What is alopecia?
It is another name for the male hair loss pattern or baldness.
What are the main causes of hair loss in man?
The most common is androgenic alopecia, it occurs because the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) progressively reduces the size of the follicles on the scalp, making them smaller until they disappears.
Other causes are stress, bacteria that accumulate in the scalp, inadequate nutrition, injuries and high fevers such as malaria.
What are the types of alopecia?
There are 6 types:
- Androgenic alopecia: also known as baldness, it is the most common amongst men.
- Alopecia areata: hair loss by areas or spots, it affects both men and women.
- Traction alopecia: it is caused by excessive combing or braiding, it also affects people who suffer from Trichotillomania
- Scarring alopecia: It is developed after a skin infection or trauma.
- Telogen Effluvium: It is more common amongst women and it consists of a great and rapid hair loss.
- Anagen hair syndrome: An inherited disorder that affects girls and it causes hair to break easily.
What is the main cause for hair loss in women?
Hair loss in women is mostly caused by chronic Telogen Effluvium, which represents long term hair loss. This condition reduces the width of the hair with time.
Is DHI a painless procedure?
It is a non-invasive technique, so it does not cause significant pain. During the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to achieve the patient’s relaxation.
How long does the process take?
The procedure can take between 2 and 8 hours depending on each case
Does it leave scars?
Because the technique and instruments used in this procedure are special, there will be no scar nor mark left. The redness after the procedure will fade away in less than 7 days.
As part of the procedure, the doctor will bandage the area after the implant, in order to prevent any infection. The bandage will be removed the day after the procedure.
After how long are results obtained?
Final results are obtained 12 months after the procedure, once the hair has grown and matured correctly. However, hair growth can be seen 4 weeks after the treatment.
It is important to know that the hair will fall between 3 and 5 months after the procedure. It will, however, grow again as part of its natural cycle.
The definitive result is obtained 12 months after the procedure, when the hair has already grown and matured properly. However, hair growth is noticeable from 4 weeks after the treatment.
It is important to know that hair will fall between 3 and 5 months after the procedure, but will regrow as part of its natural cycle.
What are the contraindications for hair transplant?
The contraindications are:
- Lack of hair in the donor area.
- Keloid, vitiligo, psoriasis
- High blood pressure
- Infected donor or receiving areas
What precautions are to be taken before the treatment?
The only precaution is not to take any blood-thinning medication at least 7 days before the procedure, to avoid bleeding during the implantation.
Please avoid: vitamins, aspirins, alcohol and tobacco.
In case the patient suffers from high blood pressure or diabetes, the doctor will instruct the necessary recommendations.
What treatment is needed after the procedure?
The patient must continue with a medical hair preservation treatment to delay the baldness process in existing hair.
What is the pattern of the new hair?
The hair must look as natural as possible; therefore, the new hairline has a wavy pattern.
What precautions are to be taken after the treatment?
The patient must rest for 7 days, after that light exercising is allowed. Sunlight exposure should be avoided for up to 15 days after the procedure.
Will there be pain after the procedure?
The patient will experience itching or tingling, but after the local anesthetic has been administered, there will be no pain.