Micrograft hair transplants (sometimes called neograft hair transplants or micrograft hair restoration) are a cost-effective way for men and women to combat the effects of hair loss. The procedure provides a permanent, fuller head of hair with a natural-looking hairline. It is superior to the plug procedures that were used in the past – both in terms of look and healing time.
The Micrograft Procedure
You will be given a local anesthetic and a sedative during your procedure. In hair transplantation, small grafts of hair called follicular unit micrografts are removed from other areas of the body or other parts of the head where hair is full and not prone to hair loss. Each of these grafts contains only 1-4 hairs. A very small incision is used to remove the hair follicles from the tissue that surrounds them, and these incisions are closed with stitches. The extraction may take an hour or two depending upon the amount of hair to be grafted.
Using a very fine needle, the follicles are then transplanted onto the parts of the head where there has been hair loss. After 6-12 weeks, this hair falls out, and the hair follicles begin to produce new hair during the next three months or so.
Several sessions are required, but the number depends on the amount of hair you need transplanted. Some people spend 1-2 years completing their hair transplants, while others can complete the procedure satisfactorily in a relatively short period of time.
What to Expect After Your Hair Transplants
You will be given an antibiotic prescription, as well as perhaps medication to prevent inflammation. You may take over-the-counter pain medication, or Dr. Matarasso can prescribe stronger pain medication, if necessary. Most patients do not need to take medication for more than a day or two following hair transplantation.
The incisions made to remove the hair follicle grafts usually heal in about a week. You can expect some scabbing in these areas, as well as mild inflammation, numbness, and bruising.
You will return to our office the day after your procedure for a follow-up, but you can return to work immediately or within a few days. Exercise can be resumed in about a week.
Micrografts are so called because the transplants are very small and require skill on the part of the surgeon. Hair transplants can be performed on both men and women. However, you must have enough hair in other areas to harvest for the transplantation.
Hair transplantation is the most effective method for regaining a fuller head of hair.
Contact our office at (415) 362-2238 to find out more about hair transplantation in San Francisco.