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Hair Transplantation

Do you ever miss the days of having a full head of hair? Hair loss is a common problem that can cause a person to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, Dr. Ronald Caniglia of Facial Plastic Surgery has a solution. Hair transplants are administered at our Scottsdale, Arizona practice to give patients fuller, thicker hair. Hair transplantation, also referred to as hair restoration or a hair transplant, is a procedure designed to restore hair to thinning or balding areas of the scalp. The most common hair restoration techniques involve mini and micro-grafts. To learn more about hair transplants, contact our Scottsdale cosmetic surgery clinic today.

Candidates for Hair Transplants

There are several factors that Dr. Caniglia will consider to determine whether you are a good candidate for hair transplantation surgery, including:

  • Age
  • Area of thinning
  • Skin-to-hair color match
  • Density of hair in the donor area

This procedure can be performed on most individuals; however some may be better candidates than others.

Hair Transplantation Procedure

Most hair transplant surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and take between two and three hours to complete. Dr. Caniglia prefers to use twilight sleep, a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, which is more comfortable for the patient than solely local anesthesia. Once adequate local anesthesia and sedation have been administered, the procedure goes as follows:

  • A special knife is used to excise three strips of hair bearing scalp from the donor site. The donor site is located on the back of the scalp, and each strip measures 1.5mm.
  • These strips are stored in cool saline water.
  • The donor incision is then closed with one continuous suture.
  • The three strips of hair bearing scalp are then separated and the individual hair follicles are separated and again stored in cool saline.
  • Once all of the individual hairs have been separated, they are ready to be placed in the recipient areas.
  • A special instrument is used to create the recipient sites for the individual hairs.
  • Using fine forceps, each hair is then placed in its recipient site.
  • At the end of the procedure, the scalp is washed and a light gauze dressing is placed.
  • The patient is then transferred to the recovery room.

Hair Transplantation Recovery

Most patients will feel fine the next day. The new hair grafts will go into a resting phase for two to three months, after which time the hairs will begin to grow. However, it will take up to a year for each individual hair to grow and fully thicken in size.

All sutures from the donor area are removed in seven days. Many patients are able to return to work as early as the next day after surgery, though Dr. Caniglia prefers that his patients wait two weeks before undertaking strenuous activities and exercise.

Risks of Hair Transplant Surgery

Risks associated with hair transplantation are generally rare but may include bleeding, infection, and poor hair growth.

Learn More about Hair Transplants

If you are ready to restore your hair to be full and beautiful again, Dr. Caniglia is ready to help. Hair transplants can help enhance your appearance and boost your self confidence with thick, gorgeous hair. To learn more about hair transplants, contact our Scottsdale practice today.

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