How to choose a hair transplant surgeon – A 3 step guide

Basics – Hair transplant – take hair from the “permanent” regions(eg. back of the scalp) and implant where they are needed.

FUE (follicular unit extraction) – groups of 1-4 hair are removed individually by a small punch and transplanted to the front of scalp

FUT (follicular unit transplant) – a strip of skin with hair roots is removed from the back of head, hair roots are separated and implanted.

Step- 1 – Eligibility and extent –  Stage 2a onwards and those above 24 years of age are candidates . However exceptions do exist as younger patients with a relatively higher grade MAY BE taken up as they are already “stable” as far as their hair loss is concerned.

Norwood grading

Hair required

grade                                                                                       follicular units                                     with crown

IIa1400-2200
III1600-2400
III Vertex1800-26002600-3200
IIIa2000-3000
IV2200-34003400-3800
IVa2400-3600
V2600-38003800-4500
Va2800-4200
VI3000-46004600-5600
VII3200-50005000-6400

 

 

Step 2 – FUE before FUT

Your first procedure? Go for FUE.

Ready for the second round? – FUT maybe.

There are many pros and cons for both the procedures, but the ones that would make us choose FUE without a doubt would be these.

Reasons- 1. FUE post op pic

FUT post op pic

  1. With FUT be assured to throw 5 -15% of your donor hair to the dustbin.

The hair lying in the dormant (invisible) stages (exogen + telogen) could range anywhere from 5 -15%. These are invisible to the human eye and so the strip removed in FUT essentially removes these follicles also and are hence lost forever.

 

Step – 3  – Find the doctor.

Criteria

  • Expertise – Please ensure that only a qualified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon is the person operating on you. ( Obvious? You’ll be shocked to know how many technitians/ physiotherapists / dentists are doing hair transplants in India)
  • Budget – usual costs in India range from Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 3,00,000 depending usually on the number of hair required, expertise and the running costs of the clinic in question.
  • The cost charged per follicle is usually 30 – 100/ follicle (scalp FU – 30 -70 , body FU – 70 – 100)

Please let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below.
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