Hair transplantation or hair restoration is the fastest growing aesthetic procedure for men, in line with the increasing life expectancy and aging lifestyle choices for the male population. Hair loss is considered the leading indicator of aging, and a hair transplant or restoration can wind back years on the facial appearance and perceived age of men, as well as with women.
Normally a person loses between 50 to 100 hairs per day because 90% of hair is in the growth phase and 10% is in the shedding phase at any given time. However, any significant change that alters the normal growth cycle of hair, or permanently damages the roots of the hair (the follicles), results in excessive hair loss (100 or more hairs a day). Hair loss may be temporary or permanent and can be accelerated with predisposed genetic and environmental factors.
95% of hair loss from the scalp is related to heredity. Other common causes of hair loss include stress, age, and trauma to the hair.
If you suspect that you may be “follicly-challenged,” there are safe and proven effective treatments and procedures available that could recover the hair loss and perceived age of men.
The Difference is the Plastic Surgeon
While hair transplants don’t require in-depth plastic surgery, the hair transplant patient benefits from the techniques of a highly skilled surgeon to ensure there is little or no scarring apparent after the procedure. Top-notch credentials such as being board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery help validate the physician’s overall expertise and experience, resulting in safe and rapid healing of the hair donor site. Being a recipient of Castle-Connolly’s America’s, “Top Doctors Recognition,” demonstrates that a physician’s peers recommend his services. A state of the art facility which has met the stringent accreditation requirements of AAAASF certify the highest level of safety and quality.
All of these credentials are extremely important when selecting your hair transplant physician, and Garramone Plastic Surgery holds all of these credentials.
During your private hair transplant consultation, you will be able to discuss your options with our plastic surgeon and experienced members of our team, and have an opportunity to ask a full range of questions and address any concerns you may have.
The surgical hair transplant procedure will be specifically tailored to meet your personal objectives.
How Long Does Hair Transplantation Last?
While the hair along the hairline may have receded, as well as thinned or disappeared in the crown and vertex, hair follicles on the sides and back of the head are genetically imprinted to produce hairs through a patient’s life. Knowing that hair follicles from one area of the scalp can be grafted to another region of the scalp is the basis of hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss. Once the hair follicles are transplanted from the back of the scalp, they will continue to produce healthy and vibrant hairs in the grafted areas in the years to come. It is your natural hair and can be cut, styled, and if necessary colored.
Surgical Hair Transplant Techniques – Hair transplantation is performed by surgically removing hair follicles from the back or sides of the scalp and grafting into the areas suffering hair loss. There are two ways of transplanting hair follicles:
FUI (Follicular Unit Integration)
Follicular Unit Integration (FUI) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed in our modern surgical facility and is the most established safe and proven procedure for ensuring transplanted hair follicle viability. Patients receive sedation, allowing them to be comfortable and totally relaxed while the surgeon and technicians complete the procedure.
After receiving sedation, both the donor area (usually the back or sides of the scalp) and the recipient area(s) are anesthetized. The tissue to be used for grafting is removed, and the plastic surgeon skillfully conceals the area from which it was removed. The follicle-bearing tissue is then hand-fractionated, resulting in microscopic grafts for insertion into the designated recipient area(s).
The surgeon then uses a variety of microscopic instruments (not punches) to create receptive sites for the follicle-bearing grafts. The grafts may contain as few as a single follicle or perhaps two to three follicles in areas where greater density is desired. This portion of the procedure is as much an art form as surgical. The surgeon will continue to vary the articulation of the instrument during the creation of recipient sites, so that when the follicles become active and begin to produce hairs, the appearance will appear natural rather than machine made.
The arrangement and positioning of these follicular unit grafts determine the aesthetic qualities of the hair transplant. Hair follicle arrangement and placement are determined on a case-by-case basis. It is important to have a surgeon with extensive experience perform this procedure – one who can identify the patient’s pattern of hair loss and the likelihood of future hair loss. Since follicular unit transplants mimic the way hair grows in nature, the results, when transplanted well, will look completely natural and be indistinguishable from one’s original hair. In other words, there will not be any unsightly clumps or corn rows of hairs.
Hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure that can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the number of transplanted follicles required. The number of transplant sessions may vary as well depending on the size of the area of hair loss and the desired density of the transplanted hair. There are specific directions provided by our practice outlining the do’s and don’ts that follow the procedure. Call 239-482-1900 to schedule a consultation and learn more about the procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Platelet Rich Growth Factors (PRGF)
In some cases, we may recommend that our hair transplant patients take advantage of the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate hair growth and ease healing. This choice is available to patients before considering a surgical hair transplant, or for augmenting the already transplanted hairs for fuller thicker appearance. The PRGF is taken from your body’s plasma supply. Platelet Rich Plasma is an injectable solution providing many patients with the very best hair transplant results.
PRP is created by removing a small amount of blood from a patient, separating the blood into the cellular and fluid-like plasma components, removing a portion of the plasma enriched with platelets (the elements responsible for blood clotting in the body), and injecting the specimen back into the patient. Naturally enhanced with growth factors, the platelet enriched plasma consists of anti-inflammatory elements and cell signaling molecules; these components are responsible for enhancing the healing and growth properties in hair transplants.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUE is the method of directly and individually harvesting hair follicle grafts from a patient’s donor area(s). FUE is typically performed by a robotic machine. FUE saves cost by reducing the number of technicians involved in the procedure but increases the chances for donor site degradation, scarring and possibly limits or negates the possibilities for future procedures, if desired. Additionally, follicles are extremely delicate, and suction can negatively impact their viability after being exposed to forceful extraction. Dr. Garramone’s practice believes that FUI and not FUE is the safest and most clinically proven procedure to ensure long term hair follicle viability and hair restoration.
For more information about Hair Transplantation, or to schedule a Hair Transplantation consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.