Hair loss can be a difficult experience as it is a change in appearance that is often associated with being older. While hair loss is more common among men, women can also experience it. For those who experience hair loss, you are not alone. The good news is that there are effective treatments for hair loss that can restore your youthful head of hair. Medical professionals who specialize in hair loss can help provide you with the treatment you need to feel like you again.
Hair transplant is one of the most common methods of treating male and female hair loss. Having thick, healthy hair is something both men and women seeking. There are two methods for hair transplants that Dr. Cain Linville offers, including follicular unit transplantation (“FUT”) and follicular unit extraction (“FUE”).
Dr. Linville utilizes this method, known as the strip procedure, of the FUT. This technique is the most popular type of hair transplant. The method involves removing a piece of skin from the harvest area of the scalp, also known as the area that has hair. The harvest area is closed up with stitches as the incisions are necessary for removal. The strip is then divided into follicular units, which are individual hair groupings. There will be thousands of tiny incisions made on your scalp area that is bald or has significant hair loss. The distinct groupings from the strip will be placed in them.
After the procedure, Dr. Linville will remove the stitches. Within three to four months, the hair transplant will begin growing. The method is usually fully complete within one year. After the one-year mark, you can start having regular haircuts. You will also be able to stop taking the necessary vitamin supplements, volumizing shampoos, and other hair loss products advised during this period.
FUE involves Dr. Linville making microscopic openings in the donor area of your scalp. From these openings, Dr. Linville extracts follicular units. This method may cause some scarring, but it is less visible than the strip method. After Dr. Linville removes the follicles from the holes in the harvest area of the scalp, the follicles are then transplanted into the tiny openings on the bald part of your head.
FUE method is usually fully complete within one year. After the one-year mark, you can begin having regular haircuts. You will also be able to stop taking the necessary vitamin supplements, volumizing shampoos, and other hair loss products advised during this period.
Choosing the method that is right for you depends on your desired results. Each patient is unique, so Dr. Linville can help guide you during the consultation. Both methods result in natural-looking results, and the traditional FUT permits you to wear your hair short and leaves only a dull, mild scar. The FUE allows for your hair to be very short, even buzzed, with only a faint scar left behind.
The first step to hair restoration is scheduling your consultation with Dr. Linville. It’s simple and easy to schedule a consultation. Contact our office, and we can get you set up and ready to meet with Dr. Linville. At the consultation, the doctor will need information about your medical history and current medications. It is important to let the doctor know your expectations so he can provide you with his expert feedback on possible outcomes. If you decide you would like to move forward, you can schedule your hair transplant surgery..
Dr. Cain Linville specializes in the use of NeoGraft. A noninvasive hair transplant alternative to the Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. NeoGraft has a proven shorter recovery time, no scarring, and less activity restrictions post-operation. It follows a similar harvesting and planting method, but instead of removing skin, NeoGraft harvests using Follicular Unit Extraction. This is the systematic removal of individual follicles using a hand-held extraction tool. Neograft has a dramatically increased take rate than traditional strip harvesting creating more exact grafts.
The recovery period is short, and you should be back to your daily activities in a short amount of time. The results will not be immediate as the scalp needs to recover after surgery. It will be tender, and you may need to take some prescribed pain medication for the first few days. The healing period lasts a few days, and the results are visible within a few months.
Dr. Cain Linville at Hair Specialist Houston is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over a decade of experience in hair loss treatments. Dr. Linville and his team are prepared to help each patient feel comfortable and get them back to feeling like themselves again. Contact Hair Specialist Houston today for a consultation!