Answering Your Questions About Hair Restoration

Hair loss impacts how we look, but most importantly how we feel about our appearance.  From non-invasive laser treatments to robotic hair transplant services, our patients have many options to successfully address hair loss.

Are hair transplant services an option for me?

Who is a candidate for hair restoration?

The first criteria is simply a desire to have a fuller head of hair.  If you are here looking for an effective treatment solution, you know that it is something that matters greatly to you.

Our patients can be significantly helped by transplantation, PRP, Medication or Laser therapy.  During your consult, I’ll discuss the multiple available options.  In some cases, it will be more appropriate to start with medical therapies to stabilize the hair. Other causes of baldness (beyond Male/Female Pattern Baldness) can be treated under certain conditions.

How long will the results of my hair restoration last?

Is the transplant permanent?

Yes! The transplanted hair is permanent.  Since it comes from the back and sides of the head in the “safe donor” area, it’s genetic expression is different than the hair in the top of the head and is not susceptible to the hormones that caused your hair loss.

Do I need to take time off work after my procedure?

How much discomfort can I expect from a hair transplant?

Before starting a transplant, the patient’s scalp is injected with a localized numbing agent, which is a long-lasting anesthetic that will last for the duration of your procedure.   Most patients report no pain post-procedure, or up to 24-hours after the transplant is complete.  Discomfort for the days following the procedure is minimal and most of our patients take nothing more than a tylenol.

What can I Expect from prp?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an effective tool to improve the size and caliber of hairs that have been affected and miniaturized by the DHT hormone.  Think of it as fertilizer for the hair.  It may also cause new hair growth from follicles that still have some functionality and haven’t passed the “point of no return” in their destruction.   We recommend 3 treatments, 1 month apart.

how does laser therapy work?

The laser energy increases the cellular respiration of the hair follicles.  It increases follicle health and lengthens the hair growth phase and decreases the follicle’s rest phase.  It will also recruit follicles that are growing miniaturized  hairs to grow the thicker, healthy terminal hairs.  The result is a higher number of healthy hairs on your scalp at any given time.

How often do i need repeat my laser treatment?

30 minutes, 3 times a week.  Never on successive days  (M-W-F is easy to remember).   The LaserCap device is rechargeable, portable and available through our office.

Will anyone be able to tell I had a hair transplant?

Is my transplant Noticeable After The Procedure?

Since the hair on the back of your head needs to be cut short, expect the donor area to take about 10 days before the hair grows long enough to completely cover the donor FUE spots.  By that time, the small circular marks in your donor area will have long since healed (typically 4 days) and will appear as tiny hypopigmented marks.  Patients leave the office with a loose dressing that should be changed and worn for 2-3 days.   Our patients often schedule their procedures to coincide with vacation time, or a long weekend at home, if they wish to conceal undergoing the procedure.

Are there products I should be using at home?

Should I take Propecia or use Rogaine?

Absolutely!  Propecia (finasteride,or other similar drugs) could be your best tool to block the formation of follicle-killing DHT.   I always recommend to start Propecia early.  Remember, by the time you notice any thinning at all, half your hair has already been lost.

But, not everyone can use Propecia —  Propecia should never be used, or even handled, by women of child bearing age.   Rogaine works great in men and is very effective in women, and can be used safely by women of any age.

What is the cost?

The cost is going to vary greatly depending upon your wants and needs.  Consultations and office visits are always free of charge.  Hair transplantation will be the most expensive service that we offer.  The other therapies are considerably less expensive.

Will I have to style my hair differently to hide marks from my procedure?

Will I have Noticeable scars after a transplant?

The FUE procedure leaves tiny round hypopigmented areas on the back of your head.  One of the advantages that FUE has over FUT/strip surgery is that these scars are easily covered by very short hair.  The linear scar of FUT/strip is more noticeable and requires longer hair to ensure that it won’t be seen.  The linear strip scar also may be more noticeable under wet hair which is bad news for swimmers and beach-goers.