Hair loss is a common problem that affects both men and women. Fortunately, there are now treatments available that can help restore hair growth. Hair restoration is a procedure that uses various techniques to replace lost or thinning hair.
What is Hair Restoration?
The most common type of hair restoration is a hair transplant. During this procedure, small pieces of hair-bearing scalp from a donor site are removed and relocated to bald or thinning areas of the scalp. This technique has been used for decades with great success. The latest technological advances have allowed surgeons to use robotic assistance for more precise results.
About FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is another popular method of hair restoration. FUE involves removing individual follicles from the donor area and transplanting them into the recipient area. This method can treat baldness or thinning areas on the scalp and other body parts such as the eyebrows and beard.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is also an option for those seeking non-surgical solutions to their hair loss problems. PRP therapy involves injecting platelets into the scalp, which helps stimulate new hair growth by increasing blood flow and delivering essential nutrients to follicles that may be dormant due to age or genetics.
Why Choose Dr. Shafa for hair restoration?
Dr. Brian Shafa specializes in natural-looking results with minimal scarring using state-of-the-art technology for maximum accuracy and precision during surgery. He also provides non-surgical options such as PRP therapy which can help improve overall hair health without any downtime or discomfort associated with surgical procedures. At Dr. Brian Shafa Plastic Surgery, you will receive personalized care from experienced professionals who understand your unique needs when restoring your natural look through advanced techniques like FUE, PRP therapy, or traditional transplants. As a top plastic surgeon, Dr. Shafa has helped countless patients regain their confidence by restoring their natural beauty through his innovative methods of hair restoration surgery.
Hair Restoration FAQs
How does PRP help restore hair follicles?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-surgical hair restoration method that uses the growth factors within your body to help stimulate new follicles, increase blood flow and deliver nutrients to dormant or weakened hair follicles. The procedure begins with your doctor extracting a sample of your blood, which is then centrifuged to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. These platelets contain potent growth factors that can help promote healing and natural hair regrowth.
What is the process for PRP?
Once the PRP has been extracted, it is injected into areas of the scalp affected by thinning or balding. Because the injection contains the patient's blood components, there is minimal risk of an allergic reaction and no downtime required after the treatment. However, patients may experience minor discomfort during injection due to multiple tiny needles inserted into their scalps.
What is the recovery for PRP?
The recovery time for PRP treatments typically takes 3 - 7 days as your body works to restore and heal itself and any damaged follicles in the treated area. During this time, you may feel slight tenderness or sensitivity in the place where you were injected and should avoid strenuous activities such as vigorous exercise or saunas until it has subsided. Additionally, treating physicians often recommend avoiding styling products like mousse during this period to allow the area to heal correctly while avoiding excessive stress on newly forming hairs.
What is the procedure for FUE?
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a popular hair restoration procedure that involves removing individual follicles from the donor area and then transplanting them to bald or thinning areas of the scalp. This method can also increase hair volume in a specific area. During the procedure, a unique harvesting device extracts individual follicles from the donor site, which are then implanted into pre-created recipient sites on the scalp using a fine needle.
How long is the procedure for FUE?
The FUE procedure typically takes between 4 - 8 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. Patients may experience mild discomfort during this time as local anesthesia is used when necessary. Afterward, patients will generally notice mild swelling, redness, and tenderness in their scalp where follicles were removed and grafted for two to three days post-treatment. It is important to note that these side effects should resolve within 72 hours, and You can usually manage any further discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.
When can I expect results from FUE?
Once healing has been achieved, newly transplanted follicles grow within 4 – 6 weeks after treatment. Optimal visual results are seen around three months after treatment though it can take up to 12 months before full effects are evident, as some hairs may take longer than others due to varied growth cycles. After your scalp has completely healed, you should enjoy the fuller head of hair you've always wanted without any restrictions or limitations.
How long will it take to see results with FUT?
Full results take about twelve months to become visible, as some hairs may take longer than others due to varied growth cycles. Once healing has been achieved, you should enjoy the fuller head of hair you've always wanted without any restrictions or limitations!
What is the Procedure for a Traditional Hair Transplant (FUT)?
The traditional hair transplant technique, also known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involves your surgeon removing a strip of hair from the back of your head – an area less susceptible to balding and thinning. The donor strip will be carefully harvested to preserve the maximum amount of the donor's hair.
Once the donor strip has been removed, it is separated into individual follicular units before the individual units are transplanted into the pre-created recipient sites on the scalp. Afterward, you may notice mild swelling and tenderness in your scalp, where follicles were removed and grafted for a few days post-treatment. These side effects should resolve within 72 hours, and you can usually manage any further discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.