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Hair transplantation refers to the surgical movement of permanent hair with its roots to an area of bald or balding skin. Hair transplantation is an effective and permanent solution for hair loss. A consultation with Dr. Berg is recommended to discuss the specifics of your hair loss and to decide whether hair transplantation is a good option for you
Hair transplantation at the University of Washington is approached as an important surgical procedure, in which the transplant recipient is viewed as a patient rather than a client. For these reasons, medical consultation and follow-up is always provided by Dr Berg, rather than a sales associate. The procedure itself is carried out by Dr Berg with the assistance of experienced hair transplant technicians. It is our philosophy to provide you with medically sound and realistic information.
How does it work?
In almost all cases of hereditary thinning or baldness, there is a permanent fringe of hair along the side and back of the scalp. This hair demonstrates "donor dominance". This means it will grow permanently even if it is moved to an area which is bald or balding.
What is involved?
Hair transplantation is done under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Hair and follicles are removed from the "donor area" of permanent hair along the back and sides of the head. This area is immediately camouflaged by the surrounding hair.
The removed hair follicles are then divided into small individual grafts (hair and its roots). Choice of number and type of graft is made taking into account the patient's hair type, quality, color, and the area to be transplanted. Once prepared, the grafts are then inserted into the thin area.
How long does it take?
Hair transplantation is an office procedure that takes approximately four to eight hours depending on the extent of the planned procedure. Most people return to work two to five days after the surgery. More than one session may be required over time based on the amount of hair you have when you start, how much is anticipated that you will continue to lose without transplanting, and how much hair density you desire.
Will it look natural?
Yes. In the hands of well-trained and experienced physicians, and using newer techniques with smaller grafts, the hair grows in the proper direction with a feathered hairline, and a highly aesthetic result.
Will it scar?
The donor site scar typically is hidden by permanent hair in the area. Where the grafts have been placed there will be tiny marks and initial crusting (5-14 days) but after healing and hair growth these areas are usually not detectable.
When does new hair grow?
In most cases, immediately after the transplant the hairs fall out of the grafts. They begin to regrow in 1-3 months, though it may take up to a year to see final results.
I am a woman, can I benefit from this?
Women with hereditary thinning which is often localized on the top of their heads often make good candidates for hair transplantation. We recommend a consultation with a dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis prior to referral to Dr Berg.
How much does it cost?
The cost depends on the amount of bald/thin area that will need to be transplanted and desired thickness. Hair transplantation is a cost-competitive solution for hair loss.
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- Watch a video of Dr. Berg reviewing Hair Transplantation for Cosmetic Surgery Rounds at UWTV's website: "Cosmetic Surgery: A Multidisciplinary Approach".
- You may also see a summary of the principles of the surgery with some of Dr. Berg's before and after photos by clicking on the following PowerPoint Presentation "Hair Transplantation" by Dr. Daniel Berg.