What is a Hair Transplant?
It's a type of surgery that moves hair you already have to fill an area with thin or no hair. For many people, a hair transplant can help bring back what looks like a fuller head of hair. If thinning up top or going bald really bothers you, the procedure can be one way to feel more confident about your looks.
Hair Transplant Procedure
First, Dr. Shah cleans your scalp and injects medicine to numb the back of your head. He will use either one of the instruments to perform the hair transplant procedure:
- Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)
- Follicular-unit extraction (FUE)
Each involves different preparation processes, FUE being less invasive than the FUSS procedure. After that point, both procedures are the same. Once he prepares the grafts, Dr. Shah cleans and numbs the area where the hair will go, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and delicately places each graft in one of the holes.
Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Photos
Follicular-Unit Extraction Hair Transplant
“Follicular-Unit Extraction” is also known as “F.U.E.”. This is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair transplant method that allows for the harvesting of individual follicles from the donor area without a scalpel incision or the necessary stitches. Since this method is minimally-invasive, it does not leave a permanent linear scar.
Benefits of the FUE Method
- FUE hair transplant is a very safe, minimally invasive, relatively minor procedure
- Minimal bleeding and fewer complications than with the “strip” method
- The procedure is performed with local anesthetic and no intravenous or intramuscular sedation is required
- Patients experience minimal discomfort, no scalpel incision, no sutures, no linear scar and quick recovery times
- And Much More!
How Long Is the Procedure?
Depending on the size of the transplant you’re getting, the process will take about 4 to 8 hours. You might need another procedure later on if you continue to lose hair or decide you want thicker hair.
Hair Transplant using NeoGraft®
NeoGraft is a new minimally-invasive automated hair transplant system. NeoGraft facilitates the harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant. This method dramatically improves the accuracy and speed compared to previously used manual extraction instruments.
How Long Do FUE Hair Transplants Take To Heel?
After Dr. Shah performs your hair transplants, your scalp will be tender, and you’ll need to take pain medication for a few days. We’ll have bandages on the treated areas and will prescribe antibiotics to eliminate any possibility of infection. Anti-inflammatory medication will lessen the irritation. There will be some swelling and bleeding at both the donor and recipient sites.
Surprisingly, you’ll be able to wash your hair within three days after your procedure. You’ll need to use a surgical sponge that we provide and soapy water to keep the recipient area clean and to stop it from developing crusts on the implanted follicles. We’ll show you the proper technique. It’s important not to rub the areas with the transplanted follicles. You can’t dry with a towel for about the first week; you’ll simply let your hair air dry. After that, you can wash your hair as you normally do. The donor area can be washed immediately, and you’ll need to keep it clean.
After about 10-14 days, your recipient areas will look natural and the transplants will no longer be visible.
Would I Be A Good Candidate For FUE Hair Transplantation?
For FUE transplantation, the patient needs to have hair still growing on the lower back of his or her scalp. These are the follicles that will be transplanted to the balding areas. The success of the procedure is dictated by how much bald-resistant donor hair the patient has, along with the amount of bald area that needs to be covered.
Are There Any Risks Associated With The FUE Hair Transplantation Procedure?
This is a low-risk procedure, as it involves no incisions. The donor and recipient sites need to be kept clean to avoid the potential for infection. There usually will be some mild swelling, more at the recipient sites. You may have some numbness or decreased feeling on the treated areas, but this usually resolves in a couple of weeks.
Is The NeoGraft Suitable For Both Men And Women?
Yes, the method of removal of individual hair follicles is perfect for areas of thinning hair on both men and women.
Will My Transplanted Hair Look Natural?
To be successful, these procedures need to be a combination of technology and a sense of the natural patterns in the way hair grows. When performed by Dr. Shah, hair transplantation will look completely natural. It will feel, look, and behave just like your hair formerly did before pattern baldness set in. This is because this procedure isn’t a hair-boosting attempt, such as applied creams; it is a relocation of fully functioning hair follicles. Unlike the follicles that are creating your thinning because they are spending more and more time in dormancy, these follicles from the back of the head have never stopped actively growing hair. They will do the same in their new locations.
Your hair will not only look natural, but it will behave naturally. Washing, brushing, combing — the hair transplanted hair is natural hair and won’t need any special treatment.