Question and Answer with Our Sr. Trichologist

Hair clinic also known as a trichology centre is a specialised clinic that provides various treatment for problems related to hair and scalp. The treatments offered mostly cover hair problems such as hair fall, hair thinning, baldness, hair transplant, scalp issues such as dermatitis, dryness of hair and scalp etc.

A hair follicle is a small root embedded in the epidermis. It is an important part of the hair structure as the hair grows from the follicle. Hair can grow back if the hair follicle is not dead. In case of dead follicle hair can never grow back.

A trichologist is a medical professional who has knowledge of science of hair and scalp. A trichologist surgeon is a skilled professional who can conduct hair transplant procedures.

Hair transplant is a procedure that involves uprooting hair from the donor area and transplanting it in the bald patches. Hair transplant procedure causes natural hair growth from the newly planted hair follicles.  

The strip method or the Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) involves making an incision on the scalp at the back of the head (donor area). The cut is then stitched surgically. The hair follicles are then manually separated before the transplant and then planted on the bald area. FUT method leaves a visible scar on the scalp.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method is less invasive and does not make an incision on the scalp. The procedure uses a special finest mechanized extractor to remove individual hair from the donor area. The extracted hair is then implanted using a unique implantation tool in the recipient site. Richfeel offers Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) as a hair transplant method.

While the process of extraction of hair is different in each of the procedures, it is notable that the strip method involves stitching which leaves behind marks of the cut made. In case of FUE, there is direct extraction of hair follicle using a special punch tool and hence no stitch involved. FUE method also takes about 2 to 3 days for healing as compared to FUT method that needs at least 1 week for recovery.

Both men and women who have suffered significant hair loss to expose scalp or have bald patches can undergo hair transplant. However, people who have scalp problems such as scalp psoriasis, scalp dermatitis, keloid tendency of scalp skin, etc. cannot go for surgical hair transplant. Also people who get bald due to health conditions such as Alopecia areata or cancer cannot go for hair transplant.

Yes you can. Medications can help you control hair loss and stop it from expanding further, however if you intend to cover up your bald area, transplant is an effective and natural way of doing it.

While there is no specific age for hair transplant, it is advisable to go for hair transplant after hair loss is under control. This is best reviewed by an expert trichologist.

After the transplant, the hair that is planted at bald patches falls off in about 2 to 3 weeks leaving behind the active hair follicle from which the new hair begins to grow after 2 to 3 months. The actual hair growth can be seen after 6 to 9 months. 

While the exact look of a head full of hair is not achievable through hair transplant, there is significant cover on the bald area to give you a better look. This can further be enhanced with the use of hair thickening fibres which add volume and thickness to your hair.

After undergoing FUE hair transplant you need to apply the saline spay on the implanted area every half an hour for a period of 7 days. After 7 days you are allowed to take a complete head wash.Styling products like gel can be used a month after the hair transplant procedure. If you wish to colour the transplanted hair you can do so after a month.

Hair taken for transplant is from the back of the head. The hair in the backside of the head usually is not lost as a result of male pattern thinning. This hair is immune to the hormonal effects that cause balding and hence when transplanted this type of hair are permanent and do not undergo hair loss as regular hair.

The cost of hair transplant depends on various factors like state of baldness, number of grafts required, technology which is to be used. These factors are reviewed and analysed in a consultation with a trichologist.

Yes. The treatment is called Tricho Scalp Treatment + (TST+).  It is the perfect method to take care of your hair on a regular basis. The treatment is intended to detoxify the scalp so nutrition and oxygen supply increases to the hair follicles. This helps in strengthening and stimulating the hair follicles and helps in hair growth. The practitioner works in a smooth rhythmic manner on your hair and scalp to give a special massage, thus helping your relax mind and body.

If you do not wish to go for hair transplant, you can try hair system offered by Richfeel. We make customised hair wigs that are easy to use and feel comfortable on scalp skin. You can also style your hair the way you want.

You can apply oil on the hair at the sides and the back. The system hair would not require oiling. If you need to take a head massage on the area where the system is fitted one can take a mild dry massage.

Richfeel offers a special treatment for maintaining the health of coloured hair and it is known as Ana-D –Tox. This treatment nourishes the lipid layer, repairs the cuticle and enhances the natural strength of the hair.It is a unique treatment that uses POWER T.H.P. from USA, along with a patented trans dermal machine from Bio Tec Italy. Power T.H.P is a unique combination of hydrolyzed protein which contains Quinoa Protein, Wheat Protein and Barley Protein.

Although hair transplant is a surgical procedure, you must understand that not all types of procedure leave a visible scar. The FUT or the strip method involves making an incision on the scalp that is stitched together with sutures. In this method you will have a visible scar on the scalp. However, FUE procedure makes only small punctures at the hair base that leaves red dots after the surgery. These minor punctures get healed in 2 days and do not leave any scar. If you have a scar caused by FUT method of hair transplant, it is possible to camouflage it with Anacover treatment available at Richfeel.

The baldness in men and women is a result of hair thinning that usually is a result of hormonal imbalance.  In men, androgen causes damage to the hair follicles and increases risk of irreversible baldness. In women oestrogen counteracts and stops the negative actions of androgen. However, at a stage where oestrogen levels drop and androgens rise, women too start losing hair. The hair thinning in men progresses through seven stages. the pattern of hair loss is U-shaped. It starts with thinning on the crown or hairline, which advances to top of the head finally leaving only a band of hair on the back side. In women, the hair thinning progresses through three stages starting with diffuse hair loss or thinning on the top.

The balding in women is not as common and prominent as seen in men. Although we cannot deny the possibility, so yes, women can go bald too. However, in women the balding appears as diffused hair loss on top of the frontal region. The baldness occurs at much slower rate and later age as compared to men.

Women develop baldness in periods when oestrogen level falls and the male hormone androgen starts attacking hair follicles. Women are most prone to hair loss at menarche, post pregnancy, and menopause. The rate of baldness in women varies from person to person. While some women may take 25 years to reach significant baldness, others might take just 5 years.

The DHT blockers are the anti-male hormones. They are known as DHT blockers because they block the conversion of male hormone testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In men, the DHT causes destruction of hair follicles and causes irreversible type of baldness also known as male pattern thinning.

DHT blocker is recommended for men who show signs of male pattern thinning characterised by recession of hair in the front, crown area, or temple are generally prescribed DHT blocker. There is no known action of DHT in women. Hence women with hair thinning cannot be recommended DHT blocker.

Minoxidil is a drug prescribed to be taken orally to lower high blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels. The topical application of minoxidil has been observed to stimulate the hair growth. Minoxidil is recommended to stimulate hair growth in men and women having hair thinning problem. It is also known to stimulate facial hair growth and hence it can be applied to beard 2 to 3 times a day.

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