Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Pineda answers your most common questions related to hair transplants and hair restoration.
If you think you’re safe from hair loss by virtue of being in your 20s, think again. Genetics and hormones, and not age, dictate your hair’s health and life span. Over 25% of men in their 20s suffer from male pattern baldness, with the number increasing to 50% for men in their 40s. Thinning of hair and the eventual hair fall are largely due to the male hormone, testosterone, interacting negatively with hair follicles on the top of your head.
Hair restoration surgery encompasses several techniques to treat baldness or thinning hair with your own permanent, natural hair. These techniques include hair transplantation, scalp reduction, and skin flap relocation.
Hair Transplantation, the most commonly used technique to treat thinning hair, is the process of redistributing hair–filling bald areas. Once the procedure is complete, your hair will grow naturally throughout your life with no additional maintenance required beyond combing and cutting.
The result of this technique is natural, permanent, and nearly imperceptible from what nature could give. There are no ongoing costs of maintenance programs required with hairpiece replacements or weaves. Modern techniques allow patients to achieve a full head of hair in one to two sessions.
Ideal candidates for hair restoration in both men and women are those whose hair loss have stabilized.
No. The thickness, texture, and color of your hair, as well as the amount of donor hair you have are factors which will determine the final result. During your initial consultation, the physician will discuss all these variables with you.
Hair restoration surgery may be performed on the frontal hairline, the top of the head or crown, and back of the head or bald spot. In addition, scars from previous injuries or surgeries can also be transplanted with hair.
Hair is removed from a narrow strip known as the donor area; this area is closed with sutures. The harvested strip is divided into 1 to 4 hairs and then place into tiny holes and slits.
Up to 3,500 follicular unit grafts containing 7,000 plus hairs can be place in one session.
The entire procedure usually lasts 4 to 6 hours depending on the case.
There is minimal discomfort. In fact, the patient is awake, listening to music, or watching television while most of the procedure is performed.
Patients are given post hair transplant instructions so they can wash his hair the next day as well as return to their regular routines.
Normal activity can resume the next day.
Hair growth will be noticeable after approximately two months from the day of the procedure. Like your regular hair, it will grow one centimeter a month for the rest of your life.
You will never lose the grafted hair which is why it is important to plan correctly and design the restoration in a way that looks natural. If you do have continued hair thinning, additional hair transplantation procedures may be performed to make up for the loss.
Yes. Not only are consultations with the doctor who will perform the surgery complimentary, they are also discreet, confidential, and non-obligatory. During this meeting, he will explain the procedure to you and design a hairline and treatment plan for your individual needs.