Hair Transplants Overview
According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age 35 more than two-thirds of men will experience hair loss (alopecia). Depending on how much the hair thins out, and how rapidly it happens, this can be quite upsetting. For more than 65 years, hair transplant surgery has been a popular treatment for men in the United States. Dr. Holden gives men the opportunity to regain their hair and self-confidence back with hair transplants. He will transfer healthy hair follicles from a localized area on the body to a more visible place on the head. Dr. Holden's patients at Scottsdale Plastic Surgeons are pleased with their results and recommend this procedure.
"Rhinoplasty - Scottsdale, AZ - I couldn't be happier with my new nose.I hated my nose for as long as I can remember, when I looked in the mirror or at pictures of myself that's all I saw. The first time I met with Dr.Holden he pin pointed my exact issues with my nose with out my having to tell him. He was very kind and patient and answered all of my questions. While talking to him it was obvious he knew what he was talking about and was an expert in his field. I felt so comfortable and confident with him that I canceled my other consultes (with another surgon I used in the past) and scheduled by surgery for the next week. Dr.Holden also saw me at every one of my follow up appointments, not some nurse, which was very important to me and helped with my post surgery anxiety. With being 34 years old and a mother of 3 it was very important to me for my new nose to look natural. It does. I am thrilled when I look in the mirror and the people close to me have all remarked how wonderful it looks. While people that I haven't shared my surgery haven't noticed or at least not enough to say "oh my gosh you got a nose job!" I still look like me. :)"- S. / RealSelf / Jul 30, 2015
"I Couldn't Be Happier! - Dr. Holden is a very talented physician. Not only is he exceptional at facial plastic surgery, he is kind, compassionate and caring. I am extremely pleased with my eye lift and face lift, I couldn't be happier. He makes you feel comfortable every step of the way explaining the surgery and recovery in detail. He has the best bed-side manner of any physician I've encountered!"- S. / RealSelf / Nov 28, 2018
"Dr. Holden for Rhinoplasty! - I had a rhinoplasty procedure yesterday, after years of wanting to have one, but not actively pursuing to do so. I wanted a small refinement to my profile. I chose Dr. Holden because of his warm and caring nature, and his close attention to detail. In the initial consultation and meeting with Dr. Holden, I knew I had chosen the right doc for the job. Not only is he a fantastic plastic surgeon..."- A. / RealSelf / Oct 18, 2018
"Dr. Paul Holden is a Very Gifted Plastic Surgeon. - Dr. Paul Holden is a fantastic plastic surgeon. I would highly recommend that anyone needing facial plastic surgery use him. My results were outstanding. Arizona is very fortunate to have him as a resource in our area."- D. / RealSelf / Sep 19, 2018
"Walking through the fear! - I initially went to talk to Dr. Holden in May of 2016 about straightening my septum and removing a bump on my nose from when it was broken when I was young. I got nervous and opted not to do it. A friend of mine went to see him for a similar surgery and went through with it. After seeing the results and the success that my friend had I opted to go through with it in March of 2017. Tonight I..."- B. / RealSelf / Sep 16, 2018
Hair Transplants Surgical Technique
There are numerous hair transplant procedures that can be considered in order to gain a fuller head of hair. Some techniques will result in moderate fullness while others will create more dramatic results. Taking this into consideration, hair grafts and flap surgery are two popular forms of hair transplant techniques.
Hair replacement surgery involves the use of hair grafts. At the donor site, the surgeon will remove what is known as the graft: a section of hair, the hair follicles, skin, and surrounding tissue. The number and size of the grafts used will be determined based on how much laxity exists on the surface of the scalp, as well as the density of hair growth in the donor areas. During surgery, grafts will be placed on the front, top and back of the head as needed.
Types of Hair Grafts
There are various types of grafts that can be used during surgery. The surgeon will likely use a combination of these:
- Round Punch Grafts: This graft uses a tube-shaped instrument to punch out round-shaped hair grafts containing about 10-15 hairs.
- Slit Grafts: This procedure makes small slits into the scalp to create a graft. Slit Grafts typically insert up to 10 hairs per slit.
- Strip Grafts: This graft uses the most hair. Strip grafts are thin, long lines of hair and tissue that can contain up to 40 hairs.
- Mini-Grafts: These are smaller grafts that contain approximately 3-5 hairs.
- Micro-Grafts: This is the smallest of all grafts, containing just 1-2 hairs.
For patients who have experienced serious hair loss and desire wide coverage restoration, flap surgery may be an option. This procedure covers larger areas of baldness by cutting out a large section of hair-bearing skin and transferring it to a new location where hair is limited. One flap of this nature is similar to 350 round punch grafts. However, this is a more aggressive approach and is not appropriate for everyone.
Hair Transplants During/After Surgery
All hair transplant surgeries are performed in our surgical facility. The entire procedure can take up to 3-5 hours to complete and local anesthesia is used. Recovery is dependent upon each individual and the extent of their surgery, although the average patient can return to work within a few days. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Around 6 weeks post-op, an initial hair loss of the new grafts will occur. This is common and allows new, healthy hairs to grow.
Hair Transplants Expected Cost
The cost of hair transplant surgery will vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Generally, this hair restoration technique will average between $9,400-$16,000. Some factors that will decide the final cost include the type of graft used, the coverage of hair transplanted, the number of surgery sessions and whether any additional fillers are needed.
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Hair Transplant FAQs
How Well Does it Work?
Men and women who are self-conscious about their thinning or balding hair can achieve desirable results with hair transplants. Patients who undergo this procedure are generally pleased with the outcome. On average, patients can attain 50-60% of new hair growth within the first year following surgery.
Are There Other Treatments?
Hair transplant surgery offers individuals the chance to regain hair in balding areas. For individuals who wish to try other avenues before considering surgery, there are topical solutions, oral medications and hair systems/camouflage pieces that may work.
Negative Side Effects?
There may be some skin irritation, slight itching and some skin discoloration after treatment, but this is usually only evident at the injection site and typically subsides in a few days. This procedure is non-invasive, and complications are usually rare.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate has a healthy amount of hair growth on the sides and back of the head. The more hair the patient has in the donor sites, the better the overall results. It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon. In addition, various factors may alter the cosmetic result, including hair color or texture.