Hair Transplant / FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Our hair transplant specialists can provide answers to the leading questions that clients like you have about their hair.
It’s essential to research your treatment, but finding accurate information online about hair transplantation can be challenging. Have you encountered contradictory or confusing explanations of hair restoration? Do you want to get to the truth about what this procedure can, ( or can’t) do for you? Our frequently asked questions list can help you find clarity.
Is there an age requirement for hair transplants?
There is technically no age requirement for surgery. Most of men and women who seek hair restoration surgery are experiencing androgenic alopecia- the genetic and hereditary form of progressive hair loss. Also known as male pattern baldness, this issue affects males in higher numbers and at younger ages.
So, if you start to notice thinning and hairline receding at age 20, does that mean you should rush to have a hair transplant? Not necessarily. Here’s why:
In general, once the rate and pattern of fallout have been well established, it’s easier to plan a satisfying, long-lasting result. Ideal clients are typically aged 35-65. Without knowing how quickly your hair loss will progress, deciding where to fill in can be challenging. Transplantation at a young age can necessitate additional procedures to chase ongoing balding.
Ultimately, the decision to intervene is between you and your hair transplant expert. We recommend a comprehensive consultation to assess your scalp, talk about your goals, learn about the options, then make a plan you’ll love now, and five years from now.
Am I a Candidate For a Hair Transplant?
The ideal candidate for a hair transplant is someone with hair loss or thinning that is stable and has sufficient donor hair available for transplantation. A consultation with a hair transplant specialist such as our Nova Medical team can help determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Will a Hair Transplant Give me Unnatural Looking Hair?
Images of hair plug results from decades past may trouble you, but rest assured that today’s advanced Follicular Unit Excision techniques deliver natural, nearly scarless results. The strip transplant method required a long incision at the back of the head when removing follicle grafts. This approach is still in use today. However, advanced FUE methods dominate the industry because they don’t create the visible, extensive scars of traditional methods.
The ARTAS® precision FUE system is so advanced; it can remove tiny, micro units which are then placed in shallow slits to avoid the hair plug look. Your surgeon’s expertise is essential to ensure implanted hairs follow natural direction and angles. The placement of each, valuable graft to simulate authentic growth will translate to long term, incredible results.
Is it True that FUE Only Transfers a low Number of Grafts in one Session?
ARTAS® makes dramatic, full restoration hair transplants possible. Traditionally, the highest number of grafts were transferred with the strip method. When it comes to concern about scalp trauma or blood supply, substantial transplants are less of an issue for today’s ARTAS® patents. Here’s why:
You have an extensive network of blood vessels in your scalp and new ones form when follicles are implanted. Modern, graft extraction techniques can remove precise, micro scalp units, which lead to lessened scalp trauma and reduced healing times. Grafts are smaller today than in the past- containing between 1-4 hairs- so their implantation through tiny slits can be done en masse, without threatening survival rates.
Though surgical skill is essential for natural planning and placement, technological advancements have allowed this once tedious, slow process to be sped up. Your first step is to meet with a hair transplant specialist and explore your options.
Will my Transplanted Hair Fall Out?
Yes, but that’s ok. As you read accounts of patient experiences, you may come across the phenomenon of implanted hairs falling out by roughly 3 weeks post-procedure. It’s essential to understand what this is, and what it isn’t.
The living follicles themselves are not falling out when this occurs. Hair growth cycles move through Anagen (growth) phase, Catagen (regression) and Telogen (resting) periods. The trauma of transferring follicles triggers telogen effluvium or, shock loss. It’s a falling away of old hairs to make way for new ones. It’s an essential and completely healthy part of the process. Within a few weeks after FUE, you may look like you did before you started. Yet, under the surface, follicles are actively growing your new hairs, which appear within a few months.
Are There Non-Surgical Solutions?
Yes- we offer several effective treatments which can help slow the progress of hair thinning and even boost hair growth. Whether medication, laser treatment, medically specialized products or Platelet-Rich Plasma, talk with our experts about alternatives and supportive therapies combined with hair transplantation for outstanding results.
Is Hair Transplant Recovery Painful?
You’ll be surprised by how comfortable it is. Our state-of-the-art device allows us to extract extremely small hair grafts with a-traumatic techniques. We’ve come a long way from strip harvesting used by most surgeons in the past. Small, micro-units placed in slits heal rapidly. Your donor area will not have a long, deep incision, but tiny holes which close within days. No scalpels and no stitches mean minimal discomfort. During your procedure, topical anesthetic and an injected numbing medication are used to make your scalp completely comfortable. For the first 24-72 hours, mild swelling of the scalp and forehead is expected, and your surgeon will recommend simple comfort measures. Most people can be back to work within 5–7 days.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The length of the procedure depends on the number of hair follicles being transplanted. FUT can take several hours, while FUE is typically shorter, around 5-8 hours.
How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?
The cost of a hair transplant depends on the type of procedure and the number of hair follicles being transplanted. Check out our costs page to learn more about pricing!
How Long Will It Take To See the Results of a Hair Transplant?
It can take several months to see the full results of a hair transplant. New hair growth typically begins within the first 3-4 months after the procedure and continues to improve over the course of a year.
How Many Hair Transplant Procedures are Needed to Achieve the Desired Results?
The number of procedures required to achieve desired results varies from patient to patient and depends on the extent of hair loss and the patient’s individual goals. Our hair restoration specialists will work with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan to see how many treatments may be needed.
Can Women get Hair Transplants?
Hair transplants are not just for guys; ladies can receive them too! Hair transplant surgery is an excellent solution for women experiencing hair loss.
What Kind Of Anesthesia is Used During a Hair Transplant Procedure?
Local anesthesia is typically used during hair transplant procedures, which means the patient is awake but will not feel any pain. Sedation may also be used to help patients relax during the procedure if required.
Is a Hair Transplant Covered by Insurance?
The cost of a hair transplant varies depending on the extent of the hair loss and the type of procedure used. Insurance typically does not cover hair transplant procedures, but our clinic offers financing options to help make treatment more affordable and easier for you.
As with many cosmetic procedures, it’s essential that patients have a realistic expectation of potential follow up treatments to maintain satisfying results.
You can begin long term planning when you meet with an experienced plastic surgeon and hair loss expert. You should be informed of the pros and cons of each approach and know what to expect both during recovery and years after hair transplant.
Is it time to make a lasting improvement to your appearance? You can ditch the gimmicks and ineffective solutions. Hair surgery that restores real, growing hair is just a call away. We look forward to helping you take control of hair loss and your confidence.
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Hair Transplant Process
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