Hair transplant surgery is a procedure that restores hair to areas of the scalp that are thinning or bald. While there are many techniques used by plastic surgeons to transplant hair, the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago uses NeoGraft, an innovative handheld device that harvests hair grafts individually from donor sites and transplants them to balding or thinning areas.
The procedure for hair transplant using NeoGraft is called follicular unit extraction, or FUE for short. It is minimally invasive, there is little to no discomfort during the procedure, and the results are natural-looking. There are no scars or skin grafts necessary using the NeoGraft.
Baldness or thinning hair can happen to anyone, male or female, at any age. Regardless of gender, bald patches can negatively affect your self-esteem and confidence. If you have experienced hair loss and believe you may be a candidate for hair transplant surgery, schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago.
Ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery should have donor sites from which to extract transplant hair, typically on the sides or back of the scalp.
When you schedule a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, you will meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss your aesthetic goals with you and perform an evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery using NeoGraft. Your plastic surgeon will review your options and recommend the best course of treatment for you.
There are several methods that plastic surgeons may use to perform hair transplant surgery, some of which involve scalp reduction, tissue expansion, or taking skin grafts. The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago uses the NeoGraft FUE technique, which transplants hair follicles from donor sites one at a time into the affected area of the scalp.
First, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure comfort during the procedure. Using a thin, hollow needle, individual hair follicles are harvested from donor areas (like the back or sides of the scalp) and transplanted into the bald or thinning areas. Depending on the extent of the hair loss, the procedure can take anywhere from three to eight hours.
The results of a hair transplant using NeoGraft are immediately apparent. Since the hair comes from your own donor sites, results are natural-looking and the hairline remains intact. In some cases, repeat grafting sessions may be required in order to achieve the desired hair density.
Some swelling and bruising is typical after hair transplant surgery and usually fades within a week. There is no recovery period after a NeoGraft FUE procedure; patients can return to their normal level of activity.
Between nine months and one year after the hair transplant is performed, you should see visible growth in the transplanted hair.
In any transplant procedure, there is always the potential risk that the newly grafted hair follicles will not take. Though it is infrequent, the possibility of additional hair transplant surgery exists.
The cost of hair transplant surgery will vary widely depending on your geographic location, the technique used, your plastic surgeon, and the extent of the transplant. You should speak with your plastic surgeon during your consultation about all associated costs before making the decision to undergo hair transplant surgery.
If you have experienced hair loss or thinning hair and would like more information about hair transplant surgery and the NeoGraft FUE technique, call us at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation. A board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure and answer any questions you might have to determine if hair transplant surgery is right for you.
All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.