- Anagen – It is the growing period of a hair follicle that typically lasts about 3 to 5 years.
- Catagen – At the end of the growth period, hair follicles prepare themselves for the resting phase. This stage of the hair growth cycle usually lasts about 1 to 2 weeks.
- Telogen – This is the resting period of a hair follicle. It is usually 3 to 4 months in length and at the end of this period older hairs that have finished their life will fall out and newer hairs will begin to grow.
Alopecia is classified into 2 major groups: Non-Scarring Alopecia & Scarring Alopecia
Types of Non-Scarring Alopecia:
AGA, Alopecia Areata, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Trichotillomania
Types of Scarring Alopecia:
Lichen Planopilaris, Frontal fibrosing alopecia, Pseudopaladae of Brocq, Folliculitis decalvans, tufted folliculitis, dissecting cellulitis, folliculitiskeloidalis, central centrifugal alopecia, alopecia muconosis, keratosis pilaris atrophicans
3. Does the patient need to be on any long-term medication post procedure to prevent transplanted hair from falling?
There’s no requirement of any medication, as the implanted hair will not fall.
However, Minoxidil applications are required to prevent thinning and falling of the existing hair.
Proper care must be taken of the implanted and donor area after the procedure. If not, there could be complications such as folliculitis infection, bacterial infection etc. in such an unforeseen situation, proper and immediate medical attention should be availed.