Hair Transplantation Minneapolis
In hair transplantation hair is removed from one part of the head and transferred to another. Gone are the days of “hair plugs” where large punch grafts were placed in rows creating a very unnatural look. Modern hair transplantation involves moving single hair units to create a hairline that is totally natural appearing no matter how your wear your hair or how close you look. Dr. Rolfes uses hair from the lower part of the back of the head because this area is resistant to future hair loss and the hair maintains this resistance when transplanted. That means that the new hairline is both natural and permanent, and will not continue to recess with time. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia (injections of numbing medicine) with oral sedation, and patients can nap or watch movies while the hairs are being transplanted. This is a longer procedure than hairline advancement, but it is the best way to produce long lasting results in men who may be prone to further hair loss. There are several types of hair transplantation. Dr. Rolfes will help you decide which procedure is right for you.
What is Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)
In this process a strip of hair (which is why it is also known as the strip method) is removed from the back of the head and is processed under high magnification into individual hair follicle units. These tiny grafts are then transplanted one at a time into areas of the scalp that need more hair. The benefit of this technique is that it is faster and more cost effective than other techniques, and there is no need to shave your head for the procedure. For these reasons many patients, and most of our female patients choose this method of graft harvest. The only downside to this method is that you will have a scar across the back of your head. This scar will often remain invisible under the hair, but for patients who currently have, or plan to have, a very short hairstyle it may be visible. For those patients we will often recommend FUE.
What is follicular unit extraction (FUE)
Follicular unit extraction is the most recent advancement in hair grafting. Grafts are carefully removed one at a time over a wide harvest area. There is no visible scar left from the harvest, and recovery is even faster than with the strip method. This procedure itself takes longer than FUT, but it ensures that if in the future the patient would like to wear a short hair hair style it would not show a scar.
Are there medication that can prevent hair loss?
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is topical treatment that can be used directly on the scalp. There are both 2% and 5% preparations, and it has been shown to decrease hair loss in both men and women. Finasteride (Propecia) is an oral medication that can slow hair loss and even induce regrowth in some patients. These medications can be used alone, or they may produce an even more dramatic result when used together. Even if you decide to pursue surgery, Dr. Rolfes will often recommend concurrent medical therapy to optimize your results.
What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a fluid that is extracted from your own blood that is filled with potent growth factors. When injected into the scalp it may help to stabilize existing hair and even promote new hair growth. It is typically used in a series of injections and is often combined with other medical therapies.