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HAIR TRANSPLANTATION

Wojciech Chrominski, MD

Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate defects resulting fromandrogenetic alopecia. Transplanted hair is also used to cover eyebrows, and post-accident scars and injuries supplied with blood.

 

1. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia.

2. The recovery period is 10-14 days.

3. Swelling appears in the recipient site regardless of the method used. It persists for 5-10 days and can spread to the face.

3. The donor site (back of the head, occipital region) and recipient site heal at the same time.

4. The patient must follow the doctor's instructions, which are given in writing.

 

Methods of hair transplantation:

FUT/STRIP - this method involves cutting a strip of skin from the occipital region, which is then divided into single transplants/grafts.

1. A surgeon stitches the donor site for a period of 9-12 days. The patient must remove themby himself after this time (e.g. in the country of residence).

2. The FUT/STRIP method leaves a thin linear scar at the donor site. This will not be visiblewith longer hair (2-3 cm). However, if in the future, the patient decides to wear short hair or completely shave his head, the scar will be visible.

3. We recommend patients interested in this technique to grow their hair long (min. 4-5 cm) before surgery. This will allow us to cover up post-operative effects.

4. One procedure using this method enables up to 4000 transplants/grafts.

5. Another treatment for larger defects can be performed after min. 6 months:

a/ it is not always possible to collect enough hair follicles to cover the entire bald area during one procedure;

b/ after the first operation, patients usually want to thicken the transplanted hair in order toobtain a better cosmetic result.

 

FUE - this method is intended for patients who have short hair as well as for those with a lot of tension on the scalp at the donor site.

1. The surgeon collects hair follicles from the occipital region using a Follicular Unit Extraction device.

2. We can transfer up to 5500 transplants/grafts during a single surgery.

3. In order to collect follicles, the patient’s occiput must be shaved to the bare skin by a surgeon.

4. Another treatment for larger defects can be performed after min. 1 month:

a/ it is not always possible to collect enough hair follicles to cover the entire bald area during one procedure;

b/ after the first operation, patients usually want to thicken the transplanted hair in order toobtain a better cosmetic result.

 

BHT – this method involves using the FUE method to collect hair from parts of the body other than the occiput.

The treatment is aimed at people who have already exhausted the possibilities of collecting hair from the head or who simply do not have any there. We usually transplant hair from the chest, back or calves, and less often from the pubic area. 600-800 transplants can be transferred in a single procedure. This limitation is mainly due to technical difficulties and the need to locally anaesthetise a large area of the patient's body (torso, back).

NON SHAVEN - (only few clinics in the world use this method), the latest FUE method involving the collection of individual transplants from the occipital region; there is no need tocut hair.

1. this is addressed to demanding patients, who do not want to cut their hair in the occipital region and do not have very large bald patches.

2. Due to technical difficulties, it is impossible to collect more than 1,500 transplantsin a single treatment.