Follicular Unit Strip Extraction – Hair Grafting
While there are numerous options for slowing the progression of hair loss – and perhaps even regrowing hair – that are noninvasive and nonsurgical, these don’t work for everyone, and it can take a year or more before you see a noticeable difference. If you are interested in a hair restoration therapy that provides immediate results and has a greater success rate, hair grafting may be right for you.
Reasons to Choose Hair Grafting
Many of the treatments you can find online or in your local drug store that are designed to help treat baldness only work for men and women who are experiencing genetic hormone-related baldness. If your hair loss is caused by something different – such as a medical condition or even scarring on your scalp – these options will simply not work for you. What’s more, noninvasive and nonsurgical treatments do not work for everyone; while some people may experience regrowth, others do not. Hair grafting is a more predictable and effective option in these situations.
What Is Hair Grafting?
Hair grafting is a relatively common surgical procedure during which your surgeon will take a strip of skin in the shape of an ellipse – including the hair follicles. Using a microscope, the surgeon will individually dissect the grafts to create tiny pieces of skin with live hair follicles. Finally, those grafts are then implanted on areas of your head where hair loss is occurring. Hair grafting wounds are closed with tiny stitches and leave a very small scar. This is the most common hair transplant therapy used by surgeons today, and it has worked for countless individuals over the last several decades.
What to Expect
Just prior to the procedure, you will receive both a sedative and an anesthetic. After these have taken effect, the surgeon will set to work removing a strip of skin from a predetermined donor area, then suture the area with stitches that dissolve on their own in two to three weeks. Then, the surgical team will start dissecting the donor strip and removing individual grafts as the surgeon prepares the recipient areas. These sites must be carefully chosen in order to ensure the proper growth direction and density as well as suit the natural irregularity and shape of your hairline.
Recovery and Expectations
Following the procedure, you will have some redness and scabbing, and your head may appear to feel as if it has a sunburn for anywhere from a week to 10 days. Most patients experience a two- to three-month dormant phase after their surgeries, and this is normal. Most patients will see their full growth potential at about 10 months following their surgery.
If you are curious about hair grafting, or if you want to learn if you are a good candidate, contact Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics and schedule your consultation. You can also learn about nonsurgical options like minoxidil, finasteride, low-level laser therapy, platelet-rich plasma treatment, and FUE – another form of transplant surgery – that may be better for you based on your unique needs.