The first step is to identify whether, in the particular case of the patient, it is necessary and appropriate to perform a hair implant, given that in some cases hair loss has not been regularized.
After defining the cause of the hair loss and having defined that the effective solution is the hair implant, we proceed to evaluate if the patient has an adequate capillary density in the donor area from which the follicles to be implanted will be taken. Donor areas are usually the lateral part of the head and the upper part of the patient’s neck.
Based on the shape of the patient’s head and the desired capillary density, a design is proposed with which the final result after implantation can be visualized and the number of grafts to be taken is defined according to the expectations of the patient compared to the desired capillary density, at this stage the experience and aesthetic skills of our specialists will make a difference in implant planning and obtaining the desired results.
Shaving the donor area prior to the hair implant allows the hair follicle extraction process to be faster as it provides easier access and greater visibility to the specialist who will perform the procedure.
It will also make it easier to maintain head hygiene during the procedure, avoid the risk of tangling existing hair and follicles, and even help the post-implantation healing process go faster.
Anesthesia is applied to the area that will be treated in the extraction stage, in this way the hair implant is a procedure that does not cause pain in the patient, then an incision is made with a special extraction device around each of the follicles. hairy for a smooth extraction of the same.
Each of the extracted follicles are classified, organized and thoroughly prepared in a saline solution for subsequent implantation.
After the extraction of hair follicles and their classification, local anesthesia is applied in the area that will be the recipient to proceed with the implantation.
This implantation of hair follicles is carried out one by one carefully and with the help of an Implanter who makes a minimal incision and with minimal risk. This procedure has an approximate duration of 6 to 7 hours according to the number of grafts to be implanted.
It is estimated that we lose on average between 100 and 150 hairs daily, in this case, hair loss is normal, due to the different phases of the hair on the scalp, we find that some hairs are growing, others in transition and others have to fall, in the event that a greater amount of hair falls, it is recommended to go to a specialist to diagnose the cause of this fall.
There are different causes that influence hair loss, among them we can find physical or emotional stress, a poor diet, excessive use of a dryer and even the consumption of some medications.
However, the most important cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, this type of alopecia is hormonal and hereditary, it occurs in a higher percentage in men and is characterized by producing a weakening of the hair follicle leading to hair loss. production of thinner, weaker hair that is more prone to falling out.
Despite the fact that 65% of men are prone to suffer from androgenetic alopecia, there is also 20% of women who suffer from it throughout their lives, which is why women are also candidates for performing a hair implant.
As we say in the video: “The best thing is to wait until the hair loss has stabilized”, this in order to prevent hair loss later in other areas where alopecia had not yet occurred.
Before answering that question, since each person and each case is different, it is necessary to carry out an assessment in which the cause for which the alopecia is occurring will be determined. Another important factor is that the hair loss has already stabilized.
It is necessary to highlight the importance of the good condition of the hair donor area for the realization of the hair implant, the patient must have a good capillary density in this area since it is where the hair follicles will be extracted from for their subsequent implantation in the area affected.
The step by step in the realization of a capillary implant is the following:
This is the first step before performing a hair transplant, since it is the stage in which the cause of alopecia is diagnosed in order to establish an accurate diagnosis and an action plan to solve this problem.
At this stage the desired post-implantation design is proposed by the patient according to the number of hairs to be implanted and the desired hair density, this is the main reason why a certified specialist whose experience leads to better results should be used.
Localized anesthesia is applied to begin the extraction of hair follicles from the donor area with the best hair density previously defined in the evaluation and design stages.
The extracted hair follicles undergo a classification stage by the specialist for subsequent implantation in the area affected by alopecia, in order to evaluate the condition of the follicles and choose the ones that are in the best condition for subsequent implantation.
The hair follicles extracted from the donor area are implanted one by one in the recipient area of the patient who was affected by alopecia.
Hair Implant Results
After the hair transplant, since it is an outpatient procedure, the patient will be able to resume their daily activities as normal.
The FUE hair restoration technique is the most important technique for performing a hair implant and receives its name from its acronym in English that translates to Follicular Unit Extraction.
The FUE technique consists of the extraction of hair follicles in the patient’s hair donor area that is not affected by alopecia, for their subsequent implantation in the affected area of the scalp.
Since the hair implant is a minimally invasive procedure, it requires the application of local anesthesia, thus the implantation is not painful for the patient.
However, although a hair implant is not a painful procedure, the patient will feel a slight discomfort in the scalp right in the area where the hair follicles are being extracted and subsequently implanted.
This discomfort is completely tolerable for the patient, in this way, a hair implant does not hurt during its implementation or during the postoperative process.
During the first two stages prior to carrying out the hair implant, that is, during the assessment and the design stage, the number of hairs to be implanted will be evaluated according to the density desired by the patient and the design that will be post-implantation.
Since the hair growth will be the product of the hair follicles that were implanted in the area affected by baldness, the implant will not be noticeable and the hair will have a completely natural appearance when it grows.
It is not possible to perform a hair transplant from another person, in this way it is avoided that there is a rejection by the recipient’s body or the appearance of diseases over time.
For this reason, to carry out a hair implant, the donor and recipient of the hair and hair follicles must be the same person.
Hair transplantation from another part of the body is not possible either, since the growth cycle of the hair on the different parts of the body is not the same as that of the hair, therefore this will not give an aesthetic or natural appearance to the final result.
Since the hair implant is an outpatient procedure, the patient will be able to continue with his routine with complete normality.
After the session the patient may feel a slight discomfort (nothing painful) in the scalp that night, in the following days should avoid any contact with that area and apply basic care for cleaning.
Avoiding physical exercise, sun exposure, washing the head following the specialist’s instructions, among other care, will be part of the postoperative care of the hair implant patient.
The price of a hair transplant in Colombia can vary thanks to different factors, for example the number of hairs to be grafted according to the hair density desired by the patient, from 1,000 to 1,500 hairs, from 1,500 to 2,000 and even from 2,500 to 3,000. hairs in a single session.
For this reason it is necessary to make an assessment with our specialists in hair transplant, in this assessment you will receive a personalized quote.