Hair transplantation is a minor procedure where hair follicles from the back or side of the head are transplanted to the bald scalp. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia where the patient is fully conscious.
To transplant hair, our expert physicians at Almoosa Specialist Hospital use a method known as “follicular unit extraction” (FUE).
During FUE, the physician extracts hair follicles from the donor area at the back or side of the scalp using a tiny specialized extraction tool. The follicles are then grafted to the recipient area using a microsurgical needle. Each graft is inserted at an angle and density that resembles natural hair growth.
This is why this delicate procedure is so time-consuming.
Results after Hair Transplantation:
After transplantation, implanted hair follicles begin to grow within two months. Transplanted hair in the front of the head begins to grow with a natural shape and length within six months.
Complications from Hair Transplantation:
There are few complications from hair transplantation because the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. However, there may be inflammation, which can be treated by antibiotics. Swelling and bruising may also occur, but this will gradually subside.
Facial Hair Transplantation (Beard and Moustache):
Facial hair can be transplanted in specific areas. It is difficult to transplant in areas with scars or no hair follicles.
Hair Transplantation in Scars – Is it Possible?
Yes, but the success rate is less than 80%.
Can Women have Hair Transplantation?
Definitely, with a high success rate.
Will your Hair Transplant Look Natural?
Yes, particularly if you eat healthily and use organic hair products.
When can you Shave or Style your Hair?
Six months after the procedure.
After the procedure, it is recommended to rest for two days, including the night of the procedure and the day after. You should lie on your back and only go outside for post-procedure examination.
On the second or third day after the procedure, there may be some swelling or puffiness in the face and eyes due to injections under the skin during the procedure. Do not worry because this reaction is typical. It will gradually subside within 5 days.
It is essential to place ice or cold gel on the forehead and around the eyes for 10 minutes before sleeping during the first 3 days to reduce swelling.
The area that received the transplant should not be exposed to anything for 7 days. You must wear a hat for 2 weeks if going outside.
You should wash your head for the first time after transplant in the hospital. Hospital staff will show you a video on how to wash it correctly at home:
1- Apply Bepanthen Plus cream to the donor area twice daily.
2-Wet the scalp without excessive direct shower pressure
3- Apply shampoo to your hands and work up the lather. Apply the lather to the whole head and use your fingertips to gently massage with circular motions the recipient area for 1 minute. Then for 1 more minute, massage with slightly more pressure the donor area. Rinse without excessive direct shower pressure.
4- Apply Fusibact Cream to the donor area for 3 days after the procedure.
After the procedure, your physician will give you a prescription for all necessary medications. Take them as directed.
New hair growth occurs within 3 to 12 months. The length of time varies according to hair type and the patient’s metabolism.
At first, hair begins to grow thinly and weakly, like a baby’s hair. Then it becomes thicker and eventually reaches its final shape over time. Average of hair growth is .80 cm per month. For the average patient, hair grows between 3 and 5 cm over the first six months after the procedure.
Implanted hair falls out in the first few months. After 2 to 3 months, new hair follicles begin to grow and become visible. 40. % of hair strands grow within 4 to 6 months, 60% within 6 to 8 months, and 90% within 8 to 10 months. It will take about a year to see the final result.
Scars on the recipient area will subside after 10 days. During new hair growth, blisters may appear.This is normal, but if it happens, you should make an appointment to see one of our doctors at Almoosa Specialist Hospital.
Head Covering (hats), Swimming and Sport:
1-In the first two weeks, you should wear a hat. You should not enter dusty places. You can swim if you do not wet your hair.
2-You can swim normally 15 days after the procedure.
3-You should not exercise during the first 3 days. After four days, you may begin walking in moderation.
4-You can participate in your routine activities 2 weeks after the procedure.
5-You can participate in sports that require physical contact or heavy exercises such as football, basketball, etc. after 60 days.
6-Avoid sex for 3 days after the procedure.
Haircut & Hair Dye:
1- Do not cut your hair during the first 2 weeks.
2- When cutting your hair, use only scissors for the first 2 months. Do not use hair dye until a month after the procedure.
Hair PRP & Mesotherapy:
This treatment is recommended by the World Health Organization because it pumps vital nutrients directly to hair follicles. The treatment involves an application of platelets obtained from an individual’s blood mixed with natural proteins to the skin. The blood collected from the individual is centrifuged and segregated. It is applied by injection into the scalp after the segregation process. Plasma treatment technology is usually used for hair transplantation to enhance the success rates.