The Consultation Process
It is often unsettling to visit a doctor’s office. That is why we go to great lengths to put you at ease. When you arrive for your consultation, you will be welcomed in a small reception area. After filling out a few forms, the nurse will escort you to meet Dr. Hall, and the two of you will talk about your concerns. He will do a careful examination to determine if your goals can be achieved. Dr Hall will only advise you to go forward with a procedure if he thinks the results will be good.
Next, Dr Hall will go over the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have. He will show you the minor surgery room where the procedure is performed as well as some of the instruments used in hair restoration. When you are satisfied that you understand the entire process and all your questions have been answered, you will be introduced to our coordinator who will give you a price quote for your procedure and go over it with you.
You may want more time to consider your decision, or you may want to talk about financing. There will be no pressure to schedule. If you wish to go ahead at this time and schedule your procedure, our coordinator will help you in every way.
The best way to decide if hair restoration is right for you is to talk with Dr Hall. Visit our Contact page to set up an appointment.
About the Hair Restoration Procedure Itself
Why A Board Certified Surgeon Makes A Difference
Several fundamental principles in hair restoration surgery must be followed in order to insure the success of the micrograft procedure. Tissue must be handled gently. Hair follicles are susceptible to minimal amounts of trauma, so dissection and implantation must be performed very carefully. Dehydration of the follicles is one of the biggest causes of graft failure, so the follicular units must be kept moist in saline to avoid drying out. A lower temperature prolongs the interval between taking the follicles and implanting them. Keeping the follicles very cool further increases the rate of success. The scalp, although richly supplied with blood vessels and generally resilient, is not immune to trauma. Attempting to pack follicles too densely into a small space can result in the inadvertent injury to adjacent hair follicles. This can compromise scalp blood flow, thus defeating the purpose of the procedure. Claims of 2000 to 3000 grafts implanted in a single session sound good, but they do not take into account the post operative problems which may result from implanting so many at one time. This is where experienced surgical judgment comes into play. Remember that each patient is unique, and a careful surgical eye combined with knowledge and expertise is of the utmost importance.
The Procedure From A-Z
During your free consultation we will discuss your concerns. If there are no problems which prelude a successful hair restoration, we will develop a plan of action to accomplish your goals.
First, you will select the time that works best for your schedule. On the appointed date you will be settled comfortably in the minor procedure room surrounded by beautiful art and soothed by music of your choice. The amount of hair to be transferred is then calculated and the length of the donor strip measured.
The initial part of the process involves removing a narrow strip of scalp usually from the back of your head. Next, while the donor site is being closed making it “invisible”, each individual hair follicle is dissected under magnification and placed into tiny recipient sites in your thinning areas. Most patients drift off to sleep during the procedure.
The back of the scalp, where the donor hair was taken, is tender for a week or so after the procedure. You must be very careful not to disturb the new hair follicles. The newly “rearranged” hair follicles need time to settle into their new home, and you should not shampoo this area for 3 or 4 days. Take care to refrain from scratching your scalp.There are tiny scabs which develop around the base of many of the transplanted follicles, giving some patients the appearance of “measles of the scalp”. A more artistic take on this look is to say that the scalp has been temporarily and creatively “tattooed”! These little dots start to disappear after the first gentle shampoo on the third day of the procedure. They are generally gone within 7 to 10 days, and in many patients the scabs are not noticeable at all. If you want to cover them up it is fine to wear a hat. My personal experience was this: on the evening of my first hair transplant, my wife and I happened to be hosting a dinner for 25 people. I greeted our guests at the door in one of my favorite travel hats!
Activity after hair restoration is a very personal matter. Some people return to work after a day or two, while others choose to plan a little vacation at this time. Heavy exertion should be avoided which is only common sense. Now is a good time to pamper yourself. Whatever you decide, my best advice is to take it easy and relax. It’s a good time to open that interesting book you’ve been wanting to read
The newly transplanted follicles do not begin to grow for several months, and even then not at the same rate. Like a seed, some follicles can remain “dormant” for up to six months before beginning to grow. Be patient. When your new hair starts to come in it is very exciting! Remember you will have this hair—your very own natural hair-for the rest of your life!