Dermatology/Hair Transplant

Dr. Dharmendra Karn



Fellow of American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD, USA)

Fellow of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (FEADV)

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Scholarships and Awards

Presidential Award 2014 – "Suprawal Janasewashree - 3rd Grade"

National Republic Day 2014

XI International Society of Dermatology Global Education Award 2013.

International Society of Dermatology. Dec 2013, New Delhi, India.

Young Dermatologist International Achievement Award 2011

WCD, International League of Dermatological Society (ILDS), May 2011, Seoul, S. Korea.

ICD scholarship Award 2009

World International Congress of Dermatology, May 2009, Prague, Czech Republic.

Work Experience

Associate Professor (October 2013 to till date)

Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital, Dhulikhel, Kavre

Assistant Professor (July 2010-Sept. 2013)

Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital, Dhulikhel, Kavre

Visiting Dermatologist (July2009- August 2009)

Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Lecturer (April 2007 – June 2010)

Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital, Dhulikhel, Kavre

Dermatological Skills

  • Hair Restoration Surgery (Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
  • Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Chemical Peel, Cryosurgery, Radiofrequency Surgery
  • Electrolysis, Phototherapy, Nail Surgery
  • Botox and fillers
  • Mesotherapies
  • Scar revision
  • Vitiligo Surgeries (Autologous melanocyte transfer, ultrathin graft and blister graft).
  • Basics and advance Laser Surgeries. (Erbium YAG and CO2 Ablative and non ablative, Diode, Long pulse ND YAG, Q Switched ND:YAG, Body sculpting Laser and IPL)

Paper Presentation

"Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis – A case report"

33rd National Conference of IADVL & 4th South Asian Regional Conference of DVL DERMACON 2005, Delhi, India.

"Congenital Melanocytic Nevi with Hydrocephalus – A case report"

34th National Conference of IADVL. DERMACON 2006, Hyderabad, India

"Acute Skin failure – A new concept"

CME conducted by SODVELON, November 2007

"Comparative study of Electroablation and Cryosurgery in Planter Warts"

World International Congress Of Dermatology, May 22-24, 2009. Prague, Czech Republic.

"Nerve Damage In Leprosy"

CME conducted by SODVELON, June 2009.

"Acne Management"

CME conducted by SODVELON, August 2010.

"Hormonal Profile and Efficacy of Long Pulse Nd:YAG Laser for Hirsutism"

Presentation at summer meets of American Academy of Dermatology Boston August 2012, USA.

"Evolving Trends in aesthetic practice in Nepal : Speaker"

March 2013, SODVELONCON, Birgung, Nepal.

"Steroid Induced Red Face, Panel discussion : Moderator"

April 2014, SODVELONCON, Pokhara Nepal.

"Oral Tranexamic Acid for the Treatmant of Melasma"

Presentation, May 2013, Sydney, Australia. Organised by Australasian College of Dermatology.

"Clinico-etiological Evaluation and Assessment of concomitant thyroid disorders among Patient with Lichen Planus Pigmentosus"

Presentation at International Congress of Dermatology , International Society of Dermatology Dec 2013 , Delhi , India.

"Evolving use of tranexamic acid in disorders of hyperpigmentation : Guest speaker"

Dermacon, 12th-15th February 2015, Mangalore, India.

Panelist : Hyperpigmentation – A dark area

Dermacon, 12th-15th February 2015, Mangalore, India.

"Skin Prick Test and Oral Immunotherapy : A new milestone in Nepal: Speaker"

March 2015, SODVELONCON, Kathmandu, Nepal.

" Psychocutaneous disorders" : Chairperson


"Twenty first century Dermatology"

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, 2007;7(1):5-6.

"Systemic lupus erythematosus with erythema multiforme-like lesions"

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, 2007;7(1):39-46.

"Ramsay Hunt Syndrome with Meningitis - A case report"

D Karn, S Kafle, M Timalsina

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, 2007;7(1):45-47.

"Comparative Study of Methotrexate and Cyclosporin in the Treatment of Psoriasis – Original Article"

D Karn, A Amatya, R Khatri.

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology.2010; 9(1):15-21.

"Emerging Trends of Nosocomial Citrobacter Species Surgical Wound Infection: Concern for Infection Control – Original Article"

B Thapa, D Karn, K Mahat

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology. 2010; 9(1):10-14

"Prevalence of skin diseases in Dhulikhel Hospital, Kavre – Original Article"

D Karn, R Khatri, M Timalsina.

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology. 2010; 9(1):7-9.

" Darier White Disease- Case Report"

A Amatya, D Karn, E Aryal, R Makaju, A Shakya, A Priyadarshinee

Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology. 2010; 9(1):4-36.

"Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections in a Tertiary Care Centre - Original Article"

Karn D, KC S, Amatya A, Aryal ER, Timalsina M.

Kathmandu University Medical Journal. 2011;34(2):43-6.

"Thyroid Function Test in Vitiligo – Original Article"

Subba K, Karn D, Khatri R.

Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2011;34(2):7-10.

"Concurrent Vitiligo and Psoriasis- Case Report"

Karn D, KC S

Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2012;37(1):83-4.

" Comparative study of effectiveness of oral acyclovir with oral erythromycin in the
Treatment of Pityriasis Rosea – Original Article"

Amatya A, Rajouria EA , Karn D.

Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2012;37(1):57-61.

" Q-Switched Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Laser Therapy for Pigmented skin lesions: Efficacy and Safety – Original Article"

Karn D, KC S, Amartya A, Razouria EA, Timalsina M, Suwal A.

Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2012;38(2):46-50.

"Oral Tranexamic Acid for the Treatment of Melasma: – Original Article"

Karn D, KC S, Amartya A, Razouria EA, Timalsina M.. Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2012;10(4):40-43.

"Hormonal Profile and Efficacy of Long Pulse ND-YAG Laser in Treatment of Hirsutism/Hypertrichosis- A Original Article"

Karn D, KC S, Gyawali P, Journal of Nepal Health Research Council 2014 Jan;12(26):59-62.

"Aesthetic Practice in Nepal – Editorial"

Karn D, Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2013;42(2):109.

LASERS in Dermatological Practice – 2014: textbook by Jaypee Publications, India


Practical Aspects of Topical PUVAsol in Dermatology: An Experience in a Teaching Hospital

KC S, Karn D, Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2014;48(4):306-7

"Dermatoses Following Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Editorial"
Kathmandu University Medical Journal 2015


  • Fellow Member American Academy of Dermatology (USA)
  • Fellow Member European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
  • Life Member Association of Cutaneous Surgeon of India(OS/ACSI/494)
  • Past Chief Editor and Advisory Board Member, Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology
  • Member International League of Dermatological Society (ILDS)
  • Member South Asian Regional Association of Dermatologists (SARAD)
  • Member International Society Of Dermatology
  • Editorial Assistant Kathmandu University Medical Journal
  • Assistant Editor Journal of Nepal Medical Association.

Hair Transplant FAQs

Hair Transplant is a surgical procedure where hair follicles are transplanted from one part of the body to the scalp. Unlike kidney or liver transplant; taking graft from a near donor is not possible and ethical in hair transplant. The part of the body from which the follicles are taken is called the donor site and the part of the scalp or face where follicles are placed is called the recipient site. The transplanted hair then takes the natural characteristics of the donor site and grows naturally. It can later be cut, shaved or trimmed.

A day care procedure; where one can return back to work the next day

Restores self -confidence

Restore your younger looks at affordable cost

  • Permanent and natural results
  • Treatment done by experienced surgeon: Dr. Dharmendra Karn
  • 100% safe treatment with tolerable pain
  • No Side Effects after surgery; no stitches


The FUE procedure generally takes 6-8 hours for completion. During the procedure local anesthesia will make you completely pain-free. You can enjoy movie, internet or other means of entertainment during the procedure. You can eat and even take convenient breaks in between.

Recovery from hair transplantation procedure is fast and not complicated. Patients generally have no complaints when they come for 48 hours’ follow up. Recovery from an FUE type of hair transplantation surgery takes about 24-48 hours.

The transplanted follicles are taken from areas where hair loss will not occur. As the hairs taken from the back of the scalp are androgen resistant; the transplanted hair is of permanent nature. Patients may experience hair loss in other areas of their scalp or face but in not the recipient site. The transplanted hair will initially crust and break out from the transplanted area after the surgery, but will grow back within about six months. This happens because the hairs suffer a form of surgical stress. Surgeons usually prescribe medications to strengthen hair follicles to prevent the loss of non-transplanted hair after the surgery.

This is a very common question. However the number of hair grafts needed depends upon the area of hair to be transplanted. The following picture shows the classification of baldness that would occur in male baldness. The table below shows the number of grafts needed according to the grade of baldness.




Sl. No.

Grade of Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia)

Average number of grafts required


Grade - 1

1800-2000 grafts


Grade - 2

2200-2500 grafts


Grade - 3

2500-3000 grafts


Grade - 4

3000-4000 grafts


Grade - 5

4000-4500 grafts


Grade - 6

4500-5000 grafts


Grade - 7

5000-6000 grafts

Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University hospital is a community based, community centered, tertiary care, university hospital located around 30 kilometers from the capital city of Kathmandu. The ancient city of Dhulikhel is also famous for its breath holding natural sceneries, panoramic view of mountain range and historical and cultural monuments.

Dhulikhel hospital is a pioneer center for skin care services in Nepal including FUE and FUT hair transplant. Hair transplant has been started in the institute since 2014. Till 2018, the hospital has a record of transplanting more than 800 hair transplants. Quality care in affordable rate is the prime motto of the department. The department is headed by Professor Dr. Dharmendra Karn, Who is the pioneer of lasers, hair transplant and various dermatosurgical Procedures in Nepal.

With the support of Professor Dr. Alex Ginzburg from Israel, the hospital organized the first hair transplant conference among 40 dermatologists of Nepal. Continuing with the educational activities, the department hosted another international symposium of hair transplant in the year 2017.

The cost of hair transplant would depend upon the area to be transplanted and the number of grafts required. Rather than the cost per graft (which would be expensive for the client), the cost would depend upon the area to be transplanted. The cost starts from 50,000 NPR.

Apart from Hair transplant and Medical management of hair loss, the department provides services for Video-trichoscopy and Platelet rich plasma therapy as well. 

Video-trichoscopy is a novel tool that is just like an ultrasound of the hair and scalp. It gives ultra-microscopic details of the diseases of hair. This can also be used to assess for hair growth after hair transplant. Dhulikhel hospital is further a pioneer center for establishing trichoscopy in the country.

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PRP therapy is the injection of platelet rich plasma derived from or own blood. Platelets contain a lot of growth factors, and injection of which before or after hair transplant aids in hair growth.