Millions of people are affected by hair loss in the U.S. each year. Usually, due to genetics, hair loss is the result of healthy hair follicles going dormant. This leads to what we know as a receding hairline or bald spot. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we offer the advanced NeoGraft® Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant system to produce amazing results that look and feel natural. This technique is minimally invasive and gives patients a fuller, thicker hairline in Orange County, CA.
So what is FUE, and what are some of the benefits of hair restoration? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi recommends the NeoGraft system for individuals who suffer from hair loss and are not interested in traditional hair restoration methods, such as hair plugs. During a consultation, we can help you understand how the process works in Newport Beach, CA. Learn more about your options for treating hair loss today by scheduling an appointment.
What is FUE, and how does it work?
The team at SSK Plastic Surgery understands how a receding hairline can cause unwanted stress in your personal or professional life. Unfortunately, most people begin to experience hair loss by the age of 35. Dr. Kelishadi uses the Follicular Unit Extraction method, which works by harvesting existing hair follicles from the scalp and placing them in thinning areas. Healthy follicles are taken in groups of 1 – 4 hairs at a time with a special instrument. Once the follicles are settled in their new location, patients notice a thicker, fuller head of hair.
When you first meet with Dr. Kelishadi, we need to have the cause of hair loss determined before moving forward with the procedure. This is because NeoGraft does not create new follicles but simply transfers them to balding areas. We make this assessment so patients have the highest chances of hair transplant success. Fortunately, the NeoGraft system is perfect for men and women of all ages and hair types. If you have a thinning area with some hair on the sides or top of your head, you will usually be able to experience the benefits of FUE.
How is a hair transplant performed?
Once we decide to schedule a NeoGraft procedure, we take every effort to help patients feel comfortable and at ease. The process usually takes between 3 – 8 hours with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Dr. Kelishadi can perform hair restoration without stitches, and there is no pulling or twisting involved. The main benefit of FUE is that patients will not end up with a linear scar on the back of the head, which is a normal occurrence with other hair restoration techniques. The donor area heals within a week of the procedure.
At our facility in Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Kelishadi creates a personalized treatment plan for each hair restoration patient. Once the plan has been created, Dr. Kelishadi will explain the process in full. Our professionals carefully consider where to take the hair follicles from and where they need to be rooted. We also think about factors, such as the direction and orientation of the hair, so it will perfectly match the surrounding area. With the NeoGraft system, we can transplant hair follicles with the right diameter and length.
What are the benefits of hair restoration?
One of the many benefits of FUE is that patients usually feel no discomfort or pain after the procedure. However, it is still important to avoid strenuous workouts or activities for about a week. As part of the healing process, patients will notice the grafts beginning to scab over. SSK Plastic Surgery can suggest using specific shampoos or ointments that may help.
Protect the hair grafts from sunlight and wind for at least two weeks. Even though it takes 2 – 3 weeks for the hair follicles to take root in the scalp, patients will see new hair growth in about 3 – 4 months. You may see some shedding, which is normal for this procedure and a sign that the treatment is working.
Schedule FUE hair restoration with Dr. Kelishadi
When bald patches or a receding hairline is affecting your quality of life, it’s time to make a change. Thankfully, you can see the benefits of hair restoration through the state-of-the-art NeoGraft transplant system. This procedure is far more effective than traditional methods that leave behind excessive scarring. When you meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi, we can determine your cause for hair loss and help you enjoy the benefits of FUE. Schedule an appointment at SSK Plastic Surgery to learn more about this revolutionary treatment in Newport Beach, CA.