1. Question: What is hair transplantation or hair restoration surgery?
Answer: Hair transplantation is the same thing as hair restoration surgery. It is a minor, outpatient surgical procedure, that takes from 4 to 8 hours depending on the number of grafts (usually 1000 to 3500 grafts) that are transplanted. Much of the time the patient is merely sitting watching movies while the technicians cut and prepare the grafts using a microscope. It involves transplanting grafts of hair follicles that will grow and remain with the patient for the rest of his life. These transplanted grafts are surgically donated by the patient’s own permanent hair area (the sides above and behind the ears, and the back of the head area of the scalp. The hair transplant surgeon doesn’t give the patient any new hair. He re-arranges the patient’s hair, filling in the thin sparse areas, giving the patient an amazing illusion of more hair!
2. Question: Does the doctor use “plug” transplants?
Answer: No. The plug transplant method was done in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. The plugs were large tuffs of hair, 10 – 30 hairs per tuff. Haartransplantation Frankfurt Today the state of the art allows the doctor to use follicular unit grafts that consists of 1 to 4 hairs per graft. The follicular unit graft method gives the patient a natural look and the transplantation is undetectable.
3. Question: Why doesn’t transplanted hair fall out?
Answer: The hairs surgically taken from the patient’s permanent donor area (sides and back of scalp) are genetically programmed not to fall out. The hair in the patient’s thinning area (usually the front, mid-scalp, and crown area) is generally genetically programmed to be somewhat prone to fall out as the individual gets older.
4. Question: Is a hair transplant painful and what about the anesthesia?
Answer: Dr. Halby and other transplant doctors that are up to date in their technique provide a pain-free experience. The doctor numbs the scalp during surgery and generally gives the patient a mild sedative. Usually the patient watches movies (DVD) during the surgery.
5. Question: Will the patient miss time from his job after surgery?
Answer: Most patients will be able to return to work in 1-2 days after surgery. For appearance sake the patient may choose to take a few extra days off work. Dr. Halby generally doesn’t shave the surrounding hair and therefore the patient can in many cases comb his hair in such a manner to conceal the recent hair transplant.