Giannotto Clinic – Medical Hair Restoration FAQ’s
What causes hair loss?
Nearly 95% of all hair loss is caused by a condition known as “androgenetic alopecia”, commonly referred to in men (and women) as “male (or female) pattern baldness.” There are several factors which lead to the onset of this condition, including the following: 1) a genetic predisposition to hair loss; (2) the presence of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone; and (3) age. On average, individuals typically lose some 100 hairs daily. These hairs should regrow several months later, and it is only until the hair loss exceeds the new hair growth that baldness results. Once hair loss starts, however, it is a progressive condition and will continue for a lifetime.
How many grafts can be done in one procedure?
In a single FUT strip procedure, we can perform as many as 3500 grafts, depending of course upon the quality of the donor hair. However, 2000 or less grafts is more common in a single FUE NeoGraft procedure.
Do medications which are intended to control or defeat hair loss really work?
There are several medications which are FDA approved to treat androgenetic pattern hair loss, including Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) which is a topical medication for both men and women that is applied twice a day, and Finasteride (Propecia), a pill for men only and taken once a day. While these medications can slow down and possibly even stop the progression of hair loss on the back of the head, their effectiveness is limited as less than two-thirds of all men actually obtain these results. Surgical hair restoration, or hair transplantation, is the only permanent solution for hair loss.
Who makes a good candidate for hair restoration surgery?
Potential candidates for hair restoration surgery basically include anyone concerned about their hair loss and willing to undergo a minimally invasive procedure. We have seen a wide range of patients who have been as young as in their late teens to as old as in their late 80′s. They have had hair loss patterns ranging in severity from minimal hairline recession and early thinning, to advanced baldness where nothing but a rim of hair was left along the back and sides of the scalp.
Can good hair be cloned and used for surgery in order to save the donor hair?
Cloning hair is not an option today, though perhaps it will be in the future.
Is there any risk of side effects or complications such as infections?
No. All equipment is sterilized according to the highest medical standards; you will also be given an antibiotic so there is no chance of an infection. At the Giannotto Clinic, we have made hair transplants into such a science that you can rest assured that there is no risk for side effects
Will the transplanted hair need any long-term special care?
No, not at all. You treat it exactly as you would the rest of your hair. You don’t need to give any special attention to it – use whatever shampoo you choose, style it like you want, swim, do contact sports – your transplanted hair needs no special care
Will the procedure hurt?
You should have no pain during the procedure. At the beginning of the treatment you’ll receive a local anesthetic that will make the donor and recipient area completely numb. You won’t feel a thing during the surgery
Is the FUE NeoGraft method better than the FUT strip technique?
This is an impossible question to answer; so many variables will determine which technique is better. These variables include the number of grafts that need transplanting, the type of hair, the donor area, expectation, do you usually wear your hair shaved or very short usually. Its best to get this determined in a private consultation where the pros and cons of each method can be evaluated in your specific case.
How much does it cost?
Pricing and treatment schedules will be determined at a consultation.
How many treatments do I need?
A treatment program will be set up for you at the time of consultation. The best results come from being on a program that includes in-clinic treatments.
How long are treatments?
Individual sessions are 24 minutes each.
What should I expect to feel when I am undergoing treatment?
The laser light is cool to the touch and does not contain the thermal component to cut or vaporize tissue. Clients say they don’t feel any sensation from the laser light.