Most people struggle with thinning hair or baldness from aging, genetics, or a variety of medications or illnesses. Hormonal hair loss, which can affect both men and women, is one of the most common conditions we see in patients concerned about thinning hair. There’s only one way to restore your real, natural hair in areas of loss—hair transplantation. However, a lot has changed in the world of “hair transplants,” and with Neograft 2.0 and Smart Graft, two of the most advanced hair restoration technologies both available at Refined MD, the process is fast and very effective. Dr. Roy is an expert at Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), a process of transplanting individual hair follicles from dense areas to areas where the hair is thinning or lost.
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The concept being hair transplantation is simple. In hormonal hair loss, hair follicles in the frontal and crown regions of the scalp are sensitive to a hormone called DHT. After binding DHT, these hair follicles undergo a slow and steady transformation that renders the hair thin and weak. Fortunately, most people have thick areas of hair at the back or side of their scalp. This hair is hormone-RESISTANT! Turns out that if you transplant such a hair from the back of the head to an area of hair loss, it grows as if it was still in the back. In some situations, hair can be transplanted from other parts of the body, such as the chest or face for men. FUE completely revolutionizes the older “strip” method of hair transplantation. This means there are no linear scars and a much faster recovery period. When individual hair follicles are transplanted, the patient is awake and alert (but relaxed) during the entire process and can even help guide the new hairline and thickness.
Both men and women can benefit from the latest in hair transplantation technology. During your consultation with Dr. Roy, a detailed analysis of your hair loss pattern will be taken while potential donor sites are determined. Every person has a different amount of follicle units suitable for transplant, and this will help determine if your hair restoration goals can be met.
The process is very straightforward. Only the donor area needs to be shaved, unlike the traditional hair transplant or robotic procedures that require full scalp shaving. Shaving the area helps with the harvesting of the donor hair follicles. Next, the scalp is numbed with anesthesia and the process begins. Depending on your hair restoration goals, most procedures take 3 – 6 hours.
At the same time, patients enjoy platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Platelets and growth factors are naturally found in our blood and are responsible for healing. When used during the hair transplant procedure, PRP also serves as a fertilizer to help the hair transplantation “take.” PRP works by drawing a vial of the patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, then injecting the platelets directly into the hair transplantation site.
Most people experience hair loss at the front of the hairline, temples, and/or crown. However, FUE hair transplantation can be used in virtually any location on the scalp. All grafts are carefully processed before being implanted and expertly placed by hand at the desired site. The result is a full head of hair that is thick, natural-looking, and completely your own hair.
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Both Neograft 2.0 and Smart Graft are the latest, most effective technologies for hair transplantation currently on the market. Both devices involve an automated, manual procedure that prioritizes the harvesting of hair follicles. This vastly improves the speed and accuracy of hair transplantation compared to prior manual instruments. During the transplantation process, the donor follicles (grafts) are placed in an irrigated, humidified collection canister to best preserve them after removal. This results in the highest-quality transplants.
The best candidates for Neograft 2.0 and/or Smart Graft have mild to severe hair loss and enough donor hair follicles to be transplanted. The more donor hair you have available, the better your results. Keep in mind that your donor hair will retain its thickness, color, and texture. It’s impossible to change the physical makeup of the hair, but it is possible to attain fantastic, natural results. The number of transplantation procedures you will need will depend on your goals and stage of hair loss.
FUE hair transplantation is also a great option for those who have had “strip” hair transplants and want to camouflage their scars. The procedure can also hide scars from other cosmetic surgeries on the face including facelifts and browlifts. In some cases, patients opt for a beard or eyebrow hair transplantation, and Neograft 2.0 can also be an excellent fit to achieve these hair restoration goals.
Only a local anesthetic is required for FUE hair transplantation, with absolutely no need for IV sedation. Patients aren’t only alert, yet comfortable, during hair transplantation, but can also watch the process. This allows for collaboration between patients and medical staff in real-time.
The cutting-edge process is minimally invasive with no need for stitches, staples, or scars. You’ll have complete flexibility over future hairstyles, and the recovery period is much shorter compared to traditional hair transplantations. You can return to desk work the next day with minimal restrictions on your daily activities during the two-week recovery period.
Patients maximize results by following after-care instructions, including the usage of special shampoos and treatments to encourage hair transplantation survival. The recovery period is relatively quick. Bandages are removed three days after the procedure, and most patients can resume their usual workouts two weeks later. Your regular shower regimen can usually begin 10 days after the surgery. It’s important to avoid scrubbing the hair and direct shower-head pressure during the first 10 days of recovery.
Not exactly—but don’t worry. When the donor hair follicles are transplanted, they will stay in place for about two weeks. They will then shed, which is completely normal. It will take the new growth cycle between 3 – 4 months, or sooner with PRP, and at this point your hair will begin to grow normally.
Natural, healthy hair growth and loss occur in cycles. It takes between 9 – 12 months to see full results, and of course longer for those who want to grow their hair long. However, hair transplanted with Neograft 2.0 and/or Smart Graft acts just like hair at the donor site. This means it usually stays relatively thick and is at a much lower risk of thinning over time.
If you have adequate hair in “donor sites,” whether it’s on your scalp or another part of your body, you might be a great candidate for FUE hair transplantation. Today’s hair transplant surgery is much less invasive and the recovery period is a lot easier. However, there are many types of hair loss. Those who have full alopecia or other less common types of hair loss might not be the best candidates for hair transplant surgery. The only way to find out if FUE hair transplantation is for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy. The good news is that in the vast majority of cases, adequate donor site hair can be identified.
Balding and thinning hair are two of the most common signs of aging. If you want to enhance your journey in the fountain of youth, Refined MD offers a wide range of complementary non-surgical treatments that can help you look years younger. From platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections (which utilize the healing factors of your blood and can be injected directly into the target site to further encourage follicle hair growth) to low level light therapy to the most advanced restorative supplements and hair growth shampoos, Refined MD has you (and your scalp) covered, quite literally!
It’s estimated that 50 million men and 30 million women will experience some degree of hair thinning or baldness. FUE Hair Transplantation can restore your hairline, fill in thinning or bald areas, and cover previous scars in the process. Hair loss can be extremely emotionally upsetting for both men and women. Dr. Roy offers Neograft 2.0 and Smart Graft because they are effective, fast, and the results are 100 percent naturally stunning. Find out if you’re a good candidate for FUE Hair Transplantation and schedule your consultation today.