THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HAIR TRANSPLANTATION
Hair transplant and hair implants in Budapest for men
As with health and youth, most of us take our hair for granted – until it suddenly disappears. Thus, for many people a hair transplant can help them to have again not only beautiful hair but also self-confidence.
If going bald bothers, a hair transplant procedure may be the ideal solution. We have gathered the main information regarding hair transplants to help you decide and prepare. We have tried to provide you with the most complete and detailed information possible, if you still have some questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Hair transplants for men differ somewhat from transplants for women suffering from baldness. For the moment our partners only offer this type of treatment for cases of male pattern baldness.
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What causes male pattern baldness?
According to numerous studies, about one in three men suffers from baldness to a varying degree and this from the age of 30.
To begin with, let's try to understand the causes of male pattern baldness.
To put it simply, hair in general develops from follicles located under the surface of the skin. A single healthy hair will normally have a "life expectancy" between three and five years before it falls and then new hair will grow in its place from the same follicle. If all goes well, this cycle will continue throughout your life.
But in some cases, this "life cycle" of the hair does not work optimally and this is where the hair begins to fall out but does not grow back! Male pattern baldness occurs when a modified form of testosterone that goes by the barbaric name dihydrotestosterone (DHT), begins to attack the hair follicles. As a result, the follicles retract and begin to produce thinner, shorter hair. Once the follicles have become smaller, your thick hair begins to fall out and is replaced by that weaker hair, this is where your Scalp begins to lighten.
Fortunately, the process at the origin of baldness can be reversed through a hair transplant operation that will restore your scalp to its full splendor.
Whether you are affected by this narrowing of the follicles that subsequently leads to partial or complete baldness depends mainly on your genes. If you're lucky enough to be born with a genetic makeup "coded" to resist DHT, you'll likely keep your hair. If your genes are "coded" to be sensitive to DHT, you are at risk of baldness.
Interestingly, the follicles located on the back of the skull as well as on the sides are usually "programmed" to repel dihydrotestosterone, which is why it is Running to see men balding on the top of the head but not on the sides. The genes responsible for hair loss can come from either parent but even.
Hair loss in men is progressive, so if you start losing your hair from an early age, the overall effect will likely be a very bald paste.
What is a hair transplant?
Hair transplantation is a type of surgical operation that involves removing hair from areas where it grows well and then grafting it into areas where the hair no longer grows or is weakened. In the United States, doctors have been practicing this type of transplants since the 1950s and the techniques have evolved a lot in recent years. Nowadays, hair transplants have become relatively common and specialized doctors and clinics have specialized in this type of operation.
Types of transplants
There are two main types of hair transplant procedures: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT), which work similarly.
To describe a hair transplant in a simple way, we will return to our follicles and DHT (if you do not know what it is about, we advise you read or re-read the section "What causes male pattern baldness? " At the beginning of the article. So, as you've probably read by now, the hair follicles on the side and back of the head are generally more resistant to DHT and therefore continue. usually, to produce strong and healthy hair as the follicles on the top of the head contract. During transplantation, these healthy follicles are taken from the back and sides and transplanted into the bald areas of the scalp.
FUE Hair Transplant (Follicular unit extraction)
FUE transplants are the most commonly performed reference procedure. Healthy follicles are removed from the "donor area" of the scalp (usually on the sides and back of the skull) by a surgeon with specialized equipment. These healthy follicles are then grafted into tiny cuts made on the "recipient" part of the skull. The surgeon specializing in this type of operation ensures that the cuts made on the part of the skull that will receive the hair transplant form an angle to reproduce the natural direction of your hair. The transplanted follicles will allow for new strong and healthy hair in the previously bald patch. Nowadays nearly 90% of operations are done according to the FUE method.
FUT (Follicular unit transplantation) hair transplant
With FUT surgery, instead of removing follicles individually from healthy areas of the scalp, the surgeon will remove very thin strips from healthy areas at the time. top of the scalp. These bands are then divided under a microscope into individual follicles or small groups that are grafted just as in the FUE procedure into the areas affected by the baldness.
It is important to clarify that in both types of transplants, operations cannot create new hair. These operations help move the hair you already have as well as healthy follicles to the bald areas of your skull.
Before the hair transplantation
A hair transplant will often improve the appearance and especially the self-confidence of people who previously suffered from baldness. Hair loss is most common on the forehead as well as on the top of the scalp. To be able to benefit from a transplant, you must always have thick hair on the back or on the sides of the scalp in order to have enough follicles. It is also recommended not to have too short hair before the operation as this could complicate the transplant.
In some cases of illness, people suffering from hair loss due to lupus, injuries or other medical problems, can be treated with a transplant of hair. In these cases, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor before benefiting from a hair transplant.
The number of hairs as well as the type of graft you will get depends on your hair type, their quality, their color and the size of the area in which the transplant will be carried out.
How does the hair transplant operation take place?
During a hair transplant, the hair is moved from an area of strong growth to areas of the skull affected by baldness.
The vast majority of hair transplants are done at the doctor's office. The procedure is performed as described below:
To begin with, you are given local anesthesia in order to make the scalp painless. You will also often be offered medication to help you relax. In practice, it is naturally not a complete anesthesia, the surgeon simply cleans your scalp and injects you with a drug to numb the back of your head.
Then, your scalp is cleaned and your hair washed.
Then according to the FUE operation follicles are removed. The area of your scalp where these follicles were taken is called the donor area. If you follow the so-called FUE procedure, the surgeon's team shaves the back of your scalp. Then the doctor will remove one by one the healthy hair follicles that will be grafted into the area affected by baldness. The lift area heals with small dots that your existing hair will cover.
In the case of the FUT operation, a tiny strip of your scalp is taken using a scalpel (surgical knife) and set aside and then the area of the sample is closed with tiny stitches. This strip is very thin but several centimeters long, there will be no visible scar because the surgeon makes sure to take the samples in a area where it can be hidden by the rest of the hair. Then, the surgeon's team divides the scalp strip taken into 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts, each with a single hair or just a few hairs.
Small stripes of hair or individual follicles and hair are carefully separated from the removed scalp. It may seem scary to read but keep in mind that these are always small samples and not big "clumps" of hair.
The bald areas of the scalp that will receive this healthy hair are cleaned. These areas of your scalp are called "recipient areas."
After this point, the two procedures are the same. After preparing the grafts, the surgeon cleanses and anesthetizes the area where the hair will be transplanted, then he makes small "cuts" with a scalpel or a needle and gently place each graft in one of these cups. In most cases the surgeon does not work alone but receives the help of a whole team to place the grafts in the "receiving area". In a single treatment session, hundreds or even thousands of hairs can be transplanted during many successive samples and transplants.
Depending on the size of the graft, the process takes between 4 and 8 hours. If you continue to lose your hair or want to get thicker hair, you may need to do the operation again later.
After the hair transplantation
Once the operation is complete you must follow the doctor's instructions regarding the maintenance of your scalp and any other hygiene measures. This is especially important to ensure the rapid healing of the places where the hair has been grafted as well as those from where the hair has been removed.
For a day or two after the operation, we recommend that you bandage your head or at least wear a smaller bandage that can be hidden by a cap. or a cap. During the recovery period, it is possible that your scalp is very sensitive. You may need to take pain medication. You may feel like the newly transplanted hair is falling out and maybe even the case but don't panic, it will grow back! Indeed, it is not simply the hair that has been transplanted but the follicles that allow the hair to grow. In most cases the operated persons can work again between 2 and 5 days after the operation.
It is also possible that you may need to take antibiotics or anti-inflammatories after surgery. In any case, Hungarian doctors have great experience in this kind of operation and will be able to advise you and follow you after the transplant.
Hair transplants – long-term results
Within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out, but you should start noticing new growth a few months later. The majority of people who have surgery find that their new hair has grown and is healthy between 6 to 9 months after the transplant. Some surgeons advise taking Minoxidil, a drug that has a reputation for growing hair, in order to improve hair growth after a transplant, but its effectiveness is subject to debate
The vast majority of hair transplants result in excellent hair growth with an impressive result several months after the operation. If baldness is extensive or you want a particularly full hair it is possible that several grafts are necessary to obtain the best results.
It is important to emphasize that transplanted hair is permanent and behaves like that found in parts of the scalp not affected by baldness. No long-term care is necessary.
Hair transplant risks and pain
Hair transplants are mostly painless and do not carry significant risks. Although cases of complication are very rare, there is unfortunately no such thing as zero risk and it is preferable to adopt practices that minimize the risk of complications.
The most common complications of hair transplantation are:
Here are the other risks that may occur following the transplant:
- Scars – it is important to note that FUT type grafts leave small scars but these are covered by the hair.
- Presence of abnormal tufts during the new growth of transplanted hair.
It is possible that the transplanted hair will not look as beautiful as you would like but, again, the overwhelming majority of transplants produce very satisfactory results.
If you are planning a hair transplant, you must be in good health because as with all surgical operations the risks are greater if you have health problems. Before the operation mention all your health problems to your doctor to avoid risks.
What is the price of a hair transplant?
The price of a hair transplant will largely depend on the amount of hair that will be removed and transplanted, but it usually varies between €1.9 – €4 in Western Europe and between 0,4 € - 0,6 € in Hungary. Most health insurance does not cover these hair transplants.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplantation
Which method do you use in your clinic?
We use the FUE method.
Does a hair transplant hurt?
The surgeon will give you local anesthesia so that the operation is painless. You might have some minimal pain during the healing process. The harvesting of FUT strips being more invasive, it is that it has a little more post-operative pain than during a FUE. Then, any pain must be able to be treated with conventional analgesics.
Will a hair transplant leave a scar?
FUE surgery should not leave visible scars. If you want to keep your hair cut short, this is probably the best option. FUT surgery will probably leave a scar on the sampling area but it can in most cases be hidden under semi-long hair.
How long does a hair transplant procedure take?
It depends on the size of the operation, i.e., the number of follicles that will be removed and then grafted, but normally it takes about eight hours. The after a FUE transplant is quite fast because there are no stitches. After a FUT type transplant it normally takes about a month for a full recovery, during which time the risk of discomfort and pain is probably a little more important than with FUE-type surgery. Your scalp can be quite red for a few weeks, if this bothers you we recommend that you take a vacation after the operation.
How long before I see the results of my hair transplant?
The first results will be visible after about four months. Your hair should regain its shine from before baldness about a year after the operation. It is possible that the transplanted follicles themselves begin to shrink and produce smaller hairs, in which case another transplant may be considered2.
How many transplants do I need to treat my baldness?
It depends on the area affected by baldness and the thickness of the hair, in many cases one operation is enough but it happens that it takes several sessions. In any case the clinic will evaluate the work to be done and will tell you what type of transplant and how many sessions you need.
What is the success rate of a hair transplant?
The overwhelming majority of people who have benefited from a hair transplant are satisfied. Success will largely depend on how many healthy follicles you have left, the size of the area to be grafted you want to cover, and the talent of the surgeon because it counts for a lot.
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