Hair Restoration

Hair Transplant: How Does it Work?

Restoring Hair Permanently and Naturally

What is a Hair Transplant

Examples of Hair Transplant Results

Shown here are examples of Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™.
Everyone is different. Results may vary depending on many factors.

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How do Hair Transplants Work to Correct Pattern Baldness

70% of men and 40% of women inherit pattern baldness, which is  hair loss on the top of the head only, not the sides or the back.  A hair transplant is a permanent solution for this type of hair loss.  The transplanted hair is moved from the donor area in the back of the head and transplanted to the balding areas.

If you have hair loss all over, which is called diffuse hair loss, a different treatment will most likely be necessary. 

What is a Hair Transplant

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.
Safezone: the affects of DHT

Why is a Hair Transplant Permanent?

Have you ever noticed that people don’t typically lose hair on the sides or back of their head?  This hair is resistant to a hormone called DHT, which causes hair loss.  

During a hair transplant, hair is harvested from the “safe zone” in the back of the head and transplanted to balding areas on top of the head.  The transplanted hair remains DHT resistant for as long as it would have before the transplant. In most cases, that is permanent!

What Happens During a Hair Transplant

This non-graphic video of a hair transplant will help you understand how a hair transplant works. 

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We Grow Hair Does Two Types of Procedures

Two Types of Hair Harvesting

At We Grow Hair we offer two types of hair transplants.  The first is Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ (the thin strip method) and the second is ARTAS Robotic FUE.  The main difference between the two procedures is the way the donor hair is harvested.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures. 

Hair Transplant Linear Scar Location

Multi-Unit Hair Grafting™ (MUHG)

FUE hair transplant scars