Hair Restoration New Jersey - Hair Transplant
For some people, losing their hair is downright devastating. While some people take it in stride, others may experience anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Male Pattern Baldness affects approximately 30% of the population and is typically caused simply by genetics, despite what the many wives tales may want us to believe. While some topical treatments can help to slow hair loss and re-grow some hair, these have not been proven 100% effective or permanent. Hair Restoration, however, is a permanent solution that is available for most people.
All Hair Restoration processes begin with a consultation. Here you can meet with Dr. Volshteyn, learn more about the procedure, and determine if you are a candidate for Hair Restoration. You should have a good donor site – an area usually located at the back of the head where hair is still thick. Unlike the hair at the front of your head, this hair is usually made up of a genetic code that will never thin. Because this donor hair is not predisposed to thinning, it will not this even at the transplant location. This makes Hair Restoration permanent.
Hair Restoration typically involves hundreds if not thousands of grafts, each graft precisely placed in the transplant area to create a natural-looking hairline and thick scalp coverage. Because of the number of grafts and the work required to create the individual, micro- and mini-grafts, the process can be separated into two or more sessions or can be done in one mega-session that can take up to seven hours.
About the Procedure
The procedure itself is made up of three stages. In the first stage, donor follicles are harvested, typically from the back of the head, though the sides of the head often have adequate donor sites. Local anesthesia is used and the site may be “plumped up” with a saline solution so that the hair follicles can be easily attained without causing any trauma to the donor material.
In the second stage, under great magnification, the donor material is separated into individual follicular units (one hair), micro-grafts (two to three hairs), and mini-grafts (three to five hairs).
In the third stage, Dr. Volshteyn will begin to prepare the transplant site by creating hundreds of small slits in the scalp, taking into account the direction of hair growth and hair pattern. Individual follicular units are used in the front of the head, specifically in the hairline. This creates a very natural-looking hairline. Macro-grafts and mini-grafts are used farther back on the head to create a thick, full appearance.
Risks and Complications
After the procedure you’ll be able to go home. You’ll be able to return to work in a couple days and can resume all activities (even working out) in about a week’s time. Discomfort is typically mild and can be remedied with over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol, but prescription pain medication can be taken if needed. You’ll be given post-operative instructions and it is important to follow these closely. However here are a couple key points: don’t scratch your head, especially in the transplant area. This area will be very delicate to disruption for the first week: you don’t want to risk any of the grafts from “taking.” Secondly, you can help minimize any potential swelling by keeping your head elevated – even when you sleep. You’ll be able to wash your hair (as directed) the next day and this can be an important part of healing, too. You want to keep your head clean to dissuade infection (especially at the donor site) as well as to remove the tiny crusts that will develop over the transplants. These occur normally, but should be eliminated about 4 to 7 days after the procedure.
What most people don’t take into account after Hair Restoration is for the transplanted hair to fall out. It will, but it will immediately begin its regrowth cycle as well. You should expect your hair to begin regrowing back in a couple of months. This regrowth may be thinner than expected in its first cycle of regrowth, but it will continue to come in thicker and thicker. In about a year’s time the transplanted hair will have grown in at its true thickness.