Power Buzz or a hair transplant?

Hair loss evinces varied reactions from men and women alike. Since olden days magical hair loss cures, have been sold to gullible people.

When we talk of hair loss it is the genetic cause that is mostly implied. However there may be hair loss due to immunological disorders, skin disease or while on anticancer drugs.

It is increasingly becoming evident that hair loss as we see it today is evolutionary. This explains the early onset of hair loss in young males and females. Though genetic cause is the supreme underlying environmental factors like stress, lack of sleep, fast food diet and use of improper hair care products are responsible for early onset. Like man lost his tail rendering tail transplant surgeons obsolete, hair transplant surgeons may become extinct when more people become bald and possession of a thick mane of hair is not longer at a premium.

Already bald people, like their idols Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel are beginning to wear the shaven look. As per University of Pennsylvania Wharton School men with shaven heads are seen as more masculine, dominating and with leadership potential. This may explain the popularity of the “Power Buzz” amongst business leaders today.

If they are to be believed, the mane does not define a Man since some of the best looking men are comfortable with their personality, their body and their baldness. I would go on to add that if you shave off when your hair has begins to haunt, the focus shifts to your other attributes- your eyes (the windows to your soul), your smile and your fabulous body- provided you possess them. In these cases just a head shave is the best way forward if you do not live in India where due to social reasons it may be an anathema.

If the above does not hold true for your situation, and you have thinning and not yet baldness, you can bank upon a few modalities-

  • Medication- Propecia, Rogaine, Biotin, Saw Palmetto
  • Platelet Rich Plasma

However if the condition has progressed to baldness, hair transplant is the only answer. Hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair from the same person is skillfully redistributed using 2 different techniques- FUT or FUE.

Of late, minimally invasive FUE techniques are in vogue and have mostly superseded the former technique in more than 90% hair transplant clinics the world over. The technique is laborious and intense and needs a team of 5-6 staff to accomplish with the plastic surgeon as the team leader.

Following the success of pioneering clinics all over the world including India, FUE clinics have become extremely commonplace. It is estimated that in India alone, there are over 5000 FUE clinics operational. FUE clinics have a pecking order too like most health care delivery systems-

  • The doctor-centric doctor-administered Clinic
  • The technician- centric doctor-administered Clinic
  • The technician centric-entrepreneur administered clinic
  • The technician-centric technician-administered Clinic

The potential hair transplant candidate should do adequate research to determine the involvement of the doctor since the first hair transplant if improperly done can ruin his future chances of a successful hair transplant since the available donor gets depleted every time a procedure is done.