Many look to change the appearance of their hair. One consideration is whether to have a surgical procedure. Statistics in 2010 estimated that 251,208 (27%) go the surgical route, while 672,391 (73%) choose hairpieces or some other non-surgical strategy. If you choose to undergo a hair transplant in New York, then the first step is to choose the right physician and clinic.

Hair transplant procedures are dynamic services. Innovations are continuously developed. However, the traditional surgical procedure is skin grafting. During this procedure, small tufts of hair and the accompanying scalp are removed from the back of the head, and reattached to the target area, usually at the hairline. The new hair-bearing skin at the hairline usually loses the hair initially, and then regrows it evenly. The entire process takes a matter of months.

In the interests of differentiating themselves from others, some hair transplant clinics in New York advertise breakthrough techniques. Even though most are on the same level, some others make exaggerated claims. The first step in the process is to choose several likely candidates for clinics, then get an initial consultation. Clients should work closely with their general practitioners to compare techniques and results, and see if the clinics are setting the patient up with reasonable expectations. At the same time, each of these clinics should be evaluated according to their total charges, including all post-op visits. Although these charges are generally not covered by insurance, it is always a good idea for potential patients to consult with their insurance representatives during the process.

The second step is to compare various techniques for hair transplant. Once common technique is known as strip harvesting. After anesthetizing the harvest area and the target area, the physician removes a strip of scalp tissue. The strip is very thin, leaving the edges at the removal site to be sutured, leaving a minimal scar. The strip is inserted into the target area where a corresponding cut has been made, and sutured to existing scalp.

A newer technique is known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or harvesting. Rather than transplanting strips, the hairs as removed as a follicular unit consisting of 1 to 4 hairs, and then inserted in micro receptacle sites in the target area. This procedure requires no sutures. It is designed to mimic the natural hair tufting size. The recovery period is typically half that of strip harvesting. However, the successful transfer rate is less.

Finally, the client is ready to choose his or her clinic for hair transplant based on preferred technique, approval from the family doctor, and budget. When considering a doctor in New York to perform your hair transplant, make an appointment with Dr. Ende for a free consultation.