Thinning hair or bald patches can often cause people to become self-consciousness and avoid social situations. Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.C.S., offers hair transplants for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, IN.
What Is A Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a special procedure that involves taking living hair from the sides or back of the head (donor areas) and implanting them into parts of the head where thinning hair or baldness are present (recipient areas). Hair loss tends to occur most frequently on the top or front of the head. After the transplant procedure, this hair will keep growing throughout the rest of the patient’s life.
What Is the Cost of a Hair Transplant in Indianapolis?
The cost of hair transplantation varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of the procedure to achieve your individual appearance goal. Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make hair restoration procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for hair transplants.
Who Is A Candidate For Hair Transplantation?
Being in good general health and having good hair density on the sides and back of your head are the only criteria that determine if you’re an ideal candidate for a hair transplant.
Can Women Undergo Hair Transplantation Surgery?
Some women who struggle with pattern baldness can be ideal candidates for hair transplant surgery. They may also be candidates if they experience localized hair loss or if their baldness is the result of other types of surgery.
Should Young Adults Undergo Hair Replacement Surgery?
Young adults sometimes receive hair transplant surgery, but this is not a frequent practice. In many cases, patients who have a hair transplant at too young an age tend to experience severe long-term issues. Hair loss is something that happens throughout the course of your life and if hair replacement is done too soon, it’s possible that Dr. Hamilton may implant the hair grafts too far toward the front of the head. Later on, a young patient may end up losing hair behind the implants.
Can A Poor Transplantation Job Be Corrected?
New advancements in the techniques used for hair transplant surgery have resulted in greater opportunity for people who are not happy with the outcome of a previous hair transplant procedure, particularly for those who underwent the “plug” technique, or to improve the way the implanted hair feels and looks.
How Long After Surgery Do Patients Have To Wait Before Returning To Their Daily Routines?
Patients are often able to resume their normal daily activities one or two days after surgery, but strenuous activity is discouraged. Hard exercise should be avoided until the sutures are removed from the donor area, which is usually about 10 days later.
What Do The Transplants Look Like Before They Start To Grow?
It’s common to experience minor scabbing on the recipient area and these are usually present for a week or two. In the weeks after surgery, most of the implanted hair will fall out and new hair will start growing during the next three or four months. The end result will be fully noticeable after eight to 10 months.
In most patients who haven’t had prior scarring on the back of the head or who have incisions from previous donor surgeries that have closed properly, the scarring will be hidden within the hairline.
How Long Does It Take For Hair Transplantation Patients To Have Their Final Results?
The grafted hair can take about three months to start growing. Most patients will experience full results after eight to 10 months.
Post Operative Hair Transplant Instructions
The following is a list of general instructions for your care following your surgery. Please read them carefully several times as most of your questions should be answered here. Instructions for your care will also be reviewed the morning after surgery. Carefully following these instructions should help you get the best results from your surgery.
You will need to obtain a spray bottle for after surgery. Following your surgery you will be sent home wearing a light dressing. You will need to keep this on the first night. The night following surgery it is important for you to have someone with you—this is a must! You should plan on remaining within thirty miles from the location of your surgery for this first night. It is also important for you to keep your head elevated the evening after surgery as well as for the first week following surgery. This will help any swelling that you do develop dissipate quickly.
This care will be reviewed the morning following your surgery:
- Go over transplanted areas four times daily with either saline or water in a spray bottle. Taking a shower may count as one of your sessions. The goal is to gently go over these areas to remove crusting over time. Do not scrub or pick at the scabbing.
- You may shower the third day after surgery. It is important to use gentle, alcohol free (Suave) shampoo and avoid vigorous scrubbing. Do not let the shower water spray directly on your head for one week. You may take a cup of soapy water or just plain water and pour it over this area. You may comb your hair after seven days, but be careful not to dislodge any grafts.
- Be sure to report immediately any signs of bleeding that persist after ten minutes of direct pressure, infection, redness, fever, unusual drainage, or pain.
- Stitches will be removed in seven to ten days.
Swelling will vary both patient-to-patient as well as side-to-side. Swelling may actually increase the first three to four days before subsiding. Most of your swelling should resolve over the first two to three weeks.
Bruising will vary like swelling from person to person as well as side-to-side. Most bruising and discoloration should resolve over the first two weeks.
Parts of your scalp may feel numb following surgery. This is normal and will subside over the coming weeks to months. Unusual sensations, pins and needles, and occasionally mild discomfort may occur as these nerves regenerate over time.
- No strenuous exercise for at least two weeks
- No heavy lifting for three weeks.
- Hair coloring should be delayed for four weeks after surgery.
Patience is important with hair transplantation. A final result should not be expected for six months. It is not uncommon to experience a disturbing period of hair follicle shock somewhere between six and twelve weeks after surgery. It may seem like all the transplanted hairs have gone. Even during this stage, however, the hair follicle remains viable and new hairs will soon be visible.
Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Mark M. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.C.S., specializes in hair loss solutions for men and women in Indianapolis by performing hair transplantation procedures. If you are looking for self-improvement in the form of hair restoration, Dr. Hamilton will accommodate your needs. Please contact us today!