What can be expected from Hair Transplant?

Since patients’ own hair are transplanted in hair transplants, these hair will grow naturally and can be trimmed, cut or styled. They will not look different and as they are from a permanent zone, they will last for life. It’s highly unlikely that patient will ever loose transplanted hairs.

Are there things Hair Transplantation can not do ?

Hair transplantation involves covering of bald areas. But it does not stop tendency to go bald. This means transplanting hair over bald scalp does not affect the probability of losing the other pre-existing hairs.. Sometimes hair transplantation is done in between the existing hair to increase the density. Though these transplanted hair are permanent, patient can lose the pre-existing hair because of the inherent tendency to go bald and can complain of ‘sparse’ning over transplanted areas. Therefore hair transplantation is not the best option for patients who have rapidly progressive hair loss.

What are the different techniques of hair transplantation?

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation)

Here a strip of scalp skin containing hair roots is taken from the back of scalp. This strip is cut under microscopes into individual ‘grafts’ containing hair roots. These roots are planted on the bald area. The area of scalp from where the strip is taken is sutured and this wound heals in a week or two. Permanent visible ugly scarring is the biggest drawback of this procedure. This is an older method and newer methods have slowly replaced it.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)

In this technique individual hair grafts are harvested from back and sides of the scalp or other body sites. These grafts are then stored in a storage solution. Slits are created in the recipient bald areas and these stored grafts are transplanted. The site from where grafts are taken heals in 2-5 days without apparent scarring. So it is possible for patient to keep short hair if he wishes to. Body hair harvesting is possible with FUE, which can’t be done with FUT.

Immediate Donor to Recipient Transfer (IDRT) Technique

IDRT is a modification of FUE technique. In IDRT technique, first slits are created in the recipient bald area. The grafts are then harvested from the donor area and transplanted within minutes to the recipient area. The chance of grafts survival is almost 100%.







Need of stiches after surgery





Time taken for healing

7 to 30 days

1-5 days

1-5 days


Scar after surgery


Long Visible scar on back and sides of scalp

No visible scar

No visible scar


Short hairstyle after surgery

Not possible




Pain after surgery


No pain

No pain


Bleeding during surgery

Mild to moderate




“Body out time” of grafts i.e. gap between harvesting and plantation

2-5 hours

1-3 hours

Within Minutes


Storage solution



Not required


Graft damage due to mechanical handling





Chances of graft infection




When do we require hair from other body sites to cover scalp baldness ?

  • Inadequate supply i.e when the donor scalp area is limited
  • High demand i.e when large area of bald scalp is to be covered

Body hair can be taken from beard, chest, armpits, thighs and legs. Body hair do provide good coverage, however there are certain drawbacks of using hair from the body:

  • Harvesting hair from these sites require expertise and experience. Therefore an inexperienced doctor should not attempt this.
  • The texture, color , length and other properties of these hair will be same as of the original site.

At VLCC Hair Build, we use only scalp hair for critical areas like frontal hairline, crown, temples, and the lateral humps. We prefer to use body hairs primarily for middle part of the bald scalp. Alternatively body hair is transplanted in between the scalp hair. This approach gives the best acceptable cosmetic outcome.