Can I Have a Hair Transplant Done During COVID?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has significantly impacted our lives in every way – personally and professionally. However, each one of us looks forward to the rebound and return to normalcy. A number of our patients have contacted MAXIM Hair Restoration to have their hair transplant procedure done during this period. However, in compliance with stay-at-home orders and out of an abundance of precaution to protect our staff and patients, we suspended performing procedures and in-office consults in most locations until the government permits to re-open. 

Hair Restoration & Transplant at MAXIM

Most patients are now demanding Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) which is the No Stitch, No Linear Scar hair transplant procedure. People do not want to go through a long recovery process associated with the Strip (FUT) procedure even though one can achieve a higher density with FUT. Coincidentally, FUE is a better procedure to perform in the time of this pandemic because it’s less invasive, involves minimal bleeding, and involves relatively less physical contact compared to FUT and other surgical procedures like (SMP) Scalp Micropigmentation

How Does the Hair Transplant Procedure Work?

Hair transplant or transplantation is a minor surgical procedure that involves taking hair follicles from the back and sides of the head (donor area) and transplanting them to the thinning and balding areas known as the recipient site. The conventional procedure known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves taking a strip of hair from the back of the head, dissecting it into individual grafts or follicular units, and transplanting them to the recipient site. The donor area is then sutured by the hair transplant surgeon and stitches taken out a week to 10 days thereafter. With the newer and advanced Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure, the hair transplant doctor extracts individual hair grafts, consisting of 1 to 3 hair follicles, from the donor area; then makes recipient sites in the thinning and balding areas, and technicians place the grafts into those sites. At MAXIM, the hair transplant surgeons and technicians use advanced FUE Technology for the harvesting of hair follicles. 

Hair Transplant Procedures Scoring System During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Journal of the American College of Surgeons has published a scoring method to rate various medical procedures based on their safety. The FUE hair transplant procedure performs very well on this rating scale. Twenty-one factors were identified to rate elective procedures in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors fell into three general categories. A higher score for each factor is associated with an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission to the healthcare team, and/or increased hospital resource use. 

Procedure Factors Score: 11

Amount of resources required during the length of the procedure in an operating room (O.R.). A hair transplant is an outpatient, office-based procedure that does not require an O.R.  It is performed in a minor procedure room. It entails a minimal drain or impact on PPE and other resources. 

Condition Factors Score: 23

Timing of the procedure and whether or not it is urgent. A higher score is generally indicative of less harm to the patient when the procedure is deferred. These factors gauge the impact of surgical deferment in order to integrate time-sensitivity into the prioritization process. 

Patient Factors Score: 16

Known patient factors associated with higher incidences COVID-19 mortality. These may include age, predisposition to certain adverse reactions, the existence of certain medical conditions and disorders, asthma, cardiac or pulmonary issues, etc. 

FUE Hair Transplant Total Score: 50

This is a great score. A higher score, which can range as high as 105, is associated with poorer patient outcomes, increased risk of COVID transmission to the team, and an increased strain on hospital resources. In a similar manner, a lower score can help preserve operation room capacity and the precious supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers. 

Patient and Staff Protection During Your Hair Transplant Procedure

When we reopen, we would ensure that all patients and visitors to the office are screened for temperature, travel history, and other medical ailments including cough and cold. We would limit the number of consults and procedures at any given time in the office. We have instituted social distancing in the clinic both between patients and staff in compliance with CDC guidelines. Patients and staff are required to wear masks, gloves, gowns, and other protective gear. We also strongly encourage Virtual consults via our HIPAA-compliant, encrypted TeleHealth platforms. 

Your Hair Transplant Consultation at MAXIM

Virtual Consultations are now available for prospective MAXIM clients as well as existing patients who need follow-up care. These are available primarily through our HIPAA-compliant, encrypted Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform. This will enable prospective clients who live far away from our offices to have a virtual consultation and only have to travel to our office on the day of their hair transplant procedure. 

Rapid Return

An FUE hair transplant procedure enables you to return to your normal working activities within a couple of days of the procedure. FUE is a minimally invasive procedure performed in an office setting under local anesthesia. Moreover, it is natural, permanent, and affordable. Here’s what you can expect in the days and weeks following the procedure: 

  1. Return to normal activities and light exercise after a few days.
  2. More strenuous exercise can resume after 10 days.
  3. Avoid heavy lifting and excessive sweating. 
  4. Resume all normal activities after two weeks. 

Follow up care can be performed virtually or in-clinic depending upon the situation. 

The Cost of a Hair Transplant

At MAXIM, prices are transparent just like our staff and physicians. Prices start at $3.50 per graft for FUT and $4.50 per graft for FUE. The minimum price is $6,000. Our prices are very competitive with other providers and there are no hidden costs or fees. Zero percent financing, over six months, is available through third-party finance companies. We currently work with Care Credit, Green Sky, United Medical Credit, Alphaeon, and others. 

Next Steps

Schedule a FREE Virtual Consultation with one of our staff or physicians by visiting our web site / or calling the number on the home page or location page of the web site. You can also email us at info@maximhairrestoration.com and SMS us from the web site. During your complimentary consultation, the physician/staff member will advise you if you are a good candidate for the hair transplant procedure and provide a graft+price estimate. Following this, you can make a deposit towards your hair transplant procedure, apply for financing (if needed), and schedule a procedure date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge backlog of procedures. Therefore, you would want to plan ahead of time for your procedure. Rest assured, the MAXIM physicians and staff are ready to serve you and take care of your hair restoration & transplant needs in a compliant, safe, and effective manner without compromising on results or quality. 

What Is Hair Replacement?

Hair Replacement Is?

Hair replacement is a form of surgery that transplants hair you already have to fill in an area where your hair is thinning, or you have no hair at all.  Doctors have been performing this procedure for more than 60 years.  However, the methods they use have changed quite a bit in recent years.

hair replacement

What you Should know About Hair Replacement

Hair loss can be a distressing development.  But thanks to modern, state-of-the-art hair replacement techniques, it can also be a reversible condition.

In fact, today, hair replacement is performed right in the doctor’s office.  To start, the surgeon cleans your scalp and injects a local anesthetic to numb the area of your head being treated.  Along with your doctor, you will have chosen one of two types of hair transplant, either follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE.)

For the FUT method, the surgeon will remove a six- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of your head.  The surgeon then sets the strip aside and sews the scalp closed, allowing the area to be immediately hidden by the hair surrounding it.  Next, the strip of removed scalp is divided into 500 to 2,000 small grafts, each with one or just a few hairs, depending on your hair type, color, quality, and the size of the transplant area.

With the FUE procedure, the back of your scalp is shaved. Our surgeon or doctors remove hair follicles one at a time.  The affected area heals with only small dots, which your existing hair covers.  From this point forward, both the FUT and FUE procedures are the same.  After the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area in which the hair will be transplanted.  Holes or slits are created with a scalpel or needle and each graft is delicately placed in one of the holes.

Procedures

The entire process takes anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the size of the transplant.  Following the surgery, your scalp may be sensitive and you may need to take pain medication and either an antibiotic or an anti-inflammatory for a few days, which your doctor will prescribe.  Also, you’ll need to wear a bandage over your scalp for at least a day or two.  However, most patients are able to return to work within a few days after the procedure.

Two to three weeks after the treatment, the transplanted hair will start to fall out, but it will be replaced with new growth within a few months.  On average, most patients experience 60% of new hair growth after six to nine months.  Nevertheless, you may need another procedure at a later date if you continue losing hair or if you decide you want thicker hair.

A full head of hair helps a person feel happier, healthier and more confident.  Every day, people with thinning hair trust the plastic and hair transplant surgeons at MAXiM Hair Restoration to artfully create an attractive hairline for them.  MAXiM has convenient locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area.  Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for hair replacement.

Your Top Questions About Hair Transplant Answered

Just Wondering what are the questions about Hair Transplant? According to the American Hair Loss Association, 35 million men around the world experience baldness and in the United States alone, 40% of patients experiencing hair loss are women. For many, hair transplant surgery has become the choice to overcome hair loss.

questions about hair transplant Transplanting hair from one part of the body to the other isn’t new. Hair transplantation first appeared in Germany in the mid-1800s.  Modern hair transplant surgery has come a very long way since its introduction to the United States in the 1950. Modern techniques, coupled with the science supporting transplant development, are providing a more natural look and feel through for hair transplant recipients.

Today, hair transplant is a natural choice for those seeking to regain a more youthful, healthy look. For those who can only think “toupee” or “hair plugs,” think again. Here are some questions about hair transplant, answered.

What is hair transplant surgery?

hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing patches of scalp from an area of the head that has ample hair – usually the sides or back of the scalp – and then placing that tiny patch in a bald area where more hair is desired. Over time the hair follicles take root and grow, filling in the patch of scalp that once had no hair.

Can women go bald like men?

female hair loss

Men and women are both affected by baldness or thinning hair. Men are more genetically prone to baldness, though ironically, baldness is passed down through one’s mother. Both men and women can lose their hair and even go bald, but unlike men, balding for a woman is primarily related to hormones. Women lose hair due to hormonal changes, and they seldom go totally bald, but only experience thinning. Alopecia areata is an auto-immune disease that attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. While rare, it can cause baldness in both men and women.

Who most often gets hair transplant surgery?

Statistics gathered from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery indicate that a little more than 84% of balding men are opting for hair transplant surgery compared to 15.3% of women.  The greatest numbers of men who are deciding to take advantage of hair transplant surgery are between 30 and 39 years of age. Women who are choosing the surgery most often are between 39 and 49 years of age.

What does the procedure entail?

Hair transplant surgery is rather straightforward. Performed in a doctor’s office or a hospital setting, the surgery lasts two to three hours. Depending on the number of grafts to be transplanted, more than one surgery may be required. The surgery might be conducted under local anesthetic, which is perfectly normal; some patients may be anesthetized so that they will sleep through the procedure.

Is Hair Transplant Surgery safe?

Hair transplant surgery is considered a safe procedure, however, as with any surgery, there are risks. Minimize those risks by having a conversation with your healthcare professional. Speak with the surgeon concerning the risks that are involved and be sure to cover the issues that are particular to your case. Provide a list of medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed that you’re taking. Additionally, your surgeon will take a detailed health history to find out if you’re fit for surgery.

Is the procedure affordable?

If your reasons for choosing hair transplant surgery are purely cosmetic, then most insurance companies won’t pay for it. If the surgery is due to an accident or injury, then the insurance company might underwrite the surgery.

Does it really work?

Transplanted hair falls out, which can be alarming to the patient; but the fallout is normal. New hair will grow in its place within as little as 3 months.

Now all your questions about hair transplant have been Answered. Are you losing your hair and don’t know what to do? One solution is to take charge of the situation and contact the skilled hair restoration professionals at MAXiM Hair Restoration.  MAXiM Hair Restoration has plastic and hair transplant surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline for people with hair loss every day. We have convenient locations throughout the U.S. including New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Newport Beach, and the Washington, DC, area, as well as international locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Manila. Chances are there is a MAXiM center near you.  Contact MAXiM today for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant or other hair restoration solution.