We get asked a lot of questions about hair loss and hair loss treatments, so we've put them all into this Frequently Asked Questions page. Of course, if your question is not answered below, we'd love for you to contact us for a free, no obligation chat about your specific circumstances
Is Hair Transplant surgery painful?
Local sedation is used in hair transplant surgery. The patient is comfortable through out the entire procedure. Hair transplant surgery can take up to 4 to 5 hours. The entire time the patient is talking, reading, watching a movie, or even taking a nap while were are performing the procedure. There is no need for heavy sedation. Hair transplant surgery is considered to be a minor outpatient procedure.
What can I expect immediately after the procedure?
Your scalp will still be significantly numb. So we ask that you be careful as to not bump your head getting in and out of the car. Dr. Koher will provide you with medications for swelling, pain, and an antibiotic to cover you for a few days. You will have stitches in the back that will dissolve in 2 to 3 weeks. You are given detailed instructions on how to wash and care for your scalp. You will be able to resume your normal activities the next day. The office will call you the following day for a report of how you are doing. Dr. Koher is available to his patients around the clock if problems or questions should arise. The office will provide you with all contact information prior to leaving. In addition, the office will schedule an appointment to see Dr. Koher in 14 days for a post-operative check.
How long until I see some hair growth?
Immediately after the procedure it will take 7 to 10 days for the area to completely heal. After this initial period it is just a waiting game. Between 10 and 12 weeks you will notice little hairs poking through the scalp. At the 6 month mark the hair will be about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch long. This is the time you will come to the office for your check up with Dr. Koher. He will take photographs at this time and due a physical exam of the scalp. Your next appointment will be scheduled in another 6 months. This will be a one year post – operative appointment after your procedure and you will be able to see the final result. Your hair is anywhere from an inch to inch and half. At this appointment Dr. Koher will take additional photographs for your medical file. This will be your last appointment. You now can just enjoy life with hair!
Is There Anything Else I Can Do For My Hair Loss?
There are several therapies that are available to you in addition to hair transplants. First of all, for men there is Propecia. This is a medication specifically designed for hair loss in the crown and mid-scalp area. This medication has proven that taken daily it will slow and stop hair loss in these areas. Secondly, the use of topical Rogaine is available for men and women. This is also applied to the mid-scalp to crown area to stop further hair loss. The latest medical procedure is called Low Level Laser Therapy. This is a non-surgical procedure that is designed to stimulate the cells and hair follicles in the scalp. This laser has shown great results for men and women losing their hair.
Can Hair Transplants Really Help Women?
Women are finding out that they are great candidates for hair transplant surgery. Women can have specific patterns of hair loss, hairline recession, and general thinning on the top of the scalp. These hair loss patterns can all be treated by hair transplant surgery. The women’s donor area in these cases is unaffected by the hair loss pattern and makes them an ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery.
What is Low Level Light Laser Therapy?
We have known for a long time that increasing the blood flow and circulation to an area can aid in healing of the area. These same principles hold true for stimulation of hair follicles. This is exactly how low level light therapy works. It increases circulation of blood, oxygen, and stimulates cells to become more active at the hair follicle. By creating this environment, the hair cycle will continue on with the growth cycle. This helps prevent miniaturization of hairs that otherwise would eventually die and fall out. Dr. Koher is now able to offer this in his office for both men and women. Low Level Light Lasers work well by itself or in conjunction with other hair loss treatments (Rogaine, Hair Transplantation, and Propecia/Finasteride).
Who Is Dr. Koher?
Dr. Koher has been practicing exclusively in hair transplant surgery since 1991. He was one of the first 30 physicians to become Board Certified in Hair Restoration Surgery in the United States. Dr. Koher is a faculty and clinical instructor at both the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Meeting and the Live Surgery Workshop Meeting that are held yearly. He also is Board Certified in Laser Surgery, Associate Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Charter Member International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons, and board certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Koher is a leading expert in hair restoration surgery. With over 20 years in the field of hair restoration you can be confident that you have come to the physician who can give you the absolute best in hair transplant surgery.
We hope you found the answer to your question above. If you didn't, please contact us for a free, no obligation consultation so we can discuss your specific requirements.