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What Does A Hair Transplant Surgeon Do?

A Hair Transplant Surgeon with responsibilities that require a delicate balance of science and art, and being hair transplant surgeons possess a unique skill set that makes it possible to address issues associated with thinning hair or the various stages of hair loss. Through the use of any number of hair restoration techniques and procedures, these skilled doctors can create a natural-looking hairline and restore a great deal of thickness and volume to a patient suffering from hair loss or thinning hair. Hair transplant surgeons are trained to perform a wide range of procedures that include both surgical and non-surgical options, and patients can expect their doctor to be involved throughout the entirety of the process, from the initial evaluation to the post-operative follow-up.

Looking for Hair Transplant Surgeon?

During the initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in New York, Greenwich, Connecticut: Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, doctors will review the patient’s hair restoration goals and will explain the different procedures that are available along with a recommendation regarding which ones are most ideal based on a number of factors unique to the individual patient. At this point the doctor may recommend a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), or one of the many other available surgical and non-surgical options, all of which yield exceptional results for patients seeking the restoration of thick head of hair along with a natural-looking and artfully crafted hairline.

It is at this point that the doctor and patient will agree upon a specific course of action and schedule a date for the procedure, and the doctor can be expected to furnish detailed instructions regarding how to properly prepare for the day of the procedure to ensure that best possible outcome is achieved. This will include an overview of what the patient can and cannot do in the days leading up to the procedure as well as on the actual day of the procedure.

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The doctor’s responsibilities on the day of the procedure will vary considerably based on the extent of the hair loss or thinning hair being addressed as well as the specific surgical or non-surgical option selected by the patient. Generally speaking, however, the doctor will work in concert with a team of nurses, medical assistants, and surgical assistants on the day of the procedure. The doctor will be responsible for designing the hair line that is acceptable to the client.  He/she is also responsible for administering anesthesia and ensuring minimal discomfort and pain to the client.  He/she then performs and oversees the harvesting and extracting grafts from the donor site and preparing them for insertion into the recipient site.

Overall, the hair transplant surgeon is responsible for the procedure from start to finish including oversight of the team.

What are a hair transplant surgeon’s credentials?

Hair transplant surgeons at MAXIM Hair Restoration are board certified surgeons and typically hold a specialization in plastic surgery, but it is not uncommon for hair transplant doctors to posses areas of specialization that include dermatology, cosmetic surgery, and general surgery. The doctors in New York, Greenwich, Connecticut: Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Norther Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, all possess extensive experience performing a wide range of hair transplant procedures and were trained and educated at some of the most prestigious institutions worldwide. In fact, many of MAXIM’s hair transplant surgeons are performing research on new methodologies that show a great deal of promise for the future, and several of MAXIM’s doctors have shared their findings in medical journals and other industry publications.

In addition to board certification in plastic surgery or other related areas of specialization, a hair transplant surgeon should also possess an extensive track record of successful hair transplant procedures clearly demonstrating the doctor’s ability to perform natural-looking hair restoration procedures. After learning more about a doctor’s exceptional academic credentials, professional certifications, and prior examples of the positive outcomes generated through a hair restoration procedure, a patient should feel a strong sense of confidence in their doctor. With all of this information at their disposal, patients can make a full assessment of a doctor’s ability to balance the art and science of a hair transplant.

Is a plastic surgeon better at hair transplants?

Many of the doctors at MAXiM Hair Restoration who perform hair transplant procedures are indeed plastic surgeons, but there is also quite a large percentage of highly qualified doctors who possess board certification in cosmetic surgery, general surgery, and dermatology, along with a number of other areas of specialization outside of plastic surgery. Patients considering a hair transplant procedure should be aware that there are quite a few factors to take into account when choosing the ideal hair transplant doctor, and a doctor’s background in plastic surgery is just one piece of information worthy of inclusion in this critical decision-making process.

After reviewing a doctor’s qualifications and medical credentials, patients should consider the extent of a doctor’s previous experience in performing surgical hair transplant procedures. It is especially critical that the doctor specializes in hair transplant procedures and is able to offer access to the most advanced practices and technologies available. This should include surgical options — such as FUE and FUT — as well as non-surgical options, including scalp micropigmentation.

Meet your Hair Transplant Surgeon

Meeting the doctor and his or her staff during an initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in New York, Greenwich,Connecticut: Chicago, Illinois; Washington D.C. and Norther Virginia; Houston, Dallas, Texas; Manila, Philippines; Dubai, Abu Dhabi,U.A.E.; and Karachi, Pakistan, is perhaps the best strategy for determining the most ideal doctor. During the course of this complimentary initial meeting, a patient can gain a great deal of insight into the quality of previous patient outcomes and will begin to develop a general understanding of the kind of care the doctor and his or her staff will be able to provide during the treatment process.

So even though many hair transplant doctors at MAXIM Hair Restoration are trained and board certified as plastic surgeons, there are countless other factors a patient must consider when selecting the best hair restoration doctor. A comprehensive review of the doctor’s qualifications, experience, level of specialization, access to advanced technologies and procedures, and the quality of previous patient’s results will go a long way toward selecting the best hair transplant doctor available.

What Does A Hair Transplant Scar Look Like?

You might ask yourself, what does a hair transplant scar look like? Especially when you undergo a hair transplant. As patients enter the hair transplantation process, they bring a wide variety of questions and concerns that will help determine the most ideal course of action. Whether they are in Abu Dhabi or Chicago, the most common concerns expressed by patients have to do with their appearance, with many asking about the length of time before the final results of the hair transplant will be visible. Still other patients offer questions regarding the conspicuousness of the hair transplant, mostly out of a concern that there will be some kind of visual evidence of having undergone a hair transplant procedure. This concern extends to include worries over the possibility that any scarring from the donor site will be visible to others.

Fortunately, patients opting for an FUE or FUT procedure do not need to worry over a scar being visible to others. Patients opting for FUE often do so because of the fact that there will be no scarring left behind in the no-suture, no-scar process. This is why patients who prefer a close-cropped hairstyle often choose FUE over FUT. While the FUT procedure does involve the removal of a strip from the donor site, hair transplant doctors make sure that any scar left behind is easily covered by the patient’s existing hair. It is in this way that the patient is able to walk out of a hair transplant procedure will no visible scarring in the donor site.

Patients who have undergone the FUT procedure are left with a horizontal scar at the donor site, which is often located at the back of the patient’s scalp. The length of the scar can vary depending on the number of grafts needed to complete the procedure, and patients often undergo multiple sessions of FUT, which might involve the lengthening of the initial scar if that is the best option for concealment purposes. The scar that is left behind is very thin and is often no longer than a patient’s index finger. It is worth noting, however, that every patient heals differently, which has an impact on the appearance of the scar. The patient can do their part to make sure the healing process goes smoothly by closely following the post-operative care instructions provided by the doctor. In any case, the scar will be positioned in the most inconspicuous way possible to ensure that it is never visible to others.

Is the hair transplant scar visible?

Hair transplant candidates have every right to express concern regarding the visibility of any scarring left behind by the available transplant procedures. During the patient’s initial consultation at a hair transplant clinic in Manila, Abu Dhabi, Connecticut, Chicago, Dubai, and New York, it is essential that the doctor and patient discuss what each procedure entails and how the various methodologies might affect the specific patient. A prospective patient who wishes to keep their hair cut very short, for example, would very likely prefer the FUE procedure over the FUT procedure, as a close-cropped haircut would mean the horizontal scar left behind by the FUT procedure would remain quite visible. The FUE procedure, on the other hand, does not leave any visible scarring on the patient, even those with very short hairstyles.

There are many reasons why a patient will still opt for the FUT procedure over the FUE procedure, including the fact that the small, horizontal scar created during the procedure is easily covered up by the patient’s existing hair. Since the FUT procedure allows more grafts to be transplanted during a single session, patients who do not keep their hair very short can select this procedure knowing that the scar will never be visible to others unless the patient chooses to reveal it. During the FUT procedure, the doctor will select a donor site based on several factors that include the viability of the donor tissue and the ability to cover any scarring with the patient’s existing hair.

Once patients have fully healed and have realized the results of their hair transplant, it is common that they experience difficulty even locating the scar on their scalp. When the hair surrounding the area grows back in and the scar has had time to completely heal, the scar itself blends in seamlessly with the rest of the scalp and will take some time for patients to find. The fact that patients cannot find their own scar underscores just how capable hair transplant surgeons are when it comes to ensuring the scar is never visible and does not reveal the fact that the patient has undergone a hair transplant procedure.

Does FUE hair transplant have a scar?

Perhaps the principal reason patients select the FUE procedure for their hair transplant is the fact that the no-suture, no-scar option encourages the continued use of a very short hairstyle. The reason the FUE procedure is able to accomplish this is the fact that doctors harvest the follicles from the donor site on an individual basis before transplanting the grafts into the recipient site. While the FUT procedure leaves a horizontal scar that has to be covered up by the patient’s remaining hair, the FUE procedure does not require the use of a strip to create the individual follicular grafts that will be utilized in covering up the areas affected by thinning hair or hair loss. This is a time-intensive process due to the need to remove each graft individually, which is why a single session takes longer than the typical FUT session while also yielding far fewer grafts.

While the FUE transplant is considered a no linear scar technique, it should be noted that the procedure does leave a very small circular scar for each follicle removed from the donor site. This scar, when it is even visible, is white in color and is so imperceptible that one would likely need magnification in order to locate any individual scar. For all intents and purposes, the FUE procedure is rightly considered a no linear scar technique and is an ideal option for patients who prefer a close-cropped hairstyle.

What is a hair transplant scar revision?

Unfortunately, the relatively recent advances in medical technology were unavailable to many hair transplant patients of years gone by, and many of these patients have scars that are more visible than they would like. It is also sometimes the case that doctors using outdated procedures will leave a patient with an unsightly scar, and some patients simply do not heal particularly well and find that their hair transplant scar is somewhat visible. Patients dealing with any of the aforementioned issues surely want to have their scar corrected so that it is no longer readily visible to others, which is why doctors have developed strategies aimed at successful scar revision.

A scar revision can refer to several different corrective options, including either excising the scar or changing the scar’s direction so it can be better covered by the patient’s existing hair. Excising the scarred area is often utilized to correct the scarring caused by old, outdated hair transplant methods, and it can be complemented by the use of cortisone (for thickened or raised scars), dermal fillers (for concave scarring) and dermabrasion (for scar tissue that is rough or abrasive). In addition to these options, patients with visible scarring can also utilize scalp micropigmentation. This procedure is available at MAXIM locations in Manila, Philippines, New York, Chicago, and Dubai, and is ideal for visible scars since it involves the injection of a follicle-like pigment into the scalp, obscuring the scar by replicating the patient’s originally occurring hair follicles. The procedure is also useful for patients who keep their hair cut very short but are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair.

What To Use After A Hair Transplant

The time following the completion of the hair transplant procedure is a critical one, and patients should follow any and all of the specific advice and instruction provided by their hair transplant surgeon. Although the healing process requires patience before the hair transplant recipient is able to experience the full extent of the benefits of this procedure, the level of care required during this time is not all that difficult and it is certainly not overly complex.

Once the recipient site has had some time to heal following the procedure, most patients can begin using the same products they used before the transplant procedure. Patients often have questions regarding specific products or hair care strategies that might further enhance the benefits of the hair transplant. These questions may include one or more of the following:

  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs aimed at hair preservation
  • Rogaine
  • Propecia
  • Products containing natural oils (like coconut oil)
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In addition to the use of these products, many patients alter their dietary habits and begin including foods containing nutrients associated with hair regrowth or preservation. A change in diet can serve as an effective complement to the products mentioned above, and it is possible that some of the products may produce better results when used in conjunction with one another. In any case, it is always best for the patient to confer with the doctor regarding the best after-care strategies following the completion of a hair transplant procedure.

Products that are nutritious for hair regrowth after transplant

There are a variety of products that can be utilized by patients following a hair transplant procedure, with many electing to take advantage of the widespread availability of dietary supplements capable of supplying the specific nutrients associated with hair regrowth and follicle strength. Foods or supplements rich in protein, iron, magnesium, Vitamin B6, zinc and calcium have all been associated with the strengthening and regrowth of hair follicles after undergoing a hair transplant procedure.

Nutrient-rich foods and supplements are not the only products available to recent hair transplant recipients. There are a number of prescription and non-prescription drugs that can be used quite effectively by patients seeking to maintain their existing hair and enhance the strength of their remaining hair follicles. Products featuring natural oils are also used to strengthen hair follicles after a transplant and may contribute to the further preservation of the patient’s remaining natural hair. Products containing coconut oil are typically cited as the most popular option, but there are a number of other products that are similarly effective in preserving and strengthening hair follicles.

Topical prescription and non-prescription drugs to preserve hair

There is a wide range of topical options available via prescription, but there is also a number of non-prescription hair preservation and regrowth options available to recent hair transplant recipients as well. In fact, prospective patients may find that a hair transplant doctor will recommend a topical product instead of a hair transplant following the initial consultation and depending on the specific circumstances pertaining to the patient’s level of hair thinning or loss.

Perhaps the most well-known topical solution is Rogaine, which is available to patients over-the-counter without any prescription. In addition to Rogaine, patients may consider using either prescription or non-prescription shampoos to preserve their hair or stimulate regrowth. Shampoos containing ketoconazole, copper, zinc or keratin amino acids are the most common options and may be available with or without a prescription.

Propecia is likely the most readily identifiable hair preservation and regrowth option available with a prescription, and there is evidence that Rogaine and Propecia work particularly well when utilized simultaneously. The orally ingested Propecia blocks the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for the kind of hair loss that leads a patient to consider and undergo a hair transplant procedure.

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Use of Rogaine following a hair transplant

It is not uncommon for patients to have used Rogaine before considering a hair transplant, and doctors often field questions regarding the continued use of Rogaine following the hair transplant’s completion. Since Rogaine has a long history of success in stimulating hair growth over countless clinical trials, it is widely regarded as a safe and effective complement for use after a hair transplant.

In addition to it long track record of success, hair transplant patients tend to favor this option due to the simple fact that the topical foam solution is unscented and easily applied. Anyone who has witnessed the progression of hair loss is likely familiar with how follicle growth in certain areas of the scalp ceases so that it appears as though the follicles in these areas have shrunk relative to the unaffected hair follicles. Rogaine’s principal ingredient specifically targets these areas in order to stimulate the “shrinking” follicles so that they begin to grow anew and return as thick and as strong as before.

As always, patients should consult their doctor to determine the precise time needed between the completion of the hair transplant procedure and the commencement of any hair regrowth or preservation regimen, including one that features the use of Rogaine. It is generally accepted, however, that the use of a topical solution can commence once the hair transplant recipient site has healed to a reasonable degree following the initial transplant procedure.

Use of Propecia following a hair transplant

Like Rogaine, Propecia is one of the more readily identifiable products available for hair transplant patients and candidates alike. That is where the similarities between the two essentially end, however, as Propecia is not available over-the-counter and requires a prescription from a doctor, most likely a dermatologist. Propecia is also taken by mouth, whereas Rogaine is a topical solution applied directly to the scalp. There are also some potential side effects associated with the use of Propecia, which is why it remains important for the patient to discuss this option with a doctor before using it as a solution for thinning hair or hair loss.

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Assuming Propecia’s benefits outweigh any potential complications in the eyes of the patient and his or her doctor, this oral prescription medication has been proven in clinical trials to block DHT, the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness. When used in conjunction with a hair transplant procedure, Propecia may be effective in reducing the possibility of additional hair loss occurring outside of the hair transplant recipient sites.

Once the recipient site has sufficiently healed, many patients, in and around New York, Connecticut, Chicago, choose to use Propecia and Rogaine simultaneously since there is evidence that the two options have a synergistic effect on hair regrowth and preservation. With Propecia blocking DHT and Rogaine stimulating growth among weakened follicles, recent hair transplant recipients may be able to enhance the effectiveness of the hair transplant procedure by including these products as a part their after-care regimen.

Of course, it is important to note that the use of any product as well as the ideal timeline in which to they can be used should be discussed with the hair transplant surgeon. This will allow the doctor to give very specific advice based on the circumstances surrounding each individual’s hair loss, and this ensures that patients pursue the most ideal course of action for their unique situation.

Things to Know about Hair Transplants

What are the things to know in Hair Transplant? There is simply no amount of research or preparation performed by a prospective patient that is capable of replacing the insight gained during the initial consultation process with hair transplant centers and doctors in Chicago, New York, Connecticut, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Manila. During an initial consultation, the doctor will be able to discuss the patient’s specific goals as well as the most ideal strategies for achieving those goals. Each patient’s individual circumstances will dictate the procedure the doctor recommends, and it is during this time that the patient should be prepared to ask as many relevant questions as possible in order to ensure they have all the information they need about the hair transplant process.

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Things to know about Hair Transplant

As is the case with any procedure, there are positives and negatives for the patient to consider, and it is critical that the patient understands exactly what a hair transplant can accomplish in order to set appropriate expectations regarding the outcome. It is also critical for the patient to understand what to look for in a hair transplant facility and a hair transplant doctor, as taking care in selecting the ideal doctor operating out the ideal facility is certainly beneficial in ensuring the outcome the patient is seeking. Armed with every piece of relevant information, the patient should be able to better understand their specific hair restoration needs so that they are able to ask the right questions and select the right procedure performed the right doctor.

Positives of a Hair transplant

Perhaps the most obviously positive aspect of a hair transplant is the fact that the transplanted hair is permanent and utilizes the patient’s natural hair to fill in the areas affected by hair loss or thinning hair. Following the completion of the transplant procedure and the subsequent healing process, a hair transplant often restores a more youthful appearance to the patient and makes an obvious contribution to the patient’s overall feelings of self-esteem. Although the recovery times vary depending on the procedure selected by the patient, it is often possible for the patient to return to regular activities the day after the procedure.

The fact of the matter is that a hair transplant is the most natural-looking solution to thinning hair or hair loss, and the wide variety of transplant procedures available makes it possible for a patient to choose a procedure capable of yielding the specific outcome he or she is seeking. Although some patients elect to pursue multiple sessions to achieve greater volume, the procedure can often be completed with just a single session and does not require the patient to take too much time off from work, if any time off is even necessary. Since the procedure involves a local anesthetic and is considered minimally invasive, the patient does not need to be worried over the possibility of experiencing any discomfort as a result of undergoing the procedure.

Negatives of a hair transplant

When one considers the benefits and drawbacks of a hair transplant, it is clear that the positive benefits outweigh any negatives by a wide margin. The drawbacks associated with a hair transplant are relatively minor and can be easily withstood through the use of some very simple strategies. In the FUT procedure, for example, there will be a horizontal scar left on the scalp in the area from which the donor hair was harvested. Hair transplant doctors often take great care to ensure this scar can be easily hidden by the patient’s existing hair, and most patients have difficulty even locating their scar once their hair has grown in. Patients who prefer a close-cropped haircut, FUE is likely the best solution due to its status as a no-scar technique.

Additional Drawbacks

If they can even be considered negative at all — is the fact that it may not be possible for the patient to achieve the “hairline of their youth,” as there may not be sufficient hair available from the donor site, not to mention that achieving such volume might require multiple hair transplant procedure sessions. A hair transplant will restore hair follicles in a manner that visibly improves the patient’s hairline, but this is accomplished through the use of about 25 percent of the follicles one would find in areas of the scalp that remain unaffected by hair loss or hair thinning.

Finally, the time between the procedure and achievement of the procedure’s outcome might require some patience. After the procedure is completed, the transplanted hair will fall out within a few weeks and will begin to regrow shortly thereafter. In most cases, the results of the procedure are visible after four to six months after the actual transplant. This is typically discussed during the initial consultation and is simply the norm for any hair transplant procedure.

Realistic expectations from a hair transplant

It is important to reiterate that a hair transplant is designed to improve the patient’s existing hairline in the most natural-looking way possible, but it is simply unlikely that a hair transplant procedure will be able to restore the hairline the patient enjoyed during his or her youth. It has been determined that adequate coverage can be achieved by restoring about 25 percent of the original follicle density, so a patient expecting a return of the hairline and volume of youth has to understand what is possible when deciding to undergo a hair transplant. Of course, if there is sufficient donor hair available, a patient can elect to undergo multiple sessions in order to achieve greater volume, but it is still unlikely to achieve the hairline and the volume associated with one’s youth.

The patient should also fully understand the healing process and the length of time needed to see the actual results of the transplant procedure. The transplanted hair will fall out within a few weeks of the procedure, after which it will begin to re-grow from the recipient sites. This means that the outcome of the procedure will only be truly understood after a period of four to six months. All things considered, the timeline needed for a hair restoration to achieve its stated purpose should hardly be considered an inconvenience.

Things to look for when considering a hair transplant

Of all the things a potential hair transplant patient should take into account when considering a hair transplant, perhaps none is more important than the ability to find a doctor and a facility capable of providing the precise result the patient is seeking. When considering a hair transplant, it is therefore critical to be thoroughly informed regarding all aspects of the hair transplantation process and to be willing to take a thoughtful approach to the selection of the doctor and the facility.

Any patient considering a hair transplant should be prepared to ask questions regarding the procedure and should ask the doctor to go into great detail when outlining the entirety of the hair transplant procedure. The doctors and the facilities including New York and Connecticut should be accommodating of any and all questions relating to the procedure and should address all aspects of the process from beginning to end so the patient is able to make an informed decision regarding not just the ideal procedure, but also the ideal doctor and the ideal facility.

The patient should also take a number of practical considerations into account when determining an ideal course of action with regard to a hair transplant. A patient undergoing FUT may need to take time away from work following the completion of the procedure to ensure a proper recovery. If time off is not possible, the patient may instead elect to undergo an FUEprocedure. In addition to these considerations, the amount of coverage the patient is seeking should also be taken into account before a decision is made, as this will allow the patient to determine if multiple sessions are necessary or if one procedure is more conducive to the result they are hoping to achieve.

Things to avoid when considering a hair transplant

Hair restoration procedures have benefited in tremendous fashion from the continued development of technological and procedural advances, enabling doctors to perform increasingly precise and natural-looking hair transplants. Patients should therefore be cognizant of the most advanced and most effective procedures available along with those that are considered out of date. The Patients should avoid doctors or facilities that continue to utilize less-than-ideal hair transplant options and instead should focus on the doctors that offer the most effective and natural-looking hair transplant procedures, such as FUT and FUE, among others.

Patients should also avoid acting hastily in choosing to undergo a procedure or in selecting the right doctor and facility to perform the procedure. It is sometimes the case that patients seeking a hair transplant are too young to truly benefit from the procedure, have unreasonable expectations that cannot be satisfied with the resulting outcome, or do not have sufficient hair follicles available in the donor site to achieve the result they are seeking. A relatively young patient may respond quite well to prescription or non-prescription medication and can therefore delay seeking a transplant until their hair loss is more or less stable, while those without sufficient donor follicles and those without reasonable expectations will simply be discontented with the results of any transplant procedure.

What to Wear after Hair Transplant?

What to Wear after Hair Transplant? It should be plainly evident that patients must follow the doctor’s post-operative instructions if they wish to ensure an optimal recovery period while also continuing to nurture their hair transplant. Underscoring the importance of adhering to the post-operative instructions is the fact that the instructions are specifically designed to ensure that the hair transplant is barely detectable after just a few days and near-microscopic after seven to ten days. Patients should expect to receive medication at the time of the hair loss surgery for any incidences of swelling, but some patients may nonetheless experience swelling of the forehead, across the bridge of the nose and around the eyes. If this occurs, the swelling typically dissipates by the conclusion of the first week.

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What to Wear after Hair Transplant?

Patients will be instructed to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing after or on the day of the hair transplant procedure in order to ensure that these clothes do not disturb the newly transplanted grafts when the patient takes off or puts on their clothes, with it being preferred that the clothing does not have to be put on or taken off over the patient’s head. Some hair transplant centers are located in Manila, Abu Dhabi and Dubai which are extremely hot countries, so these loose-fitting clothes will help with the heat as well. These instructions should be followed until the transplants have permanently taken root, which is typically the case after a period of 10 days has elapsed following the completion of the hair transplant session.

Patients may also be advised on whether or not they may wear any sort of head covering following the transplant session, with most recommending a loose-fitting cap that does not risk disturbing any of the new follicles in the recipient site. Once the new hairs have taken root on a permanent basis, the patient can largely choose to wear what they normally would after hair transplant. There are some additional factors relating to clothing to consider even after the first 10 days, but they are mostly cosmetic and should not have any effect on the final outcome of the hair transplant.

The newly transplanted hair starts to grow at around 10 weeks. It is long enough to be combed through in about 6 months and, in almost all cases, will be fully grown in at one year. In the post-operative months — before the new hair begins to grow — there may be some exfoliating of the patient’s original hair so that the surgical area may seem slightly thinner. This is a temporary circumstance and will be corrected when the new hair begins to grow. It should not be a reason for concern, but it may have an effect on the patient’s clothing choices or the frequency with which they choose to wear a cap after hair transplant.

Can I wear a hat after my hair transplant?

It takes approximately seven to 10 days for the freshly implanted grafts to become permanently anchored in the recipient site. Any impairment or compression of the grafts during the first seven to 10 days before they become anchored in place may lead to permanent damage and cause an adverse effect on hair growth in the recipient site. It is therefore the case that most hair transplant surgeons recommend waiting seven to 10 days before wearing any type of cap that could restrict, move, or displace a graft. If the doctor allows a cap to be worn following the procedure, he or she will go over the most appropriate kinds of caps in order to reduce the risk of any damage to the grafts. These caps will surely have to be loose-fitting, as any other kind of cap is likely to compress or impair the grafts while they are still in the process of anchoring.

After the 10-day mark, the grafts should be permanently anchored. At this point in the healing process, no amount of wear or other form of contact with the transplanted grafts should cause any damage. Once the 10-day mark has passed, wearing a hat can be considered perfectly safe. It is nonetheless important to note that it is always best for the patient to confer with their doctor regarding any questions they may have, as this is the ideal method for ensuring the best possible results are achieved through the hair transplant procedure.

hair transplant scar maximHow do I conceal my hair transplant scars?

Any hair transplant procedure utilizing follicular units — including both FUE and FUT — leaves the patient with no scarring in the recipient sites. The incisions used to transplant each follicular unit are microscopic and therefore leave behind no visible scarring whatsoever. Despite the fact that neither FUE nor FUT leaves the patient with any scarring in the recipient site, the patient must exercise caution during the first 10 days or so following the completion of the transplant. Any scratching or picking at the grafts can irritate the recipient site and adversely affect the viability of the graft.

While there will be no visible scarring in the recipient site for patients undergoing the FUE or FUT procedures, the FUT procedure does leave behind a scar at the donor site that can be easily hidden or obscured through a variety methods. The most common method used by patients to hide this thin horizontal scar is to simply allow their naturally occurring hair to fall over the scar so that it is no longer visible.

How do I conceal the scar in the donor area?

The FUE procedure is designed to ensure there is no visible scarring in the donor area, so patients opting for FUE should not be concerned with hiding any scarring from the donor site. The FUT procedure does leave behind a thin horizontal scar at the donor site, but doctors take great care to orient this thin strip so that it is easily hidden by the patient’s remaining hair follicles. Many patients find that they cannot easily locate their own scar after they have fully healed and their transplanted hair has grown out completely. While patients undergoing FUE or FUT should not be concerned about having to figure out how to hide a visible scar following their procedure, there are other circumstances in which scar tissue is visible and cannot be covered by the patient’s existing hair.

Patients with visible scarring left behind due to poor healing or due to the use of outdated transplant procedures still have a number of other corrective options available to them. Current methods include scar revision (adjusting or changing the direction of a scar) as well as the implantation of donor follicles directly into the scar tissue. Cortisone injections are sometimes used to straighten or flatten any raised scar tissue, and dermal fillers can be utilized when the incision is set in or is concave in its appearance. Dermabrasion and fraxel laser repair techniques can also be used to address visible scarring, and a hair transplant surgeon is best suited to determine the most ideal course of corrective action for each individual patient.

Scalp micropigmentation is another option available to patients seeking to hide any visible scarring. This is a scar camouflage procedure that is becoming increasingly popular among patients, and in many cases it may be more appropriate than some of the most commonplace techniques. The scalp micropigmentation process can be further augmented through the use of dermal fillers or fraxel laser repair, as this can often lead to a smoother canvas with a decline in indentation or projection of the scar tissue. This makes any remaining scar tissue easier to hide utilizing scalp micropigmentation. This process is available at hair transplant centers in New York, Houston, California, Abu Dhabi and Manila.

The scar camouflage process is usually part of a broader plan designed according to the unique needs of the patient. Some patients opt for a full scalp micropigmentation treatment covering the entirety of their scalp as the concluding step of a longer process involving the aforementioned scar revision techniques. Patients should therefore take time to consider how effective scar camouflaging could be and should discuss their options with a hair transplant doctor before making their decision.

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What To do Before a Hair Transplant?

What To do Before a Hair Transplant?

Deciding to undergo a hair transplant is a vital and gratifying step for any hair loss patient. The outcome of the hair transplant represents a marked improvement. Still, you should know what to do before a hair transplant. It is vital to be properly prepared in each stage of the hair transplant process. 

That is why you have to develop a thorough understanding of every aspect of the procedure. Aside from that, you should understand the restoration process as well. A good first step for this is a consultation with hair transplant clinics in Houston as well as clinics in:

  • Dallas
  • NYC
  • California
  • Washington, DC 
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Connecticut
  • Chicago
  • Manila

Here, outstanding hair transplant doctors and consultants can talk you through the process. 

There are many factors that you must know before a hair restoration procedure. Also, you have many ways to gain valuable insight and information about the process including:

During the initial consultation, the doctor will outline the process in its entirety. Also, they will help you decide upon an ideal course of action. After selecting a procedure, the doctor will give you specific instructions to follow. This instruction includes what to do before a hair transplant and each stage of the process.

Things to do before Hair Transplant: Adhere to the Pre-Operative Guidelines

What To Do Before Hair Transplant?

Your hair transplant doctor will tell you what to do before a hair transplant. 

Before the process, you should follow the pre-operative instructions provided by the doctor. This is because it will go a long way in ensuring that the procedure will go as smoothly as possible. 

Following these pre-operative guidelines will have an impact on the post-operative recovery process. So, it ensures that you cut the possibility of experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Why should you make the requisite short-term lifestyle adjustments? 

By doing so, it ensures that you have the best possible long-term outcome for your hair transplant.

Medications to Avoid Before a Hair Transplant

Patients taking any blood thinners should inform their doctor as soon as possible. This is because these medications are capable of creating a contraindication before surgery. Several medications fall into the category of blood thinners. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Plavix
  • Coumadin
  • Heparin

Not only that, but you should also let your doctor be aware of the use of any broad beta-blockers like Inderal. This medication is used as a substitute beta-blocker. Besides, it may have to be prescribed in advance of the surgery.

As the scheduled surgery date is approaching, you should be more attentive to the medications and vitamins you consume. You should stop taking:

  • Vitamin B or E
  • Multivitamins that include Vit. B or Vit E

You should skip taking these vitamins for at least one week in advance before the procedure. For the reason that these vitamins may increase the incidence of bleeding. Three days after the surgery, you can now resume your vitamin B or E regimen. 


Before the scheduled procedure date, avoid taking Aspirin for at least one week. Stop taking any other painkillers or pain relievers as well. You can resume drinking these medications 3 days after the hair transplant procedure. 

So, any other prescription medication can be taken right up to the day of the procedure. You need to tell your doctor about your medications during the initial consultation. 

You must know what to do before a hair transplant. By doing so, it ensures that both parties have all the needed information for the procedure. Thus, it also ensures that everything will go as smoothly as possible.

Alcohol and other Precautions Before a Hair Transplant

What to do before a hair transplant?

Before the scheduled date, stop drinking alcohol for at least three days. Alcohol consumption has many adverse consequences for your hair restoration surgery. So, refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages, 72 hours before the procedure. 

Cigarettes and other tobacco products

What to do before a hair transplant? 

Simply. Stop smoking. 

Like drinking alcohol, the same goes true with cigarettes and other tobacco products. Cigarettes are more likely to contribute to poor healing during the postoperative phase. Due to the fact, the nicotine content in tobacco products causes:

What To Do Before Hair Transplant? Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking.
  • Blood vessel constriction
  • Decreases the blood flow to the scalp

For that reason, patients who smoke are at an increased risk of infection and scarring. 

Smoking: How can a hair transplant help you quit?

We all know that quitting smoking is a hard task. Thus, it requires support and motivation from your friends and family members. Having said that, undergoing a hair transplant could be a perfect time to quit smoking. A hair transplant can serve as a motivation for longtime smokers and tobacco users.

When you stop using tobacco, some of the harmful effects and risk factors associated with it lessens almost immediately. Yet, the duration needed to end or drastically reduce the risk is not precisely unknown. Besides, it is affected by the extent of one’s smoking habits. 

Heavy smokers will likely need more time for the body and its processes to recover from the adverse effects of smoking. More importantly, it is best to quit smoking before the hair transplant procedure is possible. The earlier you stop using tobacco, the less likely you will experience poor healing after a hair transplant.

Yes, it is best to quit smoking long before the patient undergoes a hair transplant procedure. Usually, doctors recommend their patients abstain from smoking for at least one week before hair transplant. Likewise, refrain from smoking two weeks after the procedure. 

Hence, it is vital to reiterate to stop smoking both before and after the procedure. The longer you abstain from smoking, then the healing process is more likely to be not adversely affected by it.

What to do before a hair transplant? Dye your hair in advance.

If you are the type of person who dyes your hair, then do so at least three days in advance before the procedure. Aside from that, you should also take time to meticulously scrub your scalp daily. By doing so, you are ensuring that your scalp is entirely free from any dye. 

What to do on the day of the hair transplant procedure?

Shower before the procedure

All patients who are going to undergo hair transplants should ensure to shower before the procedure. Particularly, they should diligently wash their hair with regular shampoo. Furthermore, you should not apply hair products like:

  • Sprays
  • Gels
  • Any other styling products 

You should refrain from using these products on the day of the procedure. Not only that, but you should also remove any hair systems before showering. Thus, you should not wear them on the day of the procedure. 

Wear loose-fitting and Comfortable clothing

On the day of the hair transplant procedure, you should wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes. More so, wear button-down shirts so you don’t have to pull them over your head. This will prevent you from displacing the bandage on your head. Otherwise, you may harm your grafts after surgery when you wear T-shirts or tight blouses. 

Eat your breakfast or have a light lunch

You will be advised to eat your breakfast on the morning of the procedure. If your appointment is in the afternoon, then you’ll be advised to eat a light lunch. 

Refrain from wearing cologne or any valuables accessories

Your doctor will recommend you refrain from wearing perfume or cologne on the day of the procedure. Also, do not wear or bring any valuable accessories like a necklace, earrings on the day of the procedure. 

Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages

If you are a coffee person, you should avoid drinking coffee, soda, or any drinks with caffeine. This is due to the reason that caffeinated beverages may lead to accelerated bleeding. Aside from that, it can also increase the patient’s sensitivity to the medications used during the procedure. 

This is due to the reason that those medications can cause drowsiness in the patients. In any hair transplant procedure, the surgeon administers local anesthesia which can cause drowsiness to the patient. Thus, you should make transportation arrangements before the procedure. Your doctor advised you to have someone drive you to and from your destination. 

You can ask a family member or a friend to accompany you on the day of the procedure. Moreover, you can rent a car service if you have no one to drive you. In case you failed to pre-arrange transportation, the hair transplant facility will call a car service. Thus, you will be responsible for the payment. 

Medications to bring with you on the day of your Hair Transplant

Usually, patients may be asked to take a medication such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) in advance of the surgery. However, this will depend on the degree of hair loss and its classification. Patients whose surgery is limited to the crown of their head may not need to take such medications. 

Additionally, your doctor will tell you to take antibiotics before the day of the procedure. This is to further prevent the risk of any infection. Although, antibiotics may not be prescribed until after the operation is done. 

The surgeon prescribed different medications based on the individual circumstances of their patients. So, it is very critical that you follow your doctors’ pre-and post-operative instructions. 

Some of the most medications prescribed includes but are not limited to:

Prednisolone (six times per day, one tablet of 5mg)

Hair transplant doctors prescribe Prednisolone to avert any possible incidence of forehead edema. Patients whose procedure affects only the crown of the head (vertex) are unlikely to be prescribed this medicine. 

Augmentin 500mg (three tablets per day)

This antibiotic is often prescribed to help thwart any kind of infection. Also, the doctor may prescribe one of the other amoxicillin-based drugs for the same purpose.

If you have any allergies to medications of any kind, you should tell your doctor. More particularly, if those allergies are related to any of the mentioned medications. That is why the initial consultation is very important. This is because your doctor will be outlining your hair loss treatment also. 

Cutting your hair: What to do before a hair transplant?

How to cut your hair for a Strip Hair Transplant?

Do you need to cut your hair before the scheduled date? Well, it is not necessary that you should cut your hair before a hair transplant procedure. Your hair transplant surgeon will take care of this during the operation.

How to cut your hair for a Strip Hair Transplant?

There are many pre-operative tasks involved in a strip hair transplant procedure. Yet, getting a haircut is not one of them. Simply because the doctor will take great care to cut your hair on the day of the procedure. Besides, they will cut your hair on an as-needed basis. So, the remaining hair can easily cover the sutures in the donor site.

In a FUT hair transplant, the donor tissue comes from a single thin strip of hair from the donor area. That is why the doctor will only need to cut a small strip of hair from this location. Then, he will remove the donor tissue then suture it together. In most cases, the patient’s existing hair is enough to cover the sutures that are still there. 

How to cut your hair for an FUE hair transplant?

Patients undergoing Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)  need a haircut very close to their scalp. Also, it is only necessary to shave the donor area. Yet, many patients prefer a uniform look and opt to have their entire head shaved. Other patients will choose a “high-and-tight” haircut. Yet, you don’t need to cut your hair in advance of the procedure. 

Yes, it may be helpful to cut your hair before the procedure. Yet, the doctor may still have to shave certain areas of the scalp to ensure the best possible results. 

That is why it is best to know what you should do before a hair transplant. Thus, the doctor will discuss all these things during the initial consultation. 

Also, patients undergoing minor hair transplants may not have to cut their hair so short. This is because the donor areas can be disconnected by sections of hair. So, it can obscure the donor site. The same is true for patients with longer hair. Since the remaining hair from the disconnected sections will drop down to cover the areas shaved. More extensive FUE needs the shaved hair cut to secure the largest yield from the donor site.

What To Do After A Hair Transplant?

What To Do After A Hair Transplant? Patients who have just undergone a hair transplant procedure are often very excited about the prospect of showing off their new hair to their friends and family as well as anyone new they may happen to meet, but pati transplant has the best possibility of successents must also understand just how important it is to take proper care of their newly transplanted hair as well as their remaining natural hair to ensure the continued and long-term health of the follicles.

hair transplant after maxim hair restorationAfter a hair transplant, the patient’s first concern ought to be clearly focused on post-operative care. Once the recovery phase is complete, the patient’s focus can then reasonably turn to some of the styling-related concerns that are likely to imbue a greater degree of excitement in the patient, such as how to cut their new hair and how to best maintain the exceptional appearance of both their new and remaining hair follicles.

There are often other questions and concerns regarding how the patient should approach hair care following the completion of a hair transplant, and it is also quite common for more practical questions to arise as well. Ideally, the patient and the doctor will discuss these issues before even selecting a hair transplant procedure to ensure the best possible result following its completion. Even for patients who have had lengthy discussions with their doctor before, during and after the procedure, it is relatively common for questions to be pondered relating to how many follow-up appointments is most ideal as well as how the patient can go about hiding the horizontal scar created during the FUT procedure.

How to Take Care of Your Hair After a Hair Transplant

In the days and weeks following the hair transplant session, the client will have to abide by some very specific precautionary guidelines to make sure that the transplant has the best possibility of success. Once the patient has healed to a reasonable degree, the transplanted hair can be cared for in the same way as before and does not require any specific type of care to ensure its continued contribution to the patient’s improved overall appearance.

While a special level of care is not necessarily required, there are a number of strategies hair transplant patients may wish to consider utilizing for the purpose of maintaining a healthy head of hair while also reducing the risk of any future damage, thinning or hair loss. A focus on improved nutrition, for example, can contribute to healthier and fuller hair follicles that create a greater sense of a full head of hair.

Many hair transplant patients also begin using natural oils to strengthen their hair, with coconut oil being a popular option to prevent damage from the frequent use of shampoo. Patients will also find that their doctor may prescribe a medication that helps limit the possibility of any future hair loss, though this may vary depending on each individual case.

man hair cut maxim hair restorationHow to Cut Your Hair After a Hair Transplant

Hair transplant patients are often surprised to learn how quickly they are able to cut their hair following the procedure and the range of options at their disposal in terms of style. It is best to wait until about a month after the hair transplant session’s completion (or until the transplanted follicles have fallen out, which is to be expected) to get a hair cut, but it is possible to do so earlier as well.

A patient who has undergone a hair transplant can cut their hair in whatever way they wish, as the transplanted follicles will respond to a haircut in the same way as the naturally occurring follicles. Patients who prefer to keep their hair very short need not be concerned regarding the possibility of damage to their transplanted follicles when cutting their hair and can continue to cut their hair in the way that best suits them.

How a patient intends to cut and style their hair following the hair transplant procedure should be a point of discussion before the actual procedure is selected, as the FUE procedure tends to be better suited for patients who wish to keep their hair very short. With the FUT procedure, a closely cropped haircut may reveal the horizontal scar from the donor site, and FUE does not leave such a scar due to its status as a no-suture, no-scar option.

How to Hide a Scar Following a Hair Transplant

Patients who opt to undergo a Follicular Unit Transplant will be made aware of the fact that the procedure does leave a horizontal scar at the donor site, and this scar may indeed be visible to others should the patient choose to cut their hair very short. If the patient has no intention of maintaining such a short hairstyle, the hair transplant doctor should be more than capable of selecting a donor site that will be easily obscured by the remaining hair.

The Process of Hair Transplant

In the overwhelming majority of FUT procedures, it is difficult for anyone other than the doctor or patient to even locate the scar, so there should be little concern or worry about the possibility that it will be clearly noticeable by others. If the patient is still concerned about the mere possibility of the scar being noticed, then there are other options available that can successfully obscure the appearance of the scar.

Patients who choose FUT and are worried about the visibility of the scar sometimes choose to undergo an additional procedure called scalp micropigmentation which is a non-surgical procedure in which pigment is deposited into the skin through the use of micro-needles. This contributes to the appearance of greater density in the area in which the scar exists and is successful in obscuring the scar’s appearance entirely.

It is important to note that most patients feel more than comfortable with the ability of the doctor to obscure the appearance of the scar left by FUT without requiring any additional procedures, but there is certainly a benefit to utilizing SMP for patients who are nonetheless concerned about the potential visibility of the scar.

medical consult maxim hair restorationHow Often to See the Doctor Following a Hair Transplant

What is convenient for the patient will play a role in determining the total number of follow-up appointments, as will the type of procedure that is utilized to achieve the hair restoration. A patient who has undergone FUT may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment one week after the initial session to remove the sutures, though it should be pointed out that an out-of-town patient can just as easily have this done at just about any medical center.

For both FUE and FUT, the doctor is likely to wish to see the patient shortly after the initial appointment just to see how well the grafts are doing in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. While each doctor follows different guidelines for follow-up care, it is common for the doctor to schedule another appointment between four to six months from the time of the initial procedure. This follow-up appointment gives the doctor an opportunity to see how well the follicles are growing in and how much coverage has been achieved, and it also gives the patient the opportunity to go over any questions they may have for the doctor regarding the outcome of their procedure.

During these post-operative follow-up appointments, doctors and patients who previously discussed the possibility of multiple sessions to achieve the desired level of density in the recipient site can revisit the subject and evaluate their options going forward. It may be the case that the doctor and patient are satisfied with the outcome and feel a second session is not necessary as of yet, or both parties may agree that a second session would be the ideal course of action to achieve the ultimate goal of the patient undergoing the hair transplantation process.

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What To Eat After A Hair Transplant?

What are the foods can Eat after Hair Transplant? For a patient who has made several questionable lifestyle choices with regard to nutrition and the consumption of alcohol or tobacco, the decision to undergo a hair transplant is as good a time as any to alter those lifestyle choices for the better. It’s been established that individuals who drink and smoke to excess and whose diet is generally lacking in nutritional value are far more likely to suffer from hair loss. The effects of these habits are likely to be manifested in the accelerated loss or thinning of hair, which is especially problematic for individuals who are already genetically predisposed to extensive hair loss.

healthy food b6 hair transplant maxim hair restorationWhat are the foods to Eat after Hair Transplant

Following a hair transplant, patients who wish to yield the greatest possible benefit from their procedure must understand just how important a nutritionally balanced diet can be in terms of the healthy appearance of hair follicles. Foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, protein and vitamin B (especially vitamin B6) contribute to fuller and healthier hair follicles that are also far less likely to fall out prematurely. With regard to the transplanted follicles, an individual with nutrient deficiencies will make it difficult for the newly transplanted hair to re-grow and will make it far less likely that truly vigorous growth will take place within the recipient site.

Vitamins and Supplements That Are Good for Hair Regrowth

healthy food calcium hair transplant maximIt is always best to achieve nutritional goals through an individual’s normal dietary habits rather than through supplementation, but it is equally true that nutritional supplementation is much better than failing to reach the appropriate nutritional goals through normal dietary habits. Hair regrowth can be stimulated to a significant degree and overall follicle health can be improved by focusing on a diet that includes an appropriate amount of each of the following:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Vitamin B6
  • Zinc

To get a full complement of these beneficial nutrients that contribute to greater overall hair health, many patients choose to incorporate more seafood into their diet. Salmon and other similar options include many of the aforementioned nutrients along with specific oils that contribute to healthier hair follicles and an overall improvement in the hair’s appearance.

Foods to Avoid After Hair Transplant Surgery

junk food and hair transplant maxim hair restorationThe positive impact of healthy eating habits on the overall health of an individual’s hair is as equally significant as the negative impact of poor eating habits. A poor diet that is lacking in nutritional content does not benefit anyone’s hair, and this is especially the case for hair transplant patients. Ideally, a change in dietary habits will have occurred well in advance of the procedure, but, if it has not, then the patient should make a concerted effort to avoid foods that are lacking in nutritional content, are highly processed or include a great deal of sugar content, especially if it is added sugars.

Hair transplant patients who are seeking to get the most out of their procedure should avoid to eat in fast food restaurants as well as any beverages that include far too much added sugar after hair transplant. Completely overhauling a diet is undeniably difficult, so patients should keep in mind that they are making an important investment in their future and should do everything within their power to protect that investment, including making critical dietary changes and avoiding highly processed foods that are simply lacking in nutrients and are really nothing more than empty calories.

Foods That Are Healthy for Hair Regrowth

Following the completion of a hair transplant procedure, the patient can help stimulate the regrowth of their newly transplanted hair follicles by adhering to a diet that focuses on foods naturally dense in vitamins, minerals and a variety of other critical nutrients. The best foods for regrowth are typically green vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and the inclusion of peppers and tomatoes can also be highly beneficial. Fish is exceptionally nutrient-dense and includes several natural oils that strengthen hair follicles, and a diet that includes both nuts and legumes can likewise contribute to the healthy regrowth of the transplanted hair follicles.

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What Type Of Hair Transplant Is Best?

As is the case with most things, when it comes to successful hair transplant options, what is best for one person is not necessarily best for another. For this reason identifying a single type of hair transplant as best is incredibly difficult. There are many factors that any prospective patient should consider when choosing an effective hair transplant procedure. To properly evaluate each type of hair transplant and to wind up with the best possible result, patients should commit to conducting an honest assessment of their specific hair loss goals and should make a pointgrafts and up to as many as 5,000 to consult a hair transplant expert near you before reaching any conclusions.

While making a choice regarding the best course of action for a hair transplant, prospective patients should consider the relative convenience of each procedure as well as any associated costs. A highly active patient with a modest amount of thinning hair, for example, may find it most convenient to simply opt for a single session of FUE, which involves a quicker recovery time but is also likely to involve a lengthier hair transplant session.

A patient with more extensive hair loss, on the other hand, is more likely to opt for FUT, which makes it possible to achieve a greater degree of coverage in a single session but also involves a lengthier (though not by very much) recovery time when compared to FUE. Through consultation with a hair restoration professional in your area, the best procedure can be discussed with the patient in order to ensure the best possible hair restoration result while taking the patient’s personal circumstances into account.

Is the Strip Method (FUT) the Best Hair Transplant Technique?

Whether or not a specific hair transplant technique is best is entirely dependent on a variety of conditions specific to the prospective patient. The Strip Method, also commonly referred to as FUT, is an ideal hair transplant technique for patients seeking an option that generates a significant amount of coverage while reducing the possibility of requiring multiple sessions to do so. This is because FUT involves the surgical removal of a strip from a donor site that typically yields up to 3,000 grafts and up to as many as 5,000 to 9,000 individual follicular units.

Patients with extensive hair loss or patients who are seeking to restore a great deal of volume to areas in which thinning hair has become an issue may find that the FUT procedure is the best option for hair restoration based on their unique personal needs. The Strip Method certainly differs from some of the other available options, but what is most convenient for each individual patient is best determined on a case-by-case basis that includes a detailed overview of how FUT can assist a patient in achieving the natural-looking hairline and thickness they are seeking to restore through hair transplantation.

Of course, cost should also be a consideration in determining the most ideal plan of action for a patient, and the FUT procedure tends to be one of the more cost-efficient options since it often requires fewer sessions and less time per session to achieve the patient’s hair restoration goals.

Generally, the Strip or FUT method produces a greater yield compared to the FUE technique.

Is FUE the Best Hair Transplant Technique?

Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is an exceptional method of hair restoration that has successfully solved issues of thinning hair or hair loss in a wide variety of hair transplant clients. While the technique has been consistently successful in generating the result hair transplant patients are seeking, it is critical for prospective patients to recognize that “best” is a relative term that is dependent on the type of hair loss the patient is experiencing as well as a variety of other factors concerning cost and convenience.

The principal benefit of utilizing FUE is the fact that this procedure does not result in scarring and does not require the use of sutures either, which is part of the reason why patients are able to return to normal levels of activity just a single day following the procedure’s completion. If more than a single session is required to meet the patient’s hair restoration goals, those sessions can be scheduled on subsequent days due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.

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Patients evaluating whether or not the FUE technique is the best available option will also have to consider the fact that the number of grafts that can be transplanted in a single session is limited to a degree.  For patients seeking significant coverage, the FUE technique will have to be evaluated according to the cost and convenience associated with multiple sessions.

Is Robotic Hair Restoration the Best Hair Transplant Technique?

A Robotic Hair Restoration is typically utilized in conjunction with the Follicular Unit Extraction, so any evaluation of this type of hair transplant procedure should begin with an analysis of FUE in relation to its efficacy in achieving the personal hair restoration goals of the individual client. In addition to considering the typical factors associated with the FUE technique, prospective hair restoration clients should also understand even sophisticated systems that utilize automation in an efficient manner will still require manual oversight from an experienced hair transplant surgeon.

The benefits of a Robotic Hair Restoration are undeniably similar to the FUE procedure, though Robotic Hair Transplants are often specifically designed to aid in maximizing the total yield of usable hair grafts from the donor site to be transplanted to the recipient site. This is accomplished in a variety of ways, including through the use of a pneumatic tool, a refrigeration system, or a system that prevents any instances of unintentional twisting or pulling that might otherwise damage the hair follicle as it is being removed from the donor site.

The limitation with robotic hair transplants is 1,500 grafts per session.

Is NeoGraft the Best Hair Transplant Technique?

NeoGraft is yet another option available to patients seeking to utilize the FUE procedure to address their hair loss issues, so a patient eligible for FUE may also be quite likely to be eligible for the use of NeoGraft as well. Some doctors and patients will come to the conclusion that the NeoGraft technique is the best option to address a patient’s hair loss or thinning hair, particularly if there is some level of concern that the donor site may not be able to yield sufficient follicular units to deliver the desired outcome. This is because the NeoGraft technique favors an automated system for the removal of individual follicular units, which ensures that the follicles are not damaged by twisting or pulling.

Patients considering the NeoGraft technique must also bear in mind that no level of automation can be considered a sufficient substitute for the handiwork of a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon, and this is a simple truth for any type of robotic hair transplant, NeoGraft included. Even though NeoGraft does increase the likelihood of a maximal yield from the donor site, the skilled hands of hair transplant doctors remain exceptionally effective when it comes to getting the most out of a patient’s donor site and are also able to design a natural-looking hairline while also adding significant volume to any thinning areas.

Is SmartGraft the Best Hair Transplant Technique?

One of the many hair transplant techniques utilizing automated technology, a SmartGraft Hair Transplant is similarly ideal for patients seeking to benefit from a maximal number of follicular units taken from a donor site. Used in FUE procedures, SmartGraft uses a pneumatic tool that prevents damage or desiccation to the hair follicle through a closed harvesting system that sends each follicle for immediate storage in a refrigeration unit. The pneumatic tool is itself considered an automated system, but it is worth noting that the efficacy of the procedure still relies on the manual manipulation of the tool.

Patients who have evaluated the FUE transplant technique in detail and feel it is the ideal course of action to achieve their specific goals may find that SmartGraft is a complement for the FUE component of the procedure. In every circumstance, it remains especially critical for the patient to consult a qualified hair restoration doctor near them in order to discuss how this particular procedure will be beneficial with regard to their specific hair restoration needs. Through a consultation in which the prospective client’s needs are outlined in detail, the best available technique can be identified with a greater deal of accuracy and clarity.

Generally speaking, machines and technology for hair transplantation have limitations on the number of grafts that can be harvested and implanted in one session, and they require manual intervention regardless.  Furthermore, technology has not proven to reduce the need or number of hair technicians. If you are interested in hair restoration services near you reach out to us here at Maxim Hair restoration for a consultation. 

Things You Say That Prove You Need Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is truly necessary when your hair loss is affecting your way of life. How do you find out that you absolutely need hair transplant? Here is a list of things that most men and women say when they are worried sick about the current conditions of their hair:

I’m scared to wash my hair.

For people who are suffering hair loss, the worst part of the day is shower time. They dread washing their hair because it is when they see lots of hair falling out of their heads. Those hair that fall out when you wash your hair have been dead for 1-2 months. The less frequent you wash your hair, the more you will notice hair loss as it accumulates each time you don’t wash your hair.

I hate it when people point out that I am losing my hair.

You cringe when your friends, family, and even strangers voice out their observation about the state of your hair. However it is best to talk to other people about your condition, especially to specialists. I understand that you don’t want to be reminded about it but it will help you in so many ways to be able to talk about it to your family and friends just so they will understand how you feel.

I’m scared that my hair will never grow back.

People who are suffering from hair loss usually think that they will go bald in a matter of weeks. This is not true for some conditions. There are people who just have hair that go through the resting phase much longer than others. However, there are conditions where such fear may be reasonable. In cases such as permanent hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, surgery, or accidents are suitable for hair transplant. To make sure that you are not going bald forever, look for shorter hairs along the parting. They indicate that your hair will grow back even though it is taking a while.

There are many more negative things you say when overcome by negative feelings caused by hair loss. If these three sentences are all too familiar to you, seek the help of a hair transplant expert right away.

MAXIM Hair Restoration specializes in mega hair transplants of up to 4,500 grafts per session. Our plastic surgeons are experienced with hair transplant procedures and we attract clients from all over the world. We have locations in Dubai and Manila, Philippines, and have affiliate surgeons in Connecticut, New York, Chicago and other cities in the U.S. MAXIM offers free consultations for hair transplants.

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