A hair transplant is designed to permanently restore hair to the scalp in the areas affected by hair loss or thinning hair, but it is not intended to prevent the loss of the patient’s naturally occurring, non-transplanted hair. Patients looking to preserve their existing, [Read more…]
Patients who wish to experience the best possible results following a hair transplant procedure should carefully abide by the post-operative care instructions provided by the hair transplant surgeon. These care instructions will vary depending on the specific procedure the patient has undergone, and the patient can expect the doctor to outline these various differences between the available procedures during the initial consultation process. The initial consultation is critical when it comes to ensuring the ideal procedure for achieving the patient’s specific coverage and density goals is ultimately selected.
Regardless of the procedure, the days that immediately follow the transplant are the most critical to ensuring the best possible results are realized through the hair transplantation process. The newly transplanted grafts should be protected from the sun, at first with a loose-fitting hat and, after a few days, with traditional sunscreen (at least 30 SPF). Patients will likely be provided a special shampoo along with additional care instructions designed to protect the newly transplanted grafts.
Although physical activity might also be limited for a relatively brief period of time following the completion of the procedure, the reality is that after the first 10 days the transplants will not require substantial attention or special care from the patient. Once the hair transplant grafts are permanently established, the patient can simply care for the transplanted grafts in the same way they would take care of their naturally growing hair.
Hair transplant surgeons typically prefer that a patient’s hair loss is stable before recommending a corrective course of action, but there are steps that can be taken if a patient does experience additional hair loss outside of the area of the scalp that will ultimately become the transplant, or recipient site. Of course, it is always best to take a proactive approach when it comes to hair loss, and it is possible to take measures to ensure that further hair loss is prevented. It is for this reason that hair transplant doctors often recommend the supplementary use of medications like Rogaine or Propecia as part of the patient’s post-operative care plan.
It is critical to note that medications such as Rogaine and Propecia are intended to prevent the loss of existing hair. For the sake of clarification, this means that these particular medications are not an effective option for encouraging the re-growth of hair that has already been lost. Following a hair replacement procedure, a patient who has experienced further loss of their existing hair may choose to undergo an additional hair transplant procedure to ensure adequate coverage. Assuming there is enough donor tissue available, the patient can select from any number of effective options, including a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) or a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), both of which are surgical procedures considered effective for addressing hair loss or thinning hair caused by male or female pattern baldness.
It may also be possible that a patient is able to address additional hair loss following a hair transplant with new processes involving the use of Platelet Rich Plasma. The use of Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is still a relatively new option for addressing hair loss, and not all patients will be viable candidates for this type of treatment. In order to determine the most ideal procedure for the specific type of hair loss being experienced, the patient should meet with their hair transplant surgeon to discuss the array of different hair restoration options that might be available to them.
Hair transplants do work for African-American patients, and there are surgical and non-surgical options available for patients regardless of their ethnicity. This is because hair transplant procedures like FUE and FUT utilize the patient’s own, naturally growing hair as the donor tissue for the areas in which hair has thinned or loss has occurred. [Read more…]
Although hair loss and thinning hair is typically viewed as a problem somewhat unique to men, the fact of the matter is that women are also quite likely to suffer issues associated with hair loss or thinning hair. In fact, women often suffer from a number of common conditions that may result in hair loss, not to mention the variety of habits that are also associated with hair loss or thinning hair. Each of the following can be included among common causes of hair loss in women: [Read more…]
A hair transplant failure is incredibly rare, especially if the doctor and patient have discussed pre- and post-operative care and have evaluated the risk factors unique to the individual patient. Even so, it is helpful that a patient understands all of the potential reasons a hair transplant might fail and what can be done to correct a failed hair transplant under the rare circumstance that this occurs. [Read more…]
There are few circumstances in which something can go wrong with a hair transplant, especially if the patient is in good health and follows the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by their hair transplant surgeon in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan. In the overwhelming majority of hair transplants, the end result should closely align with what was discussed during the initial consultation between the doctor and patient. It is also during this time that the doctor will be able to outline any potential issues that could arise due to circumstances unique to the patient. A relative lack of available donor tissue, for example, could make it difficult to deliver the appropriate degree of coverage in the recipient site. [Read more…]