We take you through the most common steps taken in hair transplant procedure.
- Prior diagnosis
Before going to have a hair transplant procedure done, one is needed to go and consult with the doctor who will carry out the procedure. This is to establish whether the scalp in which hair is to be transplanted to, is ready and healthy for the procedure. The patient is also advised on the side effects that he/she may suffer because of the procedure.
- Harvesting hair and transplant
A harvesting procedure is then done. This is where hair follicles are gotten from other places of the body. Hair can be harvested in various ways. The method that is used is dependent on the choice of the patient or advice of the doctor. Each of the methods that may be used has its pros and cons. It is hence advisable to carry out research to establish the most suitable method.
A surgical procedure is then done to transplant the harvested hair to the bald region. The scalp is first well cleaned and disinfected to ensure that no bacterial infections may arise later.
- Post procedure care
After that hair transplant surgery has been carried put, it is important to change the dressing on the area every day. It is important to ensure that the area is not exposed to the sun to prevent formation of scabs, which may lead to loss of the transplanted hair. It is normal for some of the transplanted hair to fall out some days after the surgery. This is because the transplant caused shock and trauma to the hair that has been moved to a new location. After some weeks, the hair will thicken as new hair starts to grow from the follicles of the relocated hair.
- The most common side effect is that relocated hair may suffer from after-shock loss. This is where relocated hair may fall off, as it is tries to adapt to the new location. This however stops after some time and more hair grows and covers the entire area.
- There are also instances in which there may be bald patches in the place where the hair was transplanted. This is because a significant percentage of hair falls off every day.
- There are little instances where the surgery backfires and the transplant does not go as expected.