What is hair transplantation?
In the past, people losing their hair have tried various non-surgical options for regrowing hair, to very mixed results. Surgical transplantation involves taking a patch of hair-bearing scalp from the lower back of the head, where the hair follicles are still functioning normally. The scalp is then stretched together and sewn up. The patch is transplanted where the patient has lost his or her hair. This procedure leaves a thin scar on the back of the scalp. This scar can bother people if exposed by wearing the hair short.
The newest transplantation method is called follicular unit extraction (FUE), where follicles are removed and transplanted one by one. Dr. Ward uses new NeoGraft® technology to further enhance his transplantation results.
Who is the ideal candidate for hair transplantation?
FUE transplantation requires that the patient still has hair growing on the lower back of his or her scalp. The functioning follicles will be transplanted into the thinning or bald areas. This hair from the back of the head needs to be balding-resistant for the procedure to be a success. Plus, there needs to be adequate amounts of this hair in the donor areas.
How is the FUE hair transplantation method done?
For follicular unit extraction, the back of the patient’s head is shaved and numbed locally. Now, the NeoGraft® technology comes into play. Dr. Ward uses the NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation system for extraction. For extraction, individual follicles are removed from the donor area on the back of the head. The NeoGraft® system extracts these hairs, which consist of 1-4 hairs per follicle, with a gentle pneumatic process that ensures the hairs will have a better chance of being successfully transplanted.
Once enough hair has been harvested, Dr. Ward transplants the hair in the area that is balding, leading to hair that permanently grows in the transplanted area.
Is hair transplantation painful?
Dr. Ward numbs both the donor and recipient areas, so patients feel little during the procedure. After your session, your scalp will be tender, and you’ll need some pain medication for few days. For the first couple of days you may have bandages on the treated areas, and you’ll receive antibiotics and antiinflammatory medications to lower the risk of infection and to calm irritation.
Will my transplanted hair look natural?
Dr. Ward takes pride in creating a natural-looking pattern with the replacement hair. Plus, since the transplanted hair is simply from the back of your scalp, it looks just like the individual hairs next to them. This isn’t a “hair boosting” cream or supplement; this is a relocation of fully functioning hair follicles that will look totally natural when they start producing hair.
Are my hair transplantation results permanent?
As mentioned above, Dr. Ward finds that over 90 percent of the hairs transplanted “take” and begin growing new hair. These transplanted follicles are usually genetically resistant to balding. By relocating hundreds of these hairs to areas where the hair has been susceptible to pattern balding, these follicles will return normal hair growth to the area.
That said, if the area is thinning, that process will continue as the hairs susceptible to pattern balding will stop growing hair. But as that trend progresses, you can have more hair transplanted to reverse the balding.
Will I need more than one transplantation session?
There are two reasons a patient may opt for a second or even third transplantation session: they want to keep up with continued thinning or they decide they want the transplanted area to be even more full and thick.
When can I wash my hair after transplantation?
We generally tell patients they can wash their hair within three days after their procedure. You’ll need to use gentle pressure and soapy water to keep the recipient area clean and to stop it from developing crusts on the implanted follicles. The donor area can be washed immediately and needs to be kept clean. We’ll show you the proper method for washing your implanted area. What’s important is not to rub, and not to use a towel to dry the area. For the first week or so, you’ll let that area air dry. After one week, you’ll be able to shower
pretty much as normal.