Hair Restoration

The process of Hair Restoration is not only a technical feat but also an aesthetic exercise for the Hair Restoring surgeon.  A successful outcome requires a large degree of artistic ability and creation to produce natural appearing hair growth consistent with the existing hair on the head.  Careful planning on the direction of hair growth, shape of one’s scalp and the natural occurring hair line are all important considerations for producing the desired results in Hair Restoration surgery.  Today the results can look so natural (of which they are); that even a professional stylist could not tell of their transplanted characteristic.

Follicular Unit Hair Restoration

By taking hair follicles from donor sites on a patients head (areas where hair growth remains) and restoring them to the recipient sites (areas where balding or thinning has occurred) people can now enjoy the natural and indigenous hair of their own, once lost to the DHT hormone.  Hair Restoration and its earlier techniques have come a long way from the plugs and corn rows in previous methods. This breakthrough method and its subjects of a microscopic proportion make this hair restoration procedure one which requires dexterity, precision, and an artistic flair.  A method known as follicular unit grafting, approaches hair restoration with a philosophy that hair grows in groups.  These groups or follicular units usually containing one to four terminal hairs, also contain 1 to 2, fine, vellus hairs, oil glands, a small muscle, tiny nerves and blood vessels, and a very thin line of collagen.  This unit, seemingly interdependent on its structure, should be kept in tact to ensure a successful Hair Restoration outcome that produces continued growth.


Hair Restoration: The Procedure

This breakthrough in restoring hair in individuals who have experienced hair loss, offers yet another benefit to its recipients in the actual procedure by being virtually pain free.  Patients during Hair Restoration surgery are fully awake making the process extremely safe with little to no recovery time. While taking on average anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, patients are comfortable throughout with an occasional sensation described as mild burning.  Hair Restoration, typically performed right in the doctor’s office, may also be performed at a surgical center and usually requires the assistance of 1 or 2 nurses due to the extremely small, even microscopic donors.  Much care is involved ensuring these grafts remain intact when removed and when transplanted into the very small incisions placed in the bald/balding areas.  Placing smaller incisions in the recipient sites does less damage to the blood vessels and allows for a quick recovery and adaptation of the new follicle.  Providing a snug fit for these follicular units also allows quick healing of the wound, least amount of scarring and better chance of survival for the hair follicles in the Hair Restoration process


After Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration and its most recent advancements in technique, provide many benefits to patients post operatively.  By allowing the patient to be fully awake, little recovery is needed, if any.  With the exception of a mild burning sensation described by patients within the donor sites, most return to their normal routine immediately following a hair restoration procedure.  Most often these hair follicles are held in place by the body’s natural glue therefore it is important in the next few weeks to avoid any stress to the area where hair was restored. After such time and due to healing of the area, the grafts should be held firmly in place; patients may return to their physical routines.  In the first one to two weeks following Hair Restoration the newly transplanted hair will fall out and patients will look similar to how they did prior to surgery. Between the third and fifth day 25% of patients experience minor swelling lasting no more than 24 hours.  Any scabbing that occurs on the scalp should be washed off as it accumulates however, because these recipient incisions are so small, no new crusts will form after the second day. In rarer cases, minor swelling of the eyelids has occurred.  Though a dramatic difference may be apparent after the first procedure it is common for patients to require more, and all depends on the amount and type of area, thinning vs. bald, needed to restore hair in.  The larger area to cover the likelier it will be to require additional treatments. In addition areas where hair remains and only thinning has occurred will most often produce results quicker and need less treatment than those which are bald. Though new growth within these recipient sites can take several months with the best results up to a year even two, the years restored through a more youthful appearance make hair restoration well worth the wait!  Call 480-946-7100 now for a free Hair Restoration consultation, and a chance to relive those years that your hair loss took away.