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Hair Transplant Surgery

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How does it work?

1. Donor tissue is removed from the “magic strip” which is located between your ears at the back of your head

We then identify the thinning areas (known as the “recipient” areas) that you are interested in restoring and work to personalize a plan to help you achieve the most natural-looking hairline possible.

We then prepare the hair from the back of your head (known as the “donor” area). Unlike many clinics, we take the time to tape up the hair above the strip so that the stitches remain concealed. 

We then administer local anesthesia to numb the donor area so that you’re completely comfortable during the procedure. Our physician removes a strip of tissue in the donor area containing your permanent, lifelong hair follicles.

Once we’ve removed the donor hair, we suture the area and use the surrounding hair to conceal the sutured area. These stitches are removed after 14 days.

2. Preparing the donor hair

Our clinical staff prepares the donor hair for placement by trimming or dissecting the donor strips into their follicle groupings, also known as units. Each unit comprises of one to four hair follicles.

While the units are being prepped for transplantation, you’re free to read, take a nap, watch a movie or relax.

3. Placing the follicular units

Once the follicles are prepared and ready to be transplanted, our physician makes a tiny incision on your scalp for each follicular unit, paying close attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit to ensure natural-looking results and to maximize the density and coverage of the thinning areas.

Based on your custom plan, our hair transplant surgery team places the individual follicular units into the donor recipient sites created by your physician.

4. After the procedure

Our clinical team will give you instructions on how to care for your donor and recipient areas, as well as provide medication for sleep and any discomfort you might have.

Three months after the procedure, new hair will usually begin to regrow. After six months, you should notice significant hair regrowth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do some people lose their hair?

Androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones called androgens. It affects both sexes but is usually noticed in men earlier then women. Statistically, by the age of 50, 50 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have noticed some hair loss.

What is a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation is a process through which the hair follicles or grafts (nature’s building blocks for hairs) are removed from the back and sides of the head by either FUT (follicular unit transplantation) or FUE (follicular unit extraction). These donor grafts are then moved to areas that are thinning or bald, or thinning. Hair transplants are permanent. Our goal is to provide patients with a completely natural solution to restore hair that will last a lifetime.

Does it work?

We remove the grafts from genetically encoded areas of the scalp that is resistant to hair loss. This process provides the only permanent and guaranteed method for replacing hair. Hair transplants are equally successful for both men and women suffering from genetic or patterned hair loss. During the consultation, we will determine if you are a candidate.

95 to 100 percent of all grafts will grow on any given patient. If you’re not a suitable candidate, we will not offer you the procedure.

Am I a candidate?

Most people with androgenetic alopecia and other conditions that cause hair loss can benefit from hair transplantation. Some other conditions do not lend themselves to hair transplantation. This will be determined during your private consultation.

Is the process painful?

The procedure is virtually painless. There is only mild to moderate discomfort during the freezing process. The patient may feel a pin prick sensation for a few minutes. Everybody’s experience may be different.

When will I have new hair growth?

Most clients see visible signs of hair growth after the first 3 months. The growth of thicker, fuller hair typically takes 12 months.

When can I use a hair dryer on my hair?

The new hair grafts should not be touched by heat or water until at least 4 days following the procedure to prevent jeopardizing the success of regrowth.

When can I colour my hair?

The hair should not be coloured or chemically permed or straightened until at least four weeks after the transplant procedure. Typically if hair color is desired, we recommend a week or two prior to the surgery.

Do I need to miss work?

Most hair transplant patients feel comfortable returning to work a couple of days after the surgery.

If I am from out of town where should I stay?

We have several options for you. If you are coming as a family, we may offer a private home a short drive from the clinic. If you’re on your own, we recommend staying at a hotel nearby.

Trichophytic Closure

Trichophytic closure is a way to minimize the appearance of the donor scar in a hair transplant using a strip incision. The technique provides improved camouflage of a linear donor scar in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

Normally, in FUT, the surrounding hair easily covers the scar. For some patients with very short hairstyles, the resulting donor scar may be visible. With the trichophytic closure technique, the surgeon trims one of the wound edges (upper or lower), allowing the edges to overlap each other and the hair to grow directly through the donor scar. This can improve the appearance of the donor area in patients who wear their hair very short.

How Does It Work?

1. Donor tissue is removed from the “magic strip” which is located between your ears at the back of your head

We then identify the thinning areas (known as the “recipient” areas) that you are interested in restoring and work to personalize a plan to help you achieve the most natural-looking hairline possible.

We then prepare the hair from the back of your head (known as the “donor” area). Unlike many clinics, we take the time to tape up the hair above the strip so that the stitches remain concealed. 

We then administer local anesthesia to numb the donor area so that you’re completely comfortable during the procedure. Our physician removes a strip of tissue in the donor area containing your permanent, lifelong hair follicles.

Once we’ve removed the donor hair, we suture the area and use the surrounding hair to conceal the sutured area. These stitches are removed after 14 days.

2. Preparing the donor hair

Our clinical staff prepares the donor hair for placement by trimming or dissecting the donor strips into their follicle groupings, also known as units. Each unit comprises of one to four hair follicles.

While the units are being prepped for transplantation, you’re free to read, take a nap, watch a movie or relax.

3. Placing the follicular units

Once the follicles are prepared and ready to be transplanted, our physician makes a tiny incision on your scalp for each follicular unit, paying close attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit to ensure natural-looking results and to maximize the density and coverage of the thinning areas.

Based on your custom plan, our hair transplant surgery team places the individual follicular units into the donor recipient sites created by your physician.

4. After the procedure

Our clinical team will give you instructions on how to care for your donor and recipient areas, as well as provide medication for sleep and any discomfort you might have.

Three months after the procedure, new hair will usually begin to regrow. After six months, you should notice significant hair regrowth.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I have new hair growth?

Most clients see visible signs of hair growth after the first 3 months. The growth of thicker, fuller hair typically takes 12 months.

When can I use a hair dryer on my hair?

The new hair grafts should not be touched by heat or water until at least 4 days following the procedure to prevent jeopardizing the success of regrowth.

When can I colour my hair?

The hair should not be coloured or chemically permed or straightened until at least four weeks after the transplant procedure. Typically if hair color is desired, we recommend a week or two prior to the surgery.

Do I need to miss work?

Most hair transplant patients feel comfortable returning to work a couple of days after the surgery.

If I am from out of town where should I stay?

We have several options for you. If you are coming as a family, we may offer a private home a short drive from the clinic. If you’re on your own, we recommend staying at a hotel nearby.

Why do some people lose their hair?

Androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss) is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones called androgens. It affects both sexes but is usually noticed in men earlier then women. Statistically, by the age of 50, 50 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have noticed some hair loss.

What is a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation is a process through which the hair follicles or grafts (nature’s building blocks for hairs) are removed from the back and sides of the head by either FUT (follicular unit transplantation) or FUE (follicular unit extraction). These donor grafts are then moved to areas that are thinning or bald, or thinning. Hair transplants are permanent. Our goal is to provide patients with a completely natural solution to restore hair that will last a lifetime.

Does it work?

We remove the grafts from genetically encoded areas of the scalp that is resistant to hair loss. This process provides the only permanent and guaranteed method for replacing hair. Hair transplants are equally successful for both men and women suffering from genetic or patterned hair loss. During the consultation, we will determine if you are a candidate.

95 to 100 percent of all grafts will grow on any given patient. If you’re not a suitable candidate, we will not offer you the procedure.

Am I a candidate?

Most people with androgenetic alopecia and other conditions that cause hair loss can benefit from hair transplantation. Some other conditions do not lend themselves to hair transplantation. This will be determined during your private consultation.

Is the process painful?

The procedure is virtually painless. There is only mild to moderate discomfort during the freezing process. The patient may feel a pin prick sensation for a few minutes. Everybody’s experience may be different.

Trichophytic Closure

Trichophytic closure is a way to minimize the appearance of the donor scar in a hair transplant using a strip incision. The technique provides improved camouflage of a linear donor scar in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT).

Normally, in FUT, the surrounding hair easily covers the scar. For some patients with very short hairstyles, the resulting donor scar may be visible. With the trichophytic closure technique, the surgeon trims one of the wound edges (upper or lower), allowing the edges to overlap each other and the hair to grow directly through the donor scar. This can improve the appearance of the donor area in patients who wear their hair very short.

Hair Transplant Treatment Timeline

Day of Surgery

  • When you arrive we will complete your registration information
  • There will be some before pictures taken for your file
  • The doctor and team will review your medical information
  • The doctor will consult with you on your optimum hair line and desired outcomes, typically using a grease pencil to ensure there is a clear plan for the “new you”

During the Procedure

  • You will make yourself comfortable! Select a movie and the process begins
  • The doctor will administer a local anesthetic in the donor area
  • We begin by removing the donor strip
  • The doctor will map the transplant area, taking into consideration direction and pattern of the implantation
  • The graphs will then be planted in the recipient site

 

Post-Op

  • The doctor will review the post-operative instructions with you
  • Our team will provide you a post-operative package as well as all necessary prescription medications

    Following the Procedure

    • Mild swelling can sometimes occur (may sometimes last up to 7 days)
    • A follow-up call or text will happen, however, you will have 24-hour support for advice or any questions that may occur
    • Daily activities can return to normal after a week or pending the doctor’s approval
    • The stitches will be removed after 14 days

      Other Services

      Non-Surgical Restoration

      Hair Transplant Surgery

      Beards & Facial Hair

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