A Chicago hair transplant is a plastic surgery procedure designed to permanently increase hair density in areas that are hair deficient, such as the scalp, eyebrows and sideburns. Candidates for hair transplantation include men and women with hair loss. Because the hair transplant uses the patient’s own hair, which is typically taken from the back of the scalp, patients must have sufficient healthy hair growth to serve as donor hair.
Dr. Moynihan performs the hair transplant in his office-based facility using local anesthesia. The procedure may take anywhere from three to six hours to complete. A strip of hair is harvested from the back of the scalp to serve as donor hair. This strip is divided into small grafts which may contain one to three hairs each. The grafts are then placed into hair-deficient areas through small slits made in the skin. A single hair transplant session may involve several hundred to over a thousand grafts. Generally speaking, a session involving 1,200 to 1,500 grafts is considered a large hair transplant session. Several sessions may be necessary in order to achieve the desired hair density.
Recovery after a hair transplant takes about one week. The scalp may feel achy or tight at first, and medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience. Stitches will be removed in a week. It is common for the newly transplanted hair to fall out in about six weeks after the procedure, but new hair growth will resume in six to twelve weeks. Patients can resume work and light exercise in about one week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for two weeks.
- What is a hair transplant?
The hair transplant is a plastic surgery procedure which uses a patient’s own hair to permanently increase hair density in areas that are hair deficient such as the scalp, sideburns, or eyebrows.
- Who is a good candidate for a Chicago hair transplant?
Men and women seeking a solution to their hair loss may be good candidates for a hair transplant. Patients must have sufficient healthy hair growth, usually on the back of the scalp, to serve as donor hair
- What happens during the hair transplant consultation?
During the consultation, your hair growth will be evaluated and your medical history taken which will include your family history of hair loss. Your goals will be discussed and all details of the procedure, such as the technique, the anesthesia, the recovery, the risks and the costs, will be explained.
- Where is the hair transplant procedure performed?
Dr. Moynihan performs hair transplants in his office-based facility.