Although transplanted grafts are permanent, all things on the body are subject to the aging process. The transplanted hair will become finer and will turn gray with time, just as in the back of your scalp. Grafted hair is your own natural hair that will react and change with time just as the other hair on your head does.

Is a Hair Transplant the Right Choice for You?

Hair transplants can be effective treatments for permanent hair loss. But as with any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options and potential outcomes with your doctor.

Perhaps your doctor will recommend a hair loss medication as a first step, such as Propecia, to see what results, if any, are

achieved within six months.

In most cases, patients should wait until they are close to 25 years old to undergo a hair transplant. At that age, the hair loss pattern is more established. Younger patients may need revision surgeries later on to correct the hairline as more hair falls out.

Patients with diffuse pattern baldness can be candidates for hair transplants, depending on hair distribution. And yet additional procedures might be required to cover larger areas of thinning. Those with severe hair loss should not expect complete coverage from a hair transplant but may be able to restore their hairline and improve their appearance or grooming options.

Recovery Time of a Hair Transplant

The recovery time after a hair transplant is fairly short. After about a week, you can return to normal activities. The transplanted hairs will shed over time, but new hair will grow in its place from the transplanted follicles. On average, patients can expect to see about 60% new hair growth within 6-9 months in the affected area and about 90-100% around the 12 month mark. For the next 12 months after that, the hairs will gain thickness.

Hair transplants can be a permanent solution to your hair loss problem. Make an appointment today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discuss your options and to find out if now is the best time for you to get started.

 

Hair loss is like a sniper. It can strike without warning, and from almost anywhere. Not a very pretty way of looking at it, but it’s true.

What’s more, hair loss can come on “just like that” or more gradually – not just affecting your scalp, but potentially your whole body. And, as you no doubt already know, some types of hair loss and temporary while others are permanent.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:

  • Aging takes its toll. The aging process is the leading cause of hair loss for both men and women.  In men, the process often begins with a receding hairline on the forehead, one that looks like the letter M. More than half of men 50 or older have signs of hair loss. It reaches 4 out of 5 men by age 70.
  • Immune system goes on offense. Sometimes your immune system can be your best friend, while it also can turn tail on you. Take, for example, when you begin noticing bald spots on your scalp about the size of a quarter. That may signify a medical condition known as alopecia areata. The process can begin from childhood on and stems from your immune system attacking your hair follicles, thus causing patches of hair to fall out. Your hair may grow back, but here’s no guarantee it will.
  • Physical or emotional shock. In this instance, hair starts falling out A physical or emotional shock is another common origin of hair loose. It starts with hair falling out when you wash or comb it – or even just gently tugging on it. But we’re not talking a few strands of hair here and there; we’re talking about handfuls at a time. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
  • Medical conditions or treatments. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back. Other medical conditions associated with hair loss include cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, and heart problems.
  • Infections. Things like ringworm can create scaly patches on the scalp and bald spots. The hair usually grows back after treatment. Folliculitis is another hair-loss infection, but one that can be prevented. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria entering your skin through damaged hair follicles. And it’s things like shaving or plucking scalp hair wearing tight hats, and frequently touching your scalp that can cause it.

 

Now you know at least some of the causes of hair loss. And now you can learn about how DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can make you look like you again – the you with a full head of air. Click here to Request a Free Consultation Today.

Hair transplant recipients often wonder if their new transplanted hair will match the hair naturally growing immediately around it. The truth is, it varies from patient to patient. For example, someone who has experienced little to no graying should experience one consistent color, while someone whose donor area had previously turned gray may notice two distinct shades growing together in the transplant area.

Luckily, hair transplants can still deliver desirable, natural results.

Predicting How Well Hair Will Match

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For patients who are already experiencing graying, either in the donor area or the areas receiving a transplant, mismatching is much more likely. The good news is that transplanted hairs are placed in the recipient area of the scalp in a relatively random order. So, even if two different shades are present, they are likely to be distributed evenly and thus less noticeable.

Predicting how well the transplanted hair will match is a little tougher for patients who are not yet graying. Everyone’s hair changes over the years, so it’s impossible to predict very early on just how color distribution will look long after a transplant is performed.

When Can Transplanted Hair Be Dyed?

Hair transplant recipients who want a more uniform distribution of color in transplant areas may wonder when it’s possible to start dying it. Again, the answer depends on the patient.

How quickly one heals after surgery is a big factor. It’s critical that all incisions and recipient areas have fully healed before reaching for hair dye. The chemicals used in hair dye could potentially damage the follicles if they have not fully healed. Additionally, patients may want to wait four to six weeks for the transplanted hairs to complete their initial shock period to ensure that the grafts are firmly in place and receiving adequate blood flow.

For more information about hair transplants, post-surgery care, and more, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today. We’ve been at the forefront of the hair transplantation industry for more than 15 years and have successfully performed more than 5,000 hair transplant procedures for both men and women.

Hair transplant surgery has gained attention in recent years. Many folks like the idea of surgery that lasts but are unsure of the results associated with it. If you are experiencing hair loss and would like a permanent solution, here are three benefits to having hair transplant surgery.
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Your Hair Will Look Natural

Among the benefits of having a hair transplant procedure is the ability to mimic hair naturally. Over 1,000 follicular units are transplanted in a single session, and sometimes up to 4,000 units. The hair loss restoration surgeon will then place hair follicles to match the surrounding hair, taking into consideration the angle at which the follicle should be placed for the most natural results.

Surgery Is Minimally Invasive

For a follicular unit transplant (FUT), a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the scalp where donor hairs will be removed. While lying down on a surface much like a massage table, the initial removal and suturing should only take around an hour. During this time, you can even watch a movie and relax. Learn more about what to expect on the day of surgery.

The Only Permanent Solution

Compared to over the counter products or prescription applications, a hair transplant is the only hair loss treatment that is permanent. Every other medical treatment needs to be continued or you can lose the benefit. For instance, If you stop taking Propecia or minoxidil (commonly known as Rogaine), you will continue to lose the hair that regrows. The transplanted follicles, on the other hand, should be permanent.

Our Staff Cares About Your Needs

Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, our staff cares about your comfort and results. You can feel confident in our knowledge of up-to-date procedures while helping you choose a solution that will yield the best results. We’re available to answer any questions you may have to ensure you feel confident before your surgery. In fact, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about hair loss and our procedures.

When you are ready to schedule your surgery, choose DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we guarantee patient satisfaction with all of our hair transplants because we’re confident in our advanced transplant procedures. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and see how easy it is to look your best.

Image of handsome man with head full of hairWhile the recovery time after a hair transplant procedure varies from patient to patient, there may be visible evidence that a transplant has taken place. However, this depends on the type of hair transplant that you have. For example, after the follicular unit transplantations (FUTs), patients will leave the office with only small staples at the donor area, which should not be visible under the hair.

So when is the best time to return to work following a hair transplant procedure? The answer is largely personal, but it may also depend on what type of job you have and how well you follow post-op recovery instructions.

Who Knows About the Transplant?

For patients who have been open with coworkers, friends, and family about their search for the right hair restoration procedure, returning to work after a transplant could be an exciting experience. It’s a chance to show off the results, to teach others who might be interested in the procedure, and to return as quickly as possible to everyday life. Recovery for these patients can be a visible, open process.

Conversely, some patients may not want their hair restoration to be so public. In this case, a longer, out-of-work recovery period may be needed, to allow the small scabs on the top of the scalp to heal more thoroughly. This could take anywhere from two to seven days or longer. However, we find that when the post-operative instructions are followed, 95% of our patients have the small scabs washed off by the end of seven days.

Can You Get Away With Hiding It?

Patients that are unable to wear a hat to work, and that are hoping to keep their hair transplant a secret, may find it a challenge to return to work before one week. However, if wearing a hat is permitted and safe on the job, the patient could return as early as two days after the procedure while still concealing any evidence of a hair transplant.

To help speed up recovery time and return to work more quickly, it’s important to know what to expect following a transplant and how to promote fast, healthy healing. Again, if all instructions are followed properly, 95 percent of patients at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center have the small scabs washed off their head by the end of seven days.

Be sure to discuss what recovery steps are right for you with your doctor. To get more information about different transplantation options in the New England area, give DiStefano Hair Restoration Center a call at (401) 736-8989 or fill out our contact form.