For anyone who is experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, life can be a challenge. The frustration and embarrassment you may feel – along with the constant battle to try and conceal or treat your hair loss – can be debilitating and interfere with your relationships, your career, and your overall happiness. Fortunately, the advances in modern technology and cosmetic surgery now offer men and women a safe, convenient, and highly effective solution for long-lasting hair restoration. Board-certified plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert Dr. Sean Kelishadi is proud to offer patients FUE hair restoration using the breakthrough NeoGraft® system at his state-of-the-art facility, SSK Plastic Surgery, in Newport Beach, CA. Read on to learn more about this exciting treatment, and find out how it can help you look years younger and feel more confident than ever before!
What is NeoGraft FUE hair restoration?
FUE hair restoration is an innovative process that utilizes follicular unit extraction (FUE) to harvest individual hair follicles from a patient’s scalp, which are transferred to another location on the head. Follicular unit extraction hair transplants are safe, effective, and have a number of advantages over the traditional “strip” hair transplant method.
A strip hair transplant requires the surgeon to excise a rectangular portion of skin from the patient’s scalp, resulting in a long, horizontal scar. This can be unsightly and particularly unappealing for patients who prefer to wear their hair short, as it will be easily visible on the back of the head. During an FUE hair transplant, Dr. Kelishadi uses the advanced NeoGraft system to extract individual grafts of one, two, three, or four hair follicles at a time. Because there is no scalpel incision required, patients are left with no visible scar. In fact, after a few weeks, it is almost impossible to tell where the hair was extracted, in most cases. While some surgeons perform follicular unit extraction using a manual punch incision tool, the NeoGraft device makes FUE even quicker, more convenient, and more precise.
Once the hair follicles have been extracted and prepared, Dr. Kelishadi meticulously implants the hairs into areas where the patient is experiencing thinning hair or balding, taking great care to ensure that the placement mimics a natural hairline and pattern.
When will my hair grow back after FUE hair transplant?
Following your NeoGraft FUE hair restoration procedure, which typically takes between 3 – 8 hours, you may have some mild discomfort, itching, or redness, though most patients report having no pain at all after the treatment. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you avoid exercise, sun exposure, and certain products for about seven days after hair transplant.
At around ten days after hair transplant, your scabs should be fully healed, though you will still need to be careful with the newly transplanted hair when washing it, styling it, or wearing hats or head coverings.
Once the follicles begin to take root, which usually takes about 2 – 3 weeks, you will notice that the hair is beginning to shed. This can, understandably, be somewhat frightening, but it is a completely natural and necessary part of the hair transplant process. Slowly but surely, new hair growth will start to occur, and within about 3 – 4 months, you should start to see fuller, thicker hair.
How long does FUE hair restoration last?
One important thing to consider when deciding whether or not follicular unit extraction hair transplant is right for you is what the cause of your hair loss is and how long it has been going on. During your initial consultation at SSK Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kelishadi will take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough examination to answer both of these questions and determine if you are a candidate for NeoGraft hair restoration. Generally speaking, most patients realize better and longer-lasting results if they undergo FUE hair transplant as soon as they begin to notice hair loss.
Because the donor hair is taken from a place on the scalp where hair loss is less likely to occur, many FUE patients are able to enjoy their hair transplant results for a significant length of time. However, it is important to remember that aging, genetics, and other forces will still be at work, and some patients may require additional maintenance or touch-up hair transplant procedure every few years or more in order to maintain their ideal look. Dr. Kelishadi and the knowledgeable hair restoration team at SSK Plastic Surgery will help you establish realistic expectations for your results and develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs and lifestyle concerns.
What is the cost of FUE hair restoration in Newport Beach, CA?
FUE hair restoration is a complex and involved procedure that is highly personalized and tailored to each patient’s specific needs and goals. This makes the cost vary rather significantly from case to case, ranging from about $2,000 on the lower end to $20,000 on the higher end. One of the most important factors in determining the cost of your FUE procedure is how many follicles you will need to achieve your ideal look. On average, most patients need about 2,000 – 3,000 follicles, though some may require far more or far less. During your consultation and preoperative appointments, Dr. Kelishadi will determine how many follicles will likely be required for you to achieve your goal so that you can plan for your financial obligations accordingly.
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether or not you are a candidate for NeoGraft FUE hair restoration in Newport Beach, CA is to be evaluated by a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Call SSK Plastic Surgery today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi, and discover how you can restore the full, thick, beautiful head of hair you once had in as little as one treatment!