Hair Replacement

Restoration options for your hair

If you want to restore lost hair, you have a greater number of flexible and reliable options available to you than ever before. Today's hair replacement systems use advanced technologies, such as improved transplanting strategies and state-of-the-art laser systems, to create seamless, natural-looking results.

The Cost of Hair Restoration

Depending on your type of hair loss, you'll choose one of two general strategies. The first is a surgical hair restoration approach, which seeks to replace a dramatic amount of hair across one or more operations. This type of hair replacement costs anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 or more, depending on the amount of hair you wish to restore.

You can also get laser hair replacement treatments that add modest growth to your hairline for a reasonable price. You must attend regular sessions to maintain your growth. Annual costs range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Patient Evaluation

During your initial and follow-up consultation sessions, the surgeon will perform a physical examination of your hair, discuss your desires and expectations and recommend a hair replacement technique. Generally speaking, hair replacement surgery is indicated to fill in areas where hair growth has ceased completely, and laser hair replacement is recommended to encourage natural, thicker regrowth in thinner areas. You will need to be in good overall health to qualify for a surgical hair replacement.

Hair Loss Replacement Procedures

The most common techniques used to restore lost hair include follicular unit micrografting and laser hair replacement surgery. A micrograft hair transplant uses hair taken from a donor site – usually located on the sides or back of your head where hair still grows – and implants it into areas of your head where hair growth has ceased. It is a reliable technique used to create significant coverage in a short period of time.

You've likely heard the term "laser hair surgery," but the "surgery" part of it is a bit of a misnomer – there's no actual surgery involved. Instead, focused laser beams are used to stimulate dying follicles, restoring blood flow to them and allowing your natural hair to grow back. This technique is most effectively used in areas where hair growth has thinned out but not ceased entirely.

The Risks of Hair Replacement Systems

Delayed healing, postoperative infection and excessive bleeding are the most common side effects of hair replacement surgeries. By and large, though, these are reliable and safe procedures that present little in the way of significant risk to the patient.

Recovering From a Hair Replacement Procedure

Your plastic surgeon may apply a dressing after surgery, which will remain in place for a day or two. Stitches, if they're used, will dissolve on their own or be removed after about 10 days. You can use cold compresses and pain medications to control any swelling, bruising or head tightness you experience.

After a few days, you'll be able to shampoo your hair again. You'll probably notice hair falling out in the initial post-treatment phase; this is perfectly normal and expected. If you're using a laser technique to stimulate natural hair regrowth, expect results to take 6 to 12 weeks to manifest.

Alternatives to Consider

Wigs, toupees and hair weaves have long been used by men and women who don't want to treat their hair loss medically. Some patients report positive results when using topical hair regrowth products, but results vary and they can typically only be used to treat a narrow range of hair loss patterns.