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Some people view going bald as an almost inevitable consequence of getting older. Some have thinning hair due to different medical issues. Although you can decide to let nature run its course and throw in the towel, you can also take matters into your own hands by undergoing our hair transplant in Grapevine.

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a cosmetic procedure involving the removal of hair follicles from one part of the patient's scalp to be implanted into an area that needs thickening.

Most hair transplant recipients are sufferers of male pattern baldness, although plenty of women also undergo this cosmetic procedure.

Hair transplant procedures are performed under local anesthesia, meaning you will be awake the entire time. The procedure can take anywhere between four to eight hours, depending upon the extent of your individual hair transplant. You will be able to return home the same day as your procedure.

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Types of hair transplants

As hair transplant procedures have evolved, two main types have emerged: FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).

FUT

The FUT hair transplant method involves the collection of a skin strip from the donation area, which will result in a scar. Since this is more invasive, recovery time takes somewhat longer.

FUE

The FUE technique is a more modern one that involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from the scalp.

Many people feel that the FUE technique provides a nicer and more plausible result for the patient, as the provider can deliver a higher degree of detail, similar to how an artist can paint a more fine-tuned portrait using a smaller brush than a large one.

During your consultation with your Genesis Lifestyle Medicine provider in Grapevine, you will receive recommendations on what type of hair transplant makes the most sense for you and your treatment goals.

Best candidates

There are a number of considerations involved before deciding to have a hair transplant in Grapevine. Below are a few:

Age

Although it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, the best hair transplant candidates are over 30 years old. Many people start losing their hair at a young age and, understandably, want to undergo treatment as soon as possible. The problem is that there is no way of knowing how their hair loss will progress as they grow older. If you undergo a hair transplant at a young age, you may need additional treatments later on.

Type of Hair Loss

The best hair transplant candidates are those suffering from male or female pattern baldness. These are genetic disorders affecting only part of the scalp, leaving patients with a great number of potential donor hair follicles.

Other attributes of a good hair transplant candidate include:

  • Good overall health
  • Sufficient hair follicles for donation
  • Those with certain hair types
  • Have realistic procedure expectations

Before & After

Hair Transplant Recovery Timeline

Recovering from a hair transplant involves three distinct phases:

First Four Months: Dormancy

Be prepared to be somewhat discouraged during the first few months after your hair transplant, as you will experience something called 'shock loss'. This is when you'll notice shedding in the recipient area, which typically begins within two or three weeks after a hair transplant. Your hair follicles would then enter a dormant stage before producing hair again.

Months Four to Eight: Emergence

Rejoice! Your patience will finally be rewarded during the second stage when you hair begins growing again in the recipient area. The first hairs will initially be thin, and your donor site should be completely healed by now.

Months Eight to Twelve: Maturation

Most of your hair transplant results will become evident during this third phase of your recovery. Your hair will be getting thicker, and about 80% of the hair growth that you will experience will be seen.

In the third stage, your hair will be about 3 inches long, and you can now style it.

During the next few months of your recovery, you will witness the full results of your hair transplant in Grapevine. This is when you will learn whether you need an additional hair transplant to achieve your treatment goals.

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