Q: Do you offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or laser scalp treatments?
A: We do not offer Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for our patients because the scientific data is not convincing of significant efficacy for patients. Unfortunately, the same is true for laser scalp treatments. After careful investigation, we cannot in good conscience recommend either PRP or laser scalp treatments as beneficial to hair growth – neither before or after hair transplantation. In fact some patients have reported shock hair loss after PRP injections into the scalp.
Q: Why does my hair fall out?
A: In men the most common cause of male pattern baldness is genetics. It is directly caused by a hormone called DHT and its affects on hair follicles that are susceptible to DHT. In women the causes are many and varied. This can be discussedduring a consultation,.
Q: Do I have to have a hair transplant or are there different treatment?
A: Hair loss can be treated with medications to halt its progression. A full discussion of the medical treatments offered can be found here. Medical Treatments.
Q: How long does a hair restoration surgery take?
A: Each procedure requires approximately 4-8 hours depending on the number of grafts needed.
Q: Will my surgery be noticeable?
A: Mild scabbing in the grafted area will be present for 7-10 days. Careful following of post-operative instructions can minimize this. Hats or visors are worn home from the procedure and are safe to continue to wear.
Q: Is my procedure guaranteed?
A: As long as you follow your physician’s instructions, your graft growth should exceed 95%. Any grafts that do not grow will be replaced without charge provided there is adequate donor hair available. Photos are taken of the grafted area to document the location of the grafts.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Prior to surgery, oral medication is provided to ameliorate pain. At the time of surgery, topical cream and local anesthetics are applied. Vibrators are used to distract pain sensors. Post operatively the patient is provided with oral medications for home use.
Q: Is the procedure safe?
A: Yes. There is no danger from intravenous or general anesthesia. Only oral sedation and local anesthesia are used. Since the scalp alone is involved in the surgery, complications are rare and unusually easily dealt with.
Q: How much “Down Time” is involved?
A: The surgery usually takes several hours to perform. Depending on the rigorousness of your activities, most people return to light activity within 48-72 hours. In FUT patients, they are encouraged to maintain a light schedule, i.e. no heavy straining for 7 days. In the FUE procedure you can go to full activity after one week.
Q: How does a hair transplant work?
A: Hair follicles are meticulously placed at appropriate depth, direction and angle to produce a normal appearance. Grafts containing 1-2 hairs each are selectively “feathered” into small surgical slits placed in the first one centimeter of the hairline. This is really an undulating zone, which is the way hair grows naturally. Grafts of 3-4 hairs each can then be placed gradually behind this zone, to add density into the interior scalp. The size of grafts will be variably chosen depending on individual hair color, density, texture and curl. Some patients choose to use only grafts of 1-2 hairs for the entire procedure. This is a personal decision. Both standard FUT strip surgeries & FUE surgeries are handled in this manner.
Q: Is transplanted hair more delicate?
A: No. After your new hair grows out there is nothing delicate or fragile about it. It can be permed, colored or straightened. It is your hair! You can engage in vigorous activities without fear or washing or blowing your new hair away.
Q: Can hair be transplanted into areas other than the scalp?
A: Yes. our clinic can put hair on men and women into eyebrows and on men into mustaches and beards. The transplanted hair blends in well with existing hair and is permanent as the hair in the donor area. Even beard hair extractions can be performed to move beard hair into areas of need.
Q: Can hair be transplanted into scars on the scalp to camouflage or hide the scar?
A: YES. Scar tissue will allow hair transplantation. This is often necessary after face lifts & eyebrow lift surgery. We specialize in repairs of old FUT strip scarring as well as old plugs.
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