These days, getting the right pictures to upload on Instagram plays a large role in the entire wedding scenario, especially when you have fairytale-like references such as the Deepika-Ranveer wedding or more recently, Priyanka Chopra’s palace wedding. Pockets are being dug deep in to for the right wedding photographers, makeup artists and outfits. For Kartik Satish (name changed), a city-based IT professional, losing his hair almost cost him his bride.
“My girlfriend of four years didn’t seem to have a problem when I started to lose my hair by 23, but and by the time we decided to take the plunge and get married, I had lost about 60 per cent of my hair. My fiancée, her mother and I were deciding upon a wedding photographer, when my mother-in-law to be suggested I ‘do something’ about my receded hairline before next year’s wedding, because it wouldn’t look good in the pictures. When my fiancée agreed, was the first time I felt I ever felt ashamed about my appearance,” he says, adding that he finally didn’t go through with the procedure.
Dr Sydheendra Udbalker, dermatologist, Fortis Hospitals, says lifestyle and nutrition issues are making the gene that is responsible for male pattern baldness to manifest earlier. “I see about 12-15 patients come in a week with hair-related enquiries. Some, are even in their teens. One common reason they cite for wanting to get treatment is marriage or inability to find a partner — morale is affected, is what we hear often. However, the problem is that these treatments — which usually involve the usage of topical creams or serums — are long-drawn, and patients stop the treatment after a few months. The treatment, which is usually about holding onto the hair that’s left, costs around Rs 2,500-Rs 3,000 for two months,” he says.
Dangers of Salon transplants
Dr Rajendra Suresh Gujjalanavar, senior consultant, plastic surgery, Sakra World Hospital, says that he’s seeing a number of salons doing hair transplant surgeries, which is dangerous, as the procedure, if not done properly, can lead to other infections. “Hair transplants involve teamwork, with a number of technicians involved. Because the process is quite mechanical, these technicians are carrying them about by opening their own salons in Bengaluru and charging a much smaller sum – Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 – which is a large amount for them. While the procedure doesn’t involve much thinking, it requires precision and stability, as well as clean, sterile environment, and so it is advised that only experts do them. Often, getting the procedure done at a salon leads to infections – swelling, redness and pus – which can also prove fatal. There was a case in Chennai where a man succumbed to these infections.”
r. Sanusi Umar Releases Advanced Hair Transplant Technology, Disrupts Industry
After a number of delays in production, a promising new hair transplant technology has been made available to all hair transplant providers. This technology, called the Dr.UGraft System™, has been eagerly awaited by many in the industry. Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair transplant is often regarded as a highly specialized procedure, in which practitioners extract donor hair follicles individually before grafting them onto bald areas. Creator Dr. Sanusi Umar, a dermatologic surgeon in Los Angeles, spent the last few years ensuring quality and user-friendliness. In the past, providers have been able to acquire the extraction tools (known as punches) but never before has the entire system, complete with the Dr.UGraft Nurture hand piece and Revolution Console been made available–until now.
Watch as Dr. Umar demonstrates in live surgery how the Intelligent Punch, used with the Dr.UGraft Nurture handpiece and the Dr.UGraft Revolution Console, intuitively guides the practitioner in terms of depth control and punch alignment.
The Dr.UGraft Nurture Handpiece connects to the Dr.UGraft Revolution Console, allowing for graft hydration and punch lubrication. The fluid system integration also enables graft rescue.
Doctors around the world have been anticipating this release, as creator Dr. Umar (aka Dr. U) and team have traveled to workshops around the world, showing the capabilities of the system during live surgery.