Hair can play a vital role in our cosmetic appearance, positively or negatively. At Steele Dermatology we know that you want thick, plentiful, shiny and strong hair on the scalp and often to minimize hair on other areas of the body. Dr. Steele knows that hair can be just as important to you as skin and that issues such as male pattern baldness, thinning hair, and hair loss in women can be very upsetting and even cause panic.
Dr. Steele specializes in hair growth disorders, including that of the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and otherwise. She evaluates each patient with the intent to discover the reason for any excess hair growth or various causes of alopecia. Then she can propose treatment options, which may include vitamin supplementation, oral medications, PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy, steroid injections, topical solutions, laser treatment, or hair transplantation.
See our Hair Treatment Center for a full discussion of treatments and procedures for hair growth.
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FAQs About Hair Transplantation
- + Do I Have to Be Put to Sleep for Hair Transplantation?
No. The procedure is performed strictly with local anesthetic. This is by far the safest way to perform surgery, when possible.
- + Does Getting a Hair Transplant Hurt?
There are very brief periods of discomfort during the procedure, but all efforts are taken to minimize any potential pain for the patient. Patients are given a sedative prior to the procedure and all areas involved are thoroughly numbed. You are also given pain medications when you go home to ensure your comfort in the hours and days after the procedure.
- + Is it OK if My Hair is Colored or Chemically Treated?
Yes. The hair follicles are the most important — these remain unchanged if you color or chemically treat your hair. You can continue to chemically treat or color your hair up until a certain period before surgery and may resume a couple of weeks after surgery.
- + How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Generally the procedure takes several hours (up to a full day) for an average sized case.You are awake for the entire procedure, so you can watch a movie if you choose, read a book or just chat during the day. You will have small breaks, be able to use the restroom, and eat lunch. Our goal is for the day to be as comfortable for you as possible.
- + How Long Will I Be Healing?
After about 7-10 days everything will mostly be healed and look pretty normal. In the areas where hair was added, the transplanted follicles will be apparent in the first several days, although you can cover the area with a hat, scarf, bandana, etc.
With the traditional strip method, the stitched donor site is covered by your hair and not visible to others. With the FUE method, the tiny sites of the removed follicles are not stitched and are visible in the first few days.
- + How Long Does It Take to See the Results?
About 6 months, with a maximum results at about 1 year. We all know that hair grows slowly. The hair follicles usually lose whatever hair they are growing soon after they are transplanted, then start to grow new hair. All in all, it takes about 6 months to really appreciate good, significant growth from the transplanted follicles.
- + How Long Do The Results Last?
Forever. The biggest reason that your hair will thin again is progressive hair loss of the original (not the new transplanted) hairs in the balding areas. Most people will need more than one hair transplant over the course of their lifetime, with an average of 2 to 3 surgeries. As your hair loss naturally progresses, you can “keep up” with it by moving more hairs into the balding area. As long as you have donor hair, there is no limit to the number of procedures that can be done! You can always keep your hair loss camouflaged. This does not apply to patients who have hair loss from a medical condition or damaging hairstyle, who usually only need one procedure.