Dr. Pineda dishes out the answers to ease your worries and address your concerns:
Q: Why do you lose hair?
A: “If you think you’re safe from hair loss by virtue of being in your 20s, think again. Genetics and hormones, and not age, dictate your hair’s health and life span. Over 25% of men in their 20s suffer from male pattern baldness, while 50% of men in their 40s lose their. Thinning of hair and the eventual hair fall as largely due to the male hormone testosterone interacting negatively with hair follicles on the top of your head.”
Q: What is hair restoration surgery?
A: “Hair restoration surgery encompasses several techniques to treat baldness or thinning hair with your own permanent, natural hair. These techniques include hair transplantation, scalp reduction and skin flap relocation.”
Q: What is hair transplantation?
A: “Hair Transplantation, the most commonly used technique to treat thinning hair, is the process of redistributing hair – filling bald areas. Once the procedure is completed, your hair will grow naturally throughout life with no additional maintenance required beyond combing and cutting.”
Q: Why is modern transplantation is better?
A: “First of all, and most importantly, the result of this technique is natural, permanent and nearly imperceptible from what nature could have given you. Secondly, there are no on-going costs of maintenance programs required with hairpiece replacements or weaves. And finally, modern techniques allow patients to achieve a full head of hair in one to two session.”
Q: Who is an ideal candidate for hair restoration surgery?
A: “Ideal candidates for hair restoration are both men and women whose hair loss has stabilized.”
Q: Can everyone expect the same result?
A: “No. The thickness, texture and color of your hair as well as the amount of donor hair you have are factors which will determine your own final result. During your initial consultation, the physician will discuss all these variables with you.”
Q: In what areas can hair restoration surgery be performed?
A: “Hair restoration surgery may be performed on the frontal hairline as well as the top of the head or crown and back of the head or bald spot. In addition, scars from previous injury or surgery can also be transplanted with hair.”
Q: What happens during the procedure?
A: “Hair is removed from a narrow strip known as the donor area, this area is closed with sutures. The harvested strip is divided into 1-4 hairs and then place into tiny holes and slits.”
Q: How many strands of hair can be placed in one session?
A: “Up to 3,500 follicular unit grafts containing 7,000 plus hairs can be place in one session.”
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: “The entire procedure usually lasts 4 to 6 hours depending to the case involve.”
Q: Does it hurt?
A: “There is minimal discomfort. In fact, you are awake listening to music or watching television or videos while most of the procedure is performed.”
Q: What happends after the procedure?
A: “The patient is given post hair transplant instructions. The patient can wash his hair the next day and may go back to his regular routine as well.”
Q: When can patient resume activities?
A: “Normal activity can resume the next day.”
A: “Hair will grow 2 months after the day of procedure. And like your regular hair it will grow 1 centimeter a month for the rest of your life.”
Q: What If I continue to lose hair?
A: “You will never lose the grafted hair which is why it is important to plan correctly and place them in a design that looks natural. If you do have continued thinning, additional hair transplantation procedures may be performed to make up for the loss.”
Q: Are consultations with the physician complimentary?
A: “Yes. Not only are consultations with the doctor who will perform the surgery complimentary, they are also discreet, confidential and no-obligation. During this meeting he will explain the procedure to you and design a hairline and treatment plan for your individual needs.”
Q: How is hair transplantation price?
A: “Cost is matchless than spending over several years in maintaining hairpieces, hair lotions, etc. A fee schedule is use according to the case per individual.”