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Surgical Hair Restoration Explained
Surgical Hair Restoration, also known as hair transplantation surgery, is a minor out-patient procedure. The procedure itself takes from 3 to 8 hours, and is performed using local anesthesia, often with oral or IV medications for sedation. While Dr. Stern’s patients are awake during the procedure, they feel extremely relaxed because of the sedative.
There is typically little if any discomfort during the procedure.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The most commonly performed method of hair restoration surgery is called F-U-T or Follicular Unit Transplantation. F-U-T is also known as the “strip” harvesting method. This method is preferred as it provides the greatest number of follicular grafts per session. During an F-U-T procedure, hair follicular units (hair grows in units of 1-3 hairs) are removed, most often from the back of the head.
Follicular Units Up Close
Typical Hair Restoration Donor Site
The donor areas, where the hair follicular units have been harvested are closed with sutures, which are removed in 7 to 14 days.
Follicular Units are Placed in Recipient Sites
These follicular units are then placed in the recipient sites; which are extremely small, superficial needle holes.
At the end of the procedure, we will have you stay in the office for a brief observation. Then, you are free to leave.
Are you a good candidate for hair restoration?
Hair Restoration can benefit anyone who has experienced permanent hair loss due to:
- Male pattern baldness in men
- Female pattern hair loss in women
- Men or women who want to restore or change the shape of their hairline
- Scarring from injuries or skin diseases
- Hair Loss after surgery
Hair Transplantation is also beneficial to those who:
- Want to thicken or restore eyebrows, eyelashes and beards
- Want hair in an area where they have little or no hair now.
With Dr. Fredric Stern, you’re in good hands
“Patients can go anywhere—even the mall—for Botox and filler injection these days. If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money, I believe you deserve to have the best, most experienced person perform your injection. That’s why in our office; I do all of the injections myself.”