- What causes hair loss?
- What are my hair restoration options?
- What is a hair transplant?
- What is the difference between the Strip Method and Follicular Unit Extraction?
- What is a follicular unit?
- What is the donor area?
- What are the factors that affect a hair transplant?
- How many follicular units can be done in one session?
- How many sessions will I need?
- Is it painful?
- What is the recovery like and when can I resume my regular activities?
- What are the costs?
- What is my next step in getting this done?
The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. Currently there is no known method of stopping this type of hair loss. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. When applied incorrectly, permanent hair color and chemical relaxers damage the hair and follicle to the extent that hair loss can be permanent. Causes of hair loss do not include wearing a hat, excessive shampooing, lack of blood flow, or clogged pores.
The most common types of hair loss treatment options include hair transplantation, hair systems (toupees), topical solutions such as Rogaine (or Monoxidil), medications such as Propecia, and laser hair therapy, which relies on the use of low level lasers on the scalp. Other than hair transplantation, all other methods can only, at best, stop hair loss from continuing. None has been known to significantly regrow hair or create a new hairline. Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss.
With hair transplantation, hair is moved from one area of the body (usually referred to as the “donor area”) and transferred to the thinning or balding area (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. The transplanted hair maintains its own characteristics; color, texture, growth rate, curl, etc. after transplantation and growth. Originally, large circular hair grafts containing 15-20 hairs were transplanted resulting in noticeable and unnatural results. This is sometimes referred to as the “corn row” method or the “doll look.” Techniques have since been developed that achieve natural results by transplanting small follicular units very close together. Also, Nu/Hart physicians never put grafts in rows. Rather, they are staggered and follow your own hair growth pattern. Typically, hair grows from the scalp in groups of one, two, and three hair follicles. These natural follicular units can be placed closer together, resulting in a denser and more natural look. Single follicular units are often used to create a wispy and natural front hairline, whereas multiple follicular units are used to provide greater density in the center of the scalp.
What is the difference between the traditional Strip Method and NeoGrafting or Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)?
The Nu/Hart Rapid Results process uses a strip method of extraction. This linear strip method of grafting (the more traditional method) involves the removal of a thin strip of tissue from which follicular units can be taken and transplanted into the thinning and balding area. The extracted follicular units may be used intact, or may be divided into smaller units for transplantation.
Nu/Hart’s NeoGrafting is a special advancement in the technique of follicular unit extraction (FUE), where individual follicular units are harvested directly from the donor area by scoring the skin and mid-dermis to a level of about two millimeters around a follicular unit, then gently extracting the unit from within the scored circle. This is achieved without the need for a linear incision. In this hair restoration procedure, there are no stitches, no linear scar, and , in some cases, and immediate healing.
A follicular unit is identified anatomically as a small bundle consisting of one to four hair follicles (typically 2.2 to 2.8 hairs), full-thickness as well as fine hairs, and the oil glands, muscles, and connecting tissue that accompany and support hair follicles. If you look carefully at a closely-clipped scalp from above (just as you would, for example, at a wheat field from an airplane), you can see that scalp hair does not grow in even distribution like wheat in a field, but rather in little groups of hairs that seem to be clumped together. These little groupings of hairs are called follicular units (FUs). When the scalp is examined under a magnifying glass or microscope, these follicular units look like islands. The islands are rooted at a level beneath the skin surface, called the mid-dermis. Identifying an individual follicular unit can be difficult when follicles grow at angles under the skin and surface in the midst of neighboring follicular units. The identification, harvesting, and transplanting of follicular units require the training and skill of a hair restoration physician and specialist.
The permanent hair at the back of the head is referred to as donor hair. The donor area is genetically resistant to Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL). Hair transplantation is the relocation of hair follicles from the donor area to the balding areas on the front and top of the head. Because these hairs originally came from the donor area and are resistant to typical MPHL, they are genetically programmed to grow for the rest of one’s lifetime.
These almost always include the following:
- current stage of thinning and balding
- the number and size of follicular units used
- the density which the patient desires
- the individual characteristics of the patient, e.g. hair wave, hair texture, hair color, and skin to hair contrast
- client’s expectations
Depending on the session and the client, Nu/Hart can often place up to 3000 follicular units in one session using either the traditional strip method or the NeoGrafting method (follicular unit extraction).
Nu/Hart’s goal is to have each session look completely natural, create a dramatic improvement, and satisfy the client. We assume that you may never want or need additional hair transplant sessions. Dependent upon your current stage of balding, the factors the affect hair transplantation, and future hair loss, you may or may not want future sessions. Some Nu/Hart clients return for future sessions simply because they desire an even fuller-looking head of hair.
Most clients have said that going to the dentist was more traumatic than having a hair transplant procedure. Local anesthetics are administered before the session. After this initial application, most clients are completely comfortable and often enjoy watching movies or chatting with the staff during their procedure. Post-operative pain medications are available if needed.
Depending on the type of procedure you have done and the type of work you do, it is often possible to go back to work the next day, as is the case with the majority of Nu/Hart clients. We always suggest that you take it easy for the first 24 to 48 hours and avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for ten days.
The cost of your actual hair transplant session depends on a number of factors, including: your stage of thinning of balding, the amount of existing donor area hair, and your expectations for the end result. During your free, private, no-obligation consultation, your Nu/Hart consultant can discuss all of these variables with you. At this time, you will have a clear picture on the cost of your customized procedure.
Our mission statement has always been: to provide the world’s finest service and quality care; to produce the ultimate most natural results; to meet or exceed the expectations of our clients; and to deliver the best results at an affordable price.
Nu/Hart regularly has specials and promotions in which you can save on your hair transplant session. Check our prices/promotions page for current details.
The process is very simple. You can either:
- have a phone consultation by contacting your nearest Nu/Hart Clinic
- set up a free, private, no obligation, in-person consultation with a Nu/Hart physician at a clinic near you by calling us, or by scheduling your appointment online.
- fill out our online consultation form and upload your hair loss photos for review by one of our Nu/Hart physicians.