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What is a hair transplant?

"Hair transplantation is done using the patient’s own hair. Hair is taken from the very back of the patient’s head (where it is genetically programmed to grow permanently). Hair from this site is separated into follicular units and transplanted to other areas of the head, where it will continue to grow as vigorously as your natural hair. This donor hair carries with it the genetic code to resist balding, therefore making the hair transplant permanent."

What causes hair loss?

The science behind hair growth is explained in detail at About Hair Growth. For those who want the short answer, heredity in men plays a major role, resulting in receding hair lines and balding scalp. A male hormone called dehydrotestosterone influences hereditary factors in androgenetic alopecia (or male pattern baldness). Changes in women’s health, including hormonal changes that occur in menopause, are mainly responsible for female hair loss and thinning. Frequent shampooing, poor circulation, wearing hats or any other personal habits are not factors that cause hair loss. Accidents, burns, disease and a few medical treatments can also trigger hair loss.

What’s so special about follicular unit hair transplantation (FUT)?

On postoperative day ten you may have your hair permed or colored.

How many grafts can be placed in one procedure?How many grafts will I need?

The number of grafts depends on the person. Most of the patients need range from 675 to 2,000 grafts. If a patient needs more than 2,000 grafts in one procedure the surgeon will make the judgment by examining the scalp and its laxity. If the scalp is very tight, as in the African and Chinese races, then performing more than 2,000 grafts might put a stretch on the donor area that can lead to delay in healing and scarring. This should most likely be avoided. Caucasians, Asians, however, can receive up to 3,000 grafts without putting a strain on the donor area.

Is this procedure painful?

At ILHAM Hair Transplant, the hair transplant procedure is virtually painless. Due to use of Expansion Technique (Poster presentation at ISHRS-USA) many of the discomforts associated with a hair transplant procedure of the past have been eliminated. The Expansion Technique involves injecting saline into the donor area resulting in a raised area. This keeps the surgery site away from the neurovascular plane underneath.

How long does it take before the hair starts to grow?

After the transplant procedure most of the transplanted hair goes through a healing phase of two months. After the initial two months the hair starts growing at the same rate as your non-transplanted hair. The average rate of growth is half an inch per month.

Will I lose any more of my hair?

As we grow older the balding process gradually slows down. If we start losing hair at a younger age the balding process is usually very fast. If we start losing hair after our fifties then the process is usually slow. Fortunately, the science and art of hair transplant procedures is so advanced, that we can restore the bald area naturally, permanently and can avoid losing remaining hair with the help of medical therapies available today.

If I do lose more hair, will that affect my new transplanted hair?

The hair transplant procedure at IHT has been designed anticipating your natural future hair loss. One of H.T.I. Islamabad's guiding principles is that the first surgery should never leave a patient in need of additional surgeries. In other words, if you never get another hair transplant procedure you should have the appearance of natural thinning hair due to future hair loss but still look great for life. Of course, those with severe hair loss would benefit from additional surgeries by further filling in these areas, but it is not necessary

Can anyone see the donor scar after the stitches are removed?

Can anyone see the donor scar after the stitches are removed? Your own hair covers the incision in the donor area. It is not visible even right after surgery because your hair covers the area. Once the area is completely healed it is hard to find the incision line. Before harvesting the grafts from the selected donor area the hair above the selected area are lifted up. After removing the donor strip the lifted hair is released and naturally covers the area just after your surgery

How long does the procedure take?

aIt depends upon how many grafts are required; usually a procedure for a thousand grafts takes 2-3 hours. 1,500 grafts take about 3-4 hours. If more than 2,000 are required the procedure would take about 5-6 hours.

Will I ever lose the transplanted hair?

The transplanted hair is permanent. They will continue to grow for the rest of your life. The transplanted hairs are taken from the back or side of the scalp. They have a different genetic makeup than the already lost hair and are genetically permanent. Once they have moved to the thinning or balding area they will continue to grow for the rest of your life.

Can I shower and wash my hair after the procedure?

The answer is yes; however, you must be very gentle with your transplanted hair for the first week after surgery. After the first week you will be able to resume your regular shampooing routine

Will I have to comb my hair differently?

An H.T.I. Islamabad hair transplant provides freedom for you to style your hair the way you desire, because no graft is bigger than your natural follicular unit. The transplanted hairs are no different from your naturally lost hair. So, enjoy styling your hair as you did in the past.

Can I meet with or talk to someone who has had it done?

Absolutely! Our hair restoration consultant will meet with you and show you first hand the results we achieve at QCHR. Regardless of whether or where you elect to have hair restoration surgery, we strongly recommend that you meet with a consultant who has had hair restoration surgery before scheduling your procedure. You need to see for yourself what a hair restoration surgeon can achieve and learn first hand what is involved. The more you know, the better prepared you will be and the better your experience will be when and if you decide the time is right for you to have surgery yourself.

Do I get any medication after the procedure?

Yes. You will need an antibiotic and anti-swelling medication for five days after the procedure. Pain medication is recommended for the first three days only. There is usually no pain after the third day. The prescribed medication, which costs around Rs. 400/= (US $7), is not included in the cost of the procedure.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the Hair Transplant procedure varies depending on how many grafts are needed and it also depends upon whether or not it is a corrective surgery due to prior transplants. We offer a free complimentary consultation. During the consultation, the Consultant will evaluate you and suggest the number of recommended grafts including the total price. You will get the best value for excellent quality and outstanding services. For those who need to have previous work altered and recreated the price is necessarily higher, but we feel the results are astonishing and well worth the cost.

Does it look natural?

This is where careful selection of a qualified hair restoration specialist is essential. Applying the principles of hair restoration is not enough. Because hair restoration is an art, a natural result is not something that “just anyone” can manufactur. Most patients with realistic expectations want to have their hair reflect more the age and energy they feel inside while retaining a natural appearance of their own unique features. Consistently achieving an undetectable result is the sign of a successful hair restoration specialist. (Before and After Photos)

when can I have my hair colored?

On postoperative day ten you may have your hair permed or colored.

How do I select a hair transplant surgeon?

Our hair transplant surgeons are board certification and members in the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons and members of the Hair Loss Council. These national organizations are comprised of medical professionals specializing in hair restoration procedures. At QCHR we welcome your review of our Surgeons & Staff including education and training, contribution to research, extensive medical publications and ongoing continuing medical education. Because our hair transplant surgeons are entrusted in teaching others about hair restoration, they continually update their knowledge and techniques to provide the most up-to-date alternatives in hair restoration.

How do I select a hair transplant surgeon?

Our hair transplant surgeons are board certification and members in the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons and members of the Hair Loss Council. These national organizations are comprised of medical professionals specializing in hair restoration procedures. At QCHR we welcome your review of our Surgeons & Staff including education and training, contribution to research, extensive medical publications and ongoing continuing medical education. Because our hair transplant surgeons are entrusted in teaching others about hair restoration, they continually update their knowledge and techniques to provide the most up-to-date alternatives in hair restoration.