FAQ

1. Why is my hair falling out?

2. Are hair transplants safe?

3. FUE? FUT? What do these terms mean?

4. Will a hair transplant look natural? Will my friends, family or co-workers notice?

5. Is Hair Transplant surgery painful?

6. Will a hair transplant leave a scar?

7. How much will my hair transplant surgery cost? Will insurance cover it?

8. How many grafts will I need?

9. Will I need to schedule time off from work after my surgery? How long does it take to heal?

10. How long until I will notice results?

11. What hair restoration options do I have aside from a transplant? 

12. Am I too old or too young for a hair transplant?

13. What should I know prior to getting a hair transplant?


1. Why is my hair falling out?

Two out of three men experience hair loss by age 60 and most of the time it’s due to male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss, caused by a combination of genes and male sex hormones, usually follows a typical pattern with the hairline receding at the temples leaving an “M” shaped hairline (sometimes referred to as a widows peak) and balding in the crown area. Female-pattern hair loss is basically the female version of male pattern baldness. Females don’t tend to have a receding hairline like men do, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeably thinner hair. Hair Restoration Surgery is common for both men and women.

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2. Are hair transplants safe?

Yes, hair transplants are safe. They are considered a minor cosmetic surgery. That being said, it’s still surgery and any ethical clinic will advise potential patients of the risks involved, as well as answer any questions or concerns the patient may have.

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3. FUE? FUT? What do these terms mean?

FUE is the most recently developed hair restoration procedure that does not involve any incisions, sutures, or scalpel, unlike the linear FUT (strip method) still used by most doctors today. FUE is the removal of individual hair follicles in their naturally occurring groups (usually 1-4 hairs). The follicles are then transplanted back into the patient’s balding areas such as the crown and temples. The challenge with FUE hair restoration for the surgeon is that it requires extremely precise hand-eye coordination, and it’s generally a more labor intensive procedure compared to the FUT (strip) method.

FUT (the strip method) consists of a removal of a layer of skin in a linear form from the back of the head (your “donor area”). The strip is then taken and excised into individual mini grafts which are then transplanted into balding areas.

Both FUE and FUT (Strip Excision) procedures have advantages and disadvantages. FUT has been around longer, and is generally a more familiar procedure in the hair restoration world, but FUE has been gaining popularity in recent years. Patients who choose FUE over FUT generally do so because a less invasive scar is left after surgery and there is less risk of post-surgery complications. Patients who choose FUT over FUE generally do so because it is more economical and it also allows the patient to transplant a larger number of grafts in a single session.

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4. Will a hair transplant look natural? Will my friends, family or co-workers notice?

If performed by qualified specialists and surgeons with plenty of experience, hair transplants can be virtually undetectable. Even your hair dresser won’t notice a good hair transplant (except for maybe where all your new hair came from!) That being said, results often vary from clinic to clinic, and even from region to region. It’s very important that you make sure you know exactly who is going to be operating on you, what their credentials are, and how long they’ve been in the industry. Carol Rodriguez has over 20 years in the hair restoration industry and treats each procedure like a work of art. Skill and precision must be utilized to give the patient’s hairline a natural look.

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5. Is Hair Transplant Surgery painful?

Once the skin is properly anesthetized, there is no pain during FUE surgery. During FUT (strip) surgery, patients will typically feel minor discomfort although it is generally minimal. Pain medication can be prescribed to those in pain or discomfort.

With STRIP surgery there are potentially more risk and complications because of the more invasive nature of the procedure. They include infections, excessive scarring, a feeling of tightness of the scalp, hair loss in the scar area, nerve pain, bleeding, as well as a chance of damage to the occipital or temporal blood vessels.

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6. Will a hair transplant leave a scar?

FUT (the strip method) will leave a thin linear scar across the back of your head. Unless your head is shaved bald, or cut extremely short (number 1 attachment), it will be difficult for someone to detect the scar. The alternative is a FUE procedure, which completely avoids the linear scar. FUE will instead leave several very tiny dot-like marks throughout the back and sides of your head which are nearly impossible to detect. So why would anyone choose FUT over FUE? FUE is more expensive due to the procedure requiring more time. There are also other factors to take into account when considering which method (FUE or FUT) is right for you, see this question answered above (question #3).

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7. How much will my hair transplant surgery cost? Will insurance cover it?

Generally insurance won’t cover a hair transplant since it’s considered a cosmetic surgery. Cost will vary depending on which type of procedure you choose to undergo (FUT/Strip or FUE), and how many grafts are being transplanted. The number of available grafts is dependent on your “donor area” (area in which hairs can be removed and then transplanted into balding areas). Generally patients can expect to pay $4-$10 per graft, and procedures can go from anywhere from 500-4000 grafts in a single day. When considering costs it’s important to remember that a hair transplant is permanent. You will likely be purchasing less off the shelf products, and if you wear a wig or hairpiece you will no longer be paying to have it maintained or replaced. When considering a hair transplant will last a lifetime, it is often a cheaper solution than spending hundreds every year in chemicals, lotions, and products. We can provide a rough estimate of cost if we are supplied with good photos; however, an accurate price is always best determined after examining your scalp and assessing your hair loss at an in-person consultation.

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8. How many grafts will I need?

The amount of grafts required to give you adequate results will be completely dependent on your level of hair loss. An in-person consultation is always the best way for us to determine approximately how many grafts it will take to achieve your desired result, but e-mailing us clear, high resolution photos is also an option.

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9. Will I need to schedule time off from work after my surgery? How long does it take to heal?

Many of our patients go back to work the very next day, but if possible, we recommend you take a week off, especially avoiding physical labor or heavy exercise. It’s especially important to make sure you don’t bump your head, or expose your scalp to the sun. Keep in mind that cosmetically speaking, a FUE procedure usually requires shaving of the patient’s head with a number 1 attachment prior to surgery, so if you have any reservations about going back to work with a shaved head, you may want to schedule more time off, or consider FUT surgery as an alternative. It is okay to wear a hat the day after surgery, we even recommend it if you must be outside in the sun as it can prevent a sun burn on your scalp. Healing varies from patient to patient, but generally after 4 weeks there won’t be anything unusual looking about your scalp.

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10. How long until I will notice results?

Our patients usually start to notice growth after 3-4 months, but we generally recommend waiting a full year to see the more dramatic results of hair restoration surgery. Anything prior to 8 months is far too early to gauge how your final results will look so it’s important to remain patient while new growth takes place. Your hair will continue to mature for as many as 18 months post-surgery.

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11. What hair restoration options do I have aside from a transplant?

Other than wearing a wig/hair piece, or trying your luck with Rogaine, there is no long term solution to hair loss other than having hair transplant surgery.

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12. Am I too old or too young for a hair transplant?

As long as you’re in good health, there is no age limit for hair transplant surgery. As far as being too young, this is a topic that is highly scrutinized in the hair restoration industry. If your hair loss is affecting your self esteem and you feel that a cosmetic surgery to regain your hair will boost your confidence, you may want to consider a hair transplant, but it’s important to know that if you’re at an early stage of hair loss, your non-transplanted hair will continue to fall out as it was destined to, even after a hair transplant (the new hairs that were transplanted will not fall out). So years after your first hair transplant, you may end up wanting another procedure to fill in the balding areas as you may have an unnatural result. Very generally speaking, we recommend that you are over the age of 25 and have given at least 6-12 months use of Rogaine spray or foam on your crown and Finasteride (generic Propecia) as prescribed by your physician. Finasertide/Propecia is a pill that will not grow back hair, but has been known to prevent it from continuing to fall out.

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13. What should I know prior to getting hair transplant surgery?

Unfortunately not all hair transplant specialists and surgeons are created equal. While there are many talented people in the hair restoration industry, there are also plenty of hair “chop shops” that treat customers as if they’re getting an oil change. It’s important for potential patients to know that any type of surgery is a serious matter, so it’s important that you do your due diligence on the clinic/staff that you are considering let operate on you. Always trust your gut instinct. During your consultation, make sure that all of your questions and concerns are answered with confidence and without hesitation. Although hair transplants are considered a minor cosmetic surgery, your donor area (area where your hair is removed and transplanted) can only stretch so far, so it’s important that you make sure your not risking precious donor hairs on a lackluster procedure.

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