Your plastic surgeon and/or dermatologist use state-of-the-art hair replacement (implant) surgery techniques that treat hair loss due to genetic or hormonal reasons in male pattern baldness. Hair replacement (implant) surgery can also be completed to restore hair loss due to burns, injury or disease of the scalp.
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Hair replacement (implant) surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed on men and women who have significant hair loss, thinning hair, or bald spots where hair no longer grows. The procedure can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence through hair replacement techniques that use your existing hair.
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a natural metabolite of the human body and the main reason for hair loss in both male and female pattern baldness. In male pattern baldness hair typically grows only in a horseshoe shape around the head. Female pattern baldness is characterized by diffuse thinning of the hair on the entire scalp, although some women have hair loss that mimics male pattern baldness.
Am I candidate for hair replacement surgery/hair transplantation?
All hair replacement techniques use your existing hair (from “donor sites”) for transplantation techniques.
Hair transplantation for male pattern baldness depends upon the concept of “donor dominance” of hair follicles. That is, hair taken from the head below the top of the ears are genetically programmed to never fall out. Those hairs can be transplanted to the frontal hairline, never to be lost due to further balding.
Most women have female pattern baldness, and do not have donor sites usable for transplantation. If the thinning pieces of hair and accompanying follicles are removed from one area and transplanted they will not be stable enough to grow.
Due to the diffuse affect DHT has on female hair, a very small percentage of women are good candidates for hair transplant. This small group includes:
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for a hair replacement surgery is through a consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
How do I prepare for hair replacement surgery/hair transplantation?
Preparing for hair replacement (implant) surgery includes discussing a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon, including:
Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon may also:
We will do everything possible to ensure your comfort on the day of surgery. A local anesthetic will be administered to ensure a pain free surgical experience. The length of the surgery will vary depending on the number of grafts needed, patient variables which may make the process go slowly or more quickly. In general it is best to plan that the surgery will end between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm (some cases may take longer).
The DHI Implantation Method & Choi Implanter Pen
Some define it as the newest method in hair transplantation, some say there is no ‘recognized’ technique called DHI, others claim that it is just a marketing gimmick, while a fraction explains the method as; FUE with implanters.
The debate goes further, where the two methods at its simplest form stand out to be; ‘different ways to harvest the grafts’ combined with ‘conducting different implanting procedures’.
Unlike the FUE method, during the DHI implantation method, site creation and graft implantation are performed simultaneously, i.e. extraction and implantation are combined as part of a one or two step process, embedding the extracted hair follicles directly into the receipt areas without the need of creating channel incisions in the donor area via utilizing an implanter (choi) pen that features a hollow needle connected to a tub and plunger device. This is why the DHI procedure is also referred as the Choi method.
The DHI method procedure
What is involved in recovery?
Most people feel well within a day or two following surgery, although they may have some facial and eyelid swelling.