All you need to know about hair transplants for men
To understand why the results of this hair transplant procedure look so natural on men, you must first understand how hair actually grows.
If you look closely at naturally growing hair using magnification you will see that hair actually grows in groupings of one, two, three, and four hairs.
These naturally occurring hair groupings grow in irregular patterns on the scalp similar to how grass grows on a lawn. These groupings are technically referred to as follicular units.
By relocating these carefully prepared bald-resistant follicular units from the back and sides of the scalp, physicians doing follicular unit hair transplantation recreate a natural pattern of hair in the balding areas. To do this properly is a very time consuming process. It requires our team of skilled and meticulous medical technicians working closely with the hair transplant physician.
Advantages of a Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation over standard procedures:
Carefully prepared follicular unit grafts contain a minimum of excess scalp tissue and are very tiny, compact structures. As a result, the grafts fit into very small incisions that produce very little trauma to the scalp.
The use of smaller grafts, with less invasive incisions, permits a larger number grafts to be transplanted in one session. In addition, the small grafts can be placed closer together.
Careful trimming of the donor tissue using microscopes produces more grafts.
By carefully trimming donor tissue into the naturally occurring follicular units under magnification (using high powered microscopes) the maximum number of intact and undamaged grafts are produced from a given amount of donor tissue. And since a patient’s donor tissue is limited, this enables the balding patient to ultimately achieve the fullest coverage possible.
A Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation looks natural, even on close examination
Because the follicular unit hair transplant procedure replicates, hair for hair, the way hair grows naturally, it produces results that look natural, even under close inspection.
The follicular unit hair transplant also looks natural after only one surgical session. Additional procedures are only needed to increase the density of the hair transplant or to address additional areas of balding if the hair loss progressed.
Your questions answered:
How does hair transplantation work?
Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head.
This process works for a lifetime because the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically resistant to baldness, regardless of where they are relocated to.
Will my hair transplant results look completely natural?
Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you’ve had it done.
How long does a hair transplant procedure take?
A typical session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an outpatient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon.
Does the hair transplant procedure hurt?
Patients are given local anesthesia in the donor and recipient areas. Most patients find that once the anesthesia is given that they feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Following surgery patients will typically feel some amount of soreness and numbness, with some mild discomfort. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.
How many grafts/hairs will I need?
The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.
What is the recovery/healing time?
With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected for several days following surgery.
When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?
Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.