$350 setup fee + $6 per graft
Procedure Time: 2-4 Hrs
Recovery Time: 3 days
HAIR TRANSPLANT IN SEATTLE AND TACOMA
Hair loss is one of the most visible and distressing parts of aging. It often is one of the first indicators of age, before wrinkles or sagging skin begin to set in. Additionally, some hair loss has nothing to do with age and some people experience hair loss before leaving high school. Luckily, there are many treatment options for hair loss, including injectables, lasers, and surgery. Seattle Plastic Surgery’s plastic surgeons have experience with all of these options to deter thinning hair and loss. Dr. Craig Jonov offers FUE hair transplant in Seattle and Tacoma.
WHY DOES HAIR LOSS OCCUR?
Losing hair has many causes and the main causes vary greatly between men and women. In general, men tend to have more noticeable hair loss that affects their self esteem. This is because men lose hair at the hairline and on the top of the head. Also, because men tend to keep their hair shorter, this becomes more obvious. Women are more likely to experience all over thinning and female pattern baldness usually manifests in a Christmas tree pattern along the hairline.
As previously mentioned, hair loss can have a multitude of origins. Common causes of hair loss include:
- Male or female pattern baldness
- Hormonal imbalances
- Some medications
- Thyroid problems
- Hair extensions or constrictive hairstyles
- Nutrient deficiencies
These are only a few of the reasons hair loss happens. You should have your hair loss evaluated to determine if treatment of medical or mental conditions may cease hair loss. Sometimes, seeking treatment for the cause of your hair loss can resolve the issue and lead to hair coming back.
When aging or genetics are the sole cause of hair loss, hair restoration treatments can slow hair thinning and stimulate new hair growth. Hair transplant surgery is one of these options and Dr. Jonov can determine if FUE surgery is right for you.
History Of Hair Transplant Surgery
Throughout history people have lamented hair loss. Before the 20th century, the only treatments for hair loss included snake oils and topical ointments with no scientific backing. More commonly, people suffering hair loss turned to toupees or wigs to hide or replace their lost hair.
In the 1930’s, a Japanese dermatologist attempted to restore hair in burn victims that hair transplant developed. His method involved using a punch technique that excised round sections of hair that were then transplanted into smaller round holes. This ideology became the foundation for modern hair transplant surgery.
The 1950s brought about the use of hair transplant for the treatment of male pattern baldness. The technique was further developed and by the 1960s, hair restoration became a common cosmetic procedure. The issue with these early hair transplants was that it was nearly impossible to achieve a natural looking result. Known as “hair plugs” the procedure and its results often carried a negative connotation. This deterred many people from seeking early forms of hair surgery.
It took another forty years before the modern and less invasive techniques became widely available. In the 1990s, follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) made hair restoration more viable. This led to a revolution in surgical hair restoration.
In the years since, various automated tools and machines have made the procedure even more seamless. Additionally, FUE has overtaken FUT as the gold standard of hair restoration because of the natural results it provides.
HOW MUCH DOES HAIR TRANSPLANT COST?
The cost of FUE hair transplant at Seattle Plastic Surgery varies based on the number of grafts required for the procedure. There is a $350 setup fee and then $6 per graft. A surgical coordinator will provide an accurate price quote after your consultation with Dr. Jonov.
Seattle Plastic Surgery works with three outside financing options: Alphaeon Credit, Care Credit, and United Medical Credit. You can find more information about these options and links to apply on our financing page.
TYPES OF HAIR RESTORATION
Hair restoration comes in many forms. Perhaps the most well known procedure is hair transplant surgery because it often offers the most dramatic results. Hair transplant is best for patients who have more extensive hair loss. It is not typically recommended to patients under thirty because they have not yet reached the advanced stages of hair loss. Non surgical hair restoration is more effective when started at a younger age, and therefore, these are usually recommended.
Injectable Hair Restoration
One of the most common non surgical hair restoration procedures includes various types of injectables. Plasma and other regenerative materials are injected to produce collagen, repair damaged hair follicles, and generate new growth.
These procedures can slow thinning and prolong the need for more invasive methods. Some patients may even see a long lasting result that they are satisfied with. Hair transplant patients will occasionally undergo these types of treatments to slow natural loss and enhance their results.
Laser Hair Restoration
The majority of laser hair restoration options consist of at-home options. At Seattle Plastic Surgery, we offer a laser cap meant to be worn for a few minutes everyday. It uses laser technology to treat and stimulate the hair follicles. This can promote thicker hair, fewer lost hairs, and slow down hair loss.
Many hair loss patients take oral and apply topical medications to prevent further hair loss. Over-the-counter options exist, but are often not as effective as prescription medications and medical treatments. Men who undergo any hair restoration procedure are often prescribed finasteride which interacts with the hormonal causes of hair loss. Usually, these medications are the beginning of or part of larger hair treatments.
FUT VS. FUE
The difference between the two hair transplant surgery methods relates to the harvesting of the donor hairs. FUE is largely favored over FUT, but each patient requires different needs. Dr. Jonov can discuss the best Seattle hair restoration procedure based on your needs.
FUT and FUE have many similarities. Both procedures are frequently performed under local anesthesia. While the harvesting methods vary, FUT and FUE both transplant the grafts in similar ways. Below you can find the major difference between the two procedures.
|Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)||Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)|
TACOMA HAIR TRANSPLANT FROM START TO FINISH
At your consultation with Dr. Jonov at Seattle Plastic Surgery, he will evaluate your current hair loss and its causes. Based on your medical history and individual needs, Dr. Jonov will create a hair restoration procedure plan personalized to you. This may include non surgical hair restoration or FUE hair transplant in Tacoma.
Before leaving our centrally located office, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive a price quote. In addition, we offer a variety of amenities like hot drinks, water, and warm cookies.
Dr. Jonov usually performs FUE hair transplant under local anesthesia. You will remain comfortable during surgery and anesthesia will continue to be applied as needed. Using an automated device, Dr. Jonov will remove individual grafts. This leaves small, round holes in the scalp. These can scar, but most patients find that their natural hair covers any scarring or that the area heals well.
Once the required number of grafts are harvested, Dr. Jonov will place the grafts in the targeted areas of loss. He will follow a natural looking hairline that flatters your features. The insertion process uses the same automated device and transplants the graft straight into the dermis of the scalp. The healing that this stimulates can also contribute to repairing hair follicles.
FUE hair transplant is a less invasive procedure that does not require a long recovery time. Many patients return to work within a couple days. The scalp will likely appear red and may scab or crust over. You can also expect the transplanted hair to fall out over the next few days. This is known as shock loss and is caused from the trauma of transplantation. Regardless of this, you do not need to be alarmed if the hair falls out following the procedure.
Dr. Jonov will recommend not washing your hair for around two days following surgery. Even after, you should use caution and avoid high water pressure. The grafts take a few days to settle and take root in the skin. There is a risk of dislodging grafts with hair washing or through returning to activities too soon. You can discuss this risk with Dr. Jonov and he can give you specific instructions based on your procedure.
Some generalized hair transplant surgery aftercare include:
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least two days following surgery
- No swimming for at least ten days
- Prevent sun exposure (wearing a hat is often advised)
- Follow Dr. Jonov’s instructions for rubbing off scabs over the first two weeks
- Take the medications prescribed and as directed by Dr. Jonov
- Wash hair as gently as possible
How Long Will Take To See Results?
Hair transplant results require patience and time. Within two weeks you should notice some minor hair growth, appearing like a buzz cut. The rest of the results take around three months to become visible. Otherwise, it can take up to a full year to see the final results from your Seattle hair transplant surgery.
Dr. Jonov and the Seattle Plastic Surgery team will guide you through your recovery and results. Some patients choose to supplement their surgical results with non-invasive methods.
How Long Does Hair Transplant Last?
Unfortunately, there is no procedure that can completely halt aging or hair loss. Hair transplant in Seattle allows you to turn back time and your genetics to slow hair loss. However, hair loss may continue in the future. However, patients who undergo a hair transplant surgery often see their hairline reset to an earlier position. This means a hair transplant can slow the overall progression of hair loss throughout your lifetime.
SEATTLE AND TACOMA’S PREMIER HAIR TRANSPLANT
Finding a hair transplant surgeon in the Seattle and Tacoma area is a stressful endeavor that requires careful consideration. Seattle Plastic Surgery values patient education and aims to inform you at every step of the process. You will have the opportunity to get all your questions answered and understand your treatment options before you leave your consultation.
Dr. Jonov and Seattle Plastic Surgery see multiple hair restoration patients every month and understand the plight of hair loss. Our modern and advanced techniques use an automated system that makes hair transplant surgery less invasive and a streamlined process. This allows Dr. Jonov to focus on creating your new hairline and on the intricacies of this delicate procedure.