Newport Beach Hair Restoration Center

Newport Beach Hair Restoration Center

23 Corporate Plaza Drive, Ste. 150 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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HAIR GROWTH AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANTATION.

HAIR GROWTH AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANTATION.

 

Approximately 397,048 hair-restoration procedures were performed worldwide in 2014, with 112,409 in the US according to statistics obtained from hair restoration centers. There are a variety of methods used to harvest hair grafts from the back and sides of the scalp which are transplanted into areas of baldness in the frontal region and crown. What happens to hair growth in the transplanted grafts after they are implanted? What, if anything, occurs in the donor areas from which the transplanted grafts were obtained? These are commonly asked questions when I see patients in my practice who are considering hair restoration for male pattern baldness. Let’s review the answers to each of these questions separately.

First, there are two primary methods used to harvest hair grafts for transplantation; the follicular unit transplantation or FUT and the follicular unit extraction or FUE. The FUT involves harvesting a long strip of hair bearing scalp from the back and sides of the head. This strip is then surgically divided into individual grafts containing 1-4 hairs per graft. The surgical defect is closed with sutures. In the FUE method, a small cylindrical punch, often under 1 mm in diameter, is used to extract the individual hair follicles, and the scalp is left to close on its own without the need for sutures. In both the FUE and FUT method, the harvested transplants are inserted into the recipient areas of balding in the frontal and/or crown region by making tiny slits in the scalp with a small knife blade or needle. The hairs within the transplanted grafts will generally fall out after several weeks. The hair grafts enter the resting stage of the hair cycle called telogen. At about 3 months following transplantation, hair begins to grow out of the 

scalp from the transplanted grafts. The hairs are now in the growth cycle or anagen phase. The transplanted hairs grow about ½ inch or 1.25 cm per month. In most cases, all of the transplanted hair grafts will have grown out by 12-18 months following a hair restoration procedure.