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1. How common is hair loss?
Everyone loses their hair on a daily basis at a rate of approximately 50 to 150 individual hairs per day. Usually, the hair will grow back. If the hair follicle is thinned, however, this re-growth does not occur. All men experience some degree of gradual hair loss in their lifetime as a result of natural aging and changes in the male hormone androgen. Women may also experience hair loss.
2. Is male pattern or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) caused by anything I’m doing?
There is no proof that male or female pattern baldness is related to tight scalp muscles, mental stress, washing frequency, type of shampoo, or skin conditions. However, certain medical conditions can cause hair loss
3. Does the procedure hurt?
With the use of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, discomfort during the procedure is eliminated.
4. Will I be able to swim and enjoy other physical activities with my new hair?
You will be able to participate in any of the activities you enjoy within five to seven days after treatment. Your transplanted hair is permanent and may be washed, cut and dyed.
5. Will my transplanted hair eventually fall out?
When you have hair grafted from the back and sides of your scalp to your balding areas, called an autograft, the hair will grow for the rest of your life.
6. How is the procedure performed?
Hair restoration surgery involves removing a small strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back and sides of your head. This donor region contains hair that will grow throughout your lifetime. The area from which the strip is taken is carefully closed, usually resulting in a very fine line completely hidden amongst the remaining hair.
Then microscopically divide the strip of your hair-bearing scalp for replacement in your balding areas. These grafts may be processed in a variety of different sizes, depending on your specific needs and scalp conditions. The grafted hair grows much like normal hair and is virtually undetectable. Follicular groupings containing more hair will be used to obtain more density behind the hairline.
With the use of local anesthesia and IV sedation, any discomfort during the procedure can be eliminated. To complete the restoration, our staff carefully checks that your newly placed hair will grow together in specific directions to form a hairline that is virtually undetectable from the one that nature might have given you, along with increased overall hair density.
7. How much time is involved in treatment?
Multiple sessions at various intervals are usually required. Most patients can achieve a full, natural look with a minimum of procedures. The most successful candidates for micrografting and hair transplantation require one to two appointments, usually several months apart. Each office procedure lasts approximately three to four hours.
8. What happens after the surgery?
- Most patients can return to work 24 to 48 hours after their hair is restored.
- Hair is washed the morning after each procedure.
- Vigorous physical activity should be limited to five to seven days.
Medication is utilized to minimize swelling which can occur. Some crusting or small scabs may be present for seven to ten days, along with some itching at the treatment sites. Any numbness at the donor or recipient sites usually disappears within several weeks to a few months. Follow-up visits at four to six-month intervals are scheduled to monitor progress and assess results.
9. What results can be expected?
Micrograft’s leave virtually no scaring. They also conserve much of the hair that will be needed for future transplantations. The amount of coverage that is achieved depends on the extent of your hair loss, the density of your donor hair, as well as the number of procedures.
Much of the transplanted hair will be shed within a month. Approximately three months later (90 to 100 days), new hair will start to grow and will continue to grow at a normal rate. About six months after a hair transplant session, the transplanted hairs begin to take on a natural appearance and will continue to grow for a lifetime. The donor site from which the hair was taken shrinks to a small, barely noticeable incision line that is completely hidden in the surrounding hair.
10. Are there any complications from surgery?
As with all surgical procedures, there is always some risk. However, complications from surgical treatment for hair loss are rare and generally minimal. Bleeding and/or infection are infrequent and minor. In general, you should avoid aspirin or certain drugs or some herbal remedies before surgery. If you have specific concerns, please discuss them with your physician.