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Follicular Unit Grafting in Washington, DC

Follicular unit grafting is a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure that allows doctors to individually insert small groups of hairs into a balding or thinning area to replicate your natural hair pattern.  Located in Vienna, Younger Image Hair Transplant Clinic performs follicular unit grafting on patients in and around Washington, DC, and Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

What Is Follicular Unit Grafting?

Follicular unit grafting is a procedure that transplants entire follicle groups, including the surrounding skin, to a balding or thinning scalp area.  The grafting process allows large numbers of grafts to be inserted into sparse or bald areas with minimal trauma.  Because of the grafts’ microscopic size and the ability to precisely place the hair units, follicular unit grafting is a practical choice for eyebrow transplants as well as for hair grafts.

What Should I Expect From Follicular Unit Grafting?

Although follicular unit grafting is a tedious process for your doctor and staff, it is relatively easy for patients.  Patients leave the office with a small or no bandage and can wash their hair the next day.  Many patients return to work and regular activities the day after treatment. Patients are completely healed within a week or two.

What Should my Physician Explain to me About Follicular Unit Grafting?

Follicular unit grafts use groups of one to four hairs to recreate your natural locks.  The smallest grafts with one to three hairs are placed in tiny incisions at the hairline.  Larger follicular groups are placed behind the hairline as your doctor continues to work back towards your neck. Using this process, your hair restoration specialist can add density as needed to make your hair look like you never lost it in the first place.

During the follicular unit grafting process, you will be alert and able to watch television, eat, and drink.  The procedure will take between three and six hours depending upon the extent of your hair loss.

Many patients choosing follicular unit grafting do not realize that portions of their hair must be shaved to expose the hair follicle before having the procedure.  In some cases, patients who are uncomfortable with the idea can opt for small strips that can be hidden.

How Long Does It Take for Hair to Start Growing?

Two to four weeks after you receive your grafts small hairs will begin to shed.  In about three months, permanent hair will start growing in.  You will see full results by 12 months.  Most patients are pleased with the results of follicular unit grafting after only one to two procedures.

What Are the Advantages of Follicular Unit Grafting?

The two biggest benefits of follicular unit grafting are the quick recovery and the natural look patients get after restoration.

Healing – The tiny openings around the area where the follicular units are inserted heal completely within a few days.  Any resulting marks will be barely detectable after healing.  Neither stitches nor other types of closures are necessary.

Restoration results – Patients who have experienced follicular unit grafting are thrilled with the results.  The color, texture and volume are similar to the patient’s original hair so nobody can tell that there was ever hair loss in the first place.

Is Follicular Unit Grafting A Good Option For Me?

Visiting Younger Image Hair Transplant Center is the best way to know whether you are a good candidate for follicular unit grafting.  To determine whether you qualify for the procedure, your hair restoration specialist will review your:

  • General health
  • Age
  • Amount of hair loss
  • Quality and quantity of available donor hair
  • Ultimate aesthetic goal

Located in Vienna, and serving the residents in and around Washington, DC, and Gaithersburg, Maryland, Younger Image Hair Transplant Clinic offers follicular unit grafting for patients who desire hair restoration. Contact us today to schedule your hair restoration consultation.