Hair Transplantation FAQs
- How do I know I am a candidate for hair transplant?
- Who can benefit from hair transplant surgery?
- How long do hair transplants last?
- Will the transplanted hair ever fall out?
- How do you determine how many grafts a patient will require?
- How many hair transplant session are necessary for a full head of hair?
- Is the hair restoration surgery (hair transplants) painful?
- What are follicular units and why are they used?
- What is the difference between mini/micro grafting and follicular unit grafting?
- How do you determine the cost of your hair restoration procedure?
- Do you offer financing for hair transplant procedures?
- Can I pay by graft?
- Will I need multiple sessions?
- What can I expect after the hair transplant procedure?
- When will I see results of my hair restoration surgery?
- Will hair transplants look natural?
- Are there any complications or risks to hair transplant surgery?
- What happens to the area where the donor is taken, will there be scarring?
- Will my procedure be performed by Dr. John Schwinning?
- What makes IHSG different from other hair transplant practices?
- Can you repair older plug-like transplants?
- Can I speak with other hair transplant patients myself?
- Can a woman benefit from hair transplantation?
If you are starting to thin, balding, or completely bald, you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery. Those who have been losing hair for a few years at a moderate to dramatic rate should consider hair transplant, as it is the only permanent solution to hair loss. [Top]
Hair located at the back and side of the head is genetically coded to be resistant to hair loss. Known as the donor area, this hair when transplanted will typically last a lifetime. In some cases, a small percent may be lost due to damage and aging. [Top]
Hair that is transplanted from the donor area is resistant to the effects of DHT, the hormone that causes hair loss. No matter where that hair is moved to, it will maintain it's resistance to DHT and continue to grow. [Top]
Anyone who has experienced permanent hair loss may be a candidate for hair restoration surgery, including:
- * Men with male pattern baldness
- * Women with female pattern hair loss
- * Men or women who want to restore or change the shape of their hairline
- * People with areas of scarring from injuries or scarring skin diseases, and also patients who experienced some hair loss after surgery, such as face lift procedures
- * People who want to thicken or restore eyebrows, eyelashes, and beards
- * Men and women who want hair in an area where they have little or no hair
There are several factors that determine how many grafts can be transplanted in one session. Everything from how large the bald and thinning area is to how loose the individual scalp is to how many follicular units reside in a given area. It's why a consultation is so important to determine the cost of the procedure. Even hair texture plays an important role. If you have thick,coarse hair, you may not need as many grafts harvested as someone with fine, thin hair. One coarse hair can equal three or even four fine hairs. [Top]
Every individual has a unique combination of hair loss and existing hair type so it is impossible to say that everyone will need such and such a number of grafts and this many sessions, because it varies. For example, a patient who has a medium balding area (Norwood Classification Type 5) but very fine hair may need just as many grafts transplanted as someone who has a larger balding area (Norwood Classification Type 6) but has thick, course hair.
Another important factor in determining the number of hair transplant sessions is dependent on your own expectations and desired results. While most patients who are completely bald will require at least 2 procedures, your appearance will be greatly improved even after one. Your desired density and hair type will dictate how many sessions you will ultimately need. [Top]
ISHG utilizes a four-step anesthetizing process, which most patients feel eliminates any major discomfort during the anesthetizing process. Once anesthetized, the area is completely numb and the patient can sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie. [Top]
Human hair grows in tiny groups of individual hair follicles. These groupings are referred to as follicular units and can consist of 1 to 3 and sometimes 4 hair follicles.
A successful hair transplant procedure means results are completely natural looking. Utilizing the most basic building block, the follicular unit, enables skilled hair transplant surgeons to create results that are virtually undetectable as transplanted hair, preserving a natural appearance. [Top]
Hair in the scalp grows in naturally occurring groupings of 1 to 3 hairs. These groupings, known as follicular units, are dissected under microscope while still maintaining the naturally occuring grouping.
Mini/micro grafting is a rather outdated technique by which small grafts are transplanted that do not necessarily correspond to the original follicular unit and contain anywhere from 3 to 6 hairs.
Today, advanced hair transplant surgeons will primarily employ follicular unit grafting, as the technique produces a higher graft yield, improved naturalness, higher density, quicker healing times, and less scarring. [Top]
IHSG does not spend money on expensive advertising. We rely in large part on the referrals of our patients. We also do not hire outside hair consultants, each patient meets personally with Dr. Schwinning. It enables us to offer the fairest, most competitive prices and the best individual treatment. Each procedure is tailored to the needs of the patient and can range in price from four to twelve thousand dollars. [Top]
Yes, we offer 100% financing through multiple financial institutions for all hair transplant procedures. Applications are available at our office or through the web and our staff can help you through the application process. [Financing your hair transplant procedure]
The cost of your procedure is determined by session not by the price of individual grafts. It allows us to maximize the number of grafts from the donor hair that is removed, without any unexpected cost to you. If the procedure is priced by graft, often the cost can amount to more than the patient expected.
At IHSG we utilize the natural occurring hair pairings. Hair transplant establishments that charge by the graft often end up splitting these pairings, which while it produces more grafts, it results in the same number of hairs and can sometimes damage existing hair follicles. [Top]
The number of grafts needed in a given session is variable depending on the density and hair color. Most patients will require multiple sessions for their desired density. Remember, the procedure is limited to the amount of donor hair taken. The average width of the donor strip is one centimeter, a much wider strip and you run the risk of increased scarring. [Top]
After the procedure patients are provided a mild pain killer for any tightness they may experience along the back of the head, where the donor hair was removed. In the subsequent seven days the small incisions made in the recipient site will scab over and fall out. Because the incisions are so small, the scalp usually heals completely in 10-14 days. On about the tenth day the patient returns to receive a suture removal. Transplanted hair typically begins growing 10-14 weeks after the procedure, with a expected rate of 1/2 an inch per month after they start growing. [View post-operative instructions]
It takes time for new cell structures to develop and while you may want to have your new hair right away, there are advantages to a slow change. People will slowly begin to notice a changed appearance. Often patients get comments like "You look different, have you lost some weight?" A gradual change provides a natural transition to thicker, fuller looking hair.
Most of your transplanted hair will fall out 2 to 5 weeks following the procedure. While it may be alarming, it is perfectly normal and only temporary. Typically hair begins to grow 10-14 weeks after the procedure. It is very normal for hair to start off very fine. Gradually over time the hair will grow and thicken, with most of transplanted hair being visible by 6 months. [Top]
Doll or plug-like transplants are things of the past. Utilizing follicular unit grafting, transplant procedures are virtually undetectable and very natural looking. [Top]
Hair transplant surgery is a very low risk procedure. Minor swelling and in-grown hairs are the most common side-effects, although not all patients experience these symptoms. Swelling is normal and usually occurs 4 days after surgery and subsides completely by the 10th day, in-grown hairs are less common but easily treatable. [Top]
During any surgical procedure there involves a process of healing, medically known as fibrosis and commonly referred to as scarring. Unlike other invasive procedures, hair transplant surgery is virtually undetectable. The area where the donor is extracted is sutured together producing a thin, pencil-like scar line, which is covered by existing hair. Like all scars, even this very thin line will improve over time. [View post-operative instructions]
Yes. All procedures are conducted by [Dr. Schwinning]. As with any surgical procedure, a team of qualified surgical technicians assist, but you will never be placed under another doctor with less experience or credentials. [Top]
We are not a hair transplant factory. Unlike large, high-volume hair restoration offices, we focus on one patient per day, which means each patient receives the full attention and energy of the entire staff. [Top]
New technology has made possible a vast improvement in the way older hair transplants appear. Because of the plug-like quality of older hair transplants, a softer fill in is required to recreate a more natural appearance. With follicular unit grafting, we can create a more natural appearance in just one procedure. [More information on repairing previous hair transplants.]
Yes. At your request, we can provide you with contact information of past patients who are willing to share their experience. [Top]
Yes, many women who experience hair loss are excellent candidates for hair transplantation. Though it is true that women's hair loss is less liable to benefit from a procedure than men's, a large number of female patients can greatly benefit from surgical hair restoration. It is important to understand that hair loss in women occurs in different patterns, moreover, it is much more likely to be the result of an underlying illness, which is why a consultation is so crucial. [Female Hair Loss Patient]
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