Frederick Watkins, M.D., F.A.C.S. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Hair Transplant Clinic in Rockville

What is a Hair Transplant?

Also referred to as hair replacement or hair restoration, hair transplant procedures are minimally invasive techniques that move hair to thinning or bald areas of the scalp. During hair restoration, Rockville surgeons at Washington Medical Hair Clinics remove grafts from appropriate donor sites on the scalp. Donor sites are places on your scalp where your hair is thickest, usually along the sides of the head in men with male pattern baldness. Grafts containing hair follicles are then transplanted to balding areas of the scalp. Following a period of healing, the transplanted hair follicles start producing hair.

Hair transplants are minimally invasive, meaning they are outpatient procedures that allow patients to return home the same day. The day after receiving a hair transplant, patients can remove bandages. On day two or three, you can (gently) wash your hair. By day five, most patients are able to return to work.

What are the Most Common Causes of Hair Loss?

Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia, or AGA), is the most common reason for hair loss in adult men. In fact, 50 percent of men worldwide see visible signs of hair loss by age 45 due to AGA. Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive baldness on the top of the head that leaves hair growing in a horseshoe shape around the head.

Topical and oral treatments for AGA include FDA-approved Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). Finasteride stops testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excess DHT disrupts the normal hair growth cycle by extending the resting phase and shortening the growth phase. Minoxidil is a vasodilator sometimes prescribed to reduce high blood pressure. However, dilation of blood vessels stimulates blood flow to hair follicles in the scalp, an action that has been proven to promote hair growth in men with AGA.

When topical or oral treatments fail to provide desired hair restoration, men with AGA rely on Washington Medical Hair Clinics for the best hair loss treatments available.

Alopecia Areata

An autoimmune disorder resulting in the immune system attacking the hair follicles and other healthy tissues, alopecia areata affects both adults and children. Hair loss due to alopecia areata can be gradual or sudden, progressively worsening quickly without any symptom warning. Alopecia areata hair loss may also include thinning of eyelashes and/or eyebrows.

Telogen Effluvium

When the scalp’s hair follicles remain in the resting stage (telogen) of the hair growth cycle, hair falls out without any new hair ready to sprout from the follicles. This hair loss condition is called telogen effluvium. Usually triggered by another medical issue like a high fever, thyroid disease, iron deficiency, or major surgery, telogen effluvium does not cause total baldness but can lead to areas of exposed scalp due to extreme hair thinning.

What Type of Hair Transplants Can You Get at Our Clinic?

Follicular Unit Hair Transplants (FUT)

A follicular unit hair transplant involves the plastic surgeon removing a tiny strip of your scalp that contains healthy hair. Once this strip is taken from a donor area (the back of the head, in most cases), the strip is examined under a microscope by the surgeon and divided into even tinier grafts containing up to four hairs.

The strip is then placed under high-powered microscopes and the surgical team meticulously divides it into tiny grafts of individual follicular units comprised of one to four hairs. Prepared grafts are put in a chilled storage unit until they are implanted. 

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Instead of removing a strip from the donor areas, a board-certified plastic surgeon removes individual hair follicles using a computerized biopsy punch and transplants them into areas of absent or thinning hair. A device called a micropunch is used to extract single follicles. An FUE micropunch leaves little to no indication of such an extraction taking place on the scalp.

ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation

A state-of-the-art hair transplant system that utilizes artificial intelligence to detect the best donor grafts to implant, ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplantation is sometimes used to enhance a follicular unit extraction procedure.

What is the Difference Between Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration Techniques?

The terms “hair restoration” and “hair transplantation” are often used interchangeably. The primary difference between a hair restoration treatment and a hair transplantation treatment involves the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace defective hair follicles with healthy hair follicles. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and prescription medications to increase hair thickness are types of hair restoration treatments. Alternately, FUT, FUE, and lateral slit hair transplantation are considered hair transplantation procedures.

We also offer scalp micropigmentation (SMP) which is neither a hair transplant nor a hair restoration procedure. Instead, SMP infuses tiny, specially colored dots into your scalp that closely resemble your hair’s shade. Each dot looks like an actual hair follicle and blends seamlessly into your scalp’s skin tone. SMP is a popular procedure among women with hair parts that reveal wide portions of their scalp.

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How Long is the Hair Transplant Process?

Following a hair transplant, patients should expect to see new signs of hair growth in about four months. For most of our clients, it takes four to five weeks for transplanted hair to fall out and allow the hair growth cycle to begin naturally.

What is the Cost of Hair Transplants in Rockville, Maryland?

The cost of a hair transplant depends on how many grafts are needed to provide the desired results. For example, if someone requires a minimal amount of grafts to conceal a small bald spot or expand a receding hairline, the cost may fall between $4,000 and $5,500. Alternately, men with extensive male pattern baldness often have larger areas to cover that need more grafts. The estimated cost of a hair transplant procedure involving more grafts could range from $7,000 to $9,000.

Why Choose Washington Medical Hair Clinics for a Hair Transplant in Rockville, MD?

Our surgeons are board-certified in plastic surgery and specialize in male pattern baldness solutions for men of all ages. If you have been thinking about getting back that full head of hair you once had and have spent hours searching for a qualified provider, look no further and call our clinic today at 1-888-793-4769 to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Rockville, McLean, Virginia Beach, and Richmond to service Maryland and Virginia residents. To get an idea of your hair transplant result, check out our before and after gallery.

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