For men and women, losing their hair can be one of the most embarrassing experiences of their life. Hair loss can be attributed to a number of factors, including aging, hormone changes, stress, family history, or even trauma. Many patients who experience hair loss find social situations difficult and may lose self-confidence. Hair replacement surgery is a revolutionary procedure that can be the solution to this problem. As a premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Francis Johns offers a range of skin care and aesthetic treatments, including hair restoration. Read more below to learn about this procedure, and contact Artisan Plastic Surgery at 877-245-6467 to schedule a consultation.
Hair Replacement Candidates
Hair replacement surgery is ideal for patients over the age of 18 who are experiencing mild to moderate hair loss, whether due to aging and stress or trauma such as burns. It is important that hair replacement candidates have healthy hair growth on the sides of their head, as this area will serve as a donor area for hair restoration. It is also important that patients have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. Although hair replacement surgery is effective for most patients, some patients have better results than others. In addition, factors such as hair color and texture can impact the cosmetic results. During a comprehensive consultation Dr. Johns will evaluate the patient’s candidacy for the procedure, make treatment recommendations and address any questions or concerns.
The Hair Replacement Procedure
Because each patient experiences balding differently, no two hair restoration procedures are alike. In fact, there are many different types of hair transplant techniques that can be used. The specific type of technique Dr. Johns performs will depend on a number of factors, and will be determined during a pre-surgery consultation.
During the most common form of hair replacement surgery, a strip of hear-bearing scalp is taken from the back or the side of the head. This portion is separated into smaller pieces, composed of anywhere from two to four hair follicles. These follicles are then grafted onto the balding part of the scalp. Over time, hair begins to grow in the once-balding area. Depending on the severity of hair loss, several procedures may be necessary in order to yield optimal results. It typically takes about 12 weeks for final results to be visible.
Recovering from Hair Replacement Surgery
Patients who undergo hair replacement surgery will experience some bruising and minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Dr. Johns will prescribe medication to alleviate these symptoms, and he encourages patients to apply cold compresses to the area. Patients can wash their hair about three days after surgery. Patients can usually return to work within a few days of the procedure. Dr. Johns provides thorough post-operative care and instructions to aid in the recovery process. He and his staff are available around the clock to address any questions or concerns. During a follow-up procedure, Dr. Johns will make recommendations for any touch-ups, such as adjusting the hairline or filling in patchy areas.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Hair loss can be an embarrassing experience. At Artisan Plastic Surgery, we want to make sure that our patients don’t have to live with it. We are proud to offer a number of hair restoration treatments to help our patients live life confidently. Contact Dr. Johns at 877-245-6467 to schedule your consultation today.