Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the frequently asked questions that we receive from patients. For further questions or inquiries, please contact us directly at (702) 258-6229.
What is hair transplantation (H.T.) or hair restoration surgery?
What causes hair loss?
Does it really work? What is the re-growth rate?
Yes, it really works! The re-growth rate with the microfollicular unit transplantation method is 99-100% growth.
How long after the procedure does it take to get results?
It takes12 months for the patient to see 90 to 95% of his full resulting look. At 3 months post-operation you will see numerous new sprouting hairs, like whiskers coming in. Starting 3 months post-operation the new planted hair grows 1/2 inch every month on average. At first the new hair is fine and soft, and a few months later it becomes more course – giving you a thicker, denser look.
Is it safe?
Yes. It is a minor surgical procedure and is only skin deep. It is one of the most safe procedures performed by physicians.
Is it expensive?
Is there financial assistance?
We can refer you to a third party medical finance company and if you have a steady job they can usually help you.
Does the doctor use “plug” transplants?
No. The plug transplant method was done in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. The plugs were large tuffs of hair, 10 – 30 hairs per tuff. Today the state of the art allows the doctor to use follicular unit grafts that consists of 1 to 4 hairs per graft. The follicular unit graft method gives the patient a natural look and the transplantation is undetectable.
Why doesn’t transplanted hair fall out?
The hairs surgically taken from the patient’s permanent donor area (sides and back of scalp) are genetically programmed not to fall out. The hair in the patient’s thinning area (usually the front, mid-scalp, and crown area) is generally genetically programmed to be somewhat prone to fall out as the individual gets older.
Is a hair transplant painful and what about the anesthesia?
Dr. Halby and other transplant doctors that are up to date in their technique provide a pain-free experience. The doctor numbs the scalp with a local anesthetic during surgery and generally gives the patient a mild sedative. Usually the patient watches movies (DVD) to entertain himself during the surgery.
Will the patient miss time from his job after H.T. surgery? And how will I look?
Can I exercise after H.T. surgery?
Patients are not to do strenuous exercise, being careful with their new grafts for 3-4 days after surgery. Patients are to avoid lifting heavy weights for 1 week. Light weights are ok on the 3rd day post-operatively. No swimming (that is you can’t get your hair wet) in a chlorinated pool for 2 weeks.
Why do women lose hair?
The typical pattern of female pattern baldness is not the same as that of male pattern baldness. In women the hair is usually thin over the entire head, although the frontal hairline is usually preserved. Moderate hair loss of the crown may occur in women, but only rarely does it go totally bald as it frequently does in men.
Does Rogaine (minoxidil) help with hair loss?
Rogaine, a topical non-prescription agent, may help somewhat for some people (men or women). Only a 6-12 month trial will tell if it will help you. Rogaine may help halt the loss process or give you new hair, but this lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after minoxidil treatment is stopped. It is not near as effective as a hair transplant. Ask Dr. Halby about Formula 82M that contains 5% minoxidil and other medications that is more effective, less greasy, and less disruptive to your hair styling than Rogaine.
Will health insurance help pay for a hair restoration procedure?
Hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance as a rule. We accept all major credit cards and if needed will refer you to a 3rd party that can arrange financing for you.
What would a patient’s visit be like while having a transplant procedure?
What is required prior to surgery?
The doctor does a history & physical and a scalp exam which is included in the surgical fee. The doctor requires a blood test. Usually if you have had a blood test by another prior doctor that is less than 1 ½ years old this is sufficient. Just fax us the results. If Dr. Halby draws the blood there will be an additional charge, usually $205.
Do you have prior patients that I can see or talk to?
We have many before and after photos and written testimonials from our past hair transplant patients that gave us written permission to allow you to look at their photos and written testimonials. Some of our patients have said they would be happy to talk via phone to a prospective hair transplant patient. Call us for more information on this: 702-258-6229.
Does it look natural?
Yes. Hair transplant surgery has come a long ways since the old “plug days”. A Plug is a grouping of 6-20 hairs per graft. Dr. Halby and his staff excels at Microscopic Follicular Unit Transplantation whereby the donor strip is precisely and meticulously dissected down to 1,2,3, and 4 hair grafts – just like they are found in nature. These naturally occurring clusters of 1,2,3 or 4 hairs are called Follicular Units (FUs). These individual follicular units are artistically relocated to the bald and thinning areas one at a time. Our patients remark, “It’s so natural”!
Can someone else donate hair to me?
No, your body would reject the donated hair grafts. It is impractical to look for 3-4 years for a matching donor as they do in heart and kidney implants and then use excessive steroids and other medication with serious side-affects to counter your body from rejecting the implants.
What is the current status of hair cloning?
Hair cloning is in the experimental stage and it will be a very long time before it will give natural looking hair growth and reverse hair loss. At this point in time the hair that scientists grow with cloning looks like gum.
How thick will it look?
How thick a person’s hair looks is dependent on several factors: hair shaft diameter, number of hairs per square inch, hair styling, hair and scalp color, straight or curly hair, and hair angle.
Explain Shock Loss.
Shock loss is the shedding of a patient’s existing hair due to the stress of a surgical procedure. Women will have more trouble with this than men. It can be very distressing for the patient particularly if the patient is not forewarned. The good thing about it is that it is a temporary problem that clears in a few months. I tell my patients to remember: “You will be thinner, before thicker”. After a procedure the patient may look worse, before he looks better. Shock loss after a hair transplant procedure occurred more often a few years ago. However, by using Propecia, finasteride, or minoxidil at the time of a hair transplant procedure will decrease the incidence of shock loss.
How many sessions of surgery will I need?
If you have thinning of the scalp only, then one session of surgery is probably needed. If you have areas of complete baldness, then two or three surgeries may be needed. The patient needs to wait 4 to 6 months between each session because the doctor wants to see how the hair is growing out and its distribution.
What things do I need to do to get ready for my scheduled surgery? What are the doctor’s pre-operative instructions?
Eat some breakfast, avoiding caffeine. You may also want to bring a snack, however, lunch will be provided for you. Let us know what kind of food (lunch) you like. Wear a shirt that buttons down the front. If you want bring a clean oversized baseball cap, bandana or scarf. Operating room is equipped with a DVD player to show movies or you may want to bring your own.