Hair loss can be an emotionally difficult condition for men and women of all ages. Hormones, genetics, and even certain medications can all contribute to receding or thinning hair. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery offers hair transplant surgery in St. Louis to restore the thick, full hair you were born with – or maybe never had.
Your hair loss pattern, hair type, and family history influence which treatment will be most appropriate for you. Request a consultationRequest a consultation online or call (636) 530-6161 to set up an evaluation with one of our surgeons and learn more about hair restoration in St. Louis.
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There are several approaches to hair transplant surgery, most commonly including grafts, flaps, and tissue expansion. St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery specializes in hair restoration and primarily chooses hair grafts – usually micro and mini grafts – for the most precise placement and natural-looking results. This procedure entails harvesting hair from portions of the scalp with healthy hair growth and then relocating the new hair to an area that is balding or thinning. The donated graft contains between 1 to 4 individuals hair follicles. Typically, 700 to 800 hair grafts may be used for complete coverage.
Hair transplant surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia. Using very precise surgical instruments, your surgeon will carefully remove the harvested hair from the scalp and then dissect each hair graft into smaller sections of either 1 to 2 hairs for a micro graft, or 3 to 4 hairs for a mini graft. The hair graft is then arranged properly to match your natural hair growth and then inserted into place. Incision patterns for this procedure are designed to be indistinguishable and typically hidden along the hairline.
Immediately after surgery, your scalp may be covered with gauze and you may be advised to wear a pressure bandage for 1 to 2 days. Some swelling and itching on the scalp and forehead is common after surgery. Your surgeon may recommend a moisturizer or shampoo to help aid with these symptoms and any other irritations. A common concern known as "shock loss" is often experienced after surgery – in which the newly placed hairs fall out. This is normal and temporary – the hairs will grow back in time.
Once you have completely healed, your hair will appear fuller, thicker, and the original hairline will be improved or restored. Sometimes, multiple procedures may be needed in order produce the most