Could this be the Summer of Hair?

You could read that headline and visualize some sort of Woodstock reunion or a new staging of that prototypical 70s Broadway show, “Hair.”

Nope. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we’re more interested in making this summer the summer where you can start regrowing hair in your thinning areas. We want this to be your “Summer of Hair.”

Very funny. You’re suffering from male pattern baldness, and joking about regrowing hair is the stuff of late-night informercials and spray-on solutions, right?

Nope. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we offer true hair regrowth using your own follicles. We just move those follicles that are still growing hair to the areas where your hair is thinning. It’s a true revolution for those suffering from hair loss — the NeoGraft hair transplantation system.

In this month’s two blogs of the New Year, let’s make a resolution to have more hair in 2021.

What is hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation procedures relocate “bald resistant” hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head. Once transplanted, these follicles that have never been prone to balding naturally grow hair for decades to come.

Although hair transplantation has been performed since the 1950s, techniques for successfully transplanting hair follicles have advanced, as have their success rates. Dr. Carlotti is excited to perform NeoGraft follicular unit extraction for our patients in Austin and Scottsdale.

How is the FUE method performed?

In follicular unit extraction, the back of your head is first shaved and then numbed. This is the area where your hair is still growing normally and isn’t prone to balding. Using the NeoGraft handpiece that uses slight vacuum suction, Dr. Carlotti removes hair follicles one by one from this area, and they are stored in the NeoGraft system. This area will heal with small dots, but the surrounding hair will cover those.

Next, we clean and numb the area where you want hair restored. Holes are created with the NeoGraft device, and each hair follicle is placed into one of the holes. As you would assume, this is a time-consuming process, taking anywhere from four to eight hours.

When will the hair start to grow?

After about two to three weeks, your transplanted hair will fall out, but it’s not a reason for concern. This is simply the follicles’ reaction to the trauma. Of your transplanted follicles, around 60 percent will successfully take hold and start growing new hair within six to nine months. That timeline is why this could be your summer of hair. 

That’s a start. In January’s second blog let’s get into this a little more. In the meantime, if you’re interested in NeoGraft at Austin Cosmetic Surgery, call us at our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700 to schedule a consultation.

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