A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from one part of the body (usually the back or sides of the scalp) to a bald or thinning area.
Local anesthesia is used during the procedure, so patients usually don’t feel pain. After the surgery, there might be some discomfort, but it can be managed with pain medication.
Recovery time varies, but most people can return to work within a few days. Full recovery may take several weeks, and the transplanted hair might fall out before new growth begins.
Hair growth is a gradual process. Initial growth is seen within a few months, but it can take up to a year or more for the full results to be visible.
Good candidates for hair transplants are individuals with male or female pattern baldness, stable hair loss, and sufficient donor hair on the back or sides of the scalp.
There are two main methods: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT involves removing a strip of skin with hair follicles, while FUE involves extracting individual follicles directly.
Common side effects include swelling and redness. Serious complications are rare but may include infection, scarring, or an unnatural appearance if the transplant is not done well.
Hair transplants provide long-lasting results, but the transplanted hair may thin over time. Additional procedures may be needed to maintain or improve results.