When can hair transplantation be done?
- Male pattern of hair loss: This is the most common indication of hair transplantation. The bald area can be covered with hair taken from the back of scalp. The hair at the back is resistant to DHT hormone which is indicated in hair loss. Hence, the transplanted hair do not fall and are permanent.
- Female hair loss: Certain conditions in which there is patchy hair loss or recession of frontal hairline, the hair can be restored in females as well.
- Scarring alopecia: hair transplantation can be done in cases there has been destruction of roots. Once the hair roots are destroyed, there is little chance of recovery of hair in that area. In these cases, hair transplantation can be done.
- Scar in hair bearing sites: A scar in a hair hearing area can look unsightly. It becomes more noticeable due to loss of overlying hair. Restoration of hair at such sites will cover the scar and give a cosmetically acceptable outcome.
- Eyebrows and eyelash restoration: when the eyebrows are inherently thin or thin due to some disease process, the eyebrows can be restored. In case of underlying disease, the ongoing process must be stagnant for at least 1 year before undertaking the procedure.
When one should not get hair transplantation
Hair transplantation is not indicated in following conditions:
- Rapidly progressive hair loss
- Alopecia areata, alopecia totalis
- Progressive scarring alopecia
- Diffuse thinning of hair in females
What to expect from hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation is a process of rearranging the hair from certain body parts to the site which is more cosmetically sensitive. We take the patients’ own hair from sites such as back of scalp, beard, chest, axilla etc and plant them in the required site most commonly the frontal scalp.
Hair transplantation today can restore near normal density. One must understand that with hair transplantation we are trying to create an illusion of hair.