Both men and women struggle with premature hair loss as they age, and for some, it can begin at a fairly young age. Many have tried multiple over-the-counter solutions, including supplements and medications, to slow the speed of loss. Luckily, today’s hair transplantation techniques are more advanced than ever, providing a permanent and natural-looking restoration to thinning or balding areas.
Hormones are largely responsible for male pattern baldness, and those hormones do not affect the sides and back of the head as much as the top and front. Therefore, hair is typically taken from the back of the scalp and transplanted into areas that need more density, including a receding hairline. The procedure does not cause increased hair growth, but redistributes the existing hair to areas of loss. The transplanted hair then grows naturally.
The Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation has two board-certified facial plastic surgeons, both of whom have extensive experience with hair transplantation. With two surgeons in our office – one male and one female – you can choose your preference and also have the option of receiving a second opinion right in the same office.
Currently, we use the latest, no excision technology in hair transplantation. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is the technique, which creates a natural and permanent hair transplantation with minimal downtime. There is no need to be afraid of a long recovery period or ugly scalp scars and unsightly “hair plugs” which occurred in the past, because FUE is a much more intricate system of transplantation. It requires knowledge of hair growth patterns and some artistic sensibility on the part of your surgeon. The harvested hair follicles must be carefully handled and then placed properly so that they grow in the correct direction.
Your Hair Transplantation Procedure
Hair transplants are usually done under local anesthesia with some sedation. The FUE technique precisely extracts 1-4 hair follicles, naturally grouped together on the back of the scalp. Normally, these FUE grafts are taken from the back of the scalp and are barely noticeable by the second day.
The follicular units are meticulously placed in the areas of hair loss one by one. Since it is an intricate process, a series of procedures may be needed for the best results. This method is well worth the effort, however, because it provides the most natural look.
Other Areas Patients Request Hair Transplantation
Besides hair transplantation for thinning scalp hair, men and women often request hair placement into other locations. Some men desire a fuller beard, sideburn, moustache, or goatee. Some women desire fuller eyebrows or eyelashes. With the new FUE techniques, these can be easily accomplished.
Recovering from Hair Transplantation
After each transplantation procedure, you will experience some minor soreness and swelling. You can take pain medication, if necessary. Usually, non-prescription medications are sufficient.
We will give you instructions for treating the recipient sites, which include spraying or cleansing them several times a day. The day after your procedure, you can gently wet your transplanted hair sites with soap and rinse the soap off. At 3-5 days, you will be able to gently wash your hair with shampoo.
Bear in mind that the hair that has been transplanted will fall out within 6 weeks of the transplant. Over the next 90 days, this hair will be replaced with fresh growth.
While you have to wait a bit for the hair to be permanently replaced, it will then grow naturally.
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