A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that restores hair to men and women whose hair is thinning. Hair transplants take 3 to 6 hours, depending on the size of the area undergoing transplantation. If you have concerns about hair loss and are curious if a hair transplant will help to restore your hair, contact Dr. Avram’s office to schedule a consultation today.
Hair in the posterior scalp of men and women remains largely unaffected by pattern hair loss. This is our donor source. Hair is removed by either elliptical donor harvesting or robotic follicular unit extraction. Both techniques produce consistently natural appearing transplanted hair. Dr. Avram will review which technique will be optimal for you.
Before the transplant can begin, a team of experienced surgical assistants prepares the donor follicles, creating 400-1800 tiny grafts. While the grafts are being prepared, the patient receives a local anesthetic to the recipient site. Then, Dr. Avram uses a needle to create hundreds to thousands of recipient sites for the follicular units in a dense but random pattern to produce the highest density of new hair. The grafts are then placed into the tiny incisions with delicate microvascular forceps. The patient is awake throughout the procedure and can watch a movie, read, or chat with the transplant team.
When the transplant is complete, a dressing is applied to the recipient site and the patient is able to go home. The hair grafts will heal overnight with the body’s normal clotting and healing process. Patients can get return to normal activity immediately, although it’s recommended to take a few days rest from any heavy exercise or strenuous activities. It is also possible that there will be some scabbing for 6 to 9 days on the hair transplant sites, most patients go back to work after 2 to 3 days. While results may vary depending on the patient, transplanted hair will begin to grow 4-6 months after the procedure and have maximum cosmetic impact 12 to 18 months after the procedure.