Dr. Tunio. He is FRCS from England and one of the pioneers
in this field in Pakistan. My cousin (late 30s) had it done.
According to him, they first put a few injections in the back
of your head to numb you. Then they lay you down into a
bed with a hole at one end for your face. Now the surgeon
comes and with his scalpel he cuts a strip of your scalp (his
scar was from ear to ear in the back). He said he couldn't
feel anything, but he could hear the CRUNCH of skin being
torn apart in the back... After that, he pulls the skin together
and sews it up.
They take your strip of hair and depending on the density of
hair growth, they take out as many 'saplings' of follicles to
plant on the front of the head. This part is usually done by
techs. They will now lay you on your back and then with a
scalpel make hundreds of tiny incisions in the front of the head
to place the individual follicles one-by-one.
This whole procedure takes about 8-10 hours. They let you
watch TV and drink juice while they work on your head. They
give you a prescription for a bundle of antibiotics (for possible
infection in the wounds), pain killers, etc. Have somebody buy
them straightaway since you will be needing them that night!
The first three days are painful, as your multiple wounds in the
front and the large impressive incision in the back begin healing.
You have to be VERY careful of how you sleep, as blood will be
oozing out. Have to wash the head, equally carefully, with a
special shampoo, as directed. If any follicle placed in your head
is damaged, by contact, it will not take hold.
After two weeks they open the stitches in the back of the head.
That's painful, if they are done too tightly and are buried in the
skin. All the implanted hair falls out in a few weeks and new hair,
hopefully emerges from the follicles placed inside your skull. The
whole process of regrowth takes anywhere from 6 months to an
Depending upon the area being covered, one procedure is usually
not enough. Most people get for at least two. Some, like Nawaz
Sharif, have gotten four (allegedly). That depends on how much
hair you've got back there and how loose is your skin. After all,
they can't keep cutting away skin and not have enough to pull
together and sew you up.
According to my cousine, months after his surgery, he still feels
a 'stretch' or a pull in the back, where they cut away his skin. He
now has some hair, where he had none, but it's not like the original
thing. He is no longer bald in the front, but it looks like he is losing
hair there (thinning). He would like to go for another round, but
right now the thought is too painful.
He was charged around Rs. 1 lakh for the whole procedure and
it was done in a residence next to Clifton Grill (Bilawal Chowrangi).
If you guys need any other info, let me know.
Sheikh 'Ouch!' Chilli