Frequently Asked Hair Restoration Questions
What causes hair loss?
There are many different causes of hair loss. The most common cause is male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. This is primarily a hereditary condition caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone.
What’s the best technique for treating pattern baldness?
While there are many methods for restoring the hair, follicular unit transplantation has revolutionized hair restoration, providing the most natural looking results. Furthermore, with the advanced automated follicular unit extraction technique, there is no cutting and patients avoid the linear scar on the back of the scalp.
How is the hair transplant performed?
During the procedure, the patient’s own hair is taken from a donor site on the back of the head where it is genetically programmed to grow permanently. Hair naturally grows in follicular units containing one to four hairs each. The hair from the donor site is dissected into mini or micro grafts which are then inserted into bald or thinning areas. By using these very small grafts that mimic natural follicular units, Dr. Choe can create the most natural look possible. He also can use the advanced automated follicular unit extraction technique which does not require a linear scar on the back of the scalp and instead removes each follicular unit individually.
How long does the hair transplant surgery take to perform?
A single hair transplant session will vary in length depending on the amount of follicular units transplanted and other factors. It can take as little as three hours to as much as eight hours. Dr. Choe generally advises patients to plan on spending the whole day at the office on the day of their hair transplant.
How painful is the hair transplant?
The hair transplant procedure is very well tolerated by most patients. Local anesthesia is used to numb all areas worked on. Patients generally describe only minimal discomfort and generally no pain.
How many hair transplant sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed depends on the patient’s hair loss and their goals. Some patients can achieve their goals with a single transplant while others may require additional sessions. New growth can take as long as eight months to see. At this time, the patient can be evaluated to see if additional sessions are needed.
Will the newly transplanted hairs fall out just like the original hairs?
Hairs taken from the donor area on the back of the head are genetically proven to be resistant to the effects of testosterone and hair loss. For this reason, they will continue to grow once transplanted to the bald or thinning area.
Is this the best option for hair loss?
While there are many hair loss treatments, such as medications, hair transplant surgery is the only permanent solution for hair loss.
When can I return to work after my hair transplant?
Dr. Choe typically recommends that patients take two to three days off from work. This can vary depending on the type of work. For work that is not physically strenuous, some patients are able to resume work twenty-four hours after their procedure. Work that is very strenuous or involves heavy lifting, bending or exercise should be postponed for one week.
What sort of follow-up appointments are needed after the hair transplant?
Patients return to the office on the day after their procedure for a postoperative check up with Dr. Choe. Appointments thereafter are usually at four months and one year.
How much does the hair restoration surgery cost?
The cost of hair transplant surgery varies depending on the number of grafts needed. Dr. Choe will discuss this in detail during consultation and you will be given a quote then based on your individual needs.
How do I know if this is the right procedure for me?
If you are bothered by hair loss or thinning and are seeking a solution, hair transplant surgery may be right for you. This is an ideal treatment for those seeking a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure performed in a casual environment that involves little downtime and little or no scars.
Dr. Kyle Choe of the Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a highly qualified and experienced facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist. To learn more about the hair transplant process or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (757) 389-5850.