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Hair Transplant

Hair replacement surgery

Common questions about hair transplant

11- What is the definition of hair transplant?
Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated to.
22- Will the hair transplantation outcomes look fully natural?
Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you've had it done. But the skill and techniques of hair transplant surgeons does vary widely, as do their results. It's important to choose the right procedure and clinic to assure that you will get completely natural results. The state of art hair transplantation procedure that we recommend is called "Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation".
33- How long does a hair transplantation surgery take?
A typical session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an outpatient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon.
44- Do patients feel pain during the hair transplantation surgery?
Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.
55- How many grafts/hairs will be needed in hair transplant?
The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.
66- How long does it take to recover?
With today's very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.
77- Is it obvious that I had a hair transplant?
Immediately following surgery a patient's recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days. During the first few days after the surgery a person's hair transplants will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery. Once the transplanted hair grows out the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination.
88- When will the transplanted hair start growing?
Normally it takes between four to six months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient's transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.
99- Are the results of hair transplant permanent?
Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a life time – just as if they had been left in the bald resistant donor area.
1010- How can I find an experienced hair transplant surgeon?
The most important decision in restoring your hair is the physician you choose. The skill, talent, and experience of hair restoration physicians vary widely, as do the end results. Who you choose will determine how natural and full your new hair will be for the rest of your life.
1111- what is the best age for hair transplant?
In general, people in their early twenties are too young to have hair transplants done. Most doctors would advise patients against getting a hair transplant until they are at least in their mid or late twenties when their hair loss has somewhat stabilized. Male pattern baldness tend to progress very rapidly when someone is in his twenties. It would be unwise to waste precious donor hair until you can reasonably predict the future progression of your hair loss. If you had hair transplant done at a very young age, you might find yourself in a very awkward situation should your hair loss continues to progress further after the hair transplant surgery.
1212- Post Op - Scabs
You will be left with numerous scabs all over your recipient site immediately after the surgery. This is normal. In most cases, they will fall out automatically in about 2-3 weeks. Try not to rub them or touch the recipient site excessively. If your fingers are not clean, they can easily infect the recipient site.
1313- What are the main causes of hair loss?
The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. Currently there is no known method of stopping this type of hair loss. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores.
1414- Does hair transplant really work?
Yes. The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not "rejected" as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, and curl, after transplantation and regrowth. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Originally, large circular grafts containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeable and unnatural results. Over years, instruments and techniques have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results by transplanting small grafts very close together. We have found that hair grows from the scalp in groups of one, two, and three hair follicles. We transfer these groups of follicles after eliminating the excess surrounding fatty tissue. This allows the grafts to be placed closer together resulting in a denser and more natural result.
1515- What do you expect immediately after procedure?
The post-operative course will depend on adherence to the instructions given after surgery. Small scabs will form on the scalp at the graft sites. Generally speaking, these scabs disappear in 4-7days. Shampooing can be resumed 24 hours after surgery. The suture (stitch) used in the donor area is undetectable as it is completely covered by your existing hair. An appointment will be made for the suture to be removed one week after surgery. It is advisable to take at least two days off work after surgery. A baseball type cap can be worn at any time after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for at least five days after surgery. Typically the grafted hair will shed in 2-4 weeks. New growth will begin in 3-4 months and length will increase approximately 1/2 inch per month.
1616- Is hair transplant painful?
Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anesthetic is injected into the scalp. Once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain. If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to re-anesthetize the area.
1717- What is the best time to go back to work?
Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during the consultation.
1818- Is there any differences between density and fullness?
The word fullness rather than density, more accurately describes the visual phenomenon in what we perceive as thick hair vs. thin hair. The concept of fullness is broader and more inclusive. Density, the number of hairs/cm2, is only one of several contributing factors that are responsible for the visual impression of hair that appears "thick". Other factors include hair shaft diameter, color, texture, and curl, which may be of equal of even greater importance than density, in contributing to the visual appearance of a "full" head of hair. In the early stages of balding the "thin look" is caused by a process called "miniaturization" where hair is reduced in size, but not actually lost. Therefore, the density (the counted number of hairs/cm2) remains the same, although the people’s look of fullness can be dramatically reduced
1923- Are all Patients doing hair transplant procedure men?
No. Of course, most hair transplant patients are men between the ages of 30 and 50, but you may be surprised to learn that women also suffer from hair loss and lots of our clients are ladies. Over 200,000 people had hair transplants in 1994 (more than four times the 1990 rate), and of those, about 13,000 were women. Women with localized thinning on the top of their heads or thinning around the temples often make good candidates for hair transplantation. Prior to evaluation for hair transplantation, it is important for women to discuss your thinning hair with a dermatologist and/or endocrinologist to make sure there is no other treatable reason for the hair loss.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Bethel Smith says:

    I was surprised to read that a body hair transplant can be done if the donor doesn’t have a lot of hair on their heads. My husband is balding on his head. I think that he inherits this trait from his dad. Finding a place that can do a hair treatment for him would be a great option for us.

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