Hair Loss Treatment
For many people, hair loss can really impact their self-image. We all take our thick, full hair for granted until one day it starts falling out. At Pacific Med Health Group, we can match you with a hair transplantation expert to give you back a fuller head of hair.
What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplantation procedures relocate “bald resistant” hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. Once transplanted, these follicles that have never been prone to balding naturally grow hair for decades to come.
Although hair transplantation has been performed since the 1950s, techniques for successfully transplanting hair follicles have advanced, as have their success rates. Our providers use the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method for transplantation.
How is the FUE method performed?
In follicular unit extraction, the back of your head is first shaved and then numbed. This is the area where your hair is still growing normally and isn’t prone to balding. Only a very small section of your head has to be shaved so you need not worry about ruining your hairstyle. Then your surgeon removes hair follicles one by one from this area. During the healing process, you may observe small red dots in the donor area. They can be easily concealed by surrounding hair, however, and will fade after a few days.
Next, your surgeon cleans and numbs the area where you want hair restored. Small holes or slits are created with a scapel or needle, and each hair follicle is placed in one of the holes. This process may take anywhere from four to eight hours while delivering long-lasting results and minimal downtime.
When will the hair start to grow?
After about two to three weeks, your transplanted hair will fall out, but it’s not a reason for concern. This is simply the follicles’ reaction to the trauma. Of your transplanted follicles, around 60 percent will successfully take hold and start growing new hair within six to nine months. You may expect the results to be natural and yield a fuller head of hair.
Who is a good candidate for FUE hair transplantation?
For FUE transplantation, the patient needs to have hair still growing on the lower back of his or her scalp. These are the follicles that will be transplanted to the balding areas. The success of the procedure is dictated by how much bald-resistant donor hair the patient has, along with the amount of bald area that needs to be covered.
It’s important that you have reasonable expectations prior to the procedure. While you may expect this treatment to restore a full head of hair, it cannot bring back the same hair density that you’ve experienced in your youth.
Is hair loss treatment painful?
Your surgeon will locally numb both your donor and recipient areas, so you will feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. After your procedure, your scalp will be tender. For the first day or two after your procedure you’ll wear bandages on your scalp over the treated areas. You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication to calm the irritation and lower the risk of infection.
Will my transplanted hair look natural?
When done by one of our experienced surgeons, hair transplantation looks completely natural. It will feel, look, and grow just like your hair formerly did before pattern baldness set in. This is because this procedure isn’t a hair-boosting attempt, such as applied creams, but a relocation of fully functioning hair follicles.
Your hair will not only look natural, but it will behave naturally. Washing, brushing, combing — the hair transplanted hair is natural hair and won’t need any special treatment.
Will my results be permanent?
The hair follicles at the lower back of your head are genetically resistant to balding. By relocating hundreds or thousands of these follicles to areas where the hair has been susceptible to pattern balding, these follicles will continue to function, growing natural hair for the foreseeable future.
Will I need more than one transplantation session?
While this procedure can restore lost hair, it cannot prevent future hair loss from occurring. Some patients may decide to have another transplantation procedure later on for two reasons. Either they continue to lose more hair in their balding areas, or they want the transplanted areas to be even thicker. With proper care and repeated treatments, you will be able to enjoy outstanding results and newfound confidence for many years.
Contact Pacific Med Health Group today to schedule your hair loss treatment consultation.