Hair Transplantation

 Hair transplantation is the best method to treat bald areas of scalp. Hair transplantation is now a common procedure in Kerala for male baldness. In Hair transplantation, hair roots or follicles are harvested  from the back of head and are implanted on the bald areas. The follicles survive in the new location and healthy hairs grow from the roots. These transplanted hairs are resistant to the balding process and remain for many years. The transplanted hairs grow like normal hairs and can be cut of dyed like normal hairs.  മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കുവാൻ ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക

Kerala Hair transplantation result

Hair transplant in Kerala

The awareness about hair restoration by hair transplantation is now increasing in Kerala. Since hair loss and baldness can start  early, lot of young men are distressed about the hair fall and baldness. Hair transplantation has now become one of the most common cosmetic surgery in Kerala. People now prefer hair transplantation because the results are good and last for a long time.

Techniques for Hair replantation-  മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കുവാൻ ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക

The best method of hair transplantation is called Follicular Unit Transfer or FUT. In this method, follicular unit grafts, which may have 1 or more hair roots, are harvested from the back of head and planted on bald areas.

There are two ways of harvesting follicular unit grafts-

Follicle transfer in Kerala

1. STRIP method- a long strip of skin is taken from the back of head. The wound is closed as a fine line. The strip is then divided under magnifying loupes or microscopes into healthy follicular unit grafts.


1.Least chance of damage to hair roots while harvesting 

2. Healthy, whole follicle units, 

3. well known  and proven method since many years, 

4. second session can be easily done.

Disadvantage- Scar at the back of head which will be visible only if head is shaved.

Good result of hair transplant in Kerala
Hair transplant in Ernakulam by FUT
FUT hair transplant in Cochin

2. FUE- (also called direct implantation, neo grafts) The follicular units are harvested from the back of head using motorised drills or FUE punch machine. 

Advantage- No scar at back of head


1. More chance of damage to roots,

2. plucked out grafts may become skeletonised 

3. Second session may be difficult 

4. large sessions may not be possible or may necessitate harvest from wider areas which may be affected by the baldness process later, 

5. growth may not be as robust as strip grafts in the long term

Hair transplant surgery-                                    

Best hair transplant in Kerala before after
Hair implant photo, Kerala, India

Follicles transfer is a surgery at the skin level. It is done under local anesthesia. The time needed depends on the area to be covered. Usually it can vary from 4-8 hours. Hospital stay is not needed after hair restoration surgery. The surgery involves two steps- Follicular unit harvesting and implanting. The implanting is done by making fine holes in the skin and the grafts are gently placed inside. The grafts stay in position automatically by fibrin glue formation. Hair transplantation is not a very painful procedure. Only pain will be tiny needle pricks for injecting local anesthesia.

Best hair transplant center in Kerala, India

Hair transplantation requires a dedicated team of cosmetic surgeon and hair transplant technicians. The result of the procedure depends a lot on the skills of the team members. Dr. Hari Menon and team have performed more than 100 cases of hair transplantation in Cochin with excellent results.

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Recovery after Hair planting

Hospital stay is not required. Normal activities can be resumed next day. Swelling on forehead and face can happen and normally disappears in 5-6 days. Tiny black dots/ scabs on the transplanted area clears off in 10 days. Hair washing can be started next day after surgery. Detailed post procedure instruction will be given by the surgeon.

Pain medications will be prescribed for a few days to keep you pain free. There are no side effects after hair transplantation. It does not cause headaches or migraine later on.

Medicines to maintain the existing hairs may be prescribed to prevent loss of the existing hairs. മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കുവാൻ ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക

Result of follicle transfer-

Hair transplant result Kerala, India

There will be shedding of the transplanted hairs in 2-3 weeks. New hairs start growing in 3 months and result will be visible in 6-9 months. The transplanted follicles will not be affected by balding process later.

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Hair fixing

Hair fixing in Kerala refers to a wig which can be clipped on. Hair fixing was quite popular in Kerala. More and more people using wigs now want natural hair by transplantation.

Cost of hair transplantation in Kerala

Hair replantation in Kerala result photo

Hair transplantation requires a well trained dedicated professional team. It is a labour intensive and time consuming process. Hair transplantation is affordable in Cochin, Kerala compared to western countries and GCC. Cost can vary from INR 75,000-250,000 depending on the number of follicles required.

Facial hair transplant-

Weak mustache and beard can be made thicker by follicular unit transfer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 Hair transplantation by follicular units transfer is performed under local anesthesia. There will be slight pricking pain only when the local anesthesia is injected. After that the entire surgery is painless. Pain medications will be prescribed for 3-4 days after surgery to keep you comfortable.

 There will be a long fine line in the donor area which will be completely hidden by the existing hairs. Refined techniques in taking the strip and closing the wound makes the scar very thin.The scar will be seen only if the head is shaved for some reason.


 Only your own hair can be safely transplanted. Another persons hair will be rejected by your bodys immune mechanism. Most people with male pattern baldness have enough donor area in the back of the head.


 The time required for hair transplantation will depend on the number of hair grafts to be planted/ grafted. The total operation time can vary from 4-8 hours. You will not have to spend all the time inside the operation theatre. Once the scalp strip is taken you can relax outside while the hair grafts are being prepared for transplantation.


 The hair follicles for transplanting in male pattern baldness are taken from areas that are not affected by male hormone. The hair follicles in this area will continue to grow normally after the transplantation. Complete normal hair growth is seen in 9-12 months. Normal cyclical shedding will happen to these hairs also, but they will grow back.

 The transplanted hair starts a healthy growth in 6-9 months time. The transplanted follicles will undergo normal physiological cyclical shedding. The transplanted hair follicles are resistant to the effects of male hormone that causes progressive baldness.

The cost of hair transplantation varies depending on the  number of follicles to be transplanted or the area of baldness to be treated. The total cost of hair transplantation in Cochin/ Kochi , Kerala can vary from INR 60,000 to INR 200,000.

 Gentle washing of the hair can be started from next day of hair transplantation procedure. Hair wash with gentle hand massage of the scalp can be started from day 7. Shampoo wash is allowed after 1 week.

 The transplanted hair follicles may start shedding from 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Hair growth starts 4 months after surgery; complete natural healthy growth is usually seen 9 to 12 months after the follicular units transfer.

 Number of sessions will depend on the size of the area to be covered and the thickness of hair growth desired. Most people are satisfied with one session of hair transplantation. Further sessions can be safely done with an interval of 6 to 8 months. More than two sessions of hair transplantation is rarely required.

 Normal daily activities can be started from next day of surgery. Swelling on the scalp and forehead will resolve in 2-4 days. Dark crusts that form in the area of follicle implantation takes 1-2 weeks to loosen up and come off. If you can work with a cap on, you can start in 3-4 days. Otherwise, it is better to take 2 weeks off from work. 

  Follicular units transfer is currently the best method for hair restoration in male baldness. Follicular units can be harvested by the strip method or by follicular unit extraction. The strip method of FUT is considered better for covering larger areas as more follicles can be obtained with less damage to roots by this method. FUE may cause more damage to follicles and lesser number of hair follicles can be transplanted. 

 Hair transplantation is a surgery performed at the skin level. There is no chance of damage to internal organs and so there are no serious side effects. Swelling and discomfort usually resolves in 2-4 days. Numbness on the back and top of head improves with time. 

 Hair transplantation by follicular units transfer results in natural hair growth in bald areas. The hair growth looks natural and all activities can be continued without fear of losing hair. Hair transplantation is the best treatment now for male pattern baldness. Hair fixing is a camouflage method where artificial hair in the form a patch/ wig is clipped to the existing hair. Hair fixing only covers the area of baldness without treating the area. Hair fixing is a good option for people who do not have enough donor area for hair transplantation or for those who want an immediate coverage of the baldness. 

 Hair transplantation for treatment of baldness is a team effort requiring well trained staff under a skilled Cosmetic plastic surgeon. Hair transplants by follicular units transfer is regularly performed by Dr. Hari Menon at Lakeshore hospital in Cochin, Kerala. For best results in hair growth, combination of medicines and hair transplantation is advised. Dr. Hari is not doing hair transplantation in any clinic now.

 Hair loss in men is usually a progressive condition. Medicines alone are effective to stop further hair loss and for some regrowth of hair. Hair transplantation helps to grow hair in areas that do not respond to medicines. There are other medical causes of hair loss in men and women. The treatment of such conditions requires evaluation and correction of the cause. 

 The medicines prescribed for hair growth are proven to be safe when taken in the right dose. Although side effects are reported, they are very uncommon. The medicines prescribed by Dr. Hari Menon are approved by the US FDA for hair loss treatment. 

 In long hair transplant the full length of the transplanted hairs are maintained. This gives an immediate result, although it is temporary. The long hairs will fall off in two weeks and regrowth occurs in 6-8 months. Long hair transplant takes longer time to perform. The advantage lasts only for 2 weeks, so it is not preferred by most people. 

 Hair transplant by follicular unit transfer, when performed by experienced surgeons, is always successful. All the transplanted follicles may not grow, but the success rates are very high with proper technique and post operative care. Once the hair growth starts, patients who have undergone hair restoration are highly satisfied.

 Hair transplantation/ FUT/Follicles transfer is a day care procedure and does not require hospital stay. If you are coming from a distant place, you can stay back in the hospital for a day after surgery.

 It is technically possible to transplant body hair to the head. But the number of follicles available is very limited and there will be multiple scars on the body. 

  In the strip method of FUT, the scalp is closed in a fine line with absorb-able sutures. The follicle grafts are placed in tiny holes and get fixed in position by tissue glue. There is no need for sutures/ stitches to be removed.

 The follicular grafts are inserted into tiny slits on the scalp. The grafts lock into position and then get fixed by tissue glue from the blood in the scalp slit. There is no need to fix the hair grafts by sutures or any other measures. The grafts get completely adherent over many days. 

 Combination of medicines and hair transplantation is the best way to treat baldness in men. Medicines help to prevent further hair loss. Hair transplant is a surgical procedure that transfers the hair follicles from the back of head to the bald areas. The transplanted hair follicles will grow like normal hair. 

 Shaving is not required for hair transplant surgery. Only the area from where the strip of scalp is taken will be clipped during surgery. Once the wound is closed, there will not be any sign of surgery in that area

 FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction, another method of follicular unit transfer(FUT). In the traditional method of FUT, a strip of scalp is taken from the back of head and cut into follicle grafts. In FUE, the individual grafts are cored out from the back of head with special punches. The advantage of this method is that there is no long scar in the back of head. FUE takes longer time to perform and the number of follicles that can be taken in one session is limited. For these reasons, the strip method of FUT is the most efficient and so more popular. After strip method, the scar is well covered by hair and can be seen only is the head is completely shaved. Second or third sessions are easily possible after strip method of FUT, whereas, it is more difficult following FUE.

 Hair loss in men causing baldness is most often because of “androgenic alopecia”, which is a genetically determined and hereditary condition. The diagnosis is made by clinical examination. Special tests are not required. Hair analysis can show the thickness of hair growth. 

 There is no age bar for baldness treatment. Hair transplant can be done at any age provided there is enough donor hair and medical fitness. 

 Treatment for hair loss should be started as soon as you notice significantly high hair loss and if there are other men in family with baldness. In early stages, medicines alone may be enough to maintain good hair density. You should consult a hair restorative surgeon to know if the hair loss is serious enough to start treatment. 

 A normal healthy diet is important to provide adequate nutrition for hair growth. Additional supplements are rarely required. There is no particular food that improves hair growth. 

 Hair oils provide conditioning of the hair. The effects of medicated herbal oils have not been scientifically studied to know the complete effects.