Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from so-called permanent area of the body (the donor regions) to bald or balding parts (the recipient sites). Hair transplantation is most commonly seen as a means to treat male pattern baldness but it can also be used to restore eyelashes, eyebrows and beard hair. Doctors may also perform hair transplant for individuals who have scars caused by accidents or other cosmetic surgery.
Donor hair can be harvested in two very distinct ways:
1. Strip Harvesting (FUT): A strip of tissue is removed from the back and sides of the scalp under local anesthesia; the wound is then sutured back together. The excised portion of scalp tissue is dissected into small units, called grafts, which are then transplanted into the thinning area of the patient’s head. This method leaves the patient with a long linear scar in the donor area and limited hair style choices if the patient wishes to cover it. The recovery period for a strip procedure is generally about 2 weeks and requires the patient return to the clinic, or other medical facility, to have the stitches removed.
2. FUE Harvesting (Follicular Unit Extraction): Individual follicular units (naturally occurring groupings of 1-4 hairs) are removed using tiny punches between 0.6mm and 1.25mm in diameter, while the patient is under local anesthesia. These follicular units are then placed into the scalp in the thinning area using a micro blade or needle. Since follicular units are removed individually, this procedure does not leave a visible scar or post-surgery pain. There is no need to return to the clinic to have stitches removed. FUE patients generally completely recover from surgery within 7 days.
CIT Hair Transplantation – Recommended – CIT (Cole Isolation Technique) is similar to, though distinct in certain ways from, FUE. CIT Hair Transplant is Dr. Cole’s very own method, developed in 2002 and refined over the past 8 years. CIT incorporates the use of proprietary technology and to harvest intact follicular groups, ranging from 1 to as many as 6 or more individual hairs, along with their intact dermal elements. These follicular units are then carefully placed into balding areas so as to create a natural look as they grow. CIT can also be used to treat other areas of hair loss such as eyebrows, temples, and facial hair. Dr. Cole’s method maximizes the available donor area for harvesting and allows him to “cherry pick” follicular units that will have an optimal yield. Unlike with the strip excision method, CIT will not leave the patient with an unsightly linear scar.
Why we recommend FUE (CIT)?
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]It is a less invasive procedure[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Has a faster and less painful recovery period.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Does not require the use of a scalpel or surgical sutures.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Does not leave a tell-tale linear scar
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Allows patient to go back to work/strenuous activity the next day.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Allows patients to wear their hair shorter or shaved.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Procedures are virtually undetectable.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Can be performed even when the scalp is too tight for a strip procedure.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Ideal for repairing or camouflaging linear scars from previous procedures.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Maximizes donor hair for harvesting.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]It is a stand-alone procedure: no need to return for procedure to hide scarring.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Allows physician to “cherry-pick” grafts that will result in optimal yield.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Allows for possibility of harvesting body or facial donor hair.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Characterized by a very low transection rate of under 2 percent.
[list_item icon=”iconic-star”]Creates most natural hair lines and optimal aesthetic results.
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Hair Transplant Cost
Recent advancements in the industry have made hair transplants a much better value. Not only has the quality of procedures improved dramatically, but graft prices have come way down. Large surgical sessions are now possible and clinics are offering them at more reasonable prices than ever. Other factors driving price down are the increased competition among clinics and further transparency in pricing now that so many perspective patients are doing research online.
Hair transplant surgeons typically charge for procedures by the graft. Hair transplant cost can range from $3 to $12 a graft, with $4 or $5 being average for strip procedures and $8 being common for FUE. The size of surgical sessions can vary greatly: from several hundred to well over 4,000, depending on the needs and expectations of the patient. Although hair restoration surgery is an expensive option, it is the only permanent solution available for hair loss.
The CIT procedure is unique in the cost efficiencies patients receive. With CIT, Dr. Cole averages 2.9 hairs per graft. Comparatively, strip surgeons typically average only 2 hairs per graft. This means that the patient is getting almost 1 hair per graft, or 30% more value, for their money. Similarly, the CIT method is characterized by a very low transection rate meaning that almost every valuable graft extracted will be used. Finally, with CIT, the physician is involved in every step and can cherry pick the follicular units that will produce the best yield and optimal results.
The CIT involves customized tools developed by Dr. Cole to maximize results:
Following surgery, it is important that the vulnerable recipient areas be shielded from the sun and that shampooing is not started until two days post surgery. Shampooing is important to prevent scabs, which can adhere to the hair shaft and increase the risk of losing newly transplanted hair follicles. Immediately following surgery, semi-permeable dressings will be applied, which allow seepage of blood and tissue fluid; these need to be changed daily.
We recommend the Hair Cycle post-operative hair restoration treatments at haircycle.com.
Within your first ten days post-procedure, almost all of the transplanted hairs will fall out; this is called “shock loss”. Shock loss is completely normal and a result of the trauma of being relocated. New hair will begin to grow in the recipient area after about two to three months. Your hair will continue to grow and thicken over the next six to nine months. If there is any subsequent hair loss after this
Shock loss, or hair thinning, is a common side effect post procedure; this loss is almost always temporary. Bald patches may also occur because hair loss, of as much as fifty to a hundred hairs, may occur each day. You may also experience swelling in the forehead and scalp. Your doctor will typically prescribe medication to ease the discomfort and swelling. Itching is also a fairly common side effect. Be careful not to scratch, as this can cause scabs to form and make the itching worse.
If your hair loss continues to progress over the years, you may eventually see patches where transplanted hair remains while other surrounding hair is lost. You will need to decide, at this point, whether you want to have more hair transplanted, have previously transplanted hair redistributed or let it run its natural course.
We have gathered more resources to read about this subject:
FUE vs. FUT comparison – Is FUE better then Strip surgery (FUT)?
Hair transplant photo results – beware! – When you make your hair restoration research, you will come across many clinics showing before and after photos that looks too good to be truth, can you really trust them?
What is the cost of hair transplantation? – how much hair restoration cost? should this be the main factor when making a decision to restore your hair?
Hair transplant scars – is it possible to repair strip (FUT) scars that were caused by a bad hair restoration procedure?
Hair transplant resources – Good resources to learn about hair loss and hair transplantation