Hair Transplant or Hair Loss Medications: Which Is The Best Option?

Hair decisions are the toughest of all! Whether to undergo a hair transplant procedure or not? Trying to decide about hair transplants is not easy because this is a life-changing decision, and it can have a significant impact on one’s life. It is always recommended to take such decisions only after consulting with an experienced hair surgeon. However, the final decision will be made by you, and only you have that ultimate authority. If you are struggling to make decisions regarding undergoing a hair transplant, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will discuss some of the best options related to hair loss treatment.

Hair transplant 

Since hair transplant is a surgical procedure, the hair follicles are extracted from the back and sides of the scalp from hair-fall resistant areas only. Now, these hair follicles are finally transplanted to the scalp’s balding regions that are more commonly the front or top of the head. Owing to modern technology, now hair transplants have become very safe, painless, and provides perfect natural hairline.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) are the two most commonly performed hair restoration procedures. In the FUT technique, the hair surgeon cuts out a thin layer of skin from the scalp’s back and sides. In the FUE technique, the individual hair follicular units are extracted from the donor area and then carefully implanted into the hair loss prone regions.

Immediately after the procedure, the patients will likely feel pain, discomfort, and tenderness in the treatment area. The surgeon will provide the patients with some antibiotics and some anti-inflammatory medications that may vary from person to person.  

Patients may also experience shock loss where the transplanted hair will start falling out within 2 to 3 weeks after undergoing the procedure. Even though this may seem horrible, but this implies the growth of the new hair follicles. It can take about 9 to 12 months for the final result to appear.

Can hair transplant be undergone in summer?

Yes, hair transplant can be undergone in the summer, and it can be experienced in any season. But there are a few points that must be kept in mind before undergoing a hair transplant procedure.

Immediately after undergoing a hair transplant procedure, or in the initial recovery period. It is not at all advised to expose the scalp directly to the sunlight because the UV rays are super harmful, and that can adversely affect the newly grafted hair follicles. So patients are recommended to cover their treated scalp either with a scarf or with a hat before going out to the sun.

But people who sweat excessively during the summer can face some issues on wearing a hat. This is because sweating can make them feel uncomfortable, exposing the patients to a higher risk of infection or dislodgement of the newly transplanted hair grafts. Excessive sweating can also lead to itchiness to the scalp, and scratching or rubbing the scalp in the initial days can lead to some severe issues. These are some of the reasons that some people avoid undergoing a hair transplant procedure during summer.

Precautions to be taken during the recovery period

During the recovery period, the patients are strictly prohibited from swimming for a minimum of two weeks, and that should not be resumed unless consulting with an expert. Swimming pool water consists of chlorine, and that can harm the hair grafts. Such risks apart, summer is not at all considered a wrong time to get a transplant. The only thing is that the patients must strictly abide by the instructions that are provided by the hair surgeon.

The best part of undergoing a hair restoration in summer is the variety of fruits and vegetables available in this season. Eating a lot of veggies and fruits can help you lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your body hydrated. According to some research, hair grows faster in summer, while wounds heal more quickly during winter.

In conclusion, all-season have their pros and cons when it comes to undergoing a hair transplant procedure. So irrespective of all-weather, it is incredibly essential to follow the post-op instructions provided by the surgeons.

ALCS Hair Transplant and Cosmetic Clinic, under the leadership of the internationally recognized Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Sunil Arora, specializes in hair restoration and cosmetic procedures. With a focus on quality, ALCS Clinic offers a range of Hair Transplantation and Cosmetic Surgery Services under one roof.

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