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Hair Loss FAQ in Washington, DC

Located in Vienna, Younger Image Hair Transplant Clinic is proud to offer hair loss treatment to both men and women in and around Washington, DC, and Gaithersburg, Maryland.

What is the success rate of transplants?

Hair transplants performed by trained and experienced physicians have high satisfaction and success rates.

Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?

Hair transplant patients must have realistic expectations of what restoration specialists can achieve.  Results depend on how much donor hair is available on your head to move to thinning scalp areas.  Professionals prefer to perform the surgery on patients who have experienced hair loss for many years and have a stable hair pattern.  Men and women who are otherwise healthy and have lost hair due to trauma, burns, or cosmetic procedures are also good candidates.

Will my hair transplant be natural looking?

Hair transplant procedures have evolved over the past 20 years to give the natural appearance that patients seek.  Today’s state-of-the-art follicular unit grafting procedures place groups of one to four hairs close together, so the result is nearly imperceptible by others.

Why does the scalp become numb after transplant surgery and how long does this condition last?

Tiny nerve endings located superficially under the scalp can be disturbed by the hair restoration process and can cause temporary numbness after the procedure.  The numb sensation may go away within two to six months, but it may take up to 18 months for the feeling to completely disappear. Most patients are not uncomfortable and do not experience interruptions to their daily routines due to the condition.

Is age a factor in getting a hair transplant?

Overall health and available donor area are more important to the success of a hair transplant than age.  Young patients are evaluated carefully to ensure that their hair loss has stabilized before hair transplant surgery is recommended.  Patients in their 60s, 70s and older have all enjoyed successful hair transplant procedures.

Will my transplanted hair need any special treatment?

After you have healed from your transplant surgery, no special treatment is required.  Your new hair will grow naturally, just like the rest of your non-transplanted hair.  You can cut, style, or color your hair any way you want.

Is Minoxidil a viable alternative for growing hair?

Minoxidil is more beneficial for helping people retain and improve their existing hair than for growing new hair.  People who have fine hair get an acceptable cosmetic result about 40 to 50 percent of the time.  Minoxidil tends to be more effective when used by women than by men.

How long after surgery can I resume my normal activities?

The morning after your surgery, your bandages will be removed, and your hair will be washed and dried.  Most people go to work or resume their daily activities after this appointment.  Plan on curtailing all strenuous physical activities for at least two weeks after your procedure to make sure that you have time to heal.

Are hair transplants expensive?

All costs involved with your hair transplant will be discussed during your initial consultation.  Giving a range or a flat fee is difficult before your exam since cost varies based on factors such as the size of the bald area, the number of grafts required and the particular procedure that is selected.  Many patients report that the emotional benefits they receive from looking and feeling better about themselves far outweigh the cost of the hair transplant.

What are mini-grafts and follicular unit grafts?

Mini grafting and follicular unit grafting are two different surgical techniques performed during a hair transplant.  The techniques are used alone or together to produce a natural hairline and fullness through the top and crown.  Follicular units are groups of up to four hairs that are individually removed and transplanted as a group to fill out the hairline.  Mini grafting moves strips of donor hair to create volume.  Regardless of which technique or combination of techniques is used, both require extensive training, practice, and talent.

Can single-hair transplants be done?

Single-hair transplants can be done; however, they are not recommended.  Follicular unit graphing has been proven to be more effective than transplanting individual hairs.  Here are three reasons why:

  • Only 10 percent of hair grows as a single haired unit, whereas the remaining 90 percent grows as a two to five-haired units.
  • Follicular units give better results since the sebaceous glands, dermal, and adipose protective tissues move with the units.
  • Single-haired micrographs do not survive transplantation as well as follicular units. As much as 10 percent of transplanted hair is lost with the single-haired technique.

If you live and around Washington, DC, or Gaithersburg, Maryland and you are experiencing hair loss or concerned about possible hair loss, contact Younger Image Hair Restoration Clinic in Vienna today for a consultation.