cap on my head following the transplanted procedure for three days when you sleep. You should apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment with my fingertip to the stitches on the back of my head twice daily for 7 days. You do not need to have stitches removed, They will dissolve in 10 to 14 days. Count the day of surgery as Day One II. Shampooing A. On the 4th day, you may begin gentle shampooing of the grafts. Gently means not allow the force of the shower to strike the grafts and do not aggressively massage the grafts with fingertips or finger nails. You may simply lean my head forward as you shampoo the back and sides of your scalp. This allows the suds and water to gently wash over the grafts, which is OK. Preferably use anti dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders. B. On the 7th day, you may shampoo normally. you may gently massage the surface of the grafts with fingertips and remove any crusts present. III. Hair Grooming A. Combing my hair, you may gently comb hair (except the grafted zone) from the first day after transplantation. You should not touch the grafts themselves with the comb. You may normally comb all my hair including any hair that may be presented in the grafted zone on the seventh day as you did before the transplant. B. Hairspray/Hairdressing You may use hairsprays, conditioners and other hairdressings after seven days, Since the grafts will be well healed, you will not harm them if the spray or other hair products come in touch with the grafts. IV. Medications A. Swelling You will have oral medication, prednisolone, to take as instructed to help prevent swelling after the transplant. B. Pain- Your have oral medication, Vircodin, to take as instructed for pain. V. Swelling You can expect some swelling around the area of my forehead and maybe around my eyes. Swelling peaks between the third and fifth day and will be gone by the 7th day. Rarely does blood work its way down into the eyelids producing a black eye, but this can happen.
If the grafted area or the stitches in my donor area bleed, you can usually control the problem by applying pressure to the area with a cold pack. You can use a soft cloth saturated with ice-cold water, or you can use an ice cube wrapped in a wet cotton cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with firm pressure applied for 15 minutes Numbness may occur for a short period of time after transplantation. It will resolve on its own, in most cases, within 3-12 months. My stitches could be somewhat uncomfortable and this is normal. If my graft or donor area become hot, inflamed or very uncomfortable, I should call Dr. Piyapas. If he is not available, I should call mypersonal physician. You may experience some dandruff-like scaling, redness, or itch during the first month after transplantation. You can use over –the counter hydrocortisone cream or lotion to the area 2-4 times each day to clean this up. Small crust may form at the micro grafts sites. These will come of with the shampooing in 7-10 days. The small spicules of hair still begin growing as expected three months after the transplant. Some “ingrown hair” type of pimples may occur during the regrowth phase, 45 to 90 days after the procedures. You can use over -the-counter benzoyl peroxide preparation to the area two times each day for the 3-5 days to help clear these up quickly. You can contact hospital staff if any of these uncommon complications occur: - Loss of grafts - Vascular growths at surgical areas - Tender scar formation - Any signs of infection - Any other problem I believe out of the ordinary Many of these problems will be resolves on their own. Some will need the attention of surgeon or his staff. Normal Activities you may resume after the number of days indicated Activities to be Resumed in around 10-14 days but will be assessed on case by case basis Light exercise(walking, etc.) 1 day Return to brushing normal non-grated hair as usual after 1 day Use of Aspirin 3 days Very gentle shampooing of the grafts 4 days Vigorous shampooing of the grafts 7 days Use of a hair dryer 7 days Use of hair spray 7 days Use of mousse or gels 7 days Gentle brushing of the grafts 7 days Use of hot rollers 7 days Chemical hair treatment and perms 7 days Swimming and other water reports 10 days Resume use of Rogaine 10 days Things to Remember After your Transplant • Follow instructions carefully to avoid loss of grafts • Growths will not be as thick as you or I would want. The top of your head originally had between30,000 – 50,000 hairs before it began to lose hair. Typically, even with multiple procedures, we only move 12,000 – 18,000 hairs. • Growth will not occur as fast as you would like, in fact, you will probably see no growth before four months. Be patient. It takes most people at least 4-6 months to begin seeing the positive change and 12 months to see the full benefit. • In some cases, you may actually look a little thinner after the transplant. This is more likely to occur when pre-existing hairs are presented in the transplanted zone .These hairs may thin out in the three months after transplantation but will usually grow back about the same time and rate that the grafts grows in .Do not worry if you look thinner at three months after transplantation-your rewards come at 6-12 months. • You will not get the maximum benefit from your transplant until 9-12 months after the procedure because the hair must have this amount of time to re-grow length and thickness of the shaft. You will see improvement at four to six months in the form of fine hair but results peak out nine to 12months. • Hair loss is a relentlessly progressive; therefore, you likely will want additional replacement procedures in the future to thicken or cover new areas of loss. This is also the reason we strongly recommend the use of Propecia or Avodart and Rogaine to help prevent this progression. If you are not on these, we strongly encourage you to consider the potential benefit. We are always available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, do not hesitate to call. Whats the process booking? Photos are required for initial assessment you also will need to complete a short confidential questionnaire this will be forwarded to you once ready to proceed. This way our surgeons can assess your details prior to travelling to make sure you are a suitable candidate for this surgery and also provide you accurate costs and how long you will need to stay after procedure. After you have returned all relevant information and photos our surgeons will review and provide you recommendations, accurate price and how long your are required to stay after procedure
What do I do when I'm ready to book?
After receiving your review and your ready to lock in a date drop us a line with a date that suits and we will make sure your surgeon is available we will then make necessary bookings and arrangements for your surgery booking
Do you offer payment plans?
For those who reside in Australia we can assist you with affordable payment plans Please contact us directly for Hair Transplant costs
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