11 Things to Know About Hair Transplants

July 22nd, 2016

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There are many questions surrounding hair transplants and the process overall. We’re here to help answer some of those questions. Take a look at this list of 11 things you need to know about hair transplants.

  1. The use of natural follicular units creates a very natural look. The use of “plugs” is not used today, nor should it be.
  2. Hair transplants utilize ‘donor dominance’. Donor hair from the back of the head is much more resistant to hair loss. When it is transplanted it remains stable over time.
  3. Transplant follicles shed four to six weeks after the transplant and slowly grow back over the next 12 months.
  4. There are approximately 100,000-150,000 individual follicles on the human head.
  5. Hair transplantation is done under local anesthesia and the patient is awake during the procedure.
  6. The goal of the transplant is to achieve a look of fullness. The end result should have your hair appearing thicker than before the transplant.
  7. Reframing the frontal hair line often has a dramatic effect on the appearance of patients. For example, imagine if you shaved the front third of your head and watched the transformation as your hairline grew back in.
  8. Some of the first attempts in hair transplantation were completed in Japan by Dr. Shojui Okuda (1886-1962).
  9. Norman Orentreich performed the first successful transplant for male pattern baldness in the United States in 1952.
  10. If you are interested in having a hair transplant, see a doctor who performs hair transplants on a regular basis. It is important that your doctor is involved in the design of your hair transplant as well as the removal of your donor hair.
  11. Recipient sites are often made with needles, custom cut blades or implanters.