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Hair Transplantation - an Emerging Need

Written by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Aug 01, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read


This articles discuss about hair transplantation and in whom it is effective.

Hair Transplantation - an Emerging Need

Hair transplantation involves the removal of self hair follicles either from a strip of hair taken from the back of our scalp (occiput) or from 0.5-1 mm scalp punch biopsies. The latest in hair transplantation procedure is follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE). It is also known as follicular transfer (FT).

Hair Transplantation:

It is essential to assess the patient’s expectation before performing a transplant and to give a realistic idea as to what the outcome may be.

Candidates for Hair Transplantation:

  1. Men who have stable hair loss, whether frontal or vertex secondary to androgenic alopecia, with good occipital hair density.
  2. Women with female pattern hair loss (FPHL) may benefit from transplantation to the frontal hair margin.
  3. Individuals with stable scarring alopecia in whom the inflammatory process stops and is no longer active. Eyebrow and eyelash transplant in case of long standing scarring.
  4. Individuals with hair loss secondary to trauma, such as burns.

Ineligible Candidates:

  1. Younger men with frontal recession or those with unstable loss at the crown on transplantation, leading to isolated transplanted hairs.
  2. Men or women with insufficient occipital density to transplant or have any dermatological illness at the donor site.
  3. Individuals with unrealistic expectations.

Side Effects and Complications:

Minor bleeding, edema, crusting, itching, postoperative hair fall (effluvium), wound infections, folliculitis, neuralgia. Some esthetic complications may arise such as visible scarring, hypertrophic and keloid scarring, unnatural appearance and poor density.

To know more about hair transplantation, consult a dermatologist online --->


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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read




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