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Is Hair Transplant Realizable For Diabetic People?

With advancements in science and technology, hair restoration has become an easy and convenient solution against hair fall and baldness for everyone, including someone with diabetes. But the success and duration of treatment will depend on the health condition and how much it is under control and what type of diabetes you have. You must keep some essential things in mind and also discuss with your surgeon if you consider undergoing hair transplant surgery.

Hair Transplant For Diabetic People

Things to consider prior you undergo a hair transplant surgery:

  • If your blood sugar level is controlled.
  • How a long duration of hair transplant surgery can affect your blood sugar and hormones?
  • If your diabetic condition affect your wound healing.
  • Diabetes and its effect on hair loss.
  • Diabetes and its effect on your immune and circulatory system.

With careful planning and proper considerations and discussion with your surgeon, you can have your treatment safe and successful. Let’s first see how a diabetic condition can affect hair fall.

How diabetic condition affect hair fall?

Diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar level becomes quite high. Diabetes is of two kinds: type 1 diabetes and type.

Type 1 diabetes is less common than type 2 and results when the body’s own immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells. This gets diagnosed as early in childhood. Whereas, type 2 diabetes occurs in the later part of life when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or don’t react with insulin in the right way.

Insulin keeps glucose level in blood under control, so both the types can cause serious health condition to blood glucose and must be controlled with medicines and/or diet.

Diabetic hormonal imbalance causes hair fall

With diabetes, there is a hormonal imbalance that causes the glucose level to go berserk and this can cause hair fall and baldness. All the hormones including which responsible for hair growth are controlled by the endocrine system.

With uncontrolled blood sugar level,  there will be a disruptive endocrine system. This means there will be a disturbance in the male hormones that are responsible for hair growth. This will lead to hair fall, stop producing new hair and eventual patchy baldness.

The good news is, if you get your blood sugar levels under control either through diet or medication, you should start to notice your hair beginning to grow back. A hair transplant, in this case, is then ideal for helping to increase this growth.

Diabetic circulatory problems cause hair fall

The diabetic condition causes circulatory complications. With uncontrolled blood sugar level leads to high glucose level which can react with hemoglobin present in red blood cells.

Hemoglobin carries oxygen in our body and with excess sugar level, hemoglobin becomes ‘glycosylated’. This changes the shape of hemoglobin and gets stuck in the capillaries and cause a restriction in carrying oxygen through our body. Being starved with oxygen, several cells die out and if these are your hair follicle cells, this will cause hair fall and that you cannot stop without remedial measures.

It is significant to have your glucose level under control, to keep your hair follicles healthy and rest cells of the body working.

How diabetic autoimmune condition can cause hair to fall?

Type 1 diabetes can lead to risk for autoimmune disease, which leads to attacking own body cells considering them as unhealthy and when these cells are for hair follicles, it leads to unstoppable hair fall.  This way, alopecia areata happens to be associated with type 1 diabetes.

Is hair transplant be possible for someone with insulin dependent type 1 diabetic condition? 

In most cases, when a person has to take several insulin doses during the entire day, it is suggested not to go for a hair transplant surgery, as it may be a lengthy process and your blood sugar level be dangerously unstable.

Whereas, mostly type 2 diabetic people can go for successful hair transplant solutions.

Will type 2 diabetes affect hair transplant surgery?

before you start with the procedure, any good hair transplant expert will talk to you in details about your health condition and medical history. With type 2 diabetes condition, you must know how to keep your sugar level under control and get yourself ready to face the procedure.

Blood tests to undergo

You have to undergo ‘HbA1c’ test as a prerequisite before the procedure. It’s a lab test to find out how much-glycosylated hemoglobin is present in the blood. This will hint well about the state of glucose level in your blood and what ways to follow to keep it under control.

You may also need to go for testing the hormones that cause hair growth. The level present will be a deciding factor if you must go for transplantation or not. Your physician will tell everything in details.

What is the duration of the treatment?

A normal hair transplant surgery takes about 6 to 8 hours. With fluctuating glucose level, it may take little more time.

With anxiety, adrenaline and a long duration of surgery may cause glucagon rise. Glucagon works opposite to insulin and responsible for a drop of glucose level. If you are diabetic and your glucagon level increases too high, this can be dangerous for you.

If you are a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery, your blood would be regularly checked for glucose level to ensure a safe surgery.

How about the healing of wound?

You may know that some diabetic condition cause to slow healing. In some cases, wounds may be infected and lead to necrosis, or death of adjacent tissues. This is a type of circulatory issue and prominent in feet.

But the scalp skin has an abundant blood supply and the healing pattern is not like that in the feet. Moreover, wound healing becomes a concern with FUT owing to the scar, though mild in nature. Your surgeon will take utmost care and offer follow-ups, no matter you go for FUE or FUT method.

You can be assured that, with a controlled type 2 diabetic condition, your surgeon can manage to carry out a hair restoration surgery and you can enjoy the benefits of hair transplant solution.

To tell you with a reasonable hair transplant cost in Kolkata, compared to other places in India, this is making Kolkata, a new tourist hub for hair transplant candidates who comes here to enrich their looks while being happy with their pockets as well.

For more information on hair restoration in Kolkata, you can contact here.

About Dr. Maneesh

Dr. Maneesh Sonthalia, one of the renowned cosmetic surgeons in Kolkata has performed several hair transplant with successful results that has left the patients with natural looking hair without any scars. He holds his graduation degree from Kolkata Medical College and is a Master of General Surgery from PG Hospital. Later on he achieved his M.Ch in Plastic Surgery also from PG Hospital.

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