Our practice is devoted to helping people regain the look they want through the most advanced hair restoration methods. We offer answers to many of the most common questions about various hair restoration procedures.
Each procedure is appropriate for certain patients. While the FUE system allows for extraction of single hair follicles rather than a strip, the FUT system may be appropriate for those who have extreme hair loss. The FUE system is appropriate for people who have adequate hair on the back of the head for the procedure. The FUT system typically provides the highest yield of hair follicles, and may produce the best results for some patients.
Hair restoration requires enough healthy hair follicles to be available on the back of the head. Hair follicles in this area are genetically programmed differently and tend to continue to produce healthy hair. The hair follicles, when transplanted into the balding area, will continue to produce hair naturally, restoring a more youthful appearance for those with significant hair loss. Dr. Lahijani can evaluate your condition and will ensure you are fully informed about what to expect after treatment, including viewing photos of patients with a similar degree of baldness and the final result of their procedures.
This varies, depending upon the type of procedure and the number of transplanted follicles. For a few days or weeks following treatment, the treated area can be red, slightly swollen, and scabs develop. During this period, you want to give the transplanted follicles every chance to become firmly planted, and you will be given specific instructions about showering and shampooing in the early stages.
It is important that you have your hair restoration treatment at a clinic with extensive experience and an artistic eye. When the procedure is performed by a talented hair restoration professional, the likelihood of having visible scarring or being left with an unnatural-looking result is reduced. If the hair restoration was performed by the strip method (FUT), you will have a scar from the incision that fades over time to the point of being almost unnoticeable when performed correctly.
Every patient has a unique physiology, and the length of time it takes for the transplanted hair follicles to grow will vary, but typically, new hair begins to grow in about four to twelve months. Additional treatments can be effective, such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) as a regenerative treatment. There is no difference in the time frame for the regrowth of the transplanted follicles for FUE or FUT hair restoration treatments.
Hair restoration treatments involve some discomfort, but the area is numbed with anesthetic so you are comfortable. Post-procedure, the minor pain is typically easy to manage with over-the-counter painkillers.