Glossary of Terms – Specialist (Hair Restoration)

Hair Restoration Surgery – Outpatient Surgery
Description: Surgical procedure in which hair is removed from a donor site, sectioned into micrografts and transplanted into a balding or thinning area on the scalp.  Micrografts are most common; other grafting techniques include flaps, tissue expansion, and scalp reduction.
Average Cost: $3-$10 per individual hair graft, or $2,500-$10,000-plus per complete series of treatments.
Length of Surgery: 1 Hour or more, depending on size of transplant area.
Anesthesia: Local or general, depending on technique used.
Recovery Time: Resume normal activities in 2-3 days.  Avoid vigorous exercise for 3 weeks.
Treatment Frequency: Several (months apart), depending on size of transplant area
Risks: Dfferences in transplanted hair texture and density,scalp numbness, infection, bleeding, wide scars, complications related to anesthesia.  Surgery may have to be repeated if grafts don’t take.
Duration of Results: Permanent
Inside Tips: Five Questions You Should Ask:
1. What is your experience with hair restoration?
2. What techniques do you perform and how often?
3. How many treatments will I require to achieve my results?  How long will the process take.
4. What type of recovery will I require?  What will be my appearance during this time?
5. What type of anesthesia will be used?  Who will administer it?  Is the facilty where I will have my procedure accredited?

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