Hair Transplant Overview:
Modern hair transplant surgery is an exciting and gratifying method to restore hair on a thinning scalp. It entails removing hair from the back of the scalp, which is generally thicker and grows longer, and placing it in the front of the scalp. This surgery works because the hair in the back has a different genetic destiny than the hair in the front.
Unlike hair transplants in previous decades where “hair plugs” were used, follicular unit transplantation aims at restoring thinned areas while creating a natural, undetectable appearance. We achieve this by using small, follicular groupings of 1-3 hairs while creating a very natural appearing hairline.
The hair is harvested using two different methods:
Strip excision is typically recommended for individuals who wear their hair at least ½ centimeter long. It involves excising an area from the back of the scalp and closing the area with sutures, leaving a linear scar. The strip is then dissected into natural follicular groupings of 1-3 hairs. Typically more grafts can be harvested with this technique.
Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE:
FUE is generally recommended for individuals who wear their hair very short in the back, have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars, or who do not desire a linear scar. This technique entails using a small tool to extract individual follicular groupings one at a time. Dr. Singh has also been trained in the use of the robotic FUE device, ARTAS.
Once the grafts are harvested and trimmed, small incisions are made in the donor area and the individual grafts are placed one at a time.
The procedure is performed outpatient under local anesthesia. The duration of the hair transplant depends on how many grafts are placed and the method of harvesting. However, you can expect for the surgery to take a half day. The grafts generally heal overnight. You can expect that the grafts will typically shed within 1-2 weeks, then slowly grow in over the next 9-12 months.