The only discomfort might be in the first five minutes. Local anesthesia is applied to your upper forehead and the back of your head (the donor areas). Many liken this to Novocain shots at the dentist. There will also be some post-operative soreness for 2-4 days.
Ultimately, time is affected by the number of grafts being placed. In experience, the average surgery time has been between 4-7 hours. Please plan on setting aside more time than less.
If donor tissue is taken care of properly and is reinserted into a recipient’s sites within a 3-4 hour time period, then there is a 96-98% success rate.
In some hair follicles in the frontal vertex or crown regions are genetically programmed to stop growing when it reaches a certain level of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These genes can be transferred from the mother, father, or even both. The hair in the donor sites usually are not affected because there are different… Read More
A 10-20% post-operative loss due to shock exists, but most likely the loss is temporary with the follicles in their resting phase. Hair should begin to grow again in 2-4 months.
Propecia, also known as finasteride, is a medication approved by the FDA in 1997 to slow the progression of male pattern baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia). Propecia blocks conversion of Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The rising levels of DHT in certain individuals can cause male pattern baldness, but by stopping the production of DHT hair loss may… Read More
Hair follicles are bunched in small groups of 1-4 follicular units (or follicular family units). These occur randomly, but are like that for a reason. Because of this, a special dissection is performed at Dr. Donath’s clinic to preserve the naturally growing follicular groups. Each group are separated and placed into the recipient sites accordingly…. Read More
An average adult head contains (90,000-130,000) terminal pigmented hairs. At any given time about 90% of the terminal hairs are in an anagen (growing) phase. This lasts about three years or 1,000 days. The other 10% are in the catagen (regression/intermediate) or telogen (resting) phase. This lasts about 3-5 months.