State-of-the-art hair restoration technique
The most advanced technique for hair transplantation is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Scalp hair tends to grow in tiny bundles of one to four hairs, called “follicular units,” rather than individually. By transplanting hair in these naturally occurring units, instead of larger or smaller grafts, the FUT technique produces extremely natural looking results. These follicular units are obtained by microscopically dissecting tissue taken from the donor’s own scalp. Another advantage of FUT is that these tiny grafts can be placed into very small recipient sites. This causes minimal damage to the skin and enables Dr. Jochen to safely transplant thousands of grafts in a single session, completing the hair restoration as quickly as possible. The tiny needle-sized recipient sites heal in just a few days without leaving any marks. Follicular Unit Transplantation is a major advance over the mini/micro-grafting hair transplant procedure that preceded it. In mini/micro-grafting, the graft sizes were “cut to size.” Mini-grafts, which might contain up to 12 hairs, were bulky and could produce a tufted appearance. They also could result in a dimpling of the underlying skin. Micro-grafts, on the other hand, were frequently damaged during the removal process or were too fragile to survive.
In FUT, special microscopes enable meticulous graft dissection, so that the integrity of the follicular units can be preserved. This process also enables the careful removal of the non-hair-bearing scalp around the units, ensuring that each hair follicle remains intact and that the grafts are kept as small as possible.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Jochen will evaluate your hair growth and loss, review your family history of hair loss, and discuss your lifestyle, and expectations and goals for surgery. Then he’ll develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs, based on his experience and aesthetic training.
Hair transplant surgery is performed using local anesthesia along with sedation to relax you. More than one surgical session may be needed to achieve satisfactory fullness, and a healing interval of several months is usually recommended between the first and second session.
After the procedure is completed, the scalp is cleansed and covered with gauze. You may have to wear a pressure bandage for a day or two.
Any discomfort or tightness can be controlled with pain medication. You may gently wash your hair within two days of surgery, and sutures are removed in seven to 10 days. You’ll be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for at least three weeks, but will likely feel well enough to go back to work and resume normal, light activity after several days.
Many patients who’ve had transplants are dismayed when their “new” hair falls out about six weeks after surgery. This is normal and almost always temporary; hair growth resumes in another five to six weeks, and you can expect a half-inch of growth per month thereafter.