A beautiful head of strong, healthy, shiny hair is a defining feature synonymous with health, beauty and vibrant youth. It is often said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory and people equate a full head of healthy hair on a man with virility and good health. Unfortunately genetics, stress, diet, lifestyle and environmental factors can have an adverse effect on the health of a person’s hair. For an unlucky segment of the population, male pattern balding and hair loss cause endless misery and feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment. There is, however, an answer and this is to have a hair transplant procedure in Phuket.
A patient may choose to have one of two procedures done, namely strip harvesting or Follicular Unit Extraction.
Strip harvesting occurs when the patient comes in for the procedure. The head and hair are washed and the natural hairline is drawn in. The patient is given a local anaesthetic and may also receive a sedative to cause drowsiness. The surgeon then makes an incision in the back of the scalp where the hair growth is strong and healthy. A strip of skin and tissue, containing the living hair follicles is cut away and the wound is sutured closed. Using a fine blade the follicles are individually transplanted into the areas on the scalp where the hair loss is most visible.
Follicular Unit Extraction is a method used where a small punch, no bigger than 1.25 millimetres in diameter, is used to remove individual strands of hair which are then reinserted into the parts of the scalp that have suffered hair loss. This method leaves no scar like the strip harvesting method does.
The patient will be advised to start washing the hair after the first or second day after the hair transplant. This is to ensure that scabs do not form around the delicate hair shaft, which may result in the death of the shaft. You may wear some semi-permeable dressings over the first days following the hair transplant. During the first ten days the newly transplanted hairs will all fall out, a phenomenon known as shock loss. The newly transplanted hairs will begin to re-grow within two to three months and will gradually thicken over time.
Side effects include swelling, pain, bleeding, a possibility of infection, itching, bald patches and a phenomenon known as shock loss, which is only temporary after the hair is transplanted. The itching should be treated with a medicated or moisturising shampoo as scratching can cause scabs to form, which may result in the death of the hair shaft.
The transplanted hair should last a lifetime, but this depends upon the transplanted hairs, as if they were going to be lost anyway then transplanting will not alter that fact.