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| During my consultation, am I able to meet with the doctor? |
Once you call for a consultation we find a time that suits your schedule. You are able to meet with the consultant. The consultant will listen to your concerns and history of hair loss. Then, the consultant examines your scalp and will be able to tell how fast or slow your hair loss and density rating will be in the future. The consultant will explain the medical as well as the surgical cure for your hair loss. If surgery is required the consultant is able to let you know the number of grafts recommended.
We have many photo albums with pictures of our patients as well as post-op pictures in the office. These pictures show their before and after results. You are able to see the superiority of H.T.I. Islamabad work.
We have a digital imaging system to give you an approximate idea of how your H.T.I. Islamabad hair transplant will look afterinitial consultation if needed you can see the surgeon who will measures your facial proportions, draws the hairline, and discusses your new hairline with you. We also provide a list of our previous patients whom you are able to call and inquire about their personal experience with H.T.I. Islamabad If you desire you may bring written questions about the procedure. We can answer those questions during the consultation. Once you have made up your mind, we can set up an appointment for your surgery. We are confident our state-of-the-art technique, quality of work and outstanding customer service will impress you and leave you highly satisfied.
| What type of grafts do you create?Strips, plugs, micro grafts or mini grafts?How do you place the grafts? In rows or random placements? |
We use follicle units. They are also called micro grafts and follicular group grafts.. The hair on all of our scalps is in natural groupings, one-hair, two-hairs, or three-hairs or very rarely four hairs together. These natural groupings are called follicular units four-hair, five-hair grouping called follicular group grafts for density. The use of combination of both is latest technique in the world which gives natural look vis a vis density. We use a feathering technique for follicular unit graft placement. The feathering technique with random placement creates a gradual natural transition by using fine single hairs in the hairline and 2 and 3 follicular units behind the single hairs. Since this is the way that our natural hair grows this technique avoids any detect ability.
| How many grafts can be placed in one procedure?How many grafts will I need? |
The number of grafts depends on the person. Most of the patients need range from 675 to 2,000 grafts. If a patient needs more than 2,000 grafts in one procedure the surgeon will make the judgment by examining the scalp and its laxity. If the scalp is very tight, as in the African and Chinese races, then performing more than 2,000 grafts might put a stretch on the donor area that can lead to delay in healing and scarring. This should most likely be avoided. Caucasians, Asians, however, can receive up to 3,000 grafts without putting a strain on the donor area.
| Is this procedure painful? |
At H.T.I. Islamabad, the hair transplant procedure is virtually painless. Due to use of Expansion Technique (Poster presentation at ISHRS-USA) many of the discomforts associated with a hair transplant procedure of the past have been eliminated. The Expansion Technique involves injecting saline into the donor area resulting in a raised area. This keeps the surgery site away from the neurovascular plane underneath.
| Is this procedure painful? |
At H.T.I. Islamabad, the hair transplant procedure is virtually painless. Due to use of Expansion Technique,(Poster presentation at ISHRS-USA) many of the discomforts associated with a hair transplant procedure of the past have been eliminated. The Expansion Technique involves injecting saline into the donor area resulting in a raised area. This keeps the surgery site away from the neurovascular plane underneath.
| How long does it take before the hair starts to grow? |
After the transplant procedure most of the transplanted hair goes through a healing phase of two months. After the initial two months the hair starts growing at the same rate as your non-transplanted hair. The average rate of growth is half an inch per month.
| What kind of hair density will I have or can I expect? |
With the use of Expansion Technique we are able to achieve 100 hairs per square centimeter, which provides a natural looking density in one procedure.
| What percent of the grafts permanently root? |
Almost every hair that is transplanted will grow. Scientific studies on our technique show that the H.T.I. Islamabad. Grafts have more than a 97% survival rate.
| Will I lose any more of my hair? |
As we grow older the balding process gradually slows down. If we start losing hair at a younger age the balding process is usually very fast. If we start losing hair after our fifties then the process is usually slow. Fortunately, the science and art of hair transplant procedures is so advanced, that we can restore the bald area naturally, permanently and can avoid losing remaining hair with the help of medical therapies available today.
| If I do lose more hair, will that affect my new transplanted hair? |
The hair transplant procedure at H.T.I. Islamabad has been designed anticipating your natural future hair loss. One of H.T.I. Islamabad's guiding principles is that the first surgery should never leave a patient in need of additional surgeries. In other words, if you never get another hair transplant procedure you should have the appearance of natural thinning hair due to future hair loss but still look great for life. Of course, those with severe hair loss would benefit from additional surgeries by further filling in these areas, but it is not necessary.
| Will I have any scarring? |
There is no scarring involved in the transplanted area. The donor area where follicular units are harvested is left with a very fine hair line scar. This fine line is usually completely undetectable even by someone trying to find it by lifting the hairs in that area.
| Can people see the incisions? |
Can anyone see the donor scar after the stitches are removed?
Your own hair covers the incision in the donor area. It is not visible even right after surgery because your hair covers the area. Once the area is completely healed it is hard to find the incision line. Before harvesting the grafts from the selected donor area the hair above the selected area are lifted up. After removing the donor strip the lifted hair is released and naturally covers the area just after your surgery.
| How do you create receptor sites? |
Receptor sites are made by these different techniques:
In the hairline area they are created using the titanium needles blades (by depth controlled technique). These receptor sites can accept only single hairs.
In the area behind the hairline, depth controlled titanium micro punches blades are used to create a receptor site that can accept two- or three-hair follicular units.
In the thinning area, special micro needles blades are used to avoid damage to the existing hair.
| How long does the procedure take? |
It depends upon how many grafts are required; usually a procedure for a thousand grafts takes 2-3 hours. 1,500 grafts take about 3-4 hours. If more than 2,000 are required the procedure would take about 5-6 hours.
| Will the back of my head look different after removing the strip? |
The back of your head looks the same after removing the donor strip. We take advantage of the natural laxity of the scalp. The donor hair is usually selected from the center of the back of the head. In addition, we use densitometer that enables us to evaluate the quality and density of potential donor hair. If selected from the wrong place, the donor area will produce an unsightly scar. That is why we take such care to determine the optimal donor location on an individual basis.
| Is there any special treatment I have to use after the procedure is done? |
There is absolutely no requirement for any special product to help transplanted hair after the procedure. Unlike drug therapies, for the rest of your life your transplanted hair behaves naturally. That is the beauty of an H.T.I. Islamabad procedure. H.T.I. Islamabad gives unwavering attention to minor details through each step of the procedure. First, selecting the proper donor area with the Densitometer, is paramount. Second, we avoid damage to the hairs, nerves, and vessels by using Depth Control instruments. Third, we prepare follicular units used for transplanting under magnification. This allows us to save the tiny sebaceous glands required for healthy, shiny hair for the rest of your life. Last, we place the follicular units in the thinning or balding area using a depth control technique which assures maximum survival and healthy growth of hair. During the first ten days after the procedure, for faster recovery, a special heeling kit (spray, tube, wet guaze, shampoo and conditioner) that contains copper peptide can be used to promote healing.
| Will I ever lose the transplanted hair? |
The transplanted hair is permanent. They will continue to grow for the rest of your life. The transplanted hairs are taken from the back or side of the scalp. They have a different genetic makeup than the already lost hair and are genetically permanent. Once they have moved to the thinning or balding area they will continue to grow for the rest of your life.
| Will the grafted hair fall out? |
No. The grafts never fall out. The grafts are trimmed before being transplanted. After being transplanted they look like the size of an unshaven face after a week. Within a few weeks most of the hair stubs fall out. The actual grafts, which are inside the scalp, go through a six-week process of a healing resting phase. After this dormant phase, hair starts growing from these grafts, and will grow for the rest of your life. The average growth is half an inch per month. In six months your hair can be styled the way you like.
| Does the doctor perform all of the surgery? |
Yes. The procedure is performed by the doctor and aided by medical assistants to help complete the procedure.
| Do you require a blood test? |
Yes. This is important for your safety. We perform a blood test to identify any bleeding tendencies or active medical problems. This is to protect your health.
| Do you perform scalp reductions? |
H.T.I. Islamabad does not believe in scalp reductions. There is extensive scientific research to indicate detrimental effects, such as the stretch back phenomenon. With this procedure there is an association of visible scarring. The procedure also loses its effectiveness within 12 weeks.
|PERSONAL CONCIDERATIONS AND HYGIENE |
| Should I have the procedure performed in the front or the back? |
It's truly the patient's choice. What bothers you the most, the front or the back? We always recommend that you do the front and the crown together. However, we will still focus on your main area of concern. If you want to focus on only one area, we strongly recommend you to do the front first. The front hairline restoration brings out the best features of the face. It restores your individual symmetry, harmony, and resets your natural proportions.
Can I go back to work?
Yes. You should be able to resume your work schedule immediately after the surgery. Some patients go back to work the very same day. In fact, one patient, a child Specialist drove back to his practice and saw patients that very afternoon. For certain people with high stress occupations where physical exertion is common you may want to wait a few days or so.
| Can I shower and wash my hair after the procedure? |
The answer is yes; however, you must be very gentle with your transplanted hair for the first week after surgery. After the first week you will be able to resume your regular shampooing routine
Will I have to comb my hair differently?
An H.T.I. Islamabad hair transplant provides freedom for you to style your hair the way you desire, because no graft is bigger than your natural follicular unit. The transplanted hairs are no different from your naturally lost hair. So, enjoy styling your hair as you did in the past.
Once the hair grows in will it follow the flow of my hair?
After the healing phase, once the transplanted hair starts growing, they grow exactly at the same rate as your other hair grows. Remember that these are your own hairs and they have the same genetic makeup.
| Can I work out after my procedure? |
Yes. Routine workouts can be resumed after one week. If your workout includes heavy weightlifting or swimming, we recommend that you wait longer and resume exercise after two weeks.
How soon can I start the procedure?
Once you reached an informed decision to have surgery, we can set an appointment to have it performed within a few days.
|REFERENCES AND COST |
| Do you guarantee your work? |
We guarantee our work. It is that simple. It is more than a promise. These are words by which we live. That is why we do not have any unhappy patients. Our commitment to you is ongoing service after your transplant to assure your complete, continued satisfaction.
Do you have any referrals I can speak with about their experience?
Yes. We have a list of patients who would love to help answer any question best answered from a patient's perspective. Since they have already gone through all the phases, they can give you an informed opinion about their experience and their personal results.
Do you have any pictures I can review?
We are very appreciative of existing clients who have permitted us to share their pictures with future patients. These pictures are very helpful in your making a well-informed decision.
| How are you different from other hair transplant clinics? |
At H.T.I. Islamabad we use today's state-of-the-art hair transplant procedure. Like the depth control techniques that changed the way donor grafts are harvested, done without damaging blood vessels and nerves. This lead to faster healing and no damage to existing donor hairs.
We use Expansion Techniques to provide the natural density in one procedure.
We prepare grafts by looking at a high-resolution LCD screen. Doing so enables us to avoid any damage to the individual follicular unit and its glands. This provides a more vibrant and healthy hair transplant.
We must stress that even this state-of-the-art surgery is incomplete if it is not combined with artistry. In hair restoration, recreating the hairline requires understanding of the facial proportions, angles and ratios for various components of the face and a lifetime of study. Dr. Humayun Mohmand developed a unique arithmetic system for designing your new hairline, bringing back symmetry, harmony, and proportions to your unique facial features. H.T.I. Islamabad is known for Dr. Humayun Mohmand's aesthetic hairline artistic ability. Having restored the beauty of a natural looking hairline to so many patients, Dr. Humayun Mohmand can assure you that your procedure will be exactly right for your face.
| How much does it cost? How much is it per graft?|
The cost of the Hair Transplant procedure varies depending on how many grafts are needed and it also depends upon whether or not it is a corrective surgery due to prior transplants. We offer a free complimentary consultation. During the consultation, the Consultant will evaluate you and suggest the number of recommended grafts including the total price. You will get the best value for excellent quality and outstanding services. For those who need to have previous work altered and recreated the price is necessarily higher, but we feel the results are astonishing and well worth the cost.
Why are your prices so much lower than other physicians?
In the past this type of surgery was reserved for the rich and famous. The prices used to be unaffordable for the average person. We feel that hair loss robs one of their youthful appearance and attractive facial proportions. Hair restoration surgery should be a basic consideration, and not considered a vanity. In Pakistan the operating cost and taxes are low as compare to west; so the same thing we pass on to our valued costumers without compromising on quality. That is why H.T.I. Islamabad offers the world's highest quality at an affordable prices.
Do I get any medication after the procedure? Is this included in the cost?
Yes. You will need an antibiotic and anti-swelling medication for five days after the procedure. Pain medication is recommended for the first three days only. There is usually no pain after the third day. The prescribed medication, which costs around Rs. 400/= (US $7), is not included in the cost of the procedure.
| Do you require a deposit when you schedule the procedure? |
Yes, when you schedule your surgery, Rs.10, 000 is required as a deposit. If you cancel your scheduled day with at least 72 hours notice to our offices, you are able to receive a full refund or you can credit the existing deposit towards your new scheduled procedure day.
Are there any other extra fees?
We do not have any extra fees. Your anesthesia and operating room fees are included in your package. All medications we use for anesthesia are also included in the price. The only outside costs are the antibiotics and anti-swelling medication which costs around Rs.400/- and the Blood Test which is Rs.2600/-.
|CREDENTIALS AND LEGAL MATTERS |
| What are the doctor's credentials? |
Dr. Humayun Muhammad is cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon (FRCS. Edinburgh) and is capable of doing super mega session of 3000 above grafts even an Asian patients, He is Specialist in most natural looking hair line. Dr.Humayun Muhammad is the only Cosmetic surgeon with 6 International Scientific Publications.
What are the doctor's qualifications?
Dr. Humayun Mohmand is fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK, with an extensive experience of micro vascular Burns, Plastic , Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. This extensive training and background are in addition to his study and articles he has published in International Journals in such a short period of time. He has worked with some of the worlds leading cosmetic and plastic surgeons. His work along with other surgeons of HTI was given “Best Practical Tip “ award in 10th annual meeting of ISHRS, Chicago, USA 2002. He is presently the leading plastic and cosmetic surgeon of Pakistan. He believes in “Excellence is the result of expecting more then think is possible”. He will not accept anything less then 100% and neither should you.
| How long have you been specializing in hair restoration? |
Dr. Humayun Muhammad has been specializing in hair restoration surgery for over 10 years. Since Hair Transplant is one branch of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Humayun has introduced new techniques through which maximum density can be attained in Mustaches, Eye brows and burnt skin hair transplant. His contribution towards the creation of most natural looking hair line is widely appreciated as part of facial rejuvenation.
Have there been any lawsuits against you?
No. There have been no judgments against H.T.I. Islamabad when we say none, we mean none. We have been in business under the same corporate name since the business was founded. H.T.I. Islamabad has hundreds of happy patients from every continent of the world. We are very proud of our flawless record and will not do anything to jeopardize it.
Do the doctors specialize in just hair restoration?
Dr. Humayun Muhammad is specialized in cosmetic surgery and further specialized in hair restoration surgery.
How many procedures can be done in one day?
A doctor is usually restricted to perform two procedures per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Dr. Humayun is called upon to perform corrective surgery, and then only one procedure is performed in a single day. This ensures that the doctor ever physically overtaxed, resulting in total attention to the details of our individual patients. By limiting schedules we may limit income, but our results and reputation are more important than raw earnings. We are restoring confidence, beauty and youth. You cannot put a price on these.
| What kind of tools does the doctor use? |
H.T.I. Islamabad most modern equipments are used in hair transplant. All these equipments are specially made for hair transplant and are imported from U.S.A.
|HAIRLINE PLANNING |
| Choosing a Low Hairline |
With old traditional "big" grafts it was not possible to restore the hairline according to individual facial features. The forehead is almost straight, up to six centimeters from the eyebrows, and at this level it can curve back until it fully becomes a flat surface of the scalp.
Larger plugs used to look somewhat natural if placed at the front part of the scalp. But with the invention of smaller micrografts there was no need to make them look natural. However, among surgeons, it was very hard to change the mind set of graft planting at one fixed plane creating a flat surface of graft placement in opposition to individual natural unique facial features. H.T.I Islamabad crossed the barrier and initially many others considered our hairline low. While it may have appeared low to some, these newly placed hairlines were not low according to each individual's unique facial features.
| Designing a Proportional Hairline |
A proportional hairline is the hairline determined according to each patient's facial features.
A common approach is that the hairline should be placed according to age, which never accounts for the significant differences of the individual facial features. With our micrograft technique, a hairline is designed according to facial proportion, and looks good for life, not for any one particular age. This newly designed hairline is proportioned to the individual and can be shown to the person with our enhanced digital imaging system
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