Premature graying or Whitening of hair

Graying of hair is an inevitable accompaniment of aging and one of the first signs that we are growing older. Graying is also written as ‘greying’ and in India it is more commonly called ‘whitening of hair’. Unlike baldness it occurs in both makes and females with equal frequency and severity, and unfortunately there is no permanent cure for this like hair transplant!

In Indians, graying of hair starts in the late thirties. Graying is called premature graying when it occurs before the age of 30 in Indians.

What are the causes of premature graying?

Hormonal imbalances like thyroid and pituitary hormones, stress, dietary imbalance, any severe illness can all cause premature graying.

Stress is widely believed to be the prime cause of premature graying. There is no scientific proof of this but we all know from experience that any sudden stressful period can lead to a lot of gray hairs. Stress can cause this by releasing excess stress hormones which probably cause the graying.

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Other hormonal imbalances are also known to cause premature graying. Thyroid hormone imbalance, imbalance of testosterone, estrogen or progesterone are all known causes of early graying.

Any severe illness like prolonged infections, autoimmune diseases etc can also cause premature graying.

What are the treatments for graying of hair?

The short answer to this unfortunately is – there is no treatment! There is till today no definite treatment in medical science for graying of hair.

When it is due to hormonal imbalance, some reversal can occur once the imbalance is corrected. A good healthy diet, exercise, avoiding smoking and drinking should also help in preventing premature graying.

What about the frequent complaints of Guwahatians and people in many other cities and towns that it is the high iron of the water here that leads to premature graying? There is just no evidence for it. Maybe its true and maybe it isn’t. There is no doubt that the present generation is having much earlier graying of hair. Young boys and girls in their twenties already have clumps of grey hair. Perhaps it is due to the increased tensions of the present age, or due to pollution.

Whatever the cause, there is only one answer and that is dyeing of hair. There is no other treatment for this, so we all have to go through this.

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Quality assuarance

Arogyam Hair Transplant Clinic takes several steps to ensure that quality is maintained for each and every patient. The key to quality maintenance is to implement quantizable quality standards and maintain proper documentation and review of processes. Downtown Hospital is an ISO 9001:2008 and NABH accredited hospital which demands strict adherence to quality control.Steps taken are:

Safety assurance: all procedures are done in the main OT of Downtown Hospital with its full complement of anesthesiologists and critical care specialists. Hence patients are assured of full safety standards at the same level as that of major surgeries including transplant surgeries. 

Sterilization assurance: since procedures are done in the major OT full sterilization is maintained. Fumigation is done every week and swab tests are done to check for contamination.

Best instrumentation: Arogyam Hair Transplant Clinic uses the best available instruments like 6X Heine Loupe for precision and accuracy, Blunt Titanium punches which avoids damage and transection of the Follicular Units, Choi implanters to standardise the process of planting and prevent damage during planting, Major OT level sterilization, fumigation and autoclaving of all instruments, etc.

Efficiency count: Efficiency counts for FUE like transection rates and speed of transplant are noted and documented for each case and reviewed every 10 cases. Arogyam Hair Transplant achieves international standards of transection and speed consistently.

Counting trays: Counting trays are used to contain the follicular units and all patients are given photographs on their mobiles which they can use to easily count the number of follicular units taken out so that they can be sure that they have received the correct number of FU's.

Dr. P. J. Mazumdar is the first and only American Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and all procedures are done following the ethical and technical guidelines of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. As such, patients can be assured of receiving full professional care as per International standards approved by the ABHRS and ISHRS.

Correct recepient density: To ensure correct recepient density, 'density stamps' are used to ensure proper density is achieved. Angle and direction of hair is meticulously maintained.

Out of body time: The out of body time, the time for which the follicular unit is outside the body, is the most critical factor for success in hair transplant. Aroyam Hair Transplant follows a special procedure to ensure that this time is the minimum. This is done by doing only 1000 follicular units at a time and then replanting them. This ensures that time out of body is less than or equal to1 hour only. This is the shortest period acheivable. Many centers do upto 2000-2500 follicular units at a time so that time out of body goes upto 4-5 hours. We are proud of our time out of body quantum. Though this may cause some sacrifice of time but results are more important.

Follow up: follow up period is critical for the patient when there are many doubts and anxieties in his mind. In our clinic, Dr. P. J. Mazumdar will remain always accessible to the patient directly on his personal mobile for any questions the patient may have during this period.   

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