As NeoGraft hair transplant specialists, we meet with a lot of people who have done a lot of research into hair loss and hair restoration. Unfortunately, all that research often results in a person feeling overwhelmed and more confused than when they started their journey. Our desire is to cut through the massive mountain of information and discuss the details of hair restoration that really matter. Here, we answer three common questions about hair transplant treatment.
What are micro-grafts and hair follicular unit grafts?
The term “follicular unit” describes a batch of hair as it naturally grows. This typically involves a group of up to four strands of hair. Each individual follicular unit grows in a unique pattern. Side note, this is why it can be inefficient to remove entire strips of hair follicles to use in a recipient site, it may not look as natural as it could. During FUE hair transplant treatment, the follicular units are preserved in their natural composition and pattern of growth. This is why FUE methods achieve the most natural-looking results.
How long does a hair transplant last?
Hair transplant procedures should only be performed by experienced, board-certified professionals. This precise procedure is expected to achieve permanent results. Once hair follicles are transplanted, we expect them to retain their original characteristics from the donor area at the back or side of the head. The hair growth cycle typically sustains the same texture and color that the hair was prior to its transplant from the donor area to another. Over time, it is possible that hair may start to thin. This includes both the donor area and the recipient site. A specialist can discuss this potential during the consultation so each patient has realistic expectations regarding short and long-term results.
What should I expect after my hair transplant?
After the FUE hair transplant procedure, the scalp may be sore and tender to the touch. Patients may receive a prescription for antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs may be sufficient for the minor, temporary post-treatment pain. Because the NeoGraft procedure is so streamlined, many patients find that they are comfortable enough to return to work in a day or two versus several days.
Over the course of the first two to three weeks after the FUE procedure, patients should expect the transplanted hair to fall out. This is a normal occurrence that is followed by new hair growth. Within six to nine months after hair transplant, the majority of patients see 60 to 65 percent new hair growth.
At West End Hair Restoration, patients from Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland can explore services that address male pattern baldness, facial hair loss, female hair loss, and FTM gender affirmation. Contact us today to learn more.