Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor: Will hair transplants be able to thicken my thinning hair?
What To Expect
A hair transplant is done in an outpatient center or your doctor's office-based facility. For women, the choice method is the "mini-graft"- ideal for filling in thin areas of hair. Mini-grafts relocate hair from denser areas of growth to areas where it's needed.
Before your hair can be removed from the donor site, it's typically trimmed short. Mini-grafts replace your hair in clusters of two to four strands. The displaced hairs are strategically added about an eighth of an inch apart from one another. 700 "plugs" of hair clusters can be transferred per session.
Your surgeon can determine how many transplant treatments you'll need (sometimes up to six). This depends on the severity of your condition and the characteristics of your hair. Coarse, naturally thicker hair may require fewer sessions.
Who should do it: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you need a team of at least five surgeons to help with the procedure.
Hair restoration surgery is a subspecialty of dermatology. The field is made up of physicians that fall into several medical categories-dermatology, plastic surgery, and general surgery included.
If you think hair transplants may reverse your hair loss, take your time to find the right physician for you.
Duration: Hair transplant sessions can take around three hours each.
How Painful Is It?
Some say that the hardest part of a hair transplant session is when anesthesia is injected into your scalp. Once your scalp is numb, you may feel pressure or tugging. If the anesthesia wears off during the procedure, don't hesitate to ask for more.
Options for anesthesia: Hair transplants are performed under local anesthesia.