Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplantation
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It’s natural to have many questions when considering a hair transplant procedure. Our staff at the Neiman Dermatology Building are here to answer any and all that you may have regarding the process.
Below, find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hair transplantation we receive.
Hair transplantation involves taking individual hair follicles from the back of the scalp (an area where the hair is genetically programmed to never fall out) and moving them to the bald or thinning areas. The FUT method of hair transplantation involves removing a thin strip of tissue that contains hair follicles from the back of the scalp (donor site). The donor site is sutured and left to heal for 10 to 14 days. After removal, the strip of tissue is dissected into a number of smaller skin grafts that all contain a hair follicle with between one and four strands of hair. The number of hairs on the grafts depends on the hair density of the donor site. The doctor then makes a series of microscopic incisions in the area where the hair is thinning (recipient site), and places a single graft into each of the incisions. After the hair is transplanted, it will then continue to grow in the new location for a lifetime and will never fall out.
Hair transplantation is done in an outpatient setting right at our office. Patients are given oral sedation followed by local anesthesia to the donor and recipient sites. They walk in and walk out the same day.
In order to create a natural-looking hairline, the hair placement must be both precise and slightly irregular. No person has a hairline of rigid angles or a perfect brick wall of hair, so we must create a natural-appearing hairline. This is why when preparing the donor grafts from the hair at the back of your scalp, we cut very fine micro-grafts which consist of just one to two hairs each. These small grafts can be implanted at the desired hairline in a natural-looking fashion due to their small size.
The fine nature of micro-grafts is quite natural-looking. It takes many hours to skillfully and artistically transplant the follicles. we cut mini-grafts of about three to four hairs each that can be used for the bulk of the balding skin, but the micro-grafts which consist of one or two hairs are used for the hairline. This way, the final result is attained with everything looking completely natural.
Nearly any patient with noticeable hair loss can undergo hair transplantation. Ideal candidates have healthy areas of hair on the back of the scalp that can serve as donor areas for the procedure. The most common condition treated is male and female pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). However, other conditions such as scarring disorders resulting from injury, diseases, or previous surgery of the scalp, can also be treated with hair transplantation.
The results of hair transplantation appear gradually as the transplanted hair falls out (shock loss) and then regrows to restore a natural appearance. The transplanted hair follicles will be in the dormant stage of the hair growth cycle for up to three months following the procedure. Once the three months have passed, the transplanted hair follicles will begin to grow just like normal hair at the rate of ½ inch per month. The incisions will fade over time to become less noticeable as well. Desired results may be achieved after approximately one year, although this varies from patient to patient.