Hair replacement is elected by people who wish to dramatically improve their appearance and sense of well-being. Hair loss can be caused by a combination of aging, genetic factors and hormonal changes. Hair loss may also be the result of burns or trauma, in which case hair replacement is considered reconstructive surgery.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell uses various surgical techniques to perform hair replacement in Northern Mississippi. Through hair replacement surgery, you can achieve truly natural-looking results without the presence of detectable scarring.
WHO IS THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR HAIR REPLACEMENT?
Hair replacement surgery is a very individualized procedure. You may be a potential candidate if you meet some of the following criteria:
- You have been losing your hair due to male pattern baldness for more than five years
- You have been balding for many years and wish to obtain a more youthful appearance
- You have lost your hair due to trauma, burns or surgery
The best candidates for hair replacement surgery will have also exhausted all other non-surgical methods of hair restoration such as prescription medication. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if hair replacement surgery is an ideal fit for your cosmetic goals.
There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with hair replacement surgery from our Northern Mississippi office:
How does hair replacement work?
Hair replacement surgery involves both a donor site (usually located toward the back of the head) and a treatment site. During the surgery, Dr. Shell will remove small strips of hair-bearing scalp from the donor site. The strip will then be divided into several hundred smaller grafts, which are transplanted into the treatment area. While most grafts will contain an average of 5-6 hairs, smaller grafts, known as micrografting, may be necessary to create a more natural appearance.
What happens after hair replacement?
Following surgery, you may experience some discomfort, tightness or throbbing in your scalp area, which may be controlled with pain medication. For most patients, the newly transplanted hair will begin to fall out within six weeks of surgery. This condition is normal, and almost always temporary. After the transplanted hair falls out, new hair growth will begin and you can anticipate approximately a half-inch of hair growth each month.
Are the results permanent?
In most cases, the results of hair replacement will be permanent. As you age, there is the chance that you will lose a small percentage of these hairs during the aging process. You may require surgical maintenance procedures every few years to ensure natural, long-lasting results.
Are there any risks associated with hair replacement?
As with any surgical procedure, hair replacement surgery involves some risk. The chance of experiencing complications during this treatment, or as a result of it are rare and typically mild. Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell and his staff will discuss the risks with you in depth. Some potential risks may include infection, excessive bleeding, scarring and ingrown hairs.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for hair replacement?
During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION
Learn more about hair replacement in Northern Mississippi. Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon in Oxford, MS. Contact us at 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation for hair replacement surgery.