As experienced hair restoration surgeons, we have treated men and women in the communities of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Surprisingly, many people come to us believing that hair plugs, which was a technique originally developed in the 1950s, are still used in today’s methods of hair transplantation. At Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, we have not used the old hair plug technique for more than 20 years.
Using today’s latest advances in hair restoration methodology, hair is taken from the donor area, which consists of the follicles around the sides and back of the head. We only take hair from those two areas because the hair there is programmed to grow throughout one’s lifetime. Once the hairs have been redistributed to the thinning or bald areas of the scalp during the hair transplantation, these hair grafts maintain their integrity and will continue to perpetually grow.
At our Massachusetts and Rhode Island offices, we can perform hair transplants on almost any part of the body. Hair restoration may be necessary for aesthetic reasons or possibly due to an injury. It can also benefit those who have lost hair in specific areas following a cosmetic procedure. We commonly perform hair restoration for balding or thinning areas along the head, as well as eyebrow hair transplantation and restoration of sideburns and hairlines in men and women who have had facelifts or browlifts. Although less common, some patients also request hair transplants to the pubic area.
Today’s current hair replacement techniques make the hair transplantation process more efficacious and less painful. Even after a single but thorough hair transplant session, beautiful aesthetic results can be achieved from the comfort of our state-of-the-art, yet welcoming offices. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.
The Hair Transplantation Procedure
During the hair transplantation procedure, our patients sit in a plush, comfortable chair designed specifically for hair transplants. During the session, patients are able to watch movies or television, and are typically not able to feel anything other than a touching and/or pressure sensation.
To begin, a local anesthetic is applied to the donor area of the scalp. A strip of skin is then harvested for hair replacement. At the end of the procedure, the area removed is sutured together, and will heal in a line. In most individuals, it’s a fine line about the width of a pencil line, and is usually completely covered by the time the hair regrows.
The second part of the procedure is the transplant. Under magnification, the follicular units from the donor strip are dissected out and individual grafts are created. Using extreme precision, each follicular unit graft is placed into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp, striving to create an aesthetically pleasing end result of naturally thicker and fuller hair.
Additionally, there are some cases where we either correct or refine previous hair replacement methods, in which case we use larger grafts. As experienced hair restoration surgeons, we understand that each patient is unique, and that one size doesn’t always fit all. That also means we employ a variety of surgical hair transplantation techniques to provide the greatest benefit for our patients.
When the hair transplantation procedure is complete, we shampoo the patient’s scalp, and blow-dry and style the hair. Patients leave our offices without any bandages at all, and are able to drive themselves to and from the office. In the circumstances where pre-operative medications are requested during the hair replacement surgery, however, a patient will need a ride home or back to work following the procedure.
When Should I Expect Results?
Approximately three to four weeks after the procedure, the individual hairs in the transplanted grafts will grow and then fall out. Generally, it takes around four months for the new, permanent hairs to grow at the average rate of hair growth, which is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month.
“I am so pleased that I took this step and did something about losing my hair. It has been just a year since I had the surgery and I can’t believe the improvement and the wonderful results! Even my hairdresser told me that my hair is so fuller now she forgot I even had a problem. ”
Hair Replacement for Women
Often in our American society, it’s considered “normal” for a man to lose his hair and eventually begin considering the hair transplant process. Though perhaps a somewhat discomforting experience for many men, it is not considered unusual. Unfortunately, treating hair loss or baldness in women frequently does not receive that same openness by the public.
At Leonard Hair Transplants Associates, approximately 20 percent of all our hair replacement surgical patients are women. Compared to a typical hair restoration surgeon’s practice, this number is quite high, which we believe reflects our surgeons’ true commitment and leadership in the field of hair restoration for every individual.
Dr. Leonard and Dr. Lopresti encourage women experiencing hair loss to seek out our hair replacement services without hesitation, fear, or embarrassment. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate any patient who is concerned about her lost or thinning hair.
Contact Leonard Hair Transplant Associates
If you have bald spots or thinning hair, but have not yet come in for a hair loss consultation, we encourage you to schedule one as soon as possible. For our patients who have already successfully undergone their hair transplantation surgical procedure, we invite you to schedule your follow-up examination with Dr. Robert Leonard or Dr. Matthew Lopresti. For more information on whether hair transplantation may be the right solution for you, please contact us today!