How can I get a rough estimate of how many grafts I might need for a hair restoration operation?
Dr. Umar developed his own hair transplant graft calculator which allows prospective patients like yourself to enter specific variables such as natural hair texture, hair color, preferred donor hair type and skin tone. In addition to more typical hair loss cases (e.g. hairline recession), the calculator is designed to take into account the possibility of using body hair to expand your donor pool resources. Therefore, if you need a much greater extent of coverage due to severe or late-stage baldness Dr. Umar’s free online resource can generate a helpful initial estimate.
Will the results of my hair restoration operation be permanent?
Yes. Your transplanted grafts will remain in their new location. Dr. Umar has extensive experience helping patients representing a wide range of hair restoration challenges achieve successful, long-term results. Furthermore, he has engineered his own patented Dr.UGraft ™ technology which has been specifically designed to overcome the most common FUE problems that lead to damaged grafts that are incapable of producing desired growth. Patients of Dr. Umar can count on reliable yield to realize their vision for a better-looking version of themselves.
When will I start to see the signs of new growth after my hair transplant procedure?
Typically, the signs of new growth start to become apparent around the third or fourth month after your hair restoration operation. However, this general time frame might differ on an individual basis. Up until the first signs of emerging growth, you may notice some hair shedding. This is a very normal occurrence which signals the completion of old growth cycles and the beginning of new hair production by your transplanted follicles.
How much time will I need to take off from work after a hair restoration operation?
Usually, a rest period of two weeks is the recommended downtime after a hair transplant procedure. These types of surgeries do not impair a patient’s ability to walk and perform basic everyday functions. Therefore, the recovery time is strictly for the purpose of cosmetic skin healing. Scabs will develop and fall away. Patients often choose to wear some type of head covering of their choice, whether it’s a hat, loose beanie or scarf to help conceal the signs of surgery as the surface of the scalp heals.
If I am in my early twenties, will I qualify for a hair transplant surgery?
If you are still in your twenties, it is possible for you to benefit from a hair restoration operation. It is true that many clinics adhere to strict age limit guidelines. However, the nature of a person’s hair loss is influenced by a multitude of other factors besides age. Genetics, for example, plays a strong role. Some people will lose hair at a very slow rate which will stabilize within the relatively near future. In other cases, the individual is genetically destined to evolve to a severely bald, Norwood 7 stage, losing hair quite rapidly.
Knowing what to expect ahead of time is important for determining whether a hair restoration operation is appropriate earlier in life. Dr. Umar developed an effective diagnostic system to ascertain this knowledge in advance. Known as the Shave Test which was published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, this tool can be used to understand if head hair is sufficient for helping a younger patient achieve their long-term hair restoration goals, without producing odd patterns of continued hair loss behind the transplanted regions of hair. Likewise, it can be used to tell if a younger patient would progress to Norwood 7. In this case, body hair would be needed as additional donor graft resources. For these situations, Dr. Umar is experienced and equipped to offer body hair transplantation for patients who require this type of specialization.
In short, Dr. Umar is able to take a closer look at your unique hair loss situation and gather more individualized information, besides age alone to help you reach an appropriate solution for a hair restoration operation.
If I am experiencing late-stage baldness and I have been told by other clinics that it’s too late for a hair transplant, how can Dr. Umar help me restore the coverage I want?
Conventional hair transplant clinics rely on the use of extraction tools and methods that are sufficient for harvesting hair from the scalp. However, in the case of severe, or late-stage baldness, the number of grafts needed will exceed the donor quantities remaining on the head. This is why most clinics will tell you that it’s too late to undergo a hair transplant procedure. However, Dr. Umar has developed his Dr.UGraft ™ technology to be able to safely remove grafts from other regions of the body where hair grows prolifically. This includes the beard area, torso and back regions, as donor options. By utilizing non-head hair regions to expand the donor supply, it is quite possible to turn the tides on advanced forms of baldness and recover a more youthful looking head of hair.
If I am a female, can I benefit from a hair restoration procedure?
Women can certainly benefit from hair restoration procedures if they have sufficient supplies of donor hair that can be used. For example, when hair loss is due to mechanical factors, as with traction alopecia (i.e. hair loss due to tightly pulling hair-styles), it is usually the case that ample quantities of healthy, unaffected hair follicles still exist on the head. These can be repurposed for use as hair transplant grafts to replenish areas affected by baldness. However, if a female is affected by global thinning, caused by the widespread miniaturization of hair follicles, these grafts cannot be used to improve coverage.
For an eyebrow restoration, can Dr. Umar create a different shape compared to the one I was born with? Or will he just fill in the areas of sparse density?
Patients who want to change the original shape of their eyebrows certainly have the option to do so with the help of Dr. Umar. Our clinic, for example, has helped individuals who felt inspired by the brow shapes of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Brooke Shields. Dr. Umar will study the hair growth patterns of these shapes and then apply them to suit the unique facial characteristics of individual patients.
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