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Robotic Follicular Unit Extraction Hair Transplant Questions

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August 6, 2015

How many hairs come out of a graft area?

The number of hair ranges from one hair to four hair for each graft. We have an advantage by using a robot to select only two hair grafts if we need to provide more density. On the other hand single hair grafts are very important for the front of the hairline to get a feathered natural look.  We also have the ability to program the robot to only take single hair follicular units.

What % of hairs actually take?

90% of transplanted grafts or better will survive in the recipient site. Much of this is determined by the use of PRP, the use of high potassium based  holding solutions, and decreasing the time to transplantation. Limiting our hair transplant sizes the 800 g per session Minimizes the time of out of body and oxidative stress on the follicle.

What is the long term aftercare?

After transplant you may begin to use minoxidil at one week or once the scabs fall out. In the immediate postoperative period, there is a shampoo, conditioner, spray, and copper impregnated guaze pads. These are very important for healing and specifically Helps decrease the downtime from the procedure. I highly recommend the graft site kit and it is available at our office. After the hair transplant several months later you will begin to see your new hair growing. PRP injections would be advisable in your case at 4 weeks and 8 weeks. We would look at your overall hair Results of 10 months and recommend additional transplants in that area if it looks beneficial. You can of course transplant another area after two months allowing the donor site to heal appropriately.  There is no long-term of you care needed the transplanted hair. It is your hair and you don't need to do anything to it to the transplants.

Will I need prp with the transplant?

This is answered above, PRP treatments will provide you with more hair mass. The recommendation is to do this might not only help your transplanted here but more importantly to prevent your natural hair from falling out.   As discussed in our consult, there has been no large multi institutional randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials that have been peer-reviewed to support a statistical significance of hair mass to date.  Existing here should go from the flimsy hair to thicker more robust hair and will give Is the appearance of more hair in some individuals.

Should I stop rogaine so you can really see the troubled area in its entirety before transplant?

No, you should not stop rogaine use.
Will I lose the transplanted hair over time since I am diagnosed with hereditary hair loss?

Most likely yes but by using hair laser you will slow your hair loss down.

Is it harder to transplant African American hair?  Does it take to the new site as well?  Does it take longer?  Have you performed any transplants on African Americans?

It is not technically harder to transplant African American hair.  The success of hair restoration at the receipt site is acceptable. It does take a little bit longer and yes we have conducted African American hair transplants. AA have acceptable results usually require multiple procedures.
What should I expect during procedure, and what should I expect at home after procedure?

You can expect to come to our office early in the morning take before pictures, have blood drawn, sign consent forms, and be placed in the chair where the nerve block will be performed. You'll be given antibiotics and a sedative by mouth, next PRP will be injected into the recipient bed followed by recipient site creation. You will then be placed into the robot where we will dissect out a number of grafts that correspond to the number of recipients sites that we created. Then we will place you back into the chair to implant you.

You will rest for two days without increasing your blood pressure and we will follow up with you 2 weeks later on the phone call. Most of the scabs and existing hair connected to the follicle with fall out by seven days. You'll have some existing scabs. Social downtime is about a week.


We look forward to helping you through your hair restoration journey!

Please give us a call 817-473-2120 or email us at Appointments@markbisharamd.com

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