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FUE Hair Transplant: Advanced Hair Transplant Method Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Technique is the most advanced hair transplant technique. FUE method of hair transplant is one of the most popular & advanced hair loss, male or female pattern baldness treatments offered at HairMD- hair transplant clinic in Pune with best, real and amazing hair transplant….

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What is Shock Loss as opposed to Shedding? How are both the procedures different? Are they temporary or permanent?

Here is an answer from Dr Shivanee, who works with HairMD Clinic at Pune. Covering the topic of Shock Loss and Shedding, she explains common questions that we have regarding both of these procedures. If like many other patients, you too are confused about the principle of shock loss and shedding, then here are both the procedures explained for you. Let us begin by describing shock loss and then covering the topic of shedding.

 

What is the Shock loss?

Shock loss can be a loss of any type of natural hair, irrespective of it belonging to the donor area or the recipient area. Shock Loss is a common occurrence amongst many patients after they undergo the hair transplant procedure. It can be both- temporary and permanent. When it is temporary, then it means that the lost hair will grow again after a certain period of time. It mainly occurs after FUT transplant, where the strip is harvested from the donor area and is closed with a suture or a stapler. If by chance, during the closing of the wound, the tension is more in the adjusted area of the strip, then the pressure around the strip may disturb the required blood supply and it will cause the loss of hair of the surrounding recipient area. This is temporary, as when the strip is healed completely, the lost hair will grow again.

During FUE hair transplant as well, if the surgeon tries to harvest a large number of grafts in a single seating, then more often than not- it leads to shock loss. This may also result in permanent shock loss in some patients. It is important to understand, that the most important part of the graft is the bulge of the graft. It may leave permanent damage to the head and a shock loss may occur in the recipient area. This can happen during the slit making procedure if the total magnification takes place in the slit. This also might lead to the permanent damage of existing hair. Shock loss occurs may sometimes lead to the permanent loss of some hairs because the hair in consideration cannot bear the stress of the surgery result.

 

What is Shedding?

Shedding is a universal characteristic that occurs after hair transplants. It occurs when the hair is harvested and the graft is harvested from the donor area, cutting off the blood supply for a certain period of time. It stored into the holding solution then we are inserted to the recipient area, this insert response to this insert graft shed their head but it is temporary after that hair grow again it begins from the two weeks of transplant until six weeks of hair transplant sometimes very small amount of patients may have said their hair continues to grow. If you are wondering how to minimise shock loss or shedding after hair transplant, then first choose a skilled expert as that is the first step of reducing the risk of shedding and shock loss. Secondly, undertake the use of medications like minoxidil and finasteride which are FDA approved drugs and considerably reduce the risk of shedding as well as shock loss.


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The third step to undertake is the adoption of a proper magnification standard instrument, which will reduce the risk of shedding and shock loss and lastly, choose a surgeon wisely and educate yourself completely before going for a hair transplant surgery.


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FUE Hair Transplant: Advanced Hair Transplant Method

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Technique is the most advanced hair transplant technique.

FUE method of hair transplant is one of the most popular & advanced hair loss, male or female pattern baldness treatments offered at HairMD- hair transplant clinic in Pune with best, real and amazing hair transplant results. In the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Technique of hair transplant, each hair follicle is individually harvested from the scalp, using high precision, circular punches. It is then immediately transplanted back on bald patches on the scalp. This technique leaves small linear scars and is not very painful, which used to be the case previously with the strip harvesting or FUT hair transplant Technique. FUE is a highly advanced hair transplant technique. In this technique, Follicular units of hair are harvested individually from the donor area unlike the Strip Method, where a strip of tissue with hair follicular units is excised from the back of the scalp. Here instead of taking the Strip, small, precise motorized or manual punches are used to excise each hair graft individually and then transplanted.

The hairs which are to be used for transplantation can be taken from-

  1. Donor area for hair transplant: The back & sides of the head (Occipital and Temporal Areas) - The hair in these areas remain unaffected by baldness. They are not susceptible to the action of DHT (DiHydroTestosterone), and thus don’t fall off. Hence they offer a good source of hair to be transplanted in the bald area.
  2. Beard for hair transplant - People with a good growth of beard hair have the added advantage of using the beard for hair transplant. Since the beard hairs are thicker and coarser than the scalp hair, mixing them with the scalp hair, gives us a great density and good coverage of the head. Once expertly mixed with the hair from the head, it is very difficult to distinguish them from the head hair when they start growing.
  3. Body Hairs for hair transplant - Chest, Axillary & Pubic Hair. As a last resort, when a large number of hairs are required to be transplanted, like in extreme severe baldness, we can also effectively use hair from the rest of the body to be transplanted on the head.

In order to achieve the best & real Fue hair transplant results-

And to be scientifically perfect, the bundles of hair that are harvested from the head are removed from the scalp and examined under a digital microscope before being transplanted. They are separated according to the number of hairs in each bundle.

Our hair on the head usually grows in bundles of 1’s, 2’s, 3’s & 4’s. These bundles are known as follicular units or hair grafts. It has been proved that the best & the most real looking hair transplant results are obtained when these hairs are transplanted, just as they are, in groups, without separating them. Also, the most natural & real hair transplant results are obtained, when the hairs are placed in the scalp, exactly the way they first grew on our head at birth. The front of our hairline is made up of single hair follicular units, the transition zone has a mixture of double hair and single hair follicle units and the rest of the hair behind that is a blend of all remaining hair. When this original pattern is not consciously followed by the doctor, the results are not natural & real and patients are disappointed. The success of hair transplant also depends on the angle and direction of the naturally growing hair. These are important facts that patients need to understand, before going in for a hair transplant. Normally, the hairs present in the hairline grow at a very acute angle of 15-20 degrees to the skin of the head. As we progress from the hairline to the crown, this angle subtly increases, eventually the hair becoming almost vertical in the crown. This gradual change is very subtle and for the transplant to look perfectly natural, this has to be kept in mind by the doctor.

The direction of the growing hair is also equally important. As we move from the center to the sides of the head, the direction changes from straight to sideways. The point at which this change starts happening is unique to every person and it is for the doctor to recognize this during the consultation. Following the natural direction of hair during hair transplantation, is one of the key factors which helps a doctor in giving a natural and artistically pleasing look to the hair transplanted.

In a hair transplant, the whole concept of designing the hairline & crown is based on the above two factors. When the doctor has a thorough knowledge of these rules of hair architecture, he is able to create the perfect hairlines & crowns and also add to the existing ones. HairMD India is the only one that considers all these factors, making it the most trusted name among the hair transplant clinics in Pune.

As a take- away message, there are 3 key points about FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant to bear in mind:

  1. There is hard to see scar on back of head.
  2. There is minimal pain. The most you would feel would be that of an ant bite, during the administration of local anesthesia, after which there is minimal feeling of pain at all. During the surgery, you can read, converse with the doctor and staff, take a snack or lunch break, and return home in the evening without any problem. Also, post hair transplant pain in minimal & you can start working from next day with little precautions.
  3. Delightful and real looking results, and recovery within a very short period. You are ready for work the next day.

You can learn more about FUE hair transplant & FAQs here. If you are genuinely considering to undergo hair transplant, then you can choose hair transplant consultation with our hair transplant doctors or contact here.