One of the most noticeable indicators of youth is a full, healthy head of hair. Hair helps to express our personality and contributes to a unique interpretation of our identity. Due to a number of factors such as the aging process, hormonal shifts and genetic predisposition, an individual can experience gradual hair thinning or a more sudden instance of hair loss at various points in life. Hair loss can significantly impact one’s appearance, thereby lowering self-esteem. Thankfully, 740 Park Plastic Surgery offers patients the most advanced solution to treat hair loss available today. SmartGraft uses a less intrusive method to restore hair loss than the strip method. Through a process known as “follicular unit extraction” (FUE), SmartGraft uses your own hair to produce the most natural results. The procedure is completed in-office, during a single visit, which means less discomfort and less recovery. And the best part? SmartGraft produces permanent results.
Hair Restoration with SmartGraft is the most advanced treatment option for hair thinning and/or loss. There are countless benefits over older methods including:
• A Completely Natural Look. Your own hair is used to fill in balding spots. Results produce an all-natural, full, healthy look.
• No Visible Scarring. SmartGraft uses individual micro grafts to eliminate scarring, unlike traditional procedures which require large strips of hair to be removed.
• A Comfortable, In-Office Procedure Without Anesthesia. The procedure is performed in our office and typically lasts several hours.
• Limited Downtime. Recovery is short. Patients are able to wash their hair in 48 hours and return to work.
No matter the root of the problem, hair loss is something that both men and women of all ages and races experience. SmartGraft is an FUE hair restoration treatment option for patients who are tired of being self-conscious about their hair and are ready to make a positive change to their appearance. It is the smartest, most effective way to fight hair loss that provides permanent, noticeable results. You should consider SmartGraft hair restoration if you are troubled by:
-Hair thinning or loss
-Changes in your hairline
-Scars from surgery or trauma
-Thinning or scarred eyebrows
The first step is an initial consultation with our expert physicians at 740 Park Plastic Surgery. Your physician will ask about your medical history and perform a scalp evaluation before outlining a recommended strategic plan. He will explain the procedure in detail and determine the number of grafts needed for an effective and natural-looking result specific to your goals.
Instructions on what to do to get prepared for the day of the procedure will be given to you. Typically, most procedures start early in the morning. You will want to wear comfortable clothes and bring your favorite music and/or videos to keep you occupied (with small ear buds). Your shirt or blouse will be replaced with a surgical gown. We will provide you with snacks and lunch. You are able to use the restroom at anytime.
Upon arrival you will be escorted to a private room where the procedure will take place. Once you are seated and comfortable, your technician will explain each step of the procedure once more and get your approval before starting.
A mild sedative will be given to help you relax. Next, someone will shave a small area at the back of your head. You do not have to get a buzz cut. Depending on the length of your hair, an area can be shaved in small sections to allow you to hide the donor area after the procedure, or not shaved at all in some cases.
The area where the hair is to be implanted will be prepped and local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. While your scalp is anesthetized, the technician will use the SmartGraft device to gently remove the grafts from the donor area. SmartGraft allows the technician to immediately collect, sort, count and store each graft in a temperature controlled and hydrated environment prior to implantation. This promotes graft survival and improves their ability to regrow for better results.
After all grafts have been collected, the implantation site is prepped and local anesthetic is applied. The technician will carefully and strategically create tiny openings for the grafts to be implanted. This part of the procedure is very important as the angle, density and placement of each graft will determine how natural-looking the results will be.
The average SmartGraft hair transplant procedure may take five or more hours from start to finish, while some procedures may take less. This depends, in part, on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results. All patients are advised to make arrangements for someone to take them home safely. This is required because mild sedative is used during the procedure.
Our team will give you comprehensive instructions on what to expect in the coming weeks and how to care for your newly transplanted hair.
Most patients can wash their hair within 48 hours, return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days. In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.
Newly transplanted hair grows naturally in several phases. During the first several weeks your hair will take root and then begin to shed. This is perfectly normal. You will see new hair in about 3 months, followed by a noticeable improvement in 6 months and full growth at 9 to 12 months. Once your new hair has grown in, you will have it for a lifetime.