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At We Grow Hair, we want our patients to have answers to their questions. That’s why we have compiled this exhaustive list of hair restoration FAQ’s.   If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us so we can help!

Hair Transplant FAQs

A hair transplant is a procedure where healthy growing hair is harvested from the back up the head, followed by transplantation to balding areas on the top of the head. 

Transplanted hair starts growing in 3 to 4 months after a hair transplant.  At first, the new hairs are thin and wispy, but as time passes, each hair will get thicker in diameter and become easier to manage.  Once the hair reaches the length of your existing hair,  it should become more manageable.  You can expect it to grow at the same speed as native hair in surrounding areas.  Since the transplanted hair is the same color and texture as non-transplanted hair, you won't be able to distinguish the new hair from the old hair.  Although this hair is permanent, it's important to take care of it in order for it to look shiny and healthy.   Vitamins, supplements, shampoos and other hair growth modalities such as Laser Therapy  are helpful in order to help your new hair grow be the best that it can be.

No, your body will reject another person’s hair unless it is an identical twin!

You will experience some redness after the procedure.  Small scabs will form around the transplanted hairs.  They will remain for about 5 days until they start to fall off.  By the 10th day the scabs will be completely gone.

Doctors use a mild anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure.  Afterwards, you will be prescribed a pain killer for discomfort in the harvesting area, however, many patients simply use Tylenol instead.

Yes, the hair is harvested from the “safe zone”. Transplanted hairs are genetically resistant to DHT and will retain their attributes after the move.

We can only speak for the doctors here at PAI / We Grow Hair.  A hair transplant requires the artistic skill of a well trained surgeon.  Angle,  direction and placement are extremely important in a hair transplant.  When done correctly, the newly transplanted hair will look completely natural.  Ten days after the procedure, no one will ever know you had it done.

You should plan to take at least 2 or 3 days to rest after your procedure.  Within the first week you can start wearing a clean loose fitting hat.  You can also use hair fibers to conceal the procedure.

Results from a hair transplant can be seen as early as 3 or 4 months!

This is an often debated issue among hair transplant surgeons, because it's difficult to predict future hair loss.  The younger the patient, the more risky the procedure.  At We Grow Hair, we recommend that you don't have a procedure before the age of 25.

It's difficult to give you a definitive answer without seeing you in person for a microscopic analysis, but generally, a good candidate is over 30 years old, in good health, has healthy donor hair, and is not completely bald.  

In clinics across the United States, a graft contains between 1-4 hairs. Most hair transplant clinics price their hair transplants by the graft. The problem with this approach is that since the numbers of hairs vary, patients don’t know how many hairs are being transplanted. Many clinics separate the tissue into  an unusually high number of 1 hair grafts in order to charge more.

The We Grow Hair Levels are measured by the number of hairs, not grafts, and the general area to be covered. This forthright approach is much less confusing to the patient. Generally, We Grow Hair Levels tend to be less expensive per hair than other approaches. 

The main difference between FUE and FUT is the way hair is harvested for a transplant.  Both have  advantages and disadvantages.  [FUE/FUT Comparison]

At We Grow Hair, one graft does not mean one hair.

Multi-Unit Hair Grafting: Our physician will harvest grafts containing 1 or more hairs, depending on the area of distribution (single hair grafts belong in the frontal hairline while a variety of graft sizes create density in the vertex and crown). Thus, 2,000 grafts could potentially yield up to 7-8 thousand hairs depending on your density. This number of grafts, well distributed, will produce a natural hairline and the desired density and coverage.

ARTAS: The physician will harvest grafts with robotic assistance.  typically a graft contains anywhere from 1- 6 hairs.  Thus, 2,300 grafts could potentially yield up to 5,300 hairs, depending on your density.

Multi-Unit Hair Grafting: One of the benefits of Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ is that more hair can be moved in each procedure, thereby minimizing the number of procedures needed to achieve the patient’s desired results. This trademarked procedure allows up to twice the hair volume when compared to traditional FUE or FUT hair transplants. Patients often find that only 1 or 2 procedures are required to meet their objectives even with significant hair loss.

ARTAS:   ARTAS is definitely suited for patients with less hair loss.  If you have limited hair loss, one procedure might meet your needs, however, for  those with advanced hair loss, it may take several procedures to achieve the look you want.  There are limitations on how many FUE transplants you can have.

We like to see patients the day after, 10 to 12 days after, 4 to 6 months after and 12 months after.  None of these are required but are strongly recommended. If you live away from the office we can meet online or you can send pictures to update us on your hair growth progress.

We will also follow up with you periodically by phone, email or letter throughout the growth process to ensure best results. We strongly recommend patients consider a hair loss management (prevention routine) following the procedure to help maintain the non-transplanted hair. PAI offers FDA approved hair loss management options for hair loss prevention.

Generally, you can return to work within a day or two following your procedure depending on your type of work and comfort level. However, any strenuous exercising or lifting should not be attempted for 14 days after the procedure or until your sutures have been removed.  Some patients will decide to take a week off of work for esthetic reasons.  We can go over your specific situation with you when you visit the office for your evaluation / consultation.

At We Grow Hair, a licensed physician is always present for your hair transplant as well as several trained medical team members. 

While both FUE and FUT involve the transplantation of individual hair follicles, there is a key difference in the way the follicles are extracted. With FUE, the technician extracts the individual follicles directly from the donor area using a small, specialized tool. This leaves tiny, circular scars that are usually not noticeable and easily hidden by surrounding hair. On the other hand, FUT involves removing a strip of donor tissue from the back of the patient's head, resulting in a linear scar. The advantage of FUE over FUT in terms of scarring is that FUE leaves minimal visible scarring. The tiny, dot-like scars left by FUE are much less noticeable compared to the linear scar that is left after FUT. These smaller scars also tend to heal more quickly and blend in better with the surrounding hair. It is important to note that scarring can vary depending on individual factors such as skin type, healing ability, and the skill of the surgeon. However, in general, FUE is considered to be the preferred method if patients are concerned about scarring.
The term "hair plugs" is somewhat outdated and typically refers to an earlier technique that has largely been replaced by FUE and FUT. Historically, hair plugs referred to the use of large, round grafts containing multiple hair follicles that were harvested from a donor site and transplanted into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. These grafts were typically larger than today's follicular units, resulting in a less natural appearance and a "pluggy" look. Today's FUE and FUT techniques are far superior because, if done correctly, they result in a more natural-looking hair transplant.

FAQs about Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™

The cost of a hair transplant is comparable to most cosmetic procedures ranging from 5K - 16K depending on several factors.  We encourage you to schedule a free consultation to find out more.  Don't forget to ask about our financing options.

Due to anesthesia the procedure is pain free.  After the procedure there is moderate discomfort for 24-48 hours.  A prescription pain medicine will be prescribed, however many people opt to take Tylenol instead. 

MUHG is our shortest hair transplant lasting between 3.5 - 5 hours.

Both FUE and FUT produce scars. We Grow Hair uses a specially developed trichophytic closure which leaves a hard-to-see linear scar.

Ever notice how elderly people typically lose hair on the top up their head but not the sides or the back? Hair in the back of your head is  more resilient and resistant to DHT (a hormone that causes hair loss). During a hair transplant, hair is relocated from the back (the donor area) to balding areas. The donor hair retains its DHT resistant attributes, meaning that it will be as permanent as it was in its original location.  In most cases, this means that the hair will remain for a lifetime unless it's affected by medication, disease, or some other unusual circumstance.  

Our MUHG procedure is backed by a guarantee. We Grow Hair  meticulously documents each procedure with detailed, high-resolution before and after photographs through We Grow Hair. By doing so, we can determine the percentage of the hairs that successfully grow.  If an area of transplanted hair doesn't grow, and the patient has adhered to post-op instructions, we will redo that area at no charge.

Everyone is different but you can see results as early as 3 to 4 months.  You can expect to see final results in 12 to 14 months.

More hair can be transplanted in one Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ procedure.  More hair means less procedures.  The ARTAS is not ideal for those with significant hair loss or hair loss in the crown area.  The ARTAS procedure is also a larger financial investment.

Your expectations, amount of hair loss, and condition of your existing donor hair play a  major role in whether you’ll need more than one procedure.  Your medical consultant can help you set realistic expectations and develop a plan that's right for you.

Yes, you should wait 30 days before you dye your hair after a transplant.  

FAQs about The Day of Procedure

Yes, you are encouraged to have a nice meal before the procedure.
You will not be under general anesthesia, however, you will be groggy after the procedure. We require that you have someone take you home.
A hair transplant is a simple out-patient procedure, however you will be under the influence of medication afterwards.   That's why we require that you to have a ride to help you when it's over.
The doctor and the nurse technician will go over any special post-operative instructions. You will receive an instructive trifold and a link to a post-op video as well.  If you have any questions about post op care you can call our office.
Yes, a script will be called in to your local pharmacy after the procedure.

FAQs about ARTAS FUE

The cost of an ARTAS Robotic FUE hair transplant is more expensive than our Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ Procedure.  Hair transplants generally run between 5K-16K.  We encourage you to schedule a free consultation to find out more.  Don't forget to ask about our financing options.

Due to anesthesia the procedure is pain free.  After the procedure there is moderate discomfort for 24-48 hours.  A prescription pain medicine will be prescribed, however many people opt to take Tylenol instead. 

Because a hair transplant is a minor procedure, it does not require general anesthesia.   A numbing medication is used to prevent pain, and relaxation medication helps patients feel tranquil during the process. 

Traditional FUE's are quite lengthy, however, the ARTAS Robotic Transplant is the fastest FUE available.  It can take up to 8 hours from start to finish. 

As with any FUE procedure, the ARTAS produces small circular scars that are hard to detect. Unlike hand-held devices, the ARTAS  uses an advanced algorithm to harvest donor hair more evenly. This prevents over-harvesting which can amplify the visibility of scars in patchy areas.

Ever notice how elderly people typically lose hair on the top up their head but not the sides or the back? Hair in the back of your head is  more resilient and resistant to DHT (a hormone that causes hair loss). During a hair transplant, hair is relocated from the back (the donor area) to balding areas. The donor hair retains its DHT resistant attributes, meaning that it will be as permanent as it was in its original location.  In most cases, this means that the hair will remain for a lifetime unless it's affected by medication, disease, or some other unusual circumstance.  

Everyone is different but you can see results as early as 3 to 4 months.  You can expect to see final results in 12 to 14 months.

More hair can be transplanted in one Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ procedure.  More hair means less procedures.  The ARTAS is not ideal for those with significant hair loss or hair loss in the crown area.  The ARTAS procedure is also a larger financial investment.

Your expectations, amount of hair loss, and condition of your existing donor hair play a  major role in whether you’ll need more than one procedure.  Your medical consultant can help you set realistic expectations and develop a plan that's right for you.

FAQs about FUT vs. FUE

We want what's best for our patients.   Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ gives patients twice as much hair, which is more satisfying, and the results are soft and natural-looking.  When our patients are happy, we are happy.

When compared to FUT, all FUE procedures harvest less hair, even ARTAS Robotic FUE.  With FUE, each follicle is painstakingly harvested one at a time, limiting the number of hairs that can be gathered in a single session.  It's interesting to note that due to our trademarked harvesting technique, MUHG outperforms both FUE and all other FUT techniques. 

The main reason for choosing FUE over FUT is to avoid a suture line, which means no linear scar and a quicker recovery.  

An ARTAS procedure is faster, it harvests hair more evenly due to an advanced algorithm, it creates less transection (hair destruction), and the staff is less fatigued because it is robotic. 

Initially, the FUT scar is concealed with surrounding hair.  The FUT scar can permanently be concealed by wearing the hair at a half-inch or longer.

Yes, removing the grafts as a group in the FUT procedure results in a fine scar on the back of the head.

Not at first, because the area must be shaved in order to perform the hair transplant.  When the hair grows back, the tiny extraction sites can not be seen.

The FUE procedure sites will heal completely after 10 days.

FUE procedures don’t require stitches, and the tiny extraction sites leave hard to see scars.

In FUE, the ARTAS robot extracts one graft at a time from the donor area. In contrast, FUT involves the extraction of a thin tissue strip, which is then separated into individual grafts by the skilled medical team. Following extraction, the surgeon creates recipient sites, and the medical team implants grafts into these sites.
The process of preparing follicular grafts for implantation involves a team of highly skilled technicians who meticulously carry out the necessary steps under magnification. These trained technicians focus on carefully prepping the follicular grafts to ensure their optimal condition until they are ready to be transplanted.

FAQs about Hair Plugs

Our surgeons are all M.D.’s who are members of ISHRS. The naturalness of a transplant depends greatly on the surgeon’s artistic and surgical skill level.  If a surgeon is inexperienced, even with the newest techniques, a hair transplant can still look pluggy.

Unlike some clinics that allow unlicensed medical staff to perform hair transplants, PAI Medical Group only uses licensed Medical Doctors to perform your surgery.  Our licensed surgeons are primarily responsible for each and every step during a hair transplant procedure.  Plus, you benefit from an entire skilled medical team as well.

Most of today’s hair transplants no longer look pluggy.  If they do, it’s because some clinics use older techniques while other clinics use surgeons who are not experienced or artistically skilled. Some surgeons place grafts too far apart or place larger grafts in the frontal hairline.

The majority of our staff has worked together for 10 or more years.  That contributes to their efficiency, speed and natural-looking outcome.

Hair implants are a form of cosmetic surgery that involve placing artificial hair into the scalp to address hair loss or thinning hair. However, despite their initial appeal, there are several reasons why hair implants, particularly synthetic ones, are generally not recommended. Firstly, synthetic hair implants are banned in the United States due to the potential risks they pose. One major concern is the increased risk of infection and inflammation associated with synthetic materials. These artificial fibers may not interact well with the scalp, leading to complications and adverse reactions. To ensure patient safety, it is essential to avoid procedures with such potential risks. Secondly, synthetic hair implants are not FDA-approved for use in the United States. This lack of approval indicates that they have not undergone the stringent evaluation process required to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Without this approval, it is challenging to determine the true risks and benefits associated with these implants. Moreover, the availability and advancements in modern hair transplant techniques using real hair have made synthetic hair implants less desirable. With the use of real hair grafts, such as those obtained from the patient's own scalp, the results are generally more natural-looking and have a higher success rate. Real hair transplants also tend to have a lower risk of adverse reactions and complications compared to synthetic alternatives. Taking these factors into consideration, it can be concluded that the risks and lack of approval of synthetic hair implants outweigh any potential benefits. Given the availability of more reliable and successful alternatives, the exclusion of synthetic hair implants is not considered a significant loss to the field of cosmetic surgery.

Neograft is a hand-held semi-automated FUE technique that is not  robotic like the ARTAS. It's more expensive than FUT and there is a learning curve for surgeons who adopt this technology, potentially affecting the quality of the procedure. The success of your procedure depends on the skill level of the surgeon, and several things can go wrong if the surgeon is not experienced, such as over-harvesting and unsatisfactory results.  For those with advanced hair loss, Neograft as well as any FUE procedure including ARTAS, is not effective. 

FAQs about Scars

You can achieve natural-looking coverage for scars, burns and birth defects with a hair transplant.  Coverage works as camouflage to discretely hide the area of concern.  

Covering a scar, burn or birth defect will always look different depending upon the individual area in question.  Your surgeon will be able to evaluate the risks and rewards of using hair transplantation to hide an area of thinning.

All of PAI / We Grow Hair's surgeons are licensed, experienced medical doctors who perform hair transplants and corrective procedures.

Every hair transplant involves additional scarring.  However, We Grow Hair's procedures involve techniques that minimize additional scars while concealing problems areas. 

We Grow Hair has been doing hair transplants in Nashville for nearly 30 years.  We have a reputation for safe, long-term results because of our experienced doctors, staff and advanced procedures.   

Yes, most patients get 50-80% growth in the scar which is enough to adequately camouflage the scar’s appearance.

Not everyone is a candidate for this type of procedure.  If the scar is not vascular, hair follicles will not survive due to diminished blood supply beneath the surface of the skin. The scar may be too wide and deep for hair restoration to be successful.  A consultation is the only way to determine whether or not this type of scar correction is right for you.

We Grow Hair provides comprehensive post-procedure care and support from their medical team. This includes guidance on caring for the transplanted area, managing any discomfort or swelling, and addressing any concerns or questions that may arise during the recovery period. Overall, individuals seeking hair transplantation for scar revision, burn reconstruction, or correction of birth defects are looking for solutions that not only improve the appearance of the affected area but also enhance their self-confidence and quality of life. They value procedures that are tailored to their specific needs and delivered with expertise, care, and attention to detail.

Unlike a regular hair transplant, an FUE scar correction is relatively short taking approximately one hour.

In rare cases where there is no improvement in the scar’s appearance,  we can use FUE to harvest the hair, eliminating a linear scar altogether, and implant harvested hair follicles directly into the scar.  This alternative procedure would be done at a discount.

SMP is a semi-permanent solution as it begins to fade after approximately 10 years.

FAQs about Laser Therapy

No! There is no sensation of warmth or pain associated with laser therapy at all. It is a completely painless treatment.

Yes, laser therapy is one of the three FDA approved treatments for hair loss.

Laser therapy is extremely effective.  It stabilizes hair loss, promotes hair growth, and makes existing hair healthier, thicker and shinier.

Everyone is different but most people can see results as early as 4-6 weeks.

Soft laser light increases blood circulation, which delivers nutrients to the hair follicles.

Laser therapy has no side effects for any hair type/skin tone.

We Grow Hair offers several different affordable options for laser therapy patients.

Laser Therapy complements any hair restoration transplant or treatment offered at We Grow Hair.  It's also known to speed up the healing process after a transplant, and  works in tandem with any type of hair restoration to make hair thicker, healthier and shinier.

We Grow Hair offers a very effective laser cap program that can be done at home.

FAQs about Plasma Therapy

The healing fluid is separated from your own blood and re-injected into the scalp.  Regular injections can be uncomfortable, however, we are one of the few clinics in Tennessee to offer an alternative to traditional needles.  We use a robust delivery device/gun that distributes the fluid evenly and rapidly, eliminating much of the pain that is normally associated with this type of procedure.

We use several non-surgical treatments to slow, stop, or reverse hair loss.  Plasma Therapy is used to give your hair the best possible growing environment. Everyone is different but some see a change in their hair health as early as 2-4 months. A patient typically plateaus at 6-12 months.

For best results, a patient should have 2 to 6 treatments.  Each treatment should be administered 30 to 45 days apart. After that, maintenance should take place 1-2 times a year.

FAQs about SMP

The pigment is matched to the color of your hair, which makes it very difficult to distinguish between real hair and SMP.

We Grow Hair  always strives to use the best techniques in hair restoration.  That's why we are proud to partner with Good Look Ink,  the largest SMP provider in the United States.  GLI pioneered the SMP treatment. 

Although there is an element of mild discomfort, it is surprisingly comfortable.  

Micropigmentation is permanent but will start to fade over time.  Some patients find it necessary to touch-up over time.  We use high quality pigment and the process can be repeated more than once.
Micropigmentation is more affordable than many hair restoration alternatives.  Prices vary.  Contact one of our medical consultants to find out how much SMP would cost for you.
Micropigmentation is best for patients with medium to dark skin tone and brown or black hair.  It is more challenging to create the illusion of hair when a patient has light skin or a light hair color such as red or blonde.

SMP is a great procedure to be used in conjunction with other hair restoration modalities. It's extremely effective in camouflaging a thinning scalp or hiding scars from a transplant. It won't interfere with laser, plasma treatments, prescriptions, or topical products.

Yes. Unlike a tattoo that goes through several layers, micropigmentation is done only in the first layer which makes it easier to remove.
No.   SMP doesn't feel like a tattoo, it doesn't go through several layers of skin like a tattoo, and the pigment used is pure (It doesn’t have constituent colors mixed with it). Often times, tattoo artists combine several colors to create another color, which increases the chance of color/hue shifting  over time.  We use a vegan friendly, salt based, pure dermal pigment.
Yes! Micropigmentation enhances a hair transplant! It does not interfere with hair transplantation. 
The entire area of hair loss will be covered during the initial session.  Additional treatments may be necessary to enhance the overall result. Should an extra session be needed, we advise waiting for one month between treatments.

FAQs about Beard Transplants

Yes! It Will Grow! The hair transplanted from the back of your head to your beard is your very own hair. When it’s moved it will behave the same way it did before it was harvested. That means you will have to trim it and care for it just as you would any other facial hair.
You will experience some redness after the procedure. Tiny scabs the size of a small freckle or a flake of pepper will form and remain for about 5 days until they start to fall off. By the 10th day the scabs will be completely gone.
Doctors use a mild anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, you will be prescribed a pain killer for discomfort in the harvesting area, however, many patients simply use Tylenol instead.
Yes, because the hair that is used comes from the safe donor area it is just as permanent as hair on the back and sides of your head. This hair is pre-programmed to last a lifetime which means the transplanted hair in your beard should last the rest of your life. It will continue to grow and must be shaved or trimmed periodically. It will also gray naturally as you age.
We can only speak for the doctors here at PAI / We Grow Hair. Just like a traditional hair transplant, a beard transplant requires the artistic skill of a well trained surgeon. Angle, direction and placement is extremely important in a beard transplant. When done correctly, the newly transplanted hair in your beard transplant looks just as natural as the rest of your facial hair. Ten days after the procedure, no one will ever know you had it done.

FAQs about We Grow Hair

Our surgeons are all M.D.’s who have performed thousands of surgeries for 25-35 years. They are all members of ISHRS and they are ARTAS trained.
Unlike some clinics that allow unlicensed medical staff to perform hair transplants, PAI Medical Group only uses licensed Medical Doctors to perform your surgery. Our licensed surgeons are primarily responsible for each and every step during a hair transplant procedure. Plus, you benefit from an entire skilled medical team as well.
PAI chooses the most innovative, proven solutions for hair restoration. We only select treatments that we’d offer to our own family members.
The majority of our staff has worked together for 10 or more years.  That contributes to their efficiency, speed and exceptional outcome.