Restoration in Richmond
Thinning hair and receding hairlines can be devastating to both men and women because a full head of hair is associated with vitality and attractiveness. But the fact is about 40 million men and 21 million women suffer from baldness or thinning hair.
Fortunately, hair transplantation techniques have reached an advanced level which mean procedures are minimally invasive and can be carried out under local anesthesia with no sutures or linear scars. You don’t have to have the plug look or a long scar in the donor site. The results are completely natural and long-lasting.
What we DO:
- No sutures or staples
- Local anesthesia
- 1mm incisions that leave little or no scar
- Natural results – both men and women can wear their hair short afterwards
- Quick recovery and return to normal activities
- Fewer restrictions on post-op activities
- Minimal post-op pain
What we DON’T do:
- Long incisions
- Linear scar on back of head
- Numbness at donor site
- Staples or sutures
- Longer recovery
- Activity restriction
- Strips of hair chopped up
Traditionally, hair has been taken in large strips from the back of the head, chopped up into little (or not so little) pieces and then planted.
The downside of this is a large scar, numbness, and other potential donor site issues. The recovery is longer. Results varied from a plug look to excellent.
A newer method of transplantation is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE. In this technique, the hair is harvested with a tiny punch to remove one follicular unit at a time. The follicular unit has one or a few hairs in it. When done manually, this takes an incredible amount of time. Newer automated technology allows us to remove and graft a very large number of grafts in a single setting. The process is simple, faster, and more effective. Dr. Gregory T. Lynam believes that FUE hair transplantation is now the state-of-the-art procedure.
The minimally invasive hair transplant procedure is done completely under local anesthesia. There are no sutures or linear incisions and recovery is very fast. There is little post-operative pain. There is little risk of any long-term numbness.
The grafts are taken from the back of the head (where you are unlikely to lose hair) with a device that is less than 1 mm diameter. The tiny hole doesn’t need suturing. The grafts are placed into a needle stick and are held in place without sutures. The delicate grafts are handled by the machine and inserted pneumatically so that they are less likely to be injured (which means a higher amount of ‘take’ or success). Typically, people don’t develop scarring from needle sticks so no one can even tell you had it done. Some patients even return to work the next day.
“Can’t say enough about my doctor!! I have seen many unfortunate pictures on here and I realize what a amazing job he did. His staff is really helpful and have been there to answer any questions!”
– Hair Transplant Patient