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Milwaukee Hair Transplant Information

What is hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is a well-established surgical technique to improve balding or thinning hair on the scalp. The roots of hair transplantation go back to the 1930s, however, modern hair transplant surgery was developed in the '50s by renowned New York dermatologist, Norman Orentreich. Over the years, hair transplantation techniques and technology have changed a lot, but the basic premise has stayed the same - your own hair is taken from your own scalp and moved to the area experiencing hair loss. There, the hair follicles continue to grow as usual. The results are permanent and leave you with healthy, natural-looking, resilient hair. With improved surgical techniques, hair loss doctors these days are able to craft hair lines and density in such a way that it looks just like naturally-grown hair.

How does hair transplant surgery work?

Hair transplant surgery works by transferring follicular units of hair from a donor area to an area of the scalp experiencing thinning or balding hair. The surgeon excises, or cuts, the follicular units from the back or sides of the head (where hair is genetically pre-disposed not to fall out) and implant them elsewhere. The donor hairs continue to grow in the transplanted area as they did before, leaving you with full, healthy hair for the rest of your life. Hair transplant surgery is only effective for genetic hair loss (the most common kind), so it's important to consult with a doctor or hair loss specialist before committing to the procedure.

Won't hair transplantation leave me with that pluggy, "doll's head" look?

No. Thanks to modern techniques of follicular unit grafting, obvious hair transplantation surgery is a thing of the past. These days, surgeons spend a lot of time studying how to make the pattern of transplantation closely match the natural growth pattern of your hair. In addition, the technology and techniques available today allow doctors to transfer 1 or 2 hair follicles at a time, instead of groups of 4-6 hairs, as they used to.

How much does hair transplant surgery cost?

The cost of hair transplantation differs greatly from one patient to the next, depending on the individual's level of hair loss and the doctor's technique. To find out the exact price for you, it's essential to meet with a hair loss specialist to have your hair and scalp analyzed. To give you a general idea, hair transplant surgery can range from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the individual.

Who is a candidate for hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is an option for most men or women suffering from hair loss. There are a few factors that prevent individuals from being candidates, but, for the most part, if you are experiencing hair loss on the top and/or front of your scalp, but the sides and back still have full, healthy hair, you are probably a good candidate. To find out for sure, visit a hair loss specialist for a consultation.

Is hair transplantation really permanent?

Yes. Your own hair is being transplanted, so it will grow for the rest of the follicle's natural life. It is sometimes necessary for patients to receive touch-up treatments or further hair transplantation as their hair falls out naturally.

What can I expect during recovery hair transplant surgery?

Hair transplant surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, so patients are able to return home on the same day as their procedure. During the next few days after the procedure, you will probably be asked to come back to the surgical clinic for a gentle, healing shampoo and to remove the bandages. After the surgery, the transplanted hairs can take a few months to grow in and it will be 6 months to a year for the full results to be seen. Most patients are able to return to normal activities after a day or two after surgery.

Are women candidates for hair transplant surgery?

Yes. However, for women it is important to consult with a doctor to make sure that your hair is thinning for genetic reasons, instead of another health concern.

How can I find a hair transplantation specialist in or near Milwaukee?

That's an easy one! Visit our doctor page and review the hair loss specialists in Milwaukee. Then, contact us to schedule your personal consultation!