There are different questions that hair transplant patients often throw up in the course of their consultation with hair experts. Some are very logical questions that need a detailed answer.
In this educational video, noted dermatologist & trichologist and one of the Best Hair Transplant Surgeons in Hyderabad Dr John Watts answers three Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), drawing from his knowledge and experience with over 1990+ hair transplant surgeries.
This is an interesting aspect that becomes a cause of misconception for many hair transplant aspirants, who develop a wrong notion that harvesting only black hair while leaving out grey hair for grafting would permanently solve the greyed hair look after a transplant.
Is it possible to harvest only black hair from a mix of grey and black donor hair from the back or side of the scalp for transplanting?
“Technically, it is possible but this would be impractical, illogical, unscientific and look very odd if one does not go into the details as to the cause of greying hair,” explains Dr John Watts.
He suggests that hair transplant patients should first try to find out the reason why their hair is greying before seeking to harvest only the black hair for grafting on the transplant region.
“It is possible that greying of hair on the scalp of an individual is family heredity linked or it could be due to deficiencies in nutrients like B12, Vitamin D or Ferritin levels,” informs Dr John Watts.
Hence, the logical consequence would be that even if black hair is selectively transplanted, it would again turn up grey after some time.
“Instead, we suggest a mix of black and grey hair for a natural look. However, it can be ensured that some grey hair is avoided on the front while transplanting the donor hair,” he says.
This is also a common query that Dr John Watts thought it fit to answer in this educational video. Will the donor hair site on the scalp from where hair grafts are harvested look empty?
“No, it won’t. Usually, out of 100 hair follicles average on the donor site, we selectively harvest only 25-30 hair follicles for transplanting. The rest remains untouched,” he says, adding that when this hair grows back to its normal length, they usually cover the gap and it remains invisible to the naked eye.
However, if one shaves the head after a while after a hair transplant, the site where the donor hair is harvested will appear in small dots. “This is also not unusual as when the hair grows a little, even the dots would not be visible,” informs Dr John.
This is a tricky area that invites detailed explanation by Dr John Watts in this educational video.
In general, those who have gone for major organ transplantations like kidney, heart or liver remain under the influence of heavy immune-suppressant drugs.
“The immunity level of such patients remains weak and suppressed so that their body does not reject the foreign organ. In this scenario, such patients shouldn't opt for a hair transplant as it may invite a risk,” explains Dr John Watts.
Such patients, Dr John Watts advises, may better opt for artificial bio-fibre wigs for styling instead.
Is it OK for chemotherapy patients to undertake hair transplants? This query too is addressed by Dr John Watts as it is a common concern for chemotherapy patients who are taking treatment for cancer to lose hair during the course as a drug side effect.
“Such patients should wait till their chemotherapy course is over and wait for natural hair to grow back, which usually does after a while. During this period, it is not advisable to go for hair transplant,” he informs while advising those who are conscious about their looks to sport temporary wigs.
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