The loss of hair can be a devastating and an emotionally upsetting time for both men and women. In our culture, full, flowing hair is often considered beautiful and appealing so when the loss of hair occurs self-esteem and confidence may decline. Fortunately, hair transplantation techniques have improved over the last couple of decades, resulting in better and more natural looking results. FUE (follicular Unit Extraction) and the Strip method are the two primary ways to extract the donor hair grafts to be implanted. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, which will be discussed in detail during your consultation. At Sistine Plastic Surgery we also offer an advanced approach to hair transplantation involving a machine that quickly and effectively extracts hair units. We believe in staying on top of all the recent advances in the field of hair loss to ensure the best possible outcome with the most natural looking result.
The following will give you some additional information on Hair Transplantation surgery. If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about this procedure, please contact Sistine Plastic Surgery.
What causes hair loss?
Hair loss is often the result of a hormonal condition in which hair follicles fail to react to Dihydrotestosterone – an androgen that is responsible for maturity during puberty and other male characteristics. Once this occurs, hair falls out and sadly there is no way to stop the process but hair transplantation can offer a solution to restore hair to its previous full state. During hair transplantation, hair follicles that still respond to DHT (usually located on the sides of the head and back) are extracted and repositioned to thinning, balding areas of the scalp. A current medical condition or medication can also lead to thinning hair. A medical work up including hormonal or blood testing may be required to determine the underlying causes of your hair loss.
When should I consider hair transplantation surgery?
As soon as they start noticing baldness or a receding hair line, many patients quickly want to proceed with surgery but it is important to note that it may not be the best solution at the time, especially if you are young. Hair loss often continues to worsen with age. If you have grafts implanted on the top of your head in your 20’s, by the time you reach your 40’s you may notice a gap of hair loss in between the top and back of your head which would require another surgery to correct. During a consultation, I will determine the best time for your hair transplant surgery based on your current state of hair loss and your family’s prior history of baldness.
Who performs the hair transplantation procedure?
I have a distinguished and skilled group of hair transplantation technicians that work with me in our Southside location. They have performed hundreds of hair transplantation procedures on patients with various ethnic backgrounds, so have the experience and ability to ensure a fantastic result. One of the most crucial aspects of hair transplantation surgery is obtaining good, usable grafts so I have acquired a qualified team to do just that. Top quality hair transplantation always involves a high performance team working together and we have worked hard to have that team in place for you.
Do products like Rogaine® work?
Products such as Rogaine or Propecia (Finasteride) stimulate and encourage hair to grow and thicken. It does not cure baldness, but helps to reduce the effects of hair loss. These products maybe prescribed after your surgery, to further promote hair growth.
Why choose Sistine Plastic Surgery?
I am a board certified facial plastic surgeon who focuses solely on the face and neck. This high level of expertise and focus on the face allows me to obtain intricate knowledge and skills that lead to outstanding cosmetic results. At Sistine Plastic Surgery, we believe in putting the patient first and providing world class customer service.
What is the cost of Hair Transplantation Surgery in Pittsburgh?
Hair transplantation surgery pricing can fluctuate due to the physician’s level of experience as well as the region they are located in. Pricing for hair transplantation surgery is also generally based off how many grafts are being used. In Pittsburgh, the cost of hair transplantation surgery can range from $8,000 to $16,000. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will determine how many grafts would be needed to generate optimal results and price will be determined based off the graft number. Please call our office at 412-621-FACE (3223) for more questions.