Hair Transplant Surgery
Are you one of those people who has unfortunately lost their hair at a young age? Do you feel liek you've lost your confidence because of gradual hair loss?
Now you can achieve a more youthful, attractive appearance and look younger once again by reversing your excessive hair loss with a hair transplant surgery. While medications such as Rogaine can help thicken hair, only hair transplantation is a proven method of creating permanent hair in an area where there was none.
In fact, recent advancments in technology have made hair transplantation more natural than ever before. Whether you have a significant hair loss, thinning hair or bald spots where hair no longer grows, hair transplantation is the cosmetic procedure for you.
To learn more about the hair transplant services available at Allure Plastic Surgery, please call our NYC office today at (212) 661-2563 or continuing reading below to learn more about the procedure and who can benefit from it.
Is Hair Transplant Right For You?
While transplanted hair is permanent and will never fall out, your natural hair may continue to grow and fall out, making the key to determining whether or not somone is a good candidate for hair transplant surgery the estimation of their hair loss pattern.
To help them with this estimation, your surgeon will use a densitometer to both help determine the permanency of your donor hair, as well as the extend of current hair loss. Since it's difficult to predict the amount or rate of hair loss in any patient, most young patients may end up with an unnatural looking hair line and appearance as their hair loss continues.
In this case, it's advisable to start with a small hair transplant to provide a little more density in the hairline with the understanding you'll likely need additional procedures in future as things change.
No matter what your age, the most successful hair transplant surgeries are the ones which provide a stable supply of donor hair to cover the current bald or balding area, as well as any future hair loss.
When the procedure has been completed, you can expect a fuller head of hair in a few months and since it's a permanent procedure, you won't have to worry about a receding hairline or bald spots any longer.
Though hair growth after a transplant may not be as good as a natural one, it as close as you can get. With the new improvements made, you can full more confident with your fuller head of hair, especially if you've lost your hair at an early age.
Regardless of your age, there's no need to feel older than you are simply because you've lost your hair sooner than you'd like and thanks to the technological advancements made over the past few years, along with the specially formulated shampoos and chemicals you'll apply to maintain your newly found dense hair, you'll be happy with this one-time process that can last a lifetime.
While some patients consider hair transplant expensive and are tempted by other less expensive methods of hair regrowth, you need to bear in mind the long-term benefits of hair transplantation which can make it the most cost-effective solution for hair loss.
Hair Transplant Techniques
While there are many different ways to transplant hair as part of a hair transplant procedure, they all share the same core principles in common - relocating healthy hair follicles from areas of full, lashish hair to bald or balding areas .
As soon as the transferred hair follicles begin to recover, they will start growing like other normal hair to correct the hair loss you've experienced. Typically, the hair transplant surgeon will remove donor hair from the back of your head under local anesthesia or mild sedation and the method of hair removal will vary depending on the technician performing your surgery.
Most surgeons will either use a strip removal or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) process for getting donor's hair. We typically use the more popular FUE technique which acquires the natural grouping of hair as individual strokes, eliminating the possibility of a linear scar.
When the graft is finally prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area on your scalp where the hair follicles are supposed to be inserted and then uses a scalpel or needle to create slits on the scalp and delicately place each graft in those slits.
The time taken for the entire process to complete depends entirely on the size of hair transplant and some people consider it an unsafe process, even well-known medical experts suggest it's a completely safe and natural process, especially when compared to the many other options available which aren't as natural as using your own hair to stimulate growth.
Recently, the development of a machine known as Piloscope, which extracts hair follicles from beneath the scalp instead of punching holes in them, has helped to make this procedure less invasive than in the past. Using this device, the surgeon makes a very small cut on the back of the head and inserts the arm of the Piloscope into the incision to extract the follicles.
Compared to the Follicular Unit Extraction technique, the scalp looks untouched and more surgeons are starting to utilize this technology to help their patients achieve the best results possible.
The Hair Transplant Process
There are a lot of things to be considered before having a hair transplant. First, the surgeon has to check for several things such the quality, density, and color of your donor hair. Then, they have to prepare the hairline by analyzing the structure of your face, a process that's very important for the final result.
After your initial consultation, the surgeon will schedule an appointment with you to have you come into the office for your procedure. Before you arrive for your appointment, you should shampoo your hair with a surgical scrub and naturally dry it to prepare for your surgery.
To begin the procedure, you'll be administred a local anesthesia and can either take a nap or watch some TV while the surgeon carefully removes and replaces your hair follicles. While the surgery is quite easy to perform, it can also be done badly when you're not dealing with a professional and accredited plastic surgeon.
The hair tissues that are harvested from the donor area contain hair follicles that will be used to make the hair restoration possible. The hair strips harvested are divided into their follicle grouping and will undergo some tests and procedures before the graft is declared ready for transplant.
The surgeon will make several incisions in the recipient area, one for each unit of follicles with special attention given to the location, depth, and angle of each unit. This is the most critical part of the procedure because it will determine whether the result achieved looks natural or not and may take four to six hours to complete, hence the suggestion to take a nap.
Typically, hair is transplanted into three areas:
- The head
- The eyebrows
- The eyelashes
Although hair transplantation is the least invasive cosmetic surgery as compared to many other methods of hair regrowth, the recovery process should be taken seriously. Recovery is typically quick with a slight crusting over the donor and graft areas. The eyebrows and eyelashes will have to be trimmed every few weeks to produce the best results.
In almost all the patients, the recovery process goes smoothly without any complications whatsoever, but since your scalp may be very tender after the surgery, you'll be advised to wear bandages on your head for a day or two afterwards and your surgeon may also prescribe to you an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug for few days to reduce the possiblity of an infection.
It's normal for the transplanted hair to fall out about two to three weeks after your surgery and when it does fall out, you'll notice new hair growth within a few months from transferred follicles that grow nicely and naturally. Since this is to be expected, the number of grafts transplanted into your scalp will be calculated to take this into consideration.
While not normally expereinced by hair tranplant patients, the common side effects from a hair transplant procedure are usually minor and will go away in a few weeks. They may include:
- Bruising around the eyes
- Swelling of the scalp
- Lack of sensation or numbness in the treated areas
- A crust that forms on the areas where hair was implanted or removed
- Inflammation of the follicles
- Unnaturally-looking hair tufts
If needed, your surgeon may also prescribe some hair-growing drugs, such as Rogaine, to enhance hair growth following transplantation.
With hair transplantation, it is advisable to keep expectations realistic, but the result of a natural hairline is a goal that is easy to attain and really worth going through in the long run. For more information about the procedure, plase contact Allure Plastic Surgery online or call (212) 661-2563 to reach our office in New York City.