When you hear someone talking about hair restoration, you may immediately assume that it’s a man is trying to regrow hair on his head. While that may be the case, these days hair restoration means so much more. Not only is the process for both men and women, but people are also using the treatments to regrow hair on more than just their heads.
Hair restoration can help both sexes gain a more youthful appearance by helping them regrow hair on their scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Some men are even using the treatments to get fuller beards and to help regrow chest hair.
Whatever the case, there are different types of treatment depending on whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent, how much hair you want to regrow and where. If you’re thinking about getting a hair restoration procedure done, but still have some questions, we have the answers.
Here’s a look at some of the top hair restoration questions we receive.
Why Am I Losing My Hair?
As people begin to consider hair restoration, they often wonder what caused their hair loss in the first place. The most common cause for both men and women is heredity. If one or both of your parents carry the gene that causes hair loss, the condition may be passed on to you. Other reasons for hair loss may include underlying medical or hormonal problems, side effects from medications, excessive weight loss, radiation, chemotherapy, or even traumatic injuries.
How Is Hair Restored?
The answer to this question depends on what type of procedure or method you choose. Besides medical treatment like Rogaine, Propecia, and Latisse, there are two different types of surgical hair restoration processes.
Follicle Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicle Unit Transplantation (FUT) are the two types of procedures used today.
With Follicle Unit Extraction, individual hair follicles are removed via small circular incisions from the parts of the body that have a lot of hair, called donor sites. The follicles are then inserted microscopically into the parts of the body where you want to grow hair. This type of procedure is best for people with short hair and for those who don’t want to have surgical incisions on their scalp.
With a Follicle Unit Transplantation procedure, a strip of hair is taken from the back of the scalp. After the area is closed with sutures, the hair is dissected to create individual follicles. These are later inserted in a similar fashion as the Follicle Unit Extraction procedure. When you go this route, you can typically expect to see hair regrowing in about four months. You’ll see full results anywhere from six months to one year after the procedure.
How Long Do Hair Restoration Procedures Take?
The procedure can take anywhere from one hour to six hours, depending on the type of procedure being done. Both procedures take place in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
Is There a “Right” Time to Have a Hair Restoration Procedure Done?
While there isn’t really an age limit on who can undergo a hair restoration procedure, age is still a factor. Typically, the best candidates are over 30 years old. You can meet with a surgeon for a consultation to discuss the right time.
How Long Is the Recovery?
Patients can typically go back to work in one to two days. Scabbing and crusting at the donor and recipient sites are common and generally disappear within 10 days. Furthermore, the skin tends to turn a pink color during this time and gradually subsides. You should sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights. You’ll also be told to use a special shampoo as you heal and to avoid sun exposure. After about two weeks, you can return to your regular routine.
Will I Need Another Hair Restoration Procedure?
It depends on the extent of hair loss. Your surgeon can discuss with you whether more than one procedure may be needed. And of course, If you’re looking to regrow hair in another area, you will need an additional procedure.
Can I Regrow Hair Without Getting a Surgical Procedure?
Yes. There are medical alternatives. Some people choose the topical medication Rogaine to regrow hair. There is also Propecia, a pill that men can take for male pattern hair loss. Latisse is an option for those looking for fuller and longer eyelashes. It is a topical solution.
Does Insurance Cover Hair Restoration?
No. Since hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure that isn’t medically necessary, your insurance will not cover it. Ask your doctor about all of the costs associated with hair restoration so you’re not surprised.
Dr. Keith Ladner is an experienced plastic surgeon who is extremely comfortable with hair restoration procedures. He can advise you on which procedure may be best for you or if there are other options you should consider. Call Dr. Ladner’s office today at (303) 253-7686 or go online to schedule a consultation.