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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 per graft for FUT and per graft for FUE. The minimum price is . 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 [email protected] 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?

What is Hair Replacement?

Hair loss may have a negative impact on a person’s appearance and self-esteem. Surgical hair replacement aims to fill in or recreate thinning hairlines and other regions of the scalp where hair loss is visible. Hair loss can affect both men and women. The primary cause of a receding hairline in men is heredity (male pattern baldness). Hormonal modifications, such as menopause among other factors can cause hair thinning and hair loss in women. 

The positive is that the hair growth industry has come a long way and now offers a variety of hair loss therapies and treatments. Hair replacement and hair transplants are the most common. Traditionally, hair replacement constituted hair pieces, hair systems, toupees and wigs.

Hair replacement surgery, on the other hand, is a form of surgery that transplants hair you already have at the back and sides of the head to fill in an area where your hair is thinning. Also, it is a procedure if you have lost a significant amount of hair. There has been a substantial rise in demand for hair replacement surgery. Doctors have been performing this procedure for more than 60 years.  However, the methods they use have changed quite a bit in recent years. To find more about hair replacement surgery, this page is right for you.

What you Should Know About Hair Replacement Surgery?

A hair replacement procedure is a life-changing surgical treatment that helps people regain their confidence. It corrects obvious defects in the thickness and style of your hair, making it a long-term investment in your self-esteem. While hair replacement surgery may not be able to benefit those who are completely bald, there are a variety of hair replacement techniques available that can also be combined with non-surgical solutions. 

Non-surgical Hair Replacement is for you if you want to regain a complete head of hair without undergoing surgery. These natural-looking hair additions, hair systems, hair pieces and extensions are nearly undetectable to touch or sight and are non-invasive, simple, and fuss-free. Hair replacement systems are designed for men who have advanced hair loss or baldness. There are hair extensions that do not need surgery and are virtually undetectable to the naked eye or touch. The Hair Replacement System, a hair weave appropriate for those who only need partial hair additions, is an alternative to hair transplant surgery. 

MAXIM plants to launch an array of non-surgical hair replacement solutions and options that are unrivaled when it comes to hair systems! At MAXIM Hair Restoration, we plan to create hairpieces, wigs and hair systems for people suffering from hair loss and medical disorders using a completely innovative procedure. Per hairpiece, the device is handcrafted and personalized according to the customer’s hair tastes, style, texture and desires.

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What is a Hair System?

Synthetic hair or a wig is hand-woven into a certain base cloth, such as lace, to create a hair system. The base is then applied to the person’s head using the desired form of binding (tape or adhesive). After that, sliced and mixed to seal it in. 

Advanced hair replacement allows people with mild to advanced hair loss to drastically alter their look. Anyone, regardless of age, hair color, or degree of hair loss, may wear a hair system. To begin, the hair replacement specialist/stylist will check your hair to see if more hair can be added to give it a fuller look. When using new hairpieces with the right adhesive, there are very few drawbacks. You can also wash, sleep, workout, swim, trim, style, and dye your hair as though it were your real hair. To put it another way, you should practically live your life like you would if you didn’t have it.  How long the hair system would last is impossible to determine. Many aspects influence this, like the foundation material and how you maintain the hairpieces.

In addition, it may take six to eight weeks to tailor-make the hair pieces after an initial consultation. The front hairline will be nearly undetectable, and you will be able to shave, swim, and participate in sports as normal. You’ll get 15 weeks of wear on average before you need a bolster injection to keep the system  in tip-top shape.

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Types of Hair Replacement Surgery and how it works.

Today, hair replacement surgery is performed right in the doctor’s office.  The surgeon cleans your scalp and injects a local anesthetic to numb the area of your head.  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.)

The entire process takes anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the number of grafts.  Following the surgery, your scalp may be sensitive. 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.  

1. Follicular unit transplantation (FUT or strip method)

For the FUT method, the surgeon will remove a six- to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of your head. After that, 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 is dissected into 1,000 to 3,000 small grafts. Each with one or just a few hair follicles, depending on your hair type, color, quality, and the size of the transplant area. The surgeon sutures the donor area to seal the wound from where the hair is extracted. 

2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

First, the hair is shaved from the back of the head. Our surgeons or clinicians harvest and extract 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. They use a scalpel or needle for each recipient site. FUE does not result in linear scars. 

Hair replacement surgery takes around a day. So, you shouldn’t have to wait overnight. If you’re treating a wide area, you can need two or three sessions spaced a few years apart. Your MAXIM surgeon and staff will instruct you on how to take care of your grafts and scalp. You will have a spray to use to aid hair growth and recovery. 

What to expect after Hair Replacement?

Following hair replacement surgery, most people are likely to return to work within a few days. For the first two weeks after your surgery, you must be very cautious with your transplanted hair on the scalp. If not cared for, the grafts could get damaged. To stop scarring, it’s best to keep the workouts to a minimum for the first month. Follow all post-op instructions meticulously. 

A few weeks following the hair restoration treatment, the transplanted hair will start to fall out. However, they will begin to regrow after four months.  On average, most patients experience 60% of new hair growth after six to nine months. Improved density is apparent after a year. Nevertheless, you may need another procedure at a later date if you continue losing hair or if you decide you want thicker hair.

For a few days after hair replacement surgery, it’s not abnormal to have a strong, achy, and swollen scalp. There will be temporary scabbing where the hair is transplanted. Also, there will be a single scar or a series of very small scars in the donor area that generally fade over time. 

How much does it cost?

Hair replacement surgery can be expensive. When seeking a hair replacement other considerations to remember include the cost of transport, the drugs needed following the transplant, and the recovery period. However, the average cost of a hair replacement varies greatly depending on the quantity of hair, but it typically ranges from $6,000 to $20,000. There are no insurance plans to protect it. However, 0% financing is available at MAXIM Hair Restoration. Also, talk with a professional and competent surgeon at MAXIM Hair Restoration who performs the procedure. It’s a good idea to talk to the specialist about the benefits, risks, potential complications and recovery times. 

If you decide to go the non-surgical route, the price of your hair system can vary depending on where you buy it, whether it’s ready-to-wear, and whether the coverage is partial or absolute. A limited coverage hair system can cost $800 to $1,200, while full coverage options can cost up to $2,500 or even higher. Premium systems are much higher. Monthly maintenance can be in the $200 range. 

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We recognize that hair loss is a stressful experience, and it’s normal to have thoughts and questions along the way. We want you to know that we are still here to listen and assist you in whatever manner we can.  Also, we take the time to listen to your needs, consider your objectives, and do a thorough health review. Our ability to devise customized strategies to create the healthy and natural look you crave is what distinguishes our hair loss solutions in MAXIM Hair Restoration.

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 and clinicians at MAXIM Hair Restoration to artfully create an attractive hairline for them.  MAXIM has convenient locations in New York City, Long Island, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth in Texas, Northern Virginia (in the Washington, DC and Maryland areas), and opening soon in Sarasota and Boca Raton, Florida, Chicago, Austin (Texas), Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia) and other markets. Our international locations include Manila and Cebu, Philippines, Istanbul in Turkey, Poland, and Dubai. 

Your Top Questions About Hair Transplant Answered

Are you wondering about any unanswered questions regarding hair transplants? 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. It is an effective method that provides natural results and involves a simple procedure. It has practically no downtime and it is very safe.

Having questions about hair transplants, meaning transplanting hair from one part of the scalp to the area where the hair is missing isn’t new. Many people are curious about the procedure and want to get familiar with all the details. It is becoming an increasingly safe and effective method for dealing with hair loss. Plus, it is being performed globally which makes it even more of a trustworthy procedure. Let’s begin with some history about hair restoration surgery.

What is the History of Hair Replacement Surgery?

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 1950s. The very first hair replacement surgery was done in New York City by Dr. Norman Orentreich. This occurred after many obstacles and opposition by the medical community, which did not agree with the initial submissions of his paper. It became a landmark study that was published in 1959.

Dr. Orentreich coined the term “donor dominance” to expand on the basic concept of hair transplantation. It explained that transplanted hair continues to show the same characteristics of the hair from where it came from. To explain another way, hair that was taken from the rear or side of the head, which is also known as the permanent zone, would continue to grow the same way as when it was in its original place.

The study concludes that donor dominance shows the reason why hair located in the donor area, which does not experience hair loss, continues to grow after following the transplantation to the bald regions of the scalp.

Modern techniques, coupled with the science supporting transplant development, are providing a more natural look and feel for hair transplant recipients. It has become a common method for dealing with hair loss for both men and women. Not only for hair on the scalp but even for eyebrows, beard and mustache hair transplants. 

Today, a hair transplant is a natural choice for those seeking to regain a more youthful, healthy look. For those who can only think “toupee” “hair pieces” or “hair plugs,” think again. Hair restoration is an innovative technique that has proved to be the most effective in regaining hair as you once had it.

The following are some questions about hair transplant and their answers.

What is hair transplant surgery?

A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure that involves removing hair from an area of the head that has ample hair – usually the sides or back of the scalp – and then placing those hair follicles in the thinning and balding areas where more hair is desired. Over time, the hair follicles take root and grow, filling in the areas of the scalp that have lost hair. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and takes several hours. It involves a fairly easy recovery and very little downtime. Patients do not experience tremendous pain and most don’t have any complications. The result is natural hair in areas where hair had been lost. 

Can women go bald like men?

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 genes. 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. Some women experience temporary hair loss after pregnancy. This, however, is a temporary state that usually goes back to normal after their hormones regain balance. Another reason why some women may experience hair loss is due to extreme hairstyles that pull on the hair and eventually cause the hair follicle to get damaged.

What type of patient 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 or at have some point considered hair transplant surgery.

In comparison, women who choose hair replacement surgery to deal with hair loss come in at 15.3 percent. The greatest number of men who are deciding to take advantage of hair transplant surgery are between the ages of 30 and 39 years old although this has expanded to the 25 to 55 year age group with an increasing number of younger and older men seeking hair transplants. Women who are choosing the surgery most often are between the ages of 39 and 49 years old. 

What does the procedure entail?

Hair transplant surgery is rather straightforward and quick. It is performed in a doctor’s office or clinic setting, and for most patients, the surgery lasts several hours. Each client is different as far as the extent of their hair loss, and their viable donor site. Depending on the number of grafts to be transplanted, more than one hair restoration procedure may be required. Your doctor or clinician will give you a timeline and detailed plan during the initial consultation. The hair restoration surgery might be conducted under local anesthetic, which is perfectly normal and it is the most common way it is performed. However, some patients may be completely anesthetized, meaning under general anesthesia so that they will sleep through the procedure. This is usually the case for patients who might be very nervous or may have other special needs. Commonly, it is an outpatient surgery and the person will be able to go home afterward. It is strictly advisable not to drive immediately following the procedure. 

After the procedure, the patient will be given an antibiotic ointment for them to apply after washing the area. It is important that the patient follows aftercare instructions to make sure the procedure is effective and doesn’t have any complications. The aftercare is simple, you are responsible for ensuring that the area stays clean, free from crusty build-ups and that you watch for signs of infection such as inflammation, redness, or pain. There is practically no downtime after the procedure, some people return to work within a couple of days and don’t notice a difference in the way they feel, which is a very positive result. 

Is Hair Transplant Surgery safe?

Hair transplant surgery is considered a safe procedure, however, as with any surgery, there can be risks. To minimize those risks and potential complications, a patient should have a conversation with their healthcare professional. Speak with the hair transplant surgeon concerning the risks that are involved and be sure to cover the issues that are particular to your case. Each person is different, so it is important that you find out what applies to you. Be sure to provide a list of medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed that you’re taking as well as supplements. Additionally, your hair transplant doctor/clinician will take a detailed health history to find out if you’re fit for surgery.

Is the hair transplant 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 but it would need to be pre-approved. You will have to take into consideration the cost of other solutions that you might implement to restore, control or camouflage your hair loss. People have to take into account all the products, wigs, hair systems, and other methods that they have used for years and examine the costs associated with those products. It is all relative, some people think is well worth having natural hair and being able to feel their best. Overall, the price of the procedure is competitive with other procedures as you would normally find in the healthcare industry.

Does it really work?

Transplanted hair falls out within a few weeks of the procedure which can be alarming to the patient; but the fallout is normal. New hair will grow in its place within as little as four months. It takes six to twelve months to see meaningful results. It is part of the normal hair cycle where it sheds and grows back again. In conclusion, yes, hair restoration surgery is very effective. 

Now all of 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 transplant specialists at MAXIM Hair Restoration. MAXIM Hair Restoration has plastic surgeons, hair transplant doctors, and FUE Hair Restoration clinicians who artfully create an attractive hairline for people with hair loss every day. 

MAXIM Hair Restoration has offices in Great Neck, Long Island, New York; Manhattan, New York City (NYC); Paramus, Northern New Jersey; Alexandria, Northern Virginia (Washington D.C. and Maryland areas); Houston, Texas; Dallas Fort Worth, Texas; Costa Mesa, Los Angeles metro area in Orange County, Southern California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sarasota, Florida; Manila, Philippines; Cebu, Philippines; Dubai, U.A.E.; Istanbul, Turkey; and Wroclaw, Poland. Future centers are planned in Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and other markets. 

Contact MAXIM today for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant or other hair restoration solution.

5 Benefits Of A Hair Transplant In Chicago

Do you suffer from male pattern baldness and looking for hair transplant in Chicago? Do you miss the way that your hair used to look? Balding can have deep psychological effects on the affected, causing them reduced self-esteem, and an overall sense of uneasiness.

Fortunately, these days, there are remedies available. Some of these remedies are very effective, and some of them are hit-or-miss. Without a doubt, the most effective remedy available is the hair transplant surgery that also we have the office in Chicago.

Here are 5 benefits of a hair transplant in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding suburbs.

1. Improved Confidence

As was noted above, hair loss often results in lowered self-esteem, causing afflicted individuals to feel uncomfortable in social settings and to develop mental complexes. In essence, hair loss can be a truly debilitating event.

This is why a hair transplant surgery in Chicago can be so beneficial. If you suffer from hair loss, and it has affected your confidence, a hair transplant can help to restore some of your self-esteem.

A newfound self-esteem can be beneficial in many parts of your life. Not only can it improve your love life, but your work life, and your social life as well.

2. Better-looking Hair

The most obvious benefit of a hair transplant is that it will result in better-looking hair. What was once a collection of thinning hair patches will be transformed into a thick, luxurious mane.

It’s no secret that the balding look is not a desired one; neither for men or for women. Whether you like it or not, it does negatively affect your appearance. For the most part, people prefer those with a full head of hair.

A hair transplant will restore your hair, allowing you to style it in whatever way you prefer. This will help you to thrive in all settings, whether they be romantic, social, or business settings.

 3. It Lasts Forever

There are a bevy of hair restoration products on the market which will provide partial or temporary results. However, having to make use of these products over and over again can be a struggle. Not to mention, at some point, these products will begin to lose their effectiveness.

Hair transplant surgery in Chicago, Illinois, on the other hand, is a more permanent solution. Once the procedure has been carried out, it will last for the rest of your life.

No more sprays or ritualistic remedies. Just pay once and reap the benefits of a full head of hair forever.

 4. Includes Very Little Maintenance

As was noted above, a hair transplant is essentially a permanent hair restoration solution. There is, however, just a little bit of maintenance required. A few follow up visits will be necessary to ensure that the procedure was carried out correctly.

Apart from this, hair transplants are essentially void of maintenance. All you’ll have to do is get up and do your hair every morning.

5. Cost Effective

Though hair transplants are certainly on the expensive side in the short-term, in the long-term, they can actually be quite reasonable. Because they’re permanent, they completely do away with the need for hair growth sprays and other such products.

Hair pieces and hair systems are expensive hair replacement options long-term because they require the purchase of a new hair piece every few months and ongoing, monthly maintenance.

Hair transplants cost in Chicago starts from $4,000 to $10,000. This is a small price to pay for a richer and fuller head of hair.

Reap the Benefits of a Hair Transplant in Chicago

Are you ready to take the big step? Interested in reaping the benefits of a hair transplant? If so, MAXIM Hair Restoration has you covered.  We are the premier hair restoration clinic in Chicago, Illinois.  In addition, our hair transplant Dr. Rachel is a quadruple board certified surgeon, making him one of the premier hair restoration surgeons in Chicago.

We provide hair transplants of all kinds, from Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), to Strip Hair Transplants (FUT), to Scalp Micropigmentation, and more. It would be our sincere honor to restore your hair to its former glory.

Contact us today to get started with a complimentary consultation!

What is a Hair Transplant?

The decision to undergo a hair transplant is not an easy one, nor it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Patients should know all the pros and cons of different hair transplant procedures. So, they can make careful and informed decisions. More importantly, should they also know what is hair transplant?

Besides, they should also consider their own specific goals. Above all, what they hope to achieve by undergoing the procedure. Having a specific goal in mind serves as a guide during your decision-making process.

What is Hair Transplant?

A hair transplant is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to treat hair loss. Also, it increases the hair density of a balding scalp. The hair transplant surgeon will remove hair follicles from the donor area. Then, they will transplant it to the scalp with thinning hair. 

Hair transplant procedures have come a long way and benefited from innovations. It helps hair transplant surgeons in creating completely natural-looking transplanted hairlines. 

There are still pros and cons associated with hair transplants. Even so, there are many advancements and pioneering techniques used. Thus, prospective patients should be aware of these things. Also, they should understand the various pros and cons of hair restoration.

Once they understand what hair transplant is, then, they can make an informed decision. Also, this helps them assure they will achieve the specific outcome they are seeking.

Different Types of Hair Transplant

Losing your hair is like losing your self-esteem as well. That is why many patients wants to undergo hair restoration treatment. This is due to the reason that they want to restore their sense of confidence. 

With new procedures and technologies, hair transplants can successfully create a natural-looking hairline. Various hair restoration methods allow you to achieve a thicker and full head of hair. This hair transplantation method includes:

The transplanted hair blends seamlessly with the patient’s naturally occurring hair. This is because the procedures rely on donor tissue taken from the actual patient.

Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
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What is Hair Transplant: The Procedures

There are a few cons associated with hair restoration procedures. Notably, the majority of these drawbacks relate to the patient’s expectations.

What is a hair transplant does not mean that it will restore the hairline they have during their early 20s. Moreover, it will not restore the hair density they have during their younger years. Also, it is unlikely that a progressive hair loss will be able to stop through a hair transplant.

Thus, the surgeon will not recommend it until the patients’ hair loss has stabilized. Moreover, these hair transplant doctors have hair transplant clinic in:

  • New York City
  • Greenwich
  • Connecticut
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • Washington D.C. 
  • Northern Virginia
  • Houston and Dallas, Texas
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Karachi, Pakistan

Patients should know that a hair transplant aims to improve the existing hairline. It also improves the hair density while using the patient’s limited supply of donor tissue.

So, a patient with suitable expectations is far more likely to be satisfied with the outcome. That is because they know what a hair transplant can and cannot achieve. During the initial consultation, the patient should ask any questions about hair transplants. By doing so, the doctor will be able to outline what procedure is right for the patient.

At that time, the doctor will be outlining the limitations tied with each procedure as well. Thus, it will help the patient understand what to expect with the procedure.

Benefits of Hair Transplants

The benefits of hair restoration are difficult to quantify. This is because many patients undergo hair transplants to gain back their self-esteem.

An improved hairline and a thicker head of hair contribute to a more youthful appearance. For that reason, a hair transplant influences their confidence and boosts self-esteem. Thus, it can generate untold benefits of hair transplantation. Also, this includes a multitude of aspects of one’s personal and professional life.

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Who are the Patients need Hair Loss Treatments?

Patients report feeling energized after experiencing the improvements from the procedure. Also, they often feel that they enjoy an increase in positive interactions with:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Colleagues
  • Acquaintances
  • Strangers

 Who are the best candidates for hair transplants?

Anyone experiencing hair loss can be a good candidate for hair transplants. Potential patients that work from sales and marketing can be a candidate as well.

Moreover, patients from different countries around the world are eligible for hair transplants. This includes places like:

  • New York City
  • Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Washington D.C.
  • Northern Virginia
  • Houston and Dallas, Texas
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Karachi, Pakistan

There is little or no evidence revealing the fact that a patient undergoes the procedure. So, the patient can choose who they wish to inform about undergoing a hair transplant. This is especially the case with procedures like FUE. FUE offers a no-scar, no-suture hair restoration technique.  

Even with FUT, the scar is less noticeable. The small horizontal scar that is left behind can be easily obscured by the patient’s hair.

The brief recovery period associated with both FUE and FUT is also beneficial to the patient. After a hair transplant, there will be little to no interruption to the patient’s schedule. Following FUE, the patient can return to normal activities the next day.

But in a FUT hair transplant, the patients will need to tone down in their activities. Yet, it will be no more than a few days before they can resume regular activity. Thus, it’ll take a few weeks before a patient can resume doing strenuous activity.

What is Hair Transplant: The Limitations

Are you weighing the pros and cons of a hair transplant procedure? First, you must understand that there are limitations to what these procedures can do. 

Since there are limitations, the patient’s big expectations may be hard to achieve. As such, they are likely to be unhappy with the work of even the most exceptional hair transplant surgeon.

So, it is vital to clearly understand what a hair transplant can and cannot do before making a decision.

What is a hair transplant surgery and how does it work?

In a hair typical transplant procedure, the surgeon will use hair from the patient’s donor site. They do this to generate an appropriate amount of coverage in the recipient site. The recipient site is the place in which hair loss or thinning hair is most clear.

How to achieve adequate coverage with a limited supply of DHT-resistant donor tissue? 

To do this, the hair transplant surgeon needs to restore 25% of the total hair follicles. This hair graft otherwise is naturally growing in the donor tissue. 

Hair transplant doctors around the world use this 25% figure. Since 25% has shown to create more than adequate coverage in areas affected by hair loss. Moreover, the surgeon will not need to overuse the available donor tissue.

What do we aim for in this surgical procedure?

The primary goal of a hair transplant is to improve the patient’s existing hairline. Also, this is to enhance the density of the patient’s hair. Patients shouldn’t expect their hairline and hair density will be completely restored. Thus, the shape, form, and hair volume while they wear young will not be the same though.

So, the patient should have appropriate expectations when considering a hair transplantation procedure.

What to Expect After a Hair Transplant?

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss everything with the patient. Thus, they will cover what you should expect throughout every stage of the process. This includes the:

  • Pre-operative stages
  • Post-operative stages

Notably, these post-operative expectations will depend upon the specific hair transplant procedure. This is due to the reason that the recovery process of FUE is different from FUT. Also, the patient must follow the instructions that the doctor provides.  

Otherwise, there is a negative impact on the overall efficacy of hair restoration. Surely, you wouldn’t want that to happen after your hair restoration treatment, right? That is why you should not ignore the doctor’s post-operative guidelines.

What to expect?

What is Hair Transplant: The Maintenance Process

After completing the FUE hair transplant, patients can expect a quick recovery process. Thus, they will be able to resume normal activities on the day after the procedure. This is because the FUE hair transplant procedure is a no linear scar and no-suture procedure. 

However, the FUT procedure will need a slightly longer recovery process. So, many patients take one or two days off following the completion of the procedure. After a few days of taking it easy, the patient can resume their normal activities. However, they should still exercise a bit of extra caution during the first week to 10 days.

In both procedures, the patient can expect the transplanted hair to fall out after 2-3 weeks. Moreover, you don’t have to panic seeing your hair is shedding. Falling out transplanted hair is completely normal and is no cause for concern. 

Within the first 2-4 weeks after the procedure, the transplanted hair will start to fall. Usually, 10%-15% of these hairs will be in the “SHEDDING” phase. Don’t think that your hair follicles are damaged, that’s why your hair is falling out. It naturally happens because it is making way for the new hairs to grow. 

Also, expect that the transplanted grafts will begin to grow new hair after about four months. Thus, these new hair growths are stronger, healthier, and thicker. 

So, the patient can have a clear idea about the coverage the hair restoration has yielded after 6 months.

What is Hair Transplant: THE SIX-MONTH MARK

Do you want to achieve greater hair density? Then, the ideal time to know if you need additional sessions is 6 months after the procedure. 

If you want to undergo multiple FUT sessions, 6 months is also the appropriate time to meet your doctor. By that time, your hair transplant surgeon can make a plan for your next FUT hair transplant sessions.

When you are seeking big improvements to the volume of your hair, 1-2 sessions should be enough. Still, the transplanted hair needs to grow after the initial procedure. So, the doctor can decide whether your session is really enough.

What kind of results should I expect?

Hair restoration is capable of improving the overall appearance of one’s hair. This is through the enhancement of the existing hairline. As well as, through the density added to areas in which hair loss or thinning hair has become noticeable. 

Yes, it is possible to achieve marked improvements. Patients should also know that there are limits to what the procedure can achieve. Thus, they should set realistic expectations based on those limits.

kind of results

Also, few factors will determine the result of a hair transplantation procedure. The amount of viable donor tissue will play a significant role in how much the procedure can cover.

Also, some patients may not have enough DHT-resistant donor tissue. Thus, they cannot generate the level of coverage the patients need. Even if there’s enough tissue available, the patient is not willing to have many sessions.

Thus, many factors will influence the possible results the surgery can achieve. Despite that, patients can still expect to see the results outlined by their doctor. Patients can discuss their specific goals with the doctor during the initial consultation. Also, this is the time to know how to go best about achieving these goals.

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Many factors will influence the possible results hair transplantation can achieve. Despite that, patients can still expect to see the results outlined by their doctor.  Patients can discuss their specific goals with the doctor during the initial consultation.

Your hair transplant surgeon may recommend strategies to supplement the surgical procedure. Also, the hair transplant can be in conjunction with a non-surgical hair transplant procedure. FUE and FUT may enjoy the use of a topical solution once the grafts have taken root. Also, some patients have achieved the coverage they are seeking. They achieve this with a hair transplantation procedure together with a scalp micropigmentation.

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