Frequently Asked Questions about Hair Transplant Surgery
How does Hair Transplant Surgery work?
The "gold standard" of the industry is Microscopic Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation, a proven process that uses the most advanced hair restoration technology available today. Using a high-powered stereo microscope, your doctor and his medical team will remove a strip of donor hair and divide it into natural hair growth units. Next, tiny incisions are made across thinning areas and the units are transplanted into them. More than 95% of these units will take root in the new location, creating permanent natural replacements for the hair you've lost.
Are your surgical techniques the best practices available today?
Many other hair transplant companies do their work with the naked eye or low-level magnification loupes. That's a problem because both of these techniques can damage hair follicles. They're also significantly less effective for men with gray or light-colored hair. Our physicians have overcome these challenges by pursuing specialized training in Microscopic Follicular Unit Hair Transplants, the most up-to-date technology in the industry.
The use of stereo microscopes allows us to maximize graft yields, ensuring more coverage and better hair restoration results. This method also has a far superior success rate: more than 95% of the transplanted follicles remain viable, taking root and growing healthy hair after being transplanted. The result is a natural look simply isn't possible any other way.
Is hair transplant surgery the most effective way to restore hair?
Transplant surgery has many advantages, and it's the only permanent solution for hair restoration. Transplanted hair looks and feels natural and requires little maintenance, but whether it's the best choice for you depends on your needs and expectations. If you want more control over style and appearance, or if you want to restore your hair gradually to avoid attracting attention to your treatment, Hair Replacement may better suit your needs. If your hair has just started to thin and you just want to stop further loss, one of our Hair Loss Prevention treatments may be more appropriate.
Why should I trust your hair restoration doctors over other providers?
All of our doctors are specialists who only perform hair restoration procedures. This benefits you in two ways. First, you'll know you're getting expert care from one of the industry's leading physicians. Second, the physicians keep up to date on all the latest technologies relating to hair transplantation advances because they specialize in this particular cosmetic procedure.
For more specific details about the physicians who work in your area, visit the Meet Our Doctors page.
How long does the surgery take, and how much recovery time should I plan for
Each man's treatment is different, but in general the procedure can be completed in 3-8 hours. Procedures occasionally require more time depending on the number of follicular units being transplanted. You can be back at work in a day or two.
Is hair transplant surgery painful?
In general, you will feel minimal discomfort. Our doctors use mild sedatives and a local anesthetic. During the procedure, you simply need to relax and pass the time. Many of our clients watch movies, or listen to music during the procedure.
What will I look like after my surgery?
Once the transplanted follicles grow out, you'll have a fuller head of natural hair that looks like it's your own...because it is. To see examples of others who have received Hair Transplant Surgery, visit the Results page .
How quickly will I see results?
Hair follicles typically enter a resting phase after they are transplanted, beginning to produce new hair after about three to four months. You will normally see a cosmetic difference within the first nine to 12 months.
How long will the transplanted hair continue to grow?
For the vast majority of patients, hair transplant results last a lifetime.
Do hair transplants cause any scars or other marks?
Modern hair transplant procedures produce a very natural look. Our highly-skilled physicians use special techniques to ensure that scarring is minimal and virtually undetectable. The fine cosmetic scar in the hair donor area is covered by your existing hair.
Are there any possible complications with hair transplantation I should be concerned about
Hair transplant surgery has an extremely high success rate, and complications are very rare. Your physician will discuss possible complications with you prior to your hair transplant procedure.
What should I do before my hair transplant surgery?
We recommended that you get a good night's rest, limit smoking and alcohol, and eat a healthy breakfast. You will be asked not to take aspirin for several days prior to your procedure. More detailed instructions will be provided by the physician or medical staff based on our personal medical history.
What happens after my hair transplant surgery?
After the procedure, you will be instructed to go home or to your hotel room to relax. The physician or medical staff will provide you with a complete post-operative care plan along with any necessary medications. You may come back to the office the next day, and the transplanted follicular units and the donor site will be examined by the physician or medical staff. You will receive some additional instructions for care at that time. Your new hair will begin growing within about 3 months.
How much does hair transplant surgery cost?
Costs vary depending on each unique individual's goals and expectations and the number of procedures needed. With financing, many patients can get their hair back for an minimal investment. On average, the total cost per procedure ranges from $7,500-$15,000.
The cost for your first procedure is higher than some of your competitors. Why?
Some of our competitors offer a lower initial price, but also perform fewer grafts per procedure. While this looks cheaper up front, it increases the likelihood that you'll need additional surgeries--which can dramatically increase the total cost of restoring your hair. We want you to be completely satisfied with your new hair, so we do it right the first time. That way you get better hair for a lifetime and to reduce the chances that you'll need additional procedures.
Moreover, there's no substitute for experience when it comes to performing surgery. We've learned that most of our members prefer skilled doctors instead of the lowest bidder for other medical procedures, and hair transplantation is no different. While we are continually working to keep our costs as low as possible. we won't employ physicians who don't specialize in hair transplantation; Nor will we compromise on quality. We work to provide you with the best possible experience and results.
How many procedures are necessary?
Hair restoration goals and expectations vary from person to person. About 85 percent of our clients only have one procedure, the remaining 15% have two or more. The extent of your hair loss and your desired density will determine the number of hair transplant procedures necessary to achieve the results you want.
What about ongoing maintenance after the surgery? Is there anything I should know about?
We provide a proprietary post-surgical care program to maximize the results of your hair transplants. We also encourage you to make regular visits to our specially-trained stylists, who can make you look better than anyone else can.