What Are Hair Transplants?
Hair transplants are the result of a surgical process that removes hair follicles from a part of the body called the ‘donor site’ to a hairless or balding area of the body, usually the scalp, which is called the ‘recipient site.’ This method is used primarily for treating androgenic (male or female) pattern baldness.
A study published in 2016 confirmed that people were perceived as younger and more attractive by casual observers after undergoing a hair transplant. Participants in this study also rated posttransplant faces as more successful and approachable than their pretransplant counterparts. These aspects have been shown to play a substantial role in both workplace and social success and demonstrate that hair transplants can improve patient’s quality of life universally.
If you think you or a loved one could benefit from a hair transplant and live in the Santa Monica or Los Angeles area, we’d like to welcome you to the Derm & Rejuvenation Institute lead by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Tanya Kormeili MD & board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Hooten Zandifar. Whether she’s treating patients at her private practice or teaching as a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr. Kormeili is committed to educating people about dermatology as it relates to their health and well-being.
Keep reading to learn more about hair transplants and hair textures.
Types of Hair Texture
Oprah’s hairstylist, of all people, created a classification system for hair texture called the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. His system classifies hair into four different categories with their own sub-categories:
Any texture can be transplanted. However, hair that is on the curlier and kinkier side can be a bit more complicated to transplant. The good thing about curlier hair is that your doctor will be able to provide more coverage with fewer follicles.
What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
Follicular unit extraction is a method of performing hair transplants where follicular unit grafts, consisting of a small number of hair follicles, are individually removed from the scalp’s stronger areas and artistically restored to the thinning areas. FUE has many advantages, including a small donor wound, less pain, and a slender graft without extra surrounding tissue. Studies have shown FUE can be an effective hair transplantation method for a select patient population who suffer from severe baldness or have inadequate scalp donor reserve.
At the Derm & Rejuvenation Institute, Dr. Zandifar utilizes the sophisticated NeoGraft device to minimize downtime with virtually no scarring.
Before and After Photos
Benefits of Hair Transplants
- Guaranteed results
- Increased confidence
- Improved looks
- Successful & approachable appearance
- ‘Cures’ baldness
- Natural-looking appearance
- Low maintenance
- Scars are easily concealed
- Minimal downtime
- Minimally invasive
The ideal candidate for hair transplants is somebody who is balding but has a sufficient amount of donor hair on the back and sides of the head. Candidates are usually men, but hair loss is not exclusive to just them. Women can receive hair transplants too so long as they have enough donor hairs as well.
One of Dr. Kormeili’s and Dr. Zandifar’s philosophies is that the patient is the top priority of every interaction. They enjoy interacting with their patients and takes great interest in getting to know all the details of their lives.
During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Zandifar will discuss your goals and expectations for your hair transplant, and she will devise a treatment plan customized to you and your hair texture.
In preparation for your procedure, you will want to:
- Quit smoking a day before surgery
- Not drink alcohol three days before surgery
- Not get a haircut
- Avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks
Your surgeon, Dr. Zandifar, will design your new hairline, and each of your harvested follicular units will be carefully implanted in this new layout. The newly implanted hairs will grow over the next few months and eventually will look just like the rest of your hairs.
There is no significant recovery for hair transplants, and most patients can resume daily activities right after the procedure. However, for about a week afterward, the new hair area should be treated delicately. Carefully treating them will allow the new follicles the time to establish their blood supply and take root in their new location. After around ten days, most normal activities can occur; however, there are some limitations to activities such as going to a spa or vigorously rubbing or scrubbing the hair. After one month, no other care needs to be taken.
The newly transplanted hair may seem frozen in time and can need a few months to resume growth, but usually, at the end of a month, the new hair will start to grow and continue to act like normal hair.
Results are usually seen between six and nine months after your procedure. For some, it can take a year. It’s essential to know that between two and eight weeks after the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is normal. By the third month, the hair may look thinner than before, but again, this is normal.
For the best results, Dr. Kormeili may recommend a medicine that treats hair loss. Medicine can prevent or slow down new hair loss and thinning so you can keep your natural-looking results for years to come.
PRP Hairloss Treatment
PRP Hairloss treatment is a method of restoring hair using Platelet Rich Plasma to accelerate healing in the body. The PRP is derived from the patient’s blood and encourages hair growth in treated areas.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a process where unwanted hair is heated with laser light pulses to stop new hairs from growing.
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that relaxes the facial muscles to flatten lines and wrinkles to create a more youthful appearance. Great for both men and women.
CoolSculpting is a patented revolutionary fat reduction process that targets stubborn fatty areas with controlled temperatures to ‘freeze’ the underlying fat cells. Once frozen, the fat cells proceed to die, creating a sleeker contour to your body. This treatment is also excellent for both men and women.
Skin Care for Men
Men, you deserve to feel beautiful too. Help us unlock your radiance with Derm & Rejuvenation Institute’s skincare for men package. This treatment plan includes skin products and a combination of procedures like a chemical peel and light & ultrasound therapies.
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What Are Hair Transplants?
Hairtransplants are the result of a surgical process that removes hairfollicles from a part of the body called the ‘donor site’ to a hairless or balding area of the body, which is called the ‘recipientsite.’
What Is Follicular Unit Extraction?
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a method of performing hair transplants where follicular unit grafts, consisting of a small number of hair follicles, are individually removed from the scalp’s stronger areas and restored to the thinning areas.
Can Curly Hair Be Transplanted?
Yes, curly hair can definitely be transplanted. The process is a bit more complicated, but it is achievable. One of the benefits of curly hair transplants is that more volume is covered with fewer follicles.
What About Black Hair?
Yes, black hair can definitely be transplanted. Like curly hair, it’s more complicated but is able to cover more area with less donor hair.
Do Hair Transplants Hurt?
Although patients are administered local anesthetics and other medications, the degree of pain or discomfort varies according to each patient. We may supply pain medication to use after your procedure if needed. Many of our patients find that they do not need to take any pain medication after their hair transplant.
Are There Complications or Risks From Hair Transplants?
Infection can occur after a hair transplant, but they are rare. In the few cases where infection occurs, it is often due to the patient’s failure to follow post-operative instructions fully. Even when an infection occurs, it is easily treatable with antibiotics.
Are Hair Transplants Permanent?
Yes, successful hair transplants are considered long-lasting and permanent.
- Kristin L. Bater, Masaru Ishii, Andrew Joseph, Peiyi Su, Jason Nellis, and Lisa E. Ishii.JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.Nov 2016.413-418.http://doi.org/10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0546
- Onda, M., MD, PhD, Igawa, H. H., MD, PhD, Inoue, K., MD, PhD, & Tanino, R., MD, PhD. (2008). Novel Technique of Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplantation with a Powered Punching Device. Dermatologic Surgery, 34(12), 1683-1688. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2008.34346.x
- Sanusi Umar, MD, Body Hair Transplant by Follicular Unit Extraction: My Experience With 122 Patients, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 36, Issue 10, November/December 2016, Pages 1101–1110, https://doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjw089