Hair Transplant Surgery

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It is estimated that more than 21 million women and 40 million men in the U.S. suffer from some form of hair loss. Nearly 66% of males age 35 or older, and 50% of women over age 50 will experience moderate to severe pattern hair loss.

Hair transplant surgery (medically known as Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT) is a permanent hair restoration technique that uses hair from full areas to fill in areas of the scalp that exhibit balding or moderate to severe hair thinning.

What is hair transplant surgery?

FUT, sometimes referred to as “strip harvesting”, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a narrow strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back of the head. Hair follicles are individually extracted from this donor area and carefully implanted into the targeted recipient area. FUT is a highly effective way to permanently address moderate to severe hair loss.

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How is Follicular Unit Transplantation performed?

Hair transplant surgery is performed under local anesthesia by a specially trained physician. The procedure begins with the surgeon harvesting a strip of the scalp from the back of the head. The area is numbed via an injectable anesthetic before the surgeon removes a donor strip. This donor area is later hidden by surrounding hair.

In the next step of the FUT procedure, the donor strip is dissected into 500-2,000 tiny grafts, each containing 1-3 individual hairs. The exact number of grafts required depends on the patient’s hair characteristics (type, quality, and color) as well as the size of the balding (or recipient) area.

Finally, the surgeon preps the treatment area before creating slits (tiny holes) in the scalp. Individual grafts are then delicately placed in each hole.

Most procedures can take anywhere from 6-8 hours. However the time duration greatly differs due to the extent of the procedure. Some individuals may need multiple sessions if they experience further hair loss or want thicker hair.

Who is the ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery?

Ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery are individuals who are in good health and have no family history of severe pattern baldness. Generally we recommend that people try hair regrowth medications such as minoxidil prior to undergoing hair transplant surgery.

What should I expect after hair transplant surgery?

Post procedure, many individuals will notice that their scalp feels tender. Light to moderate pain is common for several days after the procedure and can be easily managed with pain medications. Most patients will need to wear surgical dressing over the scalp for 1-2 days post procedure. Patients are usually ready to return to work within two-five days after their procedure.

Two to three weeks after surgery the transplanted hair will naturally shed, with new hair regrowing in its place. Depending on your specific characteristics your provider may recommend using minoxidil (Rogaine) or Finasteride (Propecia) following your procedure to improve hair regrowth.

Is hair transplant surgery permanent?

Generally the results provided by hair transplant surgery are permanent. However in some cases patients may require “touch up” sessions to maintain thick and full hair in treated areas.

Does hair transplant surgery leave scars?

FUT procedures do leave small scarring in donor area. However the donor area is usually positioned in a way that it is easily covered by surrounding hair. Thus most scarring is only noticeable with very short hairstyles.

Are multiple FUT sessions necessary?

The need for multiple treatment sessions differs greatly from individual to individual, depending on degree of hair loss and desired result. A qualified hair transplant surgeon will be able to determine required treatment frequency during an in-person consultation.

How Much Is Hair Transplant Surgery?

The total price of a hair transplant procedure differs from individual to individual as cost is dependent upon the size of the treatment area, specifically the number of hair follicles that need to be implanted. See the average cost of hair transplant

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