Questions & Answers
1. I still have hair on my head buy my hair start thinning. What treatment is the best for my situation?
At the beginning of the alopecia, you have to try to reduce the hair loss and the decreasing of hair length by choosing a medical treatment over one year. The molecules frequently advised are Rogaine and Finasteride.
More and more clinics offer treatment by PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy) because its efficiency has been proven and there are no side effects.
Medical treatments for hair loss is a real choice because it means a life time treatment and all the benefits disappears within months of stopping it.
Some people directly consider a hair transplant, because the transplanted hair will never fall off. Nevertheless, the stage of alopecia itself may evolve and another hair transplant could be studied in order to cover all the scalp.
2. What is the best technique, FUT or FUE?
For a long time, even until 2015, the FUT procedure has been the agreed reference method in the world because it has been wrongly labelled as “easy” for surgeons and that it gives better results. Today, an expert team can perform a FUE procedure with excellent outcomes. And it seems that the grafts growth is superior with a FUE procedure than with the FUT procedure.
Both FUE and FUT are excellent methods, the outcomes of the operation depend only of the members of the team.
3. What is the status of the robot within the hierarchy of hair transplant procedure?
In theory, the robotic procedure induces
4. Is the result better with the robotic procedure than with other classic FUE procedures?
No, clearly not. An expert team with a manual or a motorized punch can harvest grafts of better quality than the robot. The robotic procedure reaches success only if the patient’s hair meets its criteria: dark and thick hair and a firm scalp. If it is not the faithful description of the patient, it is strongly recommended to choose another FUE procedure.
5. What are the guarantees of the hair transplant positive outcome?
In order to ensure a new hair growth, we have to:
- Harvest good quality grafts;
- Storage them in excellent conditions;
- Insert them into the scalp without creating lesion;
- Create a good density and obtain the right orientation of the hair.
Follow the postoperative cares advised by your doctor
6. how many grafts can we harvest in just one session?
It depends only of the experience of the team. In our structure, we can harvest and transplant 4000 grafts a day.
Regarding the “mega session” of 5000 or 6000 grafts, two days are required.
7.Must the donor area be shaved?
Most of the time yes; hair located on the donor area must be shaved about 1 mm length; it gives the team a very good visibility of the follicle units and an easy and fast harvesting. We can harvest more than 2000 grafts per hour.
Sometimes shaving part of his/her scalp can afraid a patient. This is why we offer to shave just a little surface of the head, a cutaneous patch, or we can harvest without shaving at all this area. The future of hair transplant lies in new techniques without shaving or a FUE procedure with long hair.
8. What are the solution if the donor area is “poor”?
In front of a weak donor area, many options exist, starting with:
- Beard hairs, it is a hair thicker than a regular hair and it creates a good density, a good coverage of the scalp
- Hairs on the chest and other body hairs
It is important to underline that the robot cannot harvest body hairs.
9. How many days should I wait to be presentable again?
After a FUT procedure the scar is directly hidden by the surrounding hair.
It is slightly different for a FUE procedure because the harvesting area is larger and then most difficult to hide. For a classic FUE procedure patients should wait between 10 and 15 days. With an unshaven procedure, a patchy shaven procedure or a long hair procedure, there is no hint of the operation and going back to work the day after the transplant is totally an option/feasible.
10. What are the postoperative cares?
Directly after the operation, the team proceeds to clean the patient’s head with a specific shampoo and then puts a bandage.
The day after the intervention, the bandage has to be taken off while taking a shower.
When washing his/her hair the patient has to carefully clean it without stroking or pulling the hair newly inserted. After 15 days, all the little scabs have to be gone.
11. How long should I wait before seeing the result of my hair transplant?
You ought to wait one year to judge the positive (or mixed) outcome of the transplant. Indeed, the new hair growth cycle starts 6 months after the operation, and all the harvested hairs do not have the same growth cycle rhythm. Some hair will start to show at the end of the 2nd month while other will grow only after the 7th month. The estimated time of growth is directly linked to the stem cells and the time they required to create a new bulb.
12 Can we perform a hair transplant in patients with curly hair?
Yes of course. In curly hair patients, their hair is bended under the skin and complicated to harvest. But an expert hair transplant team can perform a successful operation. Right, the harvesting might be a little slower (800 grafts per hour).
13. Can a white hair patient benefit from a hair transplant?
Yes, of course, except with a robotic FUE procedure where the patient must beforehand dye his hair.
14. What is the right size for a punch?
In most of professional hair transplant team, the ideal punch is the one that helps to harvest follicle units of great quality without harm the surrounding tissues. The average size will be 0,9 mm. It is strongly advised to avoid the so-called “maxi 3D technique” because the diameter of the punch is really large (2 mm or more).
Indeed, larger diameter leaves scars and a “moth eaten” appearance on the donor area.