Whether caused by aging, injury, or family history, hair loss can affect appearance and confidence. Hair transplant surgery uses follicles transferred from other areas of the body to restore healthier, more uniform hair coverage.
Hair transplantation is an outpatient procedure, with mild sedation, that typically lasts about 6 hours. Primarily used to treat male pattern baldness, hair transplant surgery involves advanced Micrografting, or the transfer of individual hair follicles from a donor site on one part of the body to other areas that may be bald or balding. Once transplanted, the healthy hair follicles will continue to grow naturally at the new site.
At Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery, we specialize in Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedures. The method of FUT removes follicular units in one thin long strip which is then grafted onto the thinning area of the patient's head. This differs from the FUE method which removes follicular units one by one. FUE is a particularly good option for those with increased risk of scarring and also serves as an alternative for those who do not have enough scalp laxity to undergo traditional strip excision. By using mega session techniques (with nearly twice the number of follicle grafts), many types of balding patterns can be treated with a single transplant session, providing a healthy, natural hairline.
The results of hair transplant surgery will vary depending on the complexity of each procedure, but recovery time is generally about 2 weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous activity during this time. Possible side effects may include scarring, temporary hair loss after the procedure (followed by regrowth), bumps on the scalp, or the need for a follow-up session. If you’re considering hair transplant surgery, contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery to set up a consultation with our board-certified surgeons!