Thanks to these advances, the results can look so natural that a barber or stylist cannot tell you’ve had anything done.
Results depend largely on the surgeon you select
While these advances are giving patients natural-looking results, the outcome still depends largely on the surgeon you select. You want to choose a doctor who understands hair loss and performs hair transplants regularly.
Dermatologists specialize in conditions that affect our skin, hair, and nails, so they know a lot about hair loss. Many also perform hair transplants and can tell you whether you are a good candidate for a hair transplant.
Who is a good candidate for a hair transplant?
Men and women of all races can be good candidates for a hair transplant.
To be considered for a hair transplant, you need two things:
1. Enough healthy hair on your scalp that can be transplanted to the area that needs hair
2. The ability to grow hair on the thinning area of your scalp
During a consultation with a dermatologist, you can find out if you have both. A dermatologist will give you a thorough scalp exam.
Are you a man in your 20s, who is experiencing hair loss? For best results, you may be asked to wait to have a hair transplant and start treating with a hair loss medicine.
To find out why you have hair loss, you may also need a blood test. This can check for things going on in your body that may be causing your hair loss. Some patients need a procedure called a scalp biopsy. Your dermatologist can quickly and easily take what is needed for the scalp biopsy during the consultation.
If the exam and tests show that you are a good candidate for a hair transplant, your dermatologist can tell you what results you can expect. A full head of hair may be unrealistic, but a fuller head of hair can be the goal.
What happens during hair transplant?
You can expect a hair transplant to take between 4 and 8 hours. If you are having a large amount of hair transplanted, you may need to return for a few hours the next day.
Most patients remain awake during the entire surgery and need only an anesthesia that makes the scalp numb. Some patients also take a mild sedative to help them relax.
The surgery begins with your dermatologist removing the healthy hairs. To give you natural-looking results, your dermatologist may remove the healthy hairs by either cutting a strip of skin with healthy hairs from your scalp or removing individual hairs.
The second option takes a lot more time, but avoids leaving a long, narrow scar on your scalp. This can be beneficial if you prefer close-shaven haircuts like buzz cuts.