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In most cases, hair replacement surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, and is not covered by health insurance. Contact your insurer for information.
An estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States suffer from hair loss. In most cases, genetics is to blame. This kind of hair loss—male and female pattern baldness—is known as androgenetic alopecia.
Hair loss doesn’t only affect a person's appearance. It can take an emotional toll, sapping confidence and making them self-conscious. If this is what you are experiencing, hair restoration surgery at Lifespan Laser and Aesthetic Surgery Center may be the answer for you.
Shedding of hair is a normal process. A person loses, on average, 80 hairs a day. There are about 150,000 hair follicles on the scalp of an adult, and they cycle through three phases, including a resting period. If the follicles are healthy, a new hair eventually will emerge, growing at a rate of about a half-inch a month.
Men and women experience hair loss differently. Men may begin gradually losing their hair as early as their teens, typically from the hairline and the crown of the head. Women may have noticeable hair loss at age 40 or later, with generalized thinning over the scalp, and particularly at the crown.
The first step is a free consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for hair transplantation. Several factors are considered, such as the quantity of donor hair you have and whether your hair loss has stabilized.
Hair replacement surgery involves taking hair follicles from a donor area of scalp and redistributing them in units of one to four hairs to thinning or balding areas. The two techniques used to harvest hairs are follicular unit transplant (FUT) and follicular unit excision (FUE). Our practice is one of the few in the region that offer both techniques. The surgeon will advise which is best as part of a personalized treatment plan.
During the surgery, a local anesthetic is used to ensure that the patient is as comfortable as possible.
Most patients need to take only a few days out of their routine while they recover, and over-the-counter pain relievers can ease any minor discomfort that occurs.
Patients usually see the results of hair restoration surgery immediately, and are on their way to attractive, natural-looking results within a few months. They may get a boost to their confidence as well.
With hair transplant surgery, the highly skilled surgeons of the Lifespan Laser and Aesthetic Surgery Center will help patients look and feel their best.