Let’s cut to the chase.
The negative impact balding has on your self-esteem is not a myth.
But, you know what is? Hair Transplant surgery you can’t afford; it’s no coincidence that hair transplants are up more than 80% since 2006, per the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
Cutting-edge technology has made drastic improvements to hair restoration techniques by improving efficacy and reducing hair transplant surgery risks and cost.
Thinning hair, bald spots, and receding hairlines are not only hard blows to your self-esteem and confidence. Hair loss can also affect your romantic life and make you feel depressed.
2 out of 3 men in the US will show notable male pattern baldness by their mid-thirties, and 2 out of 3 women will suffer from female pattern baldness by their late 50s, usually post menopause.
If your hair loss is affecting how you feel and look, it’s “prime time” for a Hair Transplant. Here are 19 common hair transplant questions and their respective answers.
1. What is Follicular Unit Transplantation?
Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT is a method where a surgeon harvests bundles of hair follicles from donor regions of your scalp – usually the back or sides of your scalp – and transplants them to balding areas.
There are two hair transplant techniques by which a surgeon can harvest the follicular units from the donor regions of your scalp.
The first is referred to as FUT Hair Transplant or “Strip Harvesting,” and the second method is Follicular Unit Extraction usually called FUE Hair Transplant.
2. What is the Difference Between Strip Harvesting and FUE Hair Transplant?
STRIP HARVESTING TECHNIQUE:
The Strip harvesting technique has been around longer than FUE, a newer procedure which has only really come into the spotlight in the last decade or so.
The main differences between FUT and FUE are that during FUT hair transplant surgery, the donor follicles are collected in a strip a few inches long, which is why FUT hair transplant is referred to as “Strip Harvesting.”
Strip Harvesting leaves a linear scar is left on the donor region of the scalp. This linear scar is not visible unless the hair is shaved or buzzed down to a shortcut. One of the leading reasons why patients opt for FUE is to avoid this scar if they want to keep a very short cut to the back of the head.
Follicular Unit Extraction, on the other hand, is a technique where a surgeon harvests follicular units individually.
If you opt for FUE hair transplant, you won’t be left with a linear scar on the donor region of your scalp.
However, FUE will leave tiny round scars! The advantage is that these scars are hidden even with a short buzz cut.
FUE is more time consuming, intricate, and labor intensive for the surgeon, FUE hair transplant will be more expensive than Strip Harvesting.
to schedule a consultation with our board certified surgeon.
3. Do Hair Transplants Work on African American Hair?
Yes, they do.
Strip Harvesting has shown greater success with African American Hair.
4. Which Hair Transplant Works Best for Female Pattern Baldness?
Yes, female pattern baldness is real and affects millions of women in the US.
FYI, around 2 out of 10 of all hair transplant surgeries are on women. For women affected by female pattern hair loss, early signs commonly surface post menopause.
Most surgeons and hair loss specialists shave the heads of their patients before Follicular Unit Extraction. With Strip Harvesting, shaving hair pre-op isn’t necessary.
The majority of women are not willing to shave their head for FUE when they can get equal results with Strip Harvesting. Also, women’s hairstyles are typically long and they don’t have to worry about the linear scar showing through.
5. How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Strip Harvest vs FUE?
You’re Likely a Good Candidate for Strip Harvesting Hair Transplant Surgery If:
- You’re a man and don’t plan on a short buzz cut or shaving your head
- You’re a woman with long hair
- You’re African American
You’re Likely a Good Candidate for FUE Hair Transplant Surgery If:
- You prefer to wear your hair very short
- You aren’t attracted to the idea of FUT’s linear scar
- You have scarring or a tight scalp not allowing a strip harvest
6. Can Hair Transplants Be Performed On Eyebrows?
Follicular Unit Transplantation can help men and women who want thicker and fuller eyebrows. Both a Strip Harvest or FUE can be used.
Just like transplant for balding areas on the head, single follicular units will be extracted from the back of the head and sides of the scalp and delicately placed in the eyebrow region.
FUT is the most permanent option for eyebrow hair restoration on the market and the results are very natural.
7. Do Hair Transplants Work for Fuller Beards?
Beards are “in.”
But, sometimes genetics can get in the way of being able to grow one, like the ones you see plastered all over IG.
A beard transplant can be achieved via Strip Harvesting or FUE. Surgeons will decide on which technique will be better depending on where the hair is harvested.
FUE would be used to harvest follicular bundles from a donor region under the chin. This donor area is ideal because the hair on the scalp has a different density and texture than facial hair.
If not, follicles are harvested from the back of a patient’s scalp. Once the grafts are removed from the donor area(s), your surgeon will place them to fill in empty beard areas.
8. Will My Hair Look Natural Post Hair Transplant Surgery?
Both techniques can provide very natural looking results, but ultimately your individual results will depend on the surgeon you choose.
Some surgeons are more detailed in their work than others. Which is why it’s important to do research on each potential surgeon and to meet with them for a thorough examination.
A surgeon will help you determine if you are eligible for hair transplant surgery, which hair transplant is the best option for you, and whether they as a surgeon are the best fit for you in general.
9. How Do I Know When a Surgeon is the Best Fit for Me?
When choosing your surgeon there are some things you need to consider, other than the basics, such as their education.
You should ask your surgeon how much experience they have in both Strip Harvesting and FUE procedures. It is also important to choose a board certified surgeon for your hair transplant.
1. Bias – most surgeons either specialize in FUT or FUE. Just make sure that the surgeon is not biased towards the technique they have expertise with and that their medical recommendation actually has your best interest in mind.
2. Examination – Make sure your examination to determine hair transplant candidacy is done by the surgeon that will potentially be performing your surgery, rather than just a consultant.
10. How Long Does Hair Transplant Surgery Take?
The length of hair transplant sessions vary depending on two things: the number of grafts and type of harvest.
At Chuback Medical, we spend the morning harvesting and preparing the grafts. You get a break for lunch and the afternoon is dedicated for placement of grafts.
Ultimately, everyone is different, but plan for an “all day event.”
11. Is Hair Transplant Surgery Going to Hurt?
In fact, the only discomfort you’ll feel during hair transplant surgery is a slight pinch when local anesthesia is applied to areas of the scalp that the surgeon will be working on.
At Chuback Medical, we make our patients as comfortable as possible.
Patients are awake and can listen to music or watch movies and videos in a reclined chair during surgery. We also provide patients lunch.
p.s. Bring your smartphone or tablet if you like!
12. Do I Need to Plan to Take Time Off Work?
Patients go home right after their surgery and can resume normal light daily activities the day after surgery.
However, unless you work at home, you will need to take some time off work. Our recommendation is a week, but that can vary depending on the patient and the work environment.
13. What Are the Risks?
Like with any surgery, there are risks. We minimize these risks by maintaining high surgical standards.
to discuss your many options and start looking forward to seeing a youthful reflection in your mirror tomorrow.
With hair transplant surgery the biggest risk of concern is that some of the transplanted follicles die, unable to grow new hair. If that happens, we don’t get the hair growth we want for our patient, which is the whole point of the surgery!
We minimize this risk by maintaining high standards such as using state-of-the-art products to prepare and store the grafts to optimize their survival and growth.
14. Will I Be Left With Scars?
The scars left after hair transplant surgery are minimal at Contemporary Hair Transplant because our surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon and uses meticulous technique for closure of the donor site.
If you opt for Strip Harvesting, expect a thin linear scar to be left on the back of your head. Normal hair growth will hide this scar. However, this is one of the main reasons why patients – especially those who choose to wear their hair short – sometimes opt for FUE hair transplant surgery.
But, don’t be mislead.
FUE hair transplant leaves scars as well, but they look like multiple tiny pinpricks instead of one thin linear scar.
15. Will I See Hair Growth Immediately?
Most of our patients witness their new hair growth anywhere between 4 to 6 months after hair transplant surgery. We tell patients the final results will take up to a year.
Keep your expectations in check; you will not be walking out of hair transplant surgery with a full head of hair, but you will get your life and confidence back when all your new hair grows in.
16. Can Hair Transplant Surgery Help if I’m Bald?
You have to have enough actively growing hair and large enough donor regions for hair transplantation.
If you have significant hair loss, hair transplantation may not be an option. To determine your candidacy for a hair transplant surgery, schedule a consultation.
17. What’s the Success Rate of Hair Transplant Surgery?
Technology has caused the rate of hair transplants to boom, as well as their levels of success.
As of 2018 the average percentage of grafts that survive after transplantation and result in new hair growth is anywhere between 85-95%.
Most hair transplant patients report greater than 60% new hair growth as soon as six to nine months after their surgery.
18. What Value Can I Expect from Chuback Medical?
At Chuback Medical you will receive high-quality care at a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located 15 minutes outside of Manhattan in Paramus, NJ.
Our hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Jaime Bastidas, M.D., is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with 15 years experience and is equipped with a hair transplantation team that has 30+ years of combined experience.
Dr. Bastidas (Dr. B) is also an Associate Member of the prestigious ISHRS (International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery).
During procedures, Dr. B stays in close proximity of the patient the whole time, monitoring their comfort level, talking to them. Patients’ transplantation procedures are always accompanied by PRP Hair Therapy to maximize graft survival and promote a faster growth rate.
Chuback Medical also partners with CareCredit to make hair transplant options as affordable as possible. If you are in the Northern NJ and Tri-state area, feel free to schedule a consultation today.
19. What is PRP Hair Therapy?
At Contemporary Hair Transplant, Dr. B accompanies all hair transplant surgeries with PRP treatment, also known as (Platelet Rich Plasma) PRP Hair Therapy
PRP hair therapy increases the chances of follicular survival rate. PRP is achieved by drawing your blood, running it through a centrifuge machine, which separates the platelets out.
The platelets have growth factors that have a positive effect on hair growth and graft growth.
This Platelet Rich Plasma is then applied to your scalp and on the grafts during hair transplant surgery.
PRP hair therapy has been shown to stimulate the growth of thinning hair follicles with minimal side-effects in randomized, placebo-controlled trials. PRP can also be used as a treatment for thinning hair, separate from FUT hair transplant surgery, especially for individuals just beginning to see hair loss.
The Hairy Reality
Women find men with hair more attractive.
One recent study on hair transplants found that post-surgery (once new hair growth kicked in) men received 75% more Tinder matches, compared to pre-surgery.
That’s quite a boost, but it’s not the only one. Hair transplant surgery is a means for you to get your self-confidence and life back. It’s a long-term investment, but a permanent one.
The bottom line is, quality surgeons will charge accordingly. Be careful of hair transplant clinics that advertise extremely low costs. Rock bottom costs usually correlate with rock-bottom quality.
Rock bottom costs usually equal rock-bottom results and we think you deserve much better for yourself.
After all, you didn’t think David Beckhams’ or Lebron James’ thinning hair and receding hairlines fixed themselves did you?