The impact of hair loss is a personal reaction. While it’s not a big issue for some, it may be devastating to others. When other treatments fail, Dr. Jeffrey Jumaily and Dr. Robert Ruder of The Beverly Hills Advanced Facial Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills, California, can advise you through the hair transplantation process. Call or click today to schedule a consultation.
When you have localized thinning of hair, with plenty of healthy hair growing around the weak patches, hair transplants relocate healthy follicles from one part of your scalp to another, augmenting the failing follicles and restoring your hairline back to its earlier appearance.
Hair transplant surgery has been available in the United States since the 1950s, gaining in popularity over time as new methods improved both the efficiency of the process and its results. Hair transplant procedures are now typically done in the doctor’s office, taking between four and eight hours, depending on how big your treatment area is, as well as how far your hair loss has progressed.
While there are two methods for harvesting hair follicles, once these are obtained, the relocation process is the same for each method.
The two methods of recovering hair follicles are called follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) and follicular unit extraction (FUE).
FUSS involves removing a strip of your scalp up to 10 inches long, from the back your head where hair growth is healthy. The resulting gap is stitched shut and this is covered by existing hair growth, so it’s not visible after surgery. The strip of skin is then divided into small portions for grafting, typically 500 to 2,000 sections from each strip.
FUE starts with the shaving of a healthy portion of your scalp after which individual follicles are harvested. These small spots are covered as the surrounding hair regrows.
Under local anesthesia, tiny holes are cut into the treatment area with a scalpel or other tool, and each has a grafted follicle placed inside. It’s common for more than one team member to work on your transplant, depending on the size of the treatment area.
After surgery, you’ll typically wear bandages over the treatment area for several days. Your scalp will be tender, and you’ll probably need to take mild pain medication for a few days. Prescription drugs such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories may also be used to aid healing.
There’s a recovery period of about two to five days, after which most hair transplant recipients can return to their regular routine. Hair in the transplanted follicles will fall out in the first few weeks after surgery, but new hair growth occurs within six to nine months.