WHAT IS A HAIR TRANSPLANT?
Hair transplantation is done using the patient’s own hair. Hair is taken from the very back of the patient’s head (where it is genetically programmed to grow permanently). Hair from this site is separated into follicular units and transplanted to other areas of the head, where it will continue to grow as vigorously as your natural hair. This donor hair carries with it the genetic code to resist balding, therefore making the hair transplant permanent.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MICRO FOLLICULAR UNIT HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?
Our hair grows in naturally occurring units — follicular units of one to five hairs per unit. When we transplant hair based on this naturally occurring unit, we create the most natural appearing result. Micrografts that are one to two hairs each are used along the hairline to give the hair transplantation the most natural look. Minigrafts that are three to five hairs each are used more for density, to fill in areas behind the hairline with thinning or no hair. As the hair is placed in the new location we honor the orientation (natural direction) of the follicular unit, leading to a natural result.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE FOR HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?
A thorough review of your health history and a physical exam of the scalp lay the foundation for determining if a hair transplant is right for you. Realistic expectations play no small role. While the opinion of a caring hair restoration professional is essential, we believe that patients who take the time to educate themselves about hair restoration are the best judge of when and if hair restoration is right for them.
ARE HAIR TRANSPLANT RESULTS PERMANENT?
Yes. Hair from the lower side or lower back of scalp donor area is genetically resistant to the male hormone that causes balding. When hair is appropriately harvested for hair restoration, the results are permanent. This harvested hair retains its genetic characteristics even after relocation so it will continue to grow for the rest of your life.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Some patients report only a small amount of discomfort associated with a hair transplant. We use a local anesthetic in the area that we will be working with. If you feel any aching feeling during the operation, we can give you a pain relief medication to take the edge off. Many hair restoration patients report no pain whatsoever.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
Once again, it will depend on how many grafts you need. If a patient requires approx 1000 grafts, the procedure will usually take around 4 hours. Patients who need 2500 grafts or more may need to be there for the entire day. Sometimes the procedure will be split over two days. This will all be discussed during your initial consultation.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE NEW HAIR GROWTH FROM THE GRAFTS?
It will take about four to six months after your hair restoration procedure to see new growth.
CAN I MEET WITH OR TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD IT DONE?
Absolutely! Our hair restoration consultant will meet with you and show you first hand the results we achieve at METAMORPHOSIS. Regardless of whether or where you elect to have hair restoration surgery, we strongly recommend that you meet with a consultant who has had hair restoration surgery before scheduling your procedure. You need to see for yourself what a hair restoration surgeon can achieve and learn first hand what is involved. The more you know, the better prepared you will be and the better your experience will be when and if you decide the time is right for you to have HAIR TRANSPLANT yourself.
I'M UNHAPPY WITH MY PREVIOUS HAIR TRANSPLANT. CAN YOU FIX IT?
For most patients, yes. We all agree that “getting it right” the first time is so vital in hair restoration. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients to be referred to us for revision hair surgery. Whether due to trauma, disease, pre-existing conditions or surgeon error, revision hair restoration has its own set of special circumstances. Although the preoperative and postoperative instructions for revision hair restoration are the same as for primary (first-time) hair surgery, revision hair is more challenging than primary hair restoration for several reasons. First is the altered “geography” of the scalp including scar tissue and often times placement of hair “plugs” of inappropriate size and orientation. The presence of scar tissue increases the complexity of revision hair transplant surgery. Therefore, amount of surgical time required to perform revision hair surgery can be longer than primary hair restoration.
HOW LONG AM I OUT OF WORK?
You may return to work the next day and resume full activity within a few days. However, you will have tiny red spots where grafts are planted for about a week after the procedure. If work is physically strenuous, you should plan to take 1 week off. Patients are asked to avoid any heavy lifting, bending and straining for one week following surgery. For several days after the procedure, many patients wear a cap to cover the new transplants.