Healing Process Immediately After Hair Transplant

When having a hair transplant, the most important aspect will be what does your hair transplant hairline look like? Is it natural? Did the doctor achieve substantial results for me? Did the hair line frame my face. Did I get an enhancement of my overall appearance? Do I look better and younger? This is what you aim to achieve if you do a hairline hair transplant procedure. The good news is that nobody is better at achieving this for you than Dr. Brett Bolton. He suffered from hair loss himself and has an understanding of his patients’ needs that doctors who haven’t had the procedure will not have.

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Day 8 – All Healed

 

A Great List Of Questions Sent In From A Prospective Hair Transplant Patient

We recently had a prospective patient send in the following list of comprehensive questions. I wanted to post them so that others can benefit from them as well.

 

1. What is the meaning of “address the mid-scalp forward to the front line”?

When you look at your scalp from the top down, you will see a horse shoe shaped area from front to back. Meaning, if you laid a horseshoe on the top of your head, the area inside the horseshoe is your area of loss. You have three distinct areas. The frontal area 1/3, the mid scalp area 1/3, and the crown 1/3. The front goes from your frontal hairline to mid scalp. The mid scalp is the center of the top of your head also known as the vertex. The crown is the circular area in the back of the head.

Those are basically the three most common areas of loss. Some people with extreme hair loss can even have a fourth area behind the crown just above the neck. that is when the crown area expands and widens down towards the neck. Because your area is large and there is only so much hair that can be moved, we can’t cover all three areas with equal density. We can cover the two areas comprising the frontal and the area behind that the vertex(mid-scalp) area. The only way to guarantee coverage of the entire area would be to take hair that is intended for the front and spread it lightly towards the crown. We don’t do that because it would give a minimal result.

We would look to make a substantial result in the area in the front to mid-scalp. If your donor is exceptional and we can yield 8,000 plus hairs we might get beyond the mid scalp area. We always look to get maximum amount of hair possible and cover the largest area. We will not spread hair thinly to cover more areas. This would defeat the purpose of a hair transplant, which is to substantially impact the way you look.

2. Who would the donor be?

That is an excellent hair transplant question.

You are the donor. Your hair is a perfect match and it looks to be excellent quality and quantity. It is not possible to take someone else’s hair due to donor rejection issues. Similar to what happens in heart transplant patients when they have complications of rejection. Your body will reject someone else’s hair (graft tissue).

3. Kindly define the terminology “one half” and “original density”?

Another great hair transplant question.

When you were 15 years old (before you experienced hair loss) you had 100% of your original hair. When Dr. Bolton transplants into an area devoid of hair, he can achieve 50% of your original density. Nobody can get you, on a bald head, a result of thickness and density like you had when you were 15 years old in one procedure. Dr. Bolton can get you half of what you originally had, which is what you see in his photos on his website.

4. What is the number of days that would be required and how long would my stay in USA be?

You can fly in a day before the procedure and leave a day after, if you like. Follow-ups can be by Skype or you can send photos by email. Sutures are simple to remove and can be taken out by a local doctor, nurse, clinic or technician in twelve days after the procedure.

5. Do I need to shave my entire head, generally, how many months does it take for the regrowth of transplanted and natural hair to grow?

You do not need to shave your head. You will see beginning results after one month. Slight results at 4 months, substantial results at 6-8 months and final results at 12-18 months.

6. Could you make available a photograph of a similar patient and the result that was attained after the procedure?

There are thousands of pictures on our website, which can be viewed by clicking here. We also have hundreds of videos, which can be viewed by clicking here.

7. How much time is taken for the healing process?

The healing process takes ten days until you are back to normal.

8. How much time is needed to become mobile after the surgery?

We suggest taking it easy for the first couple of days. You will be mobile the next day, but refrain from physical activity. This is not the type of procedure where you go home and go to bed. Just take it easy for the first few days and then after 4-5 days go back to a normal non-physical routine.

9. How many stitches are generally required in this kind of procedure.

Dr. Bolton utilizes a single line suture. The amount of individual stitches is dependent on your overall scalp size and harvest.

10. The cost given if for a single procedure, correct? To attain a better result can a second procedure be performed? Would you recommend that?

The cost is for one procedure. You can always do a second procedure to get more coverage and density. A minimum of 6 months to a year is required, to let the donor area heal, before a second procedure can be performed. We recommend doing whatever it takes to achieve the results that you are looking for. Some patients are satisfied with their 1 procedure results, while others want more density, or have a larger area they are looking to cover.

11. How often do I need to visit your clinic for follow-ups?

You don’t have to physically come in for follow-ups. All follow-ups can be done virtually, as all of the work is done the day of the procedure.

12. Are the transplanted hairs permanent?

The transplanted hair will last forever, except, if you have radiation treatments, accident, or medications that cause hair loss.

13. Can hair from chest be used to give more density?

This is a good question, but a bad idea. It is not the same and it would be a desperate measure by the patient and doctor.

To answer your question; yes, it is possible, but not advised. Body hair is typically a different texture, thickness, and subject to limited length. You would not want body hair on your head.

 

 

How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

I get calls every day from people who want a quote on our graft price. “What does a hair transplant cost?” “How much do you charge per graft?” What they don’t understand is that it is impossible to use graft price for an apple to apple comparison.

Some people might experience a doctor who gives them mostly one hair grafts. So if you get 3,000 grafts it could equal 3,000 hairs. Another doctor can give you 2 hairs per graft for a total of 6,000 hairs. Which did you get? Most people have no idea. That is why asking how many grafts do I need, or what is the cost per graft, are ridiculous questions.

The better question to ask is how many hairs will I get and how will you divide them? Are you giving me mostly one and two hair grafts to fill a large area? Unfortunately, that is what will happen. Dr. Bolton uses specific measurements that are clear and cannot be altered or manipulated like a graft. For example, Dr. Bolton will want to take at least 35 cm x 1.5 cm for the average patient. With average density this should yield 7,000 hairs.

This is the best method to measure hair transplant cost. You don’t want one and two hair grafts to try and cover the large area behind the hair line. This is where Dr. Bolton will combine grafts together to achieve maximum density. This technique could lower the chance of repeated surgeries thus saving even more money.

See how the grafts are divided? You can divide the bigger grafts into smaller grafts. Most doctors will take a multiple follicular unit graft that has 6 hairs, and divide it into three separate grafts of two hairs each or even six grafts of one hair each. Taking a six hair graft and cutting it down repeatedly increases the damage (transection) rate and takes away from the ability to get density.

Once the hairs are separated you can never put them back as close as they were originally. This is why most people who have this procedure from other doctors get sparse results. They are always chasing density but the doctors inhibit that by giving you one and two hair grafts. Hair transplant cost shouldn’t be determined by using a graft as a measurement.

This is Dr. Bolton’s typical amount of hair he removes for his procedure. Sorry if it is too graphic, but if you are going to spend anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 for a hair transplant shouldn’t you know what you are getting?

Hair transplant cost varies from doctor to doctor and is very difficult to get an apple to apple comparison. The only way is by knowing the measurement of the donor strip taken and the total amount of hair.

Do you realize that people are getting half the length of that tissue(half the hair) and the doctor can easily make 3,000 grafts out of that tissue. You need to know how much tissue is taken and how many hairs you are getting. I’ve been in the hair restoration field for 12 years and nobody has ever asked me how much tissue is taken. It is the only way to ensure you get what you pay for. For a true comparison that is accurate and fair you need to ask length x width and total hair.

This is a very simple and straightforward tool to utilize if you want to know true hair transplant cost. You have to wonder why it is not the universal standard. Could it be that doctors don’t want you to know how to compare properly and actually know what you are paying for. My mom always told me “If you don’t know what you are paying for you will always get less.” Be careful, educate yourself and you will get what you pay for and will do well when it comes to determining hair transplant cost.

 

 

Perfect Hairline Restoration With A Single Hair Transplant

You might think Dr. Bolton didn’t do a lot for this young man but when you see the photos below, but you will see Rolando was well on his way to having extensive hair loss. Rolando was proactive and didn’t want to wait until his hair loss became more obvious. I have to rate this as one of the most incredible hair transplant hairline I’ve ever seen. The reasons are as follows:

1. Coarse wavy dark hair
2. Sharp recession of hair line
3. Patient is showing potential for considerable loss at a young age
4. Patient requests an aggressive hair transplant hairline
5. Patient is young
6. Patient has a light complexion

These are all factors that make for a difficult procedure if not in extremely capable and talented hands. The risk of error and poor judgement is common in these cases. Dr. Bolton and the patient knocked it out of the park on this result. There are doctors who are charging $30,000 per procedure who can’t touch this result. This case wins the honor for the most perfect hair transplant hairline.

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This is a great example of a young man who has great potential for a fantastic result. An FUE hair transplant would make this type of result impossible for the patient. If you have a great donor, and a great doctor, this is what is possible. If you don’t have a great doctor, it doesn’t matter how great your donor is, you won’t get this result. Results like this are very rare. Most people can only dream about this result.

If a doctor wants to perform an FUE hair transplant, they will charge significantly more and waste your potential. This is a great example of a doctor who did everything in the patient’s best interest and got him incredible results. If you want significant results and you don’t want to have endless days of sitting in a chair plucking one hair at a time because you think you won’t have a scar, think again. The bad news is you will have a scar (similar to a plug scar) and you will have sparse results and spent many times the normal cost. FUE hair transplants are great for the doctor who is trying to double his revenue and not good for the patient who is trying to double his hair.

 

Balding Early? – No Problem.

This is a 22 year old patient that wants to keep his anonymity. At 21, he was clearly going bald. At 22, he got his hair back after one procedure with Dr. Bolton’s maximum hair and density procedure. It would be hard to believe that there is the better hair transplant doctor anywhere else.

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People are paying other doctors twice the money and getting minimal results. There is a huge segment of the patient population that receive bad results. They were either harmed by their doctor, got sparse results, unnatural results, bad scarring, or all the above. Yes, it is possible to get good results but what we have seen is that patients are paying much more and not getting the density that Dr. Bolton achieves for his patients.

If you are looking for the best hair transplant doctor in the world then Dr. Bolton is your hair restoration surgeon.