Frequently Asked Questions by many of our hair transplant patients prior to having their first restoration. Any other questions, please submit them via e-mail or the online consultation form.

 

  • What is the cause of losing your hair ?

Although covered in the “Consultation Q&A” page, the main reason for male-pattern-baldness is DHT.  This hormone acting over some time on these susceptible hairs brings about a progressive minimization and shrinking of the follicle at which point the complete ending of the life, of these follicles.

 

  • Can I expect to lose my transplanted hair?

Your transplanted hair is DHT-resistent.  Meaning, the hair that is taken from the donor area is not affected by male pattern baldness.   The acquired follicles come from the region where hair in most cases never falls out.  So by transplanting these follicles, their genetic make-up allow for the hair to grow wherever it’s transplanted and in an exceptionally few people, DHT is an issue with the transplanted follicles.  We also recommended talking with your consultant about prescriptions to maintain your hair, long after your transplant.

 

  • How painful is having a hair transplant procedure ?

 The only pain is the injections in the the scalp, which lasts about 1-2 seconds.  After that, you feel no pain what-so-ever.  Your surgeon has your comfort as a top priority.  So if during the procedure you do have some discomfort, please do not keep it to yourself.  When it comes to the day of your hair transplant surgery, everyone is there for you that day.

 

  • Can you tell me about scarring ?

 Your scar depends on the type of procedure you decide to move forward with.  With the FUG procedure (strip method), there is only a very thin and sometimes invisible “line” on the back and sides of the head.  With the FUE method, there are small “dots” that are usually undetectable.

 

  • How many hair transplant sessions will I need?

There are many aspects to consider when asking this question.  Some patients can have their results after only one session.  Most will want and need two or more.  Consider your hair density, type of follicles, scalp elasticity, amount of hair-loss, and your desired outcome.  All of this is covered in length with your hair transplant consultant and your surgeon.

 

  • How much time off should I take from work ?

 In most cases, you won’t have to.  But if it’s a concern, some patients will schedule the procedure during a 5 day vacation or a 3 day weekend.  Fact is, most people think about what “other people” will think too much.  If you’re concerned about appearing in your work environment with “redness” or you’re unable to wear a hat or bandana at your job, then my advice is to embrace your personal improvement and know that 99% of those people will not even care or even remember the process after that hair has grown in.

 

  • When can I expect the new grafts to start growing?

 First the new grafts will start to heal in place.  This takes about 1-3 days.  Within the first 30 days or so, most will experience a “shedding phase“.  This is completely normal and you can expect up to 75% of the transplanted hairs to fall out.  The hair’s follicle is still in tact, so do not fear.  The hair will then start to be visible and begin to grow as it heals over a period of 5-9 months.  Full maturity of the transplanted follicles can be expected at around the one year mark.

 

  • I like to wear my hair short, is that still an option?

 Absolutely.  However just as mentioned in the question above,  do consider the kind of procedure you’ll be having and what your desired outcome is.  The best thing is that after your hair restoration, you may find that you’ll have many different hairstyle options…including letting your hair grow longer than you may have been able to for quite some time.