A hair transplant (also known as hair transplantation) is a procedure that involves moving donor hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another, usually to restore hair growth in areas that are thinning or balding. Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) are two of the most common hair transplant techniques. The use of either one of these techniques is dependent on the level of hair loss, hair type, hair texture, and the hair restoration expectations of the client.
The term “donor hair” is the hair used in a hair transplant procedure. It is taken from the back or sides of the scalp, where hair is typically more resistant to balding. Hair on the back of the head is more resistant to balding due to its resistance to the hormone DHT, which is the main root cause of genetic hair loss. The hair is then carefully transplanted to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp, creating a fuller, more natural-looking head of hair.
If you're considering a hair transplant, here is a glimpse into the process:
1. Consultation with a Hair Loss Specialist:
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist. They will examine your scalp and hair, discuss your goals and concerns, and evaluate whether you're a good candidate for a transplant.
Knowing that the first step to getting your hair back is to schedule a consultation with a hair loss specialist, the next important step is to go to a place that offers more than one hair transplant option. Meeting with a clinic that offers both FUT and FUE procedure options means that you will get the best, unbiased opinion as to which option best suits your specific needs. That is why We Grow Hair Indy proudly offers the latest technology in hair restoration, Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ and ARTAS Robotic FUE hair transplants. At We Grow Hair Indy, your first consultation with a hair loss specialist to examine what hair loss solution is best for your needs is also completely free, click here to get more information on scheduling.
2. Procedure with an experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon:
Hair transplants typically take several hours to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and involves removing hair follicles from the donor site, typically the back of the head, and transplanting them to the recipient site.
The length of the procedure is dependent on the amount of hair harvested and the method of the hair transplant. Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ procedures typically take around 5-6 hours whilst ARTAS Robotic FUE can take 7-8 hours.
At We Grow Hair Indy, our technicians have an average of 18 years of experience strictly performing hair transplants. Our Physicians have over 19 years of experience strictly performing hair transplants.
When considering a hair transplant, it is important to choose a clinic with an experienced team, because as much as a hair transplant is a medical procedure, it is also an art. The artistry behind a hair transplant comes from the angles of the sites being made and the mapping of the individual's natural hair angles, this is truly what determines natural-looking results.
3. Recovery and Aftercare:
After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, redness, and itching at the transplant site. Unlike most hair transplant clinics, We Grow Hair Indy understands the importance of great follow-up care, and includes a post-procedure hair wash the day after your hair transplant to check on the hair grafts and ensure the area is properly cleansed. After your initial hair wash, you will be given instructions for how to care for the area, which typically involves sleeping with your head elevated, proper cleansing, and avoiding any activities that may cause trauma to the transplanted hair (limiting exercise and intense physical movement). Following aftercare instructions is essential to a healthy and fast recovery.
The medical team at We Grow Hair Indy will reach out during important milestones throughout your recovery and is always available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Patient care is our number one priority, and we will be checking in with you on a consistent basis to make sure that you are recovering properly. The medical team is your best resource for any questions or concerns that arise during the entirety of your hair restoration journey.
It typically takes several months for the transplanted hair to grow, and the full results of the procedure may not be visible for several months to a year. The transplanted hair will continue to grow as it did before and should look and feel natural.
Results will vary from person to person, it is dependent on the type of hair transplant they received, the amount of hair transplanted, hair type and texture, adherence to aftercare instructions, the use of other modalities, and the level of loss that they were experiencing prior to the procedure.
5. Maintenance after the Hair Transplant:
Many people ask if there is anything that they need to do after having a hair transplant. Although the transplanted hair is permanent, it is important to take a global approach. What this means is that you want to replace what you have lost and keep the existing non-transplanted hair that you have. This helps to minimize the potential for 2nd procedures as well. Ultimately, there is a percentage of those that need an additional procedure. You'll need to follow a good hair care routine, including regular shampooing and conditioning, and avoid anything that may cause damage to your hair. We Grow Hair Indy’s physicians encourage the use of other medical therapies like finasteride and/or minoxidil to keep the non-transplanted hair long-term as well.
Overall, hair transplants are a safe and effective way to restore hair growth in areas that are thinning or balding. By understanding what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, you can make an informed decision and achieve the results you're looking for. Regardless if you are just starting to lose your hair, or have more advanced hair loss, there is a solution to get you looking and feeling your best. Along with our advanced hair transplant techniques, We Grow Hair Indy also offers the latest in hair loss treatments/solutions (LHT, Enhanced Plasma Therapy, Biotech solutions, and Non-Surgical Hair Replacement), which take a non-surgical approach to help stop hair loss and help reinforce the existing hair you have currently, or simply give you the look you have always wanted.
If you have more in-depth questions about the hair transplant process, check out our page to learn more here.
We Grow Hair Indy has specialized in hair transplantation for over two decades, offering the most advanced technology available to give our clients the best results. If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, and want to review your options, feel free to schedule a FREE consultation or give us a call to speak with one of our Hair Loss Specialists.
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