Hair Loss and Transplantation Details
People who have a full head of hair framing their face look young, healthy, and confident, which is why you may feel much younger than you look because of hair loss. Typically, by the time patients recognize that they are losing their hair, 50 percent of their hair has already fallen. At this time, they often seek to meet with a hair doctor to discuss hair restoration. Michigan’s Dr. Pramit Malhotra understands that It is natural to be fearful of the hair plugs look, but he assures his patients that this technique hasn’t been used in 25 years. The current techniques allow hair restoration to be an essentially undetectable procedure once the transplanted hair grows in.
Every Head of Hair is Different
All of the best hair transplant surgeons will tell you that each hair restoration case is unique. People have different types of hair, ranging from straight to curly, thick to thin, dense to sparse, and with a variety of hues.
It is notable that men typically lose hair in a predictable way, known as male pattern baldness. Women can suffer from female pattern baldness, but most females with this problem will experience a diffuse thinning of all of their hair. For men and women, the hair loss is usually a combination of inherited factors and their hairs’ sensitivity to a hormone called DHT.
Where Does the New Growth After Hair Restoration Come From?
The source of your new hair is your own body. Unlike organ transplants, where a person receives a new part from a donor, you will get a hair transplant from yourself. Getting hair from a stranger would require you to take drugs that suppress the immune system. Using your own hair for hair restoration alleviates this problem.
In pattern baldness, the hair stops growing in such areas as the crown, top, and front of the head, but it continues to thrive on the back and sides of the head. This donor hair is genetically programmed to be maintained and is not typically lost, even in severe cases of balding.
What Does a Hair Restoration Consultation Involve?
Once you have determined that hair restoration is the right approach for you, it’s time to come in and have a consultation with Dr. Pramit Malhotra, who will lead you in a thorough medical examination.
One of the most important measurements for him to take involves a hair densitometer. This instrument lets him calculate the density of your hair and just how many individual hairs are now growing in your follicular units. This will allow him to determine how much hair you have available to donate or move from the back of your head to the areas where it’s needed. In addition, he will talk with you about your hair restoration goals.
How is the Hair Restoration Performed?
The hair restoration team uses a small motorized instrument called a punch to score the skin around each follicular unit set to be relocated. Next, the suction device sucks the graft into a bacteria-free canister while bathing it with a moist solution. This is typically done with the patient in a face-down, massage-type position and is painless once the anesthetic is effective.
After the grafts are harvested, the patient enjoys a short lunch and bathroom break.
The doctors then creates the hairline by making small incisions in the top of the head where the hair implants will be placed. The angle of the recipient sites is critical to maximize the effect of the hairs placed. A 1,000-graft hair restoration session done extremely well can look better than a 2,000-graft session done with little artistry.
The Ann Arbor hair restoration team delicately places each follicular unit into a small recipient site where baldness or thinning hair has been occurring. This process is painless, and patients typically watch movies during this process.
Hair Restoration Recovery
Patients often take Tylenol for pain control for 24 to 48 hours after FUE Neograft® hair restoration. They are often surprised at how easy the procedure it. A dressing will be placed for one or two days after the hair restoration procedure. Once this is removed, the patient may shower. An ointment will be applied to the donor area, and a moistening spray to the graft area.
Can Signs of a Hair Transplant Be Hidden?
The ability to completely hide your hair transplant depends on how much existing hair you have that can cover the grafts you received. Some patients may be able to shave the sides of their head but leave the top of the hair from 1 to 3 inches, depending on density. These patients would be able to return to work in five to eight days after their hair restoration, and no one should notice anything unusual. There are also topical products that work quite well to hide the transplant.