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Hair Transplant in Virginia Beach

With Hair Restoration Surgery, Going Bald is a Thing of the Past

Hair Restoration

Going bald or dealing with a receding hairline is what most men, and some women, have feared for a long time. And, for a very long time, there wasn’t very much that a plastic surgeon could do about it. However, procedures to reverse hair loss have become increasingly effective, developed, and natural-looking in recent years. There are now several procedures that can easily restore a hairline to its former glory and prevent the dreaded “Mr. Clean” look from becoming a permanent fixture. Here’s what potential patients need to know.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): The FUE technique involves extracting individual hair follicles directly from your scalp and then implanting them in another area that is balding. Since it is so precise, it minimizes scarring and downtime. Choosing FUE for your hair transplant in Virginia Beach works great for both men and women.

PRP Therapy: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a unique approach to hair restoration that utilizes your own blood’s growth factors to stimulate your hair follicles. This cutting-edge approach supports the success of surgical treatments like FUE, but it is also an excellent standalone option if you experience early hair loss. PRP for hair loss is most effective if you are trying to thicken thinning areas because it offers a boost in both hair density and confidence.

Laser Hair Therapy: Utilizing low-level laser technology, this non-surgical hair restoration option stimulates your scalp by improving blood flow to encourage follicle activity. This is a great option if you aren’t ready for surgery, and it works well with other treatments to optimize your hair growth and health. It’s a convenient, pain-free treatment that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle without downtime.

Exosome for Hair Therapy: This cutting-edge treatment uses exosomes that play a part in cell communication to help promote your hair growth all the way down to the cellular level. This is a great non-surgical choice for men and women because it improves your scalp’s natural ability to heal to thicken your hair and bring new life to the dormant follicles.

The Right Candidates for Hair Restoration Surgery

While a hair transplant in Virginia Beach is most commonly associated with those who are going bald via frontal or crown hair loss, that’s actually not the only time when a procedure makes sense. It’s certainly the most common, and it will likely continue to be for quite some time to come. However, there’s a very wide market for the kinds of surgeries that restore and reshape hairlines and reduce the visibility of injuries.

One of the leading uses for hair transplant surgery is actually to replace the damage done by injuries and scars on the scalp. Most people might not be aware that this is a common occurrence, but things like sports injuries to the head can actually cause hair to stop growing in a specific area. If it’s a particularly large injury, the damage can be quite severe and noticeable. A simple surgical procedure can reverse this and return the scalp to its otherwise normal appearance.

Hair restoration surgery is also a great way to stop the thinning of the hair, even if a patient is not going bald. This is often a problem among women who, while they will never go bald, do experience thinning hair after a certain age. Though this might be considered by some people to be less of a big deal than outright baldness, it’s often a point of insecurity and stress among many clients with constant thinning of the hair.

Finally, hair restoration therapy is a great way to reshape or restore the presence of a hairline itself. In many cases, this might be done in conjunction with a surgery that eliminates baldness, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, for whatever reason, many patients simply want a more symmetrical or natural hairline. That’s where hair restoration therapy comes in.

Hair Restoration Therapy and the Process Involved to Regain Lost Hair

The most common method of hair restoration is known as the “strip method.” The procedure itself is minimally invasive and involves excising a strip of the scalp from the back of the head. That section is then divided into follicular units and grafts. After that process (called follicular unit grafting) is complete, those individual units are then transplanted into bald areas of the scalp. This is how hairlines are re-shaped, and it’s how “ring” baldness is conquered. Essentially, these follicular units become the person’s new hair, and they fill in any areas where hair is no longer growing naturally.

Beyond this, some patients prefer a newer and much more advanced method of hair replacement in Virginia Beach. Known as a Follicular Unit Extraction, or Automated Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE or AFUE) the process involves actually using a high-pressure pneumatic system to extract hair follicles from the scalp instead of using a “strip.” The major benefit of choosing this newer method is that it prevents the common scarring that many people develop after they’ve had a strip extracted during the earlier method. It’s far less aesthetically invasive, and that’s a really big benefit for a lot of hair restoration patients.

The good news is that both procedures are covered by local anesthesia to reduce pain and make the transplant as minimally painful as possible. Dr. Choe has extensive hair restoration and facial plastic surgery experience and understands that the key to a successful procedure is both aesthetic results and minimal pain; for this reason, local anesthesia is used to numb the scalp when using either the “strip” transplant method or the Follicular Unit Extraction method that an increasing number of patients are beginning to prefer. It all results in a quick surgery and a hairline worth showing off.

Special Considerations for Hair Restoration

When considering hair transplantation in Virginia Beach, it’s important to understand how various factors, including ethnicity and gender, can influence treatment choices and outcomes. The Choe Center is experienced in tailoring treatments to meet your unique needs so that you receive the most effective and personalized care.

African-American Hair Transplant

There are special considerations for how we approach hair transplants for African-American patients since the structure of your hair requires specialized techniques to achieve the best results. The curly nature of African-American hair extends all the way to the follicle and requires the extraction and transplantation to be a more delicate process. Dr. Choe uses advanced methods to maintain the integrity of each follicle during your hair transplant in Virginia Beach. By taking this approach, we can prevent common issues like keloid scarring and high transection rates that could cause damage to your hair follicles during extraction. Additionally, your goals from a hair transplant procedure may differ. Many of our patients want to focus on maintaining the natural density and texture that characterizes African-American hair. We prioritize techniques that enhance your hair’s natural curl and achieve visually satisfying, dense coverage.

Differences in Hair Loss Between Men and Women

Hair loss happens differently in men and women, which has a big influence on how we approach hair transplantation in Virginia Beach. Men typically find themselves with receding hairlines and baldness on the crown, making techniques like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) ideal for creating natural-looking results and restoring receding hairlines. On the other hand, women tend to experience diffuse thinning, which requires a more conservative approach to make sure we keep the overall density without risking any additional visibility of their scalp. For women, we focus on improving your existing hair density and strategically filling in areas to create a look of fullness without compromising the health of the surrounding hair. We take an approach that customizes treatments that address your distinct patterns so you feel confident in the results.

Recovery and Restrictions After Surgery

Most patients aren’t prepared for the long list of effects and restrictions that come as a result of hair restoration therapy. That’s not to say they’re severe or particularly unsightly, but there is certainly a longer list of things to avoid and maintain afterward than most people are expecting. Dr. Choe typically recommends his patients avoid the following things immediately after their surgery:

  • Water on the scalp during showers should be avoided
  • No shampoo for the first six days after the surgery, and only baby shampoo for several weeks thereafter
  • Hair products are a no, including gels or sprays, and no hair dryers for a week
  • No hats for one week
  • Picking, scratching, or rubbing of the scabs formed on the scalp at any time are prohibited
  • Patients should not go to work for 3-4 days after the surgery
  • Strenuous activities should be avoided for between seven and ten days after the procedure

This recovery is pretty important, and Dr. Choe urges all of his patients to err on the side of caution when it comes to things like working, strenuous activities, shampoos, and hair products. When in doubt, simply don’t use them and avoid the potential for complications or infections. It’s always better to be safe and have a little less style than it is to be sorry and end up back in the office for complications.

Those patients who choose the FUE method of hair restoration in Virginia Beach will not need to come back to the office to have any stitches removed, as there simply aren’t any. Those who opt for the “strip” method will need to return to the office 7 days after the surgery so that Dr. Choe can remove stitches and complete the process. The surgery will result in the shedding of the follicles after this point, with hair growth and results showing up between 8 and 10 months after the surgery. If a second procedure is needed, patients will need to wait between eight months and one year from their original procedure to be eligible.

After the recovery has fully finished and the hair has begun to grow like normal, there is nothing else to do except pick a great hairstyle and get acquainted (or, indeed, re-acquainted) with a local hairstylist!

Hair Restoration Cost

The cost of hair restoration will depend on several factors. The number of sessions will influence the final price, as will the severity of the cosmetic issues being addressed.

Related Reviews

Dr Choe was open and informative about the procedure I chose. He was easy to talk to and answered all questions. He is quite prompt in keeping appointments – something I particularly appreciate as another professional. I am very happy with the results. I look quite natural – no pulling or doll-like face. Recuperation has taken several weeks so plan accordingly. I would recommend him without reservation.by ddabdo.

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Interested in learning more about hair transplantation in Virginia Beach? Contact The Choe Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Choe. We look forward to offering compassionate treatment and excellent cosmetic plastic surgery solutions.

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