Have you ever woken up, looked in the mirror, and realized you had less hair than you did last month? If this has ever happened to you, you are not alone. Over 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States experience hair loss, and there are growing numbers of individuals in New York who deal with this every day. One way you can combat hair loss is a hair transplant. These have been used since the 1950’s and have become a great way to make your hair luxurious and thick once again.
Although getting a hair transplant sounds like a great idea, many people do not know what it entails. A New York hair transplant includes taking a small piece of hair from your scalp and placing it in areas where hair is thinning or is completely gone. This is a procedure that requires you to be under anesthesia, but it has become an outpatient procedure that can be done in the office of your doctor. When your doctor performs the hair transplant, they will begin by cleaning your scalp. After they have done this, they will proceed to numb the area where they are harvesting the hair. The piece of hair they remove will usually be about three to four inches in length and will be taken off with a scalpel. Once this is done, your head will be sewn back up and the area is covered again by your hair.
After the surgeon has taken the hair from your scalp, they will then divide your sample into 500 to 2,000 miniscule grafts. These grafts can contain anywhere from one hair to a couple. The next step of the hair transplant is to put the grafts onto your head. This is done by creating small holes on your head and inserting the grafts. You can expect the entire procedure to take anywhere from four to eight hours. This depends on how much hair you are having transplanted and how easy it is to obtain a sample of your hair. You may need to go back for additional procedures if you did not achieve your desired result the first time or if you keep losing hair.
After you have received your hair transplant, your scalp will be sore and tender to the touch. The doctor may prescribe you pain medications to help with the initial pain. In two to three weeks you will be able to see the results of the procedure and begin to enjoy having a beautiful, thick, head of hair. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Kevin Ende today at (917) 678-5606 or fill out the online form.