Thinning hair and hair loss can be destructive to a person’s confidence and self-esteem, leaving many men and women feeling discouraged or even depressed. Unfortunately, the majority of at-home or over-the-counter hair growth products do little (if anything) to reverse hair loss, which can cause further frustration and anxiety. Traditional hair transplant surgery, on the other hand, often leaves patients with a lengthy, visible scar, which is not ideal either. To help men and women regain natural, dense, long-lasting hair growth more effectively and conveniently than ever before, board-certified physician Dr. Thomas Lee and the team at Jade Phoenix Aesthetic Medicine are proud to perform advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair restoration with the SmartGraft system. Here, we’ll discuss what patients can expect after SmartGraft hair restoration, including how soon new growth may begin.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss in women and men is most often genetic and may be related to:
- Hormonal changes
How does FUE hair restoration work?
FUE SmartGraft hair restoration is a revolutionary procedure designed to restore natural, long-lasting hair growth without the need for general anesthesia, incisions, scarring, or a lengthy recovery period. During the treatment, patients remain comfortable with an ergonomically enhanced setup and local anesthesia. Dr. Lee begins by extracting individual hair follicles from an area of dense, hormone-resistant growth using the SmartGraft handpiece. The follicles are then prepared into groupings of 1, 2, 3, or 4 (in most cases), and strategically inserted into the scalp in areas of thinning or baldness. Dr. Lee takes into account the direction of growth, the patient’s natural hairline, and other individual characteristics in order to create a remarkably natural-looking outcome.
How long is recovery after FUE hair transplant?
Following a SmartGraft hair restoration procedure, patients will be free to resume the majority of their daily activities. It may be necessary to avoid strenuous exercise, showering, and swimming for a few days. Patients should also take care to avoid touching or rubbing the scalp excessively following treatment. Within a week, the tiny areas of follicular extraction should scab over and begin to flake away, leaving behind no visible trace of treatment at the donor sites.
How long does SmartGraft hair restoration take to work?
About 1 – 3 weeks after FUE hair restoration, it is normal to experience some shedding of the newly transplanted hair, but try not to worry. This is an expected part of the recovery and growth phase. After that, patients may begin to notice new growth in as little as three months, with the full benefits of treatment becoming apparent after about 8 – 12 months. Because the transplanted hair follicles are taken from areas of the scalp that are unlikely to develop hormone-induced or age-related hair loss, the results of SmartGraft hair restoration are considered long-term for most patients.
Give your confidence a boost with SmartGraft hair restoration in Irvine, CA
Are you starting to avoid certain social situations or even having your picture taken because you’re self-conscious about your hair loss? If so, we can help you regain your self-esteem and a more youthful, desirable look with SmartGraft FUE hair restoration. Take the first step toward feeling like yourself once again by calling Jade Phoenix Aesthetic Medicine to schedule your private consultation with board-certified physician and Irvine, CA hair restoration expert Dr. Thomas Lee today.