Am I a candidate for hair transplantation?

A consultant can educate you on the causes of hair loss and available treatment options. After your evaluation by a doctor, a final determination will be made as to whether you are a candidate for the procedure. They will analyze your individual hair loss, discuss expectations and outline your options. Factors that determine candidacy for the procedure include the number of grafts that are necessary to produce the results your desire, availability and density of donor hair, hair color, skin color, hair texture, and potential future hair loss.

At what age should I start hair transplantation?

Hair loss is a problem which persists throughout life. We encourage you to address the issue early... before it becomes more visible. An earlier start will allow your surgeon to camouflage the work while the transplanted hair grows in gradually and unnoticed. There are no age limits (our patients range from 21-80 years old). You don't have to wait until you stop losing hair to start. There is no magical age where hair loss stops. Doctors take into account your future hair loss, and their surgical plan makes sure you will look natural along the way. If you have been waiting for hair transplantation surgical techniques to be perfected, that time has arrived. Start counting your new growing hairs instead of those falling out.

Can I afford hair transplantation?

The real question is - can you afford not to have a hair transplant? Hair restoration is more affordable today than ever. After a thorough examination of your hair loss and discussion of your expectations, we will be able to provide a realistic estimate of the time and expense necessary to achieve your goal. The fees charged by many hair transplant surgeons may cause a great deal of confusion. Some surgeons charge by the graft, others by the hair, and still others by the session. The important consideration for any patient is to receive the natural coverage and density desired within the budget allowed. MHR patients report their results are unparalleled and claim, "It was the best money I ever spent." A hair transplant is of value only if it satisfies the patient. Although expense is an important consideration, it should not be the only consideration. Unlike other methods of hair loss treatment, the cost of each surgical procedure is a one-time expense. We tailor the procedure and payment to each individual's circumstances and budget.

Doesn't removing hair from the donor area on the back of my head leave a big gap?

The scalp is very elastic. When the donor strip of hair is removed, the scalp on both sides is just pulled together and sutured. The only evidence of surgery is a thin line hidden under the hair that grows vertically on the back of the head.

Has hair transplantation been proven to work?

Hair transplantation has been successfully performed for over 40 years. Recent advances in the use of follicular unit grafts have dramatically improved the results of hair restoration surgery. Transplanted hair looks as natural as the rest of your hair because it is your naturally growing hair. One of the exciting and unique benefits of transplanted hair is that it will grow for the rest of your life.

I am a woman, should I see my doctor prior to seeking hair transplantation?

Because hair loss in women can be caused by a number of factors other than androgenetic alopecia, which can ultimately affect the new grafted hair, it is recommended to see your physician for a complete diagnosis before seeking hair transplantation. It is very important to seek out a dermatologist or hair restoration surgeon who is sensitive to this need for a clear diagnosis, as this is important to the development of a proper treatment plan.

If I am unhappy with a transplant performed by another doctor, can Bumrungrad International correct the problem?

Performing an average of 40 to 60 cases of corrective hair restoration surgery each month, Bumrungrad Hospital has developed methods by which a poor hair transplant can be modified into a desirable result.

Is it common for women to get hair transplantation to cover face-lift and other cosmetic scarring?

Yes. Hair transplantation can be quite effective at concealing visible scars that result from a number of different procedures including face-lifts, brow- lifts, and even scars resulting from major surgery of the head. Modern micro-grafting techniques allow the surgeon to place grafts in front of, behind, and even within the substance of the scar itself.

Is Rogaine® effective?

The hormone DHT and other hormones are the cause of hair loss in genetically susceptible women. Minoxidil, which is marketed under the name Rogaine®, was the first FDA-approved treatment for slowing hair loss in women. This over-the-counter, topical solution must be applied directly to balding areas. Although it is used to combat hair loss in its early stages, Rogaine® is sometimes used during the hair transplant process to enhance initial, new hair growth.

Since Propecia is now available, doesn’t that mean hair transplantation is a thing of the past?

While Propecia and Rogaine have been proven to regrow hair, they will not grow all your hair back. Their greatest benefit seems to be in slowing down hair loss. Propecia and Rogaine can be part of a very effective hair restoration plan.

What are follicular unit grafts and micro-grafts?

A follicular unit is a group of hair as it naturally occurs. Individual follicular units are very small and grow in an irregular pattern. Follicular units are usually preserved in their natural composition. This is important because it maximizes the supply of donor hair and contributes to the finest, most natural looking result. A micro-graft is a graft with 1, 2 or 3 hairs. The goal of any hair transplant procedure is to provide the patient with a very natural look, maintaining virtually undetectable results and optimal density without compromising the donor area. Multiple techniques can be effective but it is the responsibility of the surgeon to select the best method for obtaining a patient's specific goal.

What are the reasons for female hair loss?

Normally, hair loss is caused by heredity, hormones and age. Genetic makeup determines if hair follicles are sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and other hormones, causing them to shrink. This "shrinkage" results in overall thinning with time. In addition, the aging process can weaken the follicle and consequently the hair shaft. This causes thinning and balding - permanent hair loss.