Hair Restoration FAQs
What is the cause of hair loss?
There are several reasons for hair loss but the most commonly known cause is androgenetic alopecia (or pattern baldness) that is largely heredity and caused by the presence of a hormone called dehydrotestosterone.
What is the best method to treat Pattern Baldness?
A procedure called Follicular Hair Restoration has revolutionized hair transplant surgery. It gives the most natural looking result. Now with automated follicular unit extraction techniques, there is no cutting or linear scars on the back of the scalp.
What technique does the doctor use?
Hair transplantation is done using the patient’s own hair taking the donor hair from the back of the patient’s head (where it is genetically programmed to grow permanently). The hair grows in follicular units, which consist of 1-4 hairs in each unit. Mini or micro grafts are inserted to the bald or thinning area to give the most natural look possible. Dr. Choe can utilize the new automated follicular unit extraction technique to eliminate the possibility of linear scars or incision behind your scalp if you choose the automated method.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedures may take anywhere from 3-8 hours. This time is depended upon the amount of follicular units transplanted and how well the individual follows pre-op instructions. You should plan a whole day with us for your hair transplant.
Is hair transplant surgery painful?
For all patients, a local anesthetic is used to really numb the area that is worked on. Some patients report only a small amount of discomfort associated with a hair transplant. During the case if you feel any discomfort we can give you a pain relief medication. Many patients report no pain whatsoever.
How many procedures do I need?
That will depend on the extent of your hair loss, the degree of hair thinning and the number of follicular units needed. It could take up to 8 months to see new growth. This would be a good time to return for further evaluation to see if more sessions are necessary.
Won’t my new hairs fall out just like my old ones?
No. Hair in the back of the scalp is abundant and resistant to the effects of your testosterone. They retain their original properties and growth pattern. They are genetically programmed differently.
Is this the best alternative?
Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution to hair loss. There are many short-term solutions, but those are not permanent.
How long will I be out of work?
If your work is not physically strenuous you may return to work 24 hours after the procedure. You should avoid, strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or bending for seven days following your surgery. If work is physically strenuous, you should plan to take 1 week off. We will go over all these information during your pre surgery day appointment.
What follow-up is necessary?
The day after surgery you will be seen at The Choe Center for Hair Restoration for a postoperative procedure check up. Your next appointment will be at 4 months and 1 year.
How much does it cost?
At the time of your consultation with Dr. Kyle Choe, we will assess your individual needs and quote a price to meet your individual objectives.
Is this procedure for you?
Were you thinking about hair transplant surgery but cutting and scars scared you before? Do you desire more of your own natural hair with little or no scars? Is minimum “down time” a concern? Is an office procedure performed in a casual environment (while watching TV/Video or listening to your favorite CD) appealing to you?
The Choe Center is excited to be one of the first facilities in the Hampton Roads to offer automated FUE hair restoration. This revolutionary technology offers quicker recovery, less pain, no incisional scars and exceptional result than the older and traditional hair restoration techniques. Dr. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with fellowship training in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery including hair transplant surgery.