- Is hair loss caused by genetics?
Yes, male or female pattern baldness is caused by genetics. This affects more than 50 million men and women in India. Whether or not you will lose your hair and when is determined before you are born.
- Can wearing a hat, cap or helmet cause hair loss?
No, wearing a hat, cap or helmet has not effect on hair loss.
- What is the average number of hair lost per day?
An average person loses approximately 100 to 150 hair every day. Most of this hair regrow because the follicle remains healthy and intact. To put this in perspective, a typical adult head consists of about 150,000 hair follicles.
- What are the effective treatments for androgenic alopecia?
The only medically proven and effective treatments for male pattern baldness are Propecia (finasteride), Low-Level Laser Therapy, Rogaine (minoxidil), as well as hair restoration surgery.
- What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a minor surgery of the skin in which grafts of hair of various sizes are removed from the donor area and are surgically placed in the areas where baldness or thinning of the hair is occurring.
- Why doesn’t the hair which is transplanted fall out?
The transplanted hair has been taken from the area of the scalp around the back and sides of the head where the hair is genetically programmed never to fall out. The fact that the transplanted hair has been moved from one area of the scalp to another has no effect on its genetic predisposition to grow hair and the previously bald area does not “poison” the transplanted grafts, as is often the misconception.
- Is hair transplant painful?
A mild anesthesia is administered which ensures that the surgery is virtually pain-free. For the first couple of post-operative days, most patients find that they only need to take extra-strength Tylenol if minor discomfort occurs.
- What is a good age for a hair transplantation?
We treat patients of a variety of ages. Our patient’s age range from the early twenties to the early nineties. Only an honest and realistic evaluation can help you decide when a transplant is appropriate for you.
- Is one awake during hair transplantation surgery?
The patient is completely awake and alert during the surgery. A mild local anesthetic allows the patient to watch television or read during the procedure. If a patient is not comfortable with local anesthesia, a mild sedative can be administered.
- How long does the procedure take?
A typical surgery takes approximately 3-5 hours depending on the size of the patch that needs to be covered.
- Does the hair grow immediately after the transplant?
No. Typically the transplanted hair are only a few millimeters in length. Once transplanted, the hair may appear to be growing, but in reality, they are being thrust out. Within 3 – 4 weeks, nearly all of the newly transplanted hair will be shed. New hair growth begins approximately 3 months following the initial shedding of hair. GraftCyte and Low-Level Laser Therapy can help greatly reduce this waiting period.
- Do women lose their hair for the same reasons as men?
In most cases, the answer is yes.
- Can I perm, color or dye my new hair?
Since transplanted hair grows at the same rate (about 1/4 – 1/2 inch per month) as the rest of your hair, it can be permed, colored, cut, curled and styled without any problems because it is your own growing hair.
- How long after the transplant can I resume my normal exercise program?
You can resume virtually all exercise programs after approximately 3 days. However, you should delay weight training until your donor stitches are removed.
- When is the best time to have my transplant?
If you’re facing baldness or shedding of hair, you should get a hair transplant as soon as possible. The sooner you begin, the sooner growth will occur. If you are able to stop further progression of your hair loss with medical therapy (especially with Propecia and Low-Level Laser Therapy), then you can consider surgery. It can, however, be too soon to start hair restoration surgery. The time of year or season has no effect on your decision when to start.