Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration Overview

Hair restoration is a procedure that surgically removes strips of hair from an area of the scalp where hair growth is abundant and surgically transfers those strips of hair to areas of the scalp that are bald or thinning. Many men and women who experience baldness try many methods for growing back the hair they have lost in an effort to retain their confidence and a youthful appearance. Hair restoration surgery is a very promising option for men and women who want a proven method that transplants a sufficient amount of hair in a short time frame.

In our society having a full head of hair is a sign of health, vigor and youth, for women it is also a sign of femininity. Hair loss can be a traumatic experience and for most people non-surgical methods of hair restoration tend to be a huge waste of time and money with very disappointing results. Although surgery may seem like an extreme, this is a highly effective procedure that has the potential to produce real, permanent results.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in hair restoration surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Hair Restoration Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your looks will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or your social life, or cure depression. Having hair restoration surgery may help you achieve a full, thick head of hair. Restoring your hair may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

There are many different techniques for hair restoration surgery. Most require three stages of surgery with each procedure scheduled a week apart. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire and who has experience with hair restoration surgery. Be sure to ask for before-and-after pictures to be able to see the outcome of some of their procedures.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of hair restoration surgery:

  • Make sure the surgeon has experience with scalp flap hair restoration.
  • Ask about the incisions, where scars will form and if the scars will be visible.
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid before and after your procedure.
  • Ask if you should use a special shampoo or hair care products before and after the procedure.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgery will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, your surgery, your recovery and your result.

Hair Restoration Recovery

You may experience some discomfort or "head aches," swelling and bruising. It is very important to only take medications prescribed or recommended by your surgeon. You should avoid strenuous activities that raises your blood pressure or puts strain on the incision sites. You should be able to return to normal activities within three to five days. You will need to refrain from washing your hair for five to seven days.

Hair Restoration Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What is the risk of infection?
  • What is the risk of excessive bleeding?
  • What is the likelihood of needing further treatments?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with hair restoration surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Hair Restoration Surgery

Hair restoration surgery is designed to be permanent. The scars that occur at the incision site are usually not visible because they become covered by naturally growing hair. Taking good care of your scalp and hair will help enhance your results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in hair restoration surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.