If you are one of the millions of Americans who are losing their hair, you may feel frustrated, depressed or embarrassed. A healthy head of thick, lustrous hair makes us feel youthful and sexy, and when the hairline begins to recede – whether as a result of aging, hormonal changes or genes – we may embark on a long, arduous hunt for a solution that actually works.
During your hair restoration in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory, Lake Norman and surrounding cities, hair is taken from donor sites at the back of the head, either in “strips” or via minute incisions. Great care is taken to preserve the health and integrity of both the hair and the donor areas during the harvesting process. These hairs are then separated with the aid of a microscope into units of 1-3 strands or follicular units (the normal grouping during the organic growth cycle) and prepared for transplant.
Next, the provider will create imperceptible, pinprick incisions at the front of the scalp to receive the donor’s hairs. Each follicular unit or graft is inserted into the hairline using customized instruments designed for this purpose. Grafting is done from front to back, mimicking the patterns of natural hair growth for the most authentic look possible. Once the new hair is in place, the scalp is sanitized and fitted with the appropriate dressing.
In many cases, only one transplant surgery is required to achieve the desired results. However, if the patient suffers from extensive baldness, a series of 2-3 sessions may be recommended, spaced out over the course of several months.
Regardless, after the first transplant, patients will see a remarkable improvement with a notable increase in hair thickness.