Are you considering hair restoration treatment but feeling concerned about the long-term results? Sure, hair restoration before-and-after pictures on the internet show great results, but what do patients really look like months — and even years — down the road?
Hair loss is a serious and potentially embarrassing problem that affects millions of men and women all over the world. For many, the emotional toll of thinning hair and hair loss can lead to feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and in some cases, even severe depression.
Fortunately, there are many hair loss treatment options available today that can help restore your natural hair and your self-confidence. Hair restoration has come a long way. The days of expensive hairpieces and painful surgeries have been replaced with new, noninvasive options that give you all of the benefits without the pain, scarring or ongoing expense.
Here is everything you need to know before your hair restoration procedure, and what kind of results you can expect, both immediately after your procedure and in the long term.
Before: Causes of Baldness
More than 90% of hair loss in men and women is caused by androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness. This type of baldness is characterized by a distinct pattern of receding and thinning hair that starts at the front of the hairline and eventually progresses until just a rim of hair remains. Some 25% of men begin seeing symptoms of male-pattern baldness as early as their twenties.
This common condition is triggered by the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct of testosterone. Some people’s hair follicles are extremely sensitive to DHT. For these people, the follicles shrink and stop producing hair after years of exposure to the hormone. The temples and crown areas of the scalp are the most sensitive to DHT and, therefore, generally the most affected.
What Is NeoGraft?
Unlike traditional hair transplants, which surgically remove a large donor section of scalp and transplant it to an area where you want to grow more hair, NeoGraft’s state-of-the-art follicular unit extraction (FUE) technology enables you to regrow your own hair naturally without invasive surgery or scalpels.
Gentle pneumatic pressure is used to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area of your scalp, where there is plenty of healthy hair. The follicles are then transferred to areas of your scalp where you want more hair. Because there are no scalpels or cuts involved, there is no risk of the visible linear scarring that is common with traditional methods of hair restoration. The procedure is painless — only local anesthetic is used — and so quick that you’ll be in and out within a few hours.
After: What to Expect
Recovery from your NeoGraft procedure is fast, and transplanted follicles will typically begin to grow your own natural hair in about four months. Your results will depend on many factors, including the density and fullness of your hair before the transplant.
Hair naturally grows in cycles, so once the hair follicle has been implanted in its new location, that grafted hair will stay in place for two to three weeks before it sheds. After it sheds, new hair will continue to grow normally. As your hair begins to grow, you can cut and style it just like the rest of your hair. It will look completely natural — because it is your hair!
Later: Long-Term Results
For most patients, hair transplanted through FUE technology is a permanent solution. The harvested hair follicles come from areas of the scalp that are not affected by male-pattern baldness, so those particular follicles are not sensitive to DHT and shouldn’t fall out.
However, hair loss does not automatically stop after a hair transplant. In some cases, if the donor area of the scalp begins to thin with age, there may also be some natural thinning with the new, transplanted hair follicles. For some, additional FUE sessions are required as hair naturally thins. Those who want to increase the density and fullness of hair may also want to schedule additional procedures down the road.
Some doctors recommend the use of medical treatments such as Minoxidil, Finasteride (the generic name for Propecia) or Rogaine as part of your post-transplant hair care routine. This continued maintenance can help solidify the transplanted follicles and slow the loss of surrounding hair.
NeoGraft is the first FDA-cleared follicular unit harvesting and implantation system to deliver the automated FUE technique — the most advanced hair transplant technique used today.
To learn more about how NeoGraft Dallas can help you regain your hair and your self-confidence, request a consultation with our team of hair restoration specialists at Dallas NeoGraft today.