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

If you are experiencing hair loss, you may be familiar with the anxiety and self-consciousness it adds to your life. Unfortunately, many people overlook just how much losing hair can interfere with their lives. Hair loss is not likely to improve as you age, so these negative feelings may only increase with time. Fortunately, there are solutions. Hair restoration in Virginia Beach might be the solution you have been seeking. Here at Washington Medical Hair Clinics, we want to reduce stress and help you look and feel better.

How Does Hair Grow and Why Do You Lose It?

Before you can understand hair loss, also known as alopecia, you must understand how hair grows. Hair growth happens in three phases, which vary depending on the location of the hair on your body.

  • The growing phase (anagen) – lasts between two and seven years; approximately 85% of your hair is in this phase at any given time.
  • The regressing phase (catagen) – occurs after the growing phase when cells stop replicating in anticipation of cell death; only 1% of hair is in this stage.
  • The resting phase (telogen) – dead hair remains in the follicle between two and three months; around 14% of your hair is in this stage.

After the resting phase, the cycle begins again with new hair growing in the now-empty follicle. The new hair will grow quickly in the beginning, but growth slows as the strand ages.

Hair loss essentially occurs when the follicles are not replaced with new hairs as quickly as old hairs die and fall out. Although many people associate thinning hair with the scalp, any body or facial hair can slow drastically, or even stop, including the eyebrows. 

You can lose your hair for many reasons: age, genetics, stress, illness, childbirth, chemotherapy, medication, dehydration, and thyroid disorders, to name just a few. Even ringworm can cause hair loss. Alopecia areata is a condition that causes patchy hair loss, which can make it more noticeable. 

Men may be apprehensive about male pattern baldness. This condition impacts 80 million Americans, so it is understandable if this is the type of baldness that comes to mind. However, you can experience thinning hair despite your age or gender.

What Are the Signs of Male Pattern Baldness?

The Norwood scale has been used since the 1950s to classify the seven steps of male pattern baldness.

  • Stage 1 – In the control stage, there are few signs of hair loss or a receding hairline.
  • Stage 2 – Hair begins to recede slightly, often around the temples.
  • Stage 3 – Continued hair loss around the temples results in noticeable hair loss in an “M” shape, where hair still grows in the center. This can lead to the stage 3 vertex, where hair thins at the crown of the head.
  • Stage 4- This stage shows significant receding around the hairline and hair loss at the crown of the head.
  • Stage 5 – Bald spots at the front and top of the head grow larger and closer together, separated by a thin strip of hair.
  • Stage 6 – Balding from the crown and hairline meets, and the front and top of the head are mostly bare. 
  • Stage 7 – In the final stage of male pattern baldness, hair loss occurs on the sides of the head, leaving only a ring of hair around the head.
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Which Procedures Are Available for Hair Restoration in Virginia Beach?

Clients can consider multiple treatments, depending on the amount and type of hair loss. If an underlying condition such as scalp psoriasis causes you to lose hair, identifying and treating it can halt or reverse hair loss. Hair will usually regrow naturally if childbirth, illness, weight loss, or cancer treatment caused the thinning.

Over-the-counter products using the active ingredient Minoxidil, such as Rogaine, can improve male and female pattern baldness when applied directly to the scalp.

Prescription treatments for male pattern baldness include Finasteride, also known as Propecia.

If those procedures fail or are not appropriate, patients might consider hair transplantation or replacement surgery, which uses scalp reduction or grafting to improve the appearance of hair. Micro-grafting, slit grafting, and punch grafting are all hair restoration procedure options.

What Does the Hair Transplant Process Look Like in Virginia Beach?

Although the exact method of hair transplant procedure varies, the general transplant process is similar across all methods of this outpatient procedure. First, the provider will identify areas of the scalp from which your surgeon can take healthy hair follicles.

In follicular unit transplantation (FUT), your surgeon removes small strips of donor material from these areas. After the plastic surgeon repairs the area from which they took the donor material, it will look healthy. Often, patients only have hairline scars. How much scalp your surgeon can cover depends on how much healthy hair exists on the rest of your scalp, and the surgeon can further trim harvested strips of the scalp. The surgeon attaches grafts to bald areas of the scalp with stitches.

With follicular unit extraction (FUE), the surgeon removes hair follicles from the donor site using small punctures and then places them where the hair is thin. The surgeon will then cover the implantation site with gauze. This method allows the surgeon to remove hair from all over your scalp and may be less noticeable than FUT, and it is the better option if your hair is less dense. In addition, the FUE method does not require as much healing time, and patients usually experience less pain with this procedure.

However, FUT may be the better option for patients with larger bald patches, and the procedure is more efficient than FUE. It is impossible to determine how long your transplant surgery will take without a consultation with the doctor, but FUT can take between four and 12 hours, while FUE may take 6-7 hours or more.

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How Long Does a Hair Transplant in Virginia Beach Take?

You will lose the original hair from the transplant within one month. After that, you will notice new hair regrowth that follows the natural cycle from above, and you can shave the recipient area. Scabs and blood may form but should subside within a week.

Your surgeon will provide hair care instructions, including keeping the areas moisturized, minimizing swelling, maximizing blood flow to the transplant site, protecting your scalp from the sun, preventing infection, and treating pain and itching. 

Avoid exercise that makes you sweat for at least 7 days after your hair transplant surgery, and wear a Panama-style hat after your appointment and during the next five days. If prescribed antibiotics, take the whole course. After a week, you can wear hats of your choosing.

You may need to repeat the process over several appointments for fuller coverage. The surgeon may also recommend platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, treatments to promote hair regrowth.

Is a Hair Transplant Permanent?

A surgeon cannot undo this plastic surgery, making it permanent. However, the effects of a hair transplant vary. Just like your original hair pattern will change over time, transplanted hair can similarly change, potentially resulting in thinner hair in the future. Some patients undergo several transplant surgeries because of this.

Fortunately, an experienced and skilled provider can help ensure that your results are as satisfying as possible.

Why Choose Washington Medical Hair Clinics?

Washington Medical Hair Clinics has board-certified surgeons on staff to perform surgical hair restoration treatment correctly. We combine hair replacement with other FDA-approved hair loss solutions to improve the look of your scalp.

Our experienced Virginia Beach team has helped hundreds of patients with male pattern baldness in the past, and you can be next! You will feel confident in our knowledge of hair transplant surgery, and our ability to give you the best results possible.

Are you ready to deal with your hair loss? To request a free consultation in our Virginia Beach office, call 1-888-793-4769 or complete the online contact form to speak with an experienced surgeon at Washington Medical Hair Clinics.

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