Thanks to advances in technique and technology, hair restoration surgery has quickly become one of the most popular methods used to treat hair loss. Approximately 50 million men in the United States suffer from androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss). Due to how common this condition is, many forms of hair loss treatment have become available. Though there are several options, hair restoration surgery offers the benefit of more permanent results than other methods that require continued treatment or medication to maintain results.

The Procedure

In modern-day hair restoration surgery, there are two methods that are prominently used; follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) and follicular unit extraction (FUE). As the name implies, the FUSS method involves the surgeon removing a 6 to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of a patient’s scalp. After the surgeon has removed the strip of skin, they will divide it into smaller grafts to be implanted. On the other hand, the other method, FUE, removes follicles individually from the donor area to be implanted. While the implantation between the two is similar, the grafting process is where the key difference lies. Due to the way FUSS removes the grafts, it leaves a visible linear scar in the donor area, while the FUE method leaves minimal scarring. For this reason, FUE has become the gold standard for hair restoration surgery.

The ARTAS iX Difference

With FUE the surgeon is able to harvest 2,000-3,000 follicle units. This avoids the linear scar and provides the patient the maximum number of grafts for transplantation. The ARTAS iX provides the most accurate, comfortable, and efficient method for harvesting follicles.

This amazing technology makes the procedure better for the patient and maximizes the results.

After the Procedure

Recovery after hair restoration surgery is relatively quick and easy compared to other procedures. Typically, patients can return to their routines with most restrictions ending after 10 days. It will be essential to follow your surgeon’s directions in order to ensure your grafts can heal and deliver the best possible results.

Hair takes time to grow, so you won’t see results immediately. Results will vary on a patient-to-patient basis, but most people see new hair growth by three months. Patients often see noticeable results within 6 to 9 months, and full results are visible 12 months after the procedure. Patients with more extensive hair loss may require additional procedures.

Should You Get Hair Restoration Surgery?

The decision to get hair restoration surgery is a big choice to make. While this procedure is very safe, there is still a brief period of downtime compared to other treatments, so ensure that you will be able to take time a couple of days away from your regular routine to ensure a full recovery.

One of the greatest benefits of hair restoration surgery is long-lasting results compared to other treatments that require continued use to maintain new hair growth. To determine if this procedure is right for you, take the first step to schedule a consultation with a specialist. At West LA Hair, Dr. Melamed meets with you individually to discuss your options, answer questions, and determine what treatment method will help obtain the results you desire.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Melamed today to find your perfect hair loss solution!