Men of all countries and races have shared the tragedy of premature hair loss for thousands of years, always looking for a cure. Hair Loss seems to affect us more in recent times considering the fact that it is a highly competitive and youth oriented society.
The main cause of baldness is heredity. It has been proved that Male Pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia is directly related to genetic pedigree, male hormone and age. Some men have baldness only in the front or at the vertex while in others it is more severe. But, no matter how extensive the baldness, there is always a “Horseshoe shaped wreath of permanent hair at the back and sides of the head. Scientists have found that these hairs are genetically programmed to resist the effect of male hormones which caused hair loss. Such hairs when transplanted into areas of thinning or bald areas continue to survive and grow. This forms the basis of hair transplant.

Hair transplant is an outpatient procedure done under Local Anesthesia and does not require hospital stay. After proper selection, a suitable hair line is first marked considering the aesthetic and facial dimensions. Then a Strip of hair is harvested from the back of the head and from this micro grafts and minigrafts are made using magnification. Micrografts (which are single and two hair grafts) are used to form the hairline. This is actually a zone about 1cm wide and comprises of thin hair. In this zone the single and 2 hair grafts are delicately introduced into the microslits using magnification.

Beyond this, minigrafts (about 1 .5mm . 2mm diameter) are placed. These will grow 3 - 5 hairs each and add to the density. All the grafts are so placed taking into consideration the direction of further hair growth.
Micro with Minigrafts produce a more natural look.

The donor site from where the strip is removed is sutured. The operated site is covered with a surgical cap which can be removed when you reach home. There would be swelling of the forehead for 1 - 3 days. The hair will usually fall off with the scab in 3-4 weeks after the surgery. New hairs will start growing in about 10 weeks after the surgery. The procedure can be repeated after 6 months. With more sittings the density of hair growth becomes better. Patients with small amount of hair at the back and sides of head may not be good candidates for this surgery. Hair from some other parts of the body or from some other person cannot be used for hair transplant.

In persons with more extensive baldness, scalp reduction technique can be employed. By this method it is possible to reduce the bald area by removing a strip of skin about 3cms wide and bringing the hair bearing scalp closer. This procedure can be repeated after 6 months. By this method, bald area 3 inches wide n the vertex can be narrowed considerably. This is an outpatient procedure done under Local Anaesthesia and does not require hospitalization.