QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following questions and answers will prepare you to understand the procedure and methods used at the ProHAIR Transplant Clinic:

WHOSE HAIR WILL BE TRANSPLANTED ONTO MY HEAD? DOES THIS WORK LIKE ORGAN TRANSPLANTS WHERE THERE’S A DONOR AND A RECIPIENT?

Unlike the case of organ transplants, in a hair transplant you are your own donor. If you received hair, follicle, and tissue from someone else (other than an identical twin), your body would reject them without immune-suppressant drugs. You donate your hair from what are called your donor sites.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST CONSULTATION AT PROHAIR TRANSPLANT CLINIC? ?

During your first consultation, the doctor himself, at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic will examine your head thoroughly and take a detailed medical history. Let you know if you are a candidate for hair transplantation or not. If you are not a candidate for hair transplantation, you will be explained the reasons for not being a candidate and also explained the medical treatments that are available for your problems, if applicable. The examination of your head should include the use of an instrument called the “Hair Densitometer”. This measures your hair density and also allows your doctor to properly evaluate the number of hairs in each of your naturally occurring follicular units and the hair loss pattern you may experience over time if it is applicable to your type of hair loss. This instrument compares fine hair to thick ones, measuring the degree of miniaturization of your hair strands caused by shrinking hair follicles, the progressive diminishing of each hair’s diameter and length. The doctor(s) at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic will also explain the entire hair transplant procedure, including which type of procedure will be used for your hair transplant and any associated risks, and tell you what you can expect in the months following the hair transplant procedure.

WHERE ARE MY DONOR SITES?

Male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss are terms that include the word pattern. That’s because there is a pattern to the hair loss. You’ve probably noticed, especially in men, that no matter how much hair they lost in the front, top, and crown areas of their heads, the sides and backs of their heads retain hair and sometimes a great deal of it. The sides and back are almost not affected by the action of DHT upon their hair follicles. This area of remaining hair is called ‘Horseshoe’ shaped pattern of hair. These areas are the donor sites from which the hair you donate to yourself is removed, along with the follicles and some surrounding tissue.

HOW IS THE DONOR SITE CONCEALED?

There are many ways of closing the open wounds created from the removal of the hair and surrounding skin. At ProHAIR Transplant Clinic we use the most up to date methods of concealing the sutures and therefore we use different types of closing materials depending on the patient’s need.

WHERE DOES THE SURGEON PUT MY DONOR HAIR DURING THE TRANSPLANTATION?

Once it’s been extracted, it is transplanted to the balding parts of your scalp, into tiny needle holes that the doctor has created with his or her surgical tools. The donated hair, hair follicles, surrounding tissue, and skin are called Follicular Units, and each follicular unit contains one or more hair follicles with accompanying hair, tissue, and skin. No two heads are alike, and you will see that the art of hair transplantation is just as important as it’s science or medical aspects. Some people have naturally thick hair, and some don’t.

HOW DOES THIS FACTOR INTO YOUR ABILITY TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL HAIR TRANSPLANT?

Hair density is the number of hair follicles you have per square centimeter of scalp. Scalp laxity is the flexibility and looseness of your scalp. More follicular units of hair can be transplanted when your density is high and the scalp laxity is high.

HOW DOES THE DIRECTION IN WHICH YOUR HAIR NATURALLY GROWS AFFECT YOUR HAIR TRANSPLANT?

Coarse hair is bulkier and can therefore be transplanted using fewer hairs per follicular units since it gives more coverage of the scalp. Fine hair has less bulb and can give a very natural look but less coverage than coarser hair. Wavy and curly hair lends itself to good visual results in transplantation because a single wavy or curly hair curls on itself and can therefore cover more scalp area than can a straight hair. Curly hair also rises from the scalp and holds its shape, and these factors also give the appearance of greater coverage.

DOES HAIR COLOR OR SKIN COLOR PLAY A ROLE IN HAIR TRANSPLANTATION?

The closer your hair color is to your skin color, the better the appearance of the hair’s coverage. African hair is dark and very curly and therefore provides the least contrast against various shades of dark skin, giving the best visual hair transplant results. From a visual point of view, people with dark, straight hair and alight complexion pose the most artistic challenges in hair transplantation because they have the most contrast between their hair and skin shades.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER VISUAL CONSIDERATIONS?

When designing your procedure, your doctor at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic will keep in mind your future hair loss pattern and the rate of that potential hair loss. The design of your restored hairline is crucial. Natural frontal hairlines vary in shape and density from person to person. Your doctor at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic will choose and make the recipient sites himself, and not the technicians, for the transplanted hair based upon an overall design.

HOW DO THE DOCTOR(S) AT PROHAIR TRANSPLANT CLINIC DECIDE WHICH PART OF MY HEAD WILL RECEIVE THE TRANSPLANTED HAIR?

The front and top of your head will receive transplanted hair first because these are the areas that frame your face and make the most impact on your appearance. The hairline always makes the person look at least 10 years younger. The crown is usually the last area to receive hair (in later procedures), unless it’s your only balding area.

HOW MANY PROCEDURES WILL I NEED?

The number of procedures depends upon the extent of your hair loss, the projected hair loss rate, the amount of donor hair you can spare, and other artistic and medical considerations. Men can often have the results they’re looking for in just one or two hair transplant sessions in which thousands of hairs are transplanted in follicular units of one to four hairs each. Women are usually satisfied by one session to achieve proper density. The sessions can last between three to five hours each. Future sessions can follow if necessary, after a minimum of 6 months.

IS THE HAIR TRANSPLANT PROCEDURE PAINFULL?

As any surgical procedure, there is small pain or numbing felt, but the pain is less than encountered at the dentist’s office. At ProHAIR Transplant Clinic, we use the most up-to date methods during the whole procedure, including the process of local anesthesia. But keep in mind that hair transplant surgery takes place only under local anesthesia, therefore if a doctor asks or tells you that he performs or will perform hair transplantation under general anesthesia then get out of there as fast as you can because he does not perform hair transplants at all.

AFTER THE SESSION, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

When the procedure is finished, depending on your gender. If you are a male patient, at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic, almost all of the time we will put a baseball cap on your head before leaving the clinic. You will then come back the following day for hair washing and drying, but please keep in mind that under no circumstances are you allowed to operate a motor vehicle the night before your surgery till the night of hair washing. If you are a female patient then you also get a baseball cap and the same applies to you concerning operation of motor vehicle.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

The next step is to relax at home, if possible. At ProHAIR Transplant Clinic, we use two types of suture material, if we use any at all. Absorbable and Non-absorbable sutures. Depending on your type of procedure, we at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic, will decide with you, which one is the best for you. Whenever possible, we at ProHAIR Transplant Clinic, would like to see you in 7 to 10 days, to assess the overall procedure, to remove sutures and to answer any questions that you would like to discuss. Then finally, there is the follow-up consultation after 6 months.