Dermatologist Recommendation: Hair Transplant
Is your hair thinning at a certain area on your head? Is your hair loss affecting your emotional health? Chances are you need a hair transplant Malaysia to restore your hair volume and be more confident about your looks.
You see, like our health and youth, we tend to take our thick or thin hair for granted until they start falling, and eventually leaving our heads with some bald spots. Although it generally occurs as we age, some people prefer to have their heads full of hair. One way to do that is through a hair transplant Malaysia.
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant Malaysia is a procedure in which a dermatologist KL or plastic surgeon moves hair to a bald area of your head. The surgeon will usually move hair from the back or side of your head to the front or top of your head. This procedure is typically performed in a medical office under local anesthesia.
While hair transplants are effective for many types of hair loss, they cannot stop future hair loss. If you want lasting results, you may need follow-up transplants.
Who is a good candidate for a hair transplant Malaysia?
In Malaysia, it’s estimated that two-thirds of men will experience balding in their lives compared to women. While hair loss can affect anyone at any age, men in their early twenties are more susceptible to hair loss. This may be due to hormonal changes and genetic predisposition.
However, younger adults aged 20 to 25 may not be the best candidates for a hair transplant Malaysia as their hair loss pattern have yet to be fully determined. Instead of a hair transplant, the dermatologist KL especially may suggest a preliminary transplant to add density to the hairline.
That said, hair transplants are generally recommended for people who still have hair on the back and sides of their head, as the front and crown can be restored to match the position, orientation, and angulation of the native hair follicles.
What are the types of hair transplants?
There are two types of hair transplants – follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
Also known as follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS), this technique involves the surgeon using a scalpel to cut out a piece of your scalp, usually from the back of your head. The strip size is typically about 6 to 10 inches long and the incision is then closed with stitches.
Your surgeon and his/her assistants will then use a microscope to separate the scalp into smaller pieces that contain one or several hair follicles. These are then transplanted into the desired areas on your head.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUT)
Different from the previous technique, this hair transplant technique requires your surgeon to use a tiny punch tool to remove your hair follicles either from the back or side of your head.
Your surgeon then makes tiny holes with a blade or needle in the area of your scalp that’s receiving the hair transplant. After that, they gently place your hair follicles in these holes.
Success rate of hair transplants
Hair transplants are generally effective in helping to restore hair growth following various causes of hair loss. Like any surgical procedure, the success rate of hair transplants varies depending on the skill and experience of the surgeon, and the thickness of the individual’s donor hair.
While there are no large studies that indicate a specific hair transplant Malaysia success rate, several small studies and articles provide some information about the efficacy of these procedures.
One study found that majority of people who underwent FUE using body or beard hair combined with scalp hair were satisfied with the results. Meanwhile, another study found that using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with FUE could increase the success of hair transplants.
What happens during hair transplants?
Before your hair transplant, the hair in the donor area will be trimmed to facilitate the easy removal of hair follicles. After that, your surgeon will sterilize the area where your hair will be removed and numbs it with a local anesthetic. You may request to be sedated to stay asleep for the procedure.
Your surgeon will then perform either of the two transplant techniques mentioned above – FUT or FUE – and suture the donor area (back or side of your head). Once the follicular unit grafts are ready for transplant, your surgeon will make incisions on the desired hair transplant area and place them into the incisions.
Once all the hairs have been transplanted, your scalp will be bandaged and you’ll be given instructions for home care. Also, each procedure may take several hours to complete, depending on how many follicles your surgeon implants. You will be able to go home on the same day of the procedure.
Recovery after hair transplant Malaysia
After the surgery, your scalp may be very tender and you may need to take painkillers for several days. You also have to wear bandages over your scalp for at least a day or two after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication to aid in your recovery. You can expect to return to work 2 to 5 days after the procedure.
Within 2 to 3 weeks, your transplanted hair will fall out but don’t freak out. It’s completely normal as this makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see some amount of new hair growth 8 to 12 months after the procedure.
Risks of hair transplants
Like any surgical procedure, hair transplants also have their risks, both short-term and long-term.
Typically, the short-term risks will be minor and often clear up within a few weeks after the procedure. These include:
- Bleeding and swelling of the scalp as the transplants heal
- Itchiness as your scalp heals
- Infection of the hair follicles
- Shock loss but typically temporary loss of transplanted hair
Meanwhile, the long-term risks will affect the volume of your transplanted hair. These include:
- Scalp laxity
- Density of follicles in the transplanted zone
- Hair quality
- Hair curl
Consider these risks and consult your surgeon before going for a hair transplant. They can help you decide whether it’s a good option for you.
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