Frequently Asked Questions

Hair Loss Treatments Washington, D.C.

Young man with glasses and slight receding hairling smiles, looking off cameraHave you lost a noticeable amount of hair, or is your existing hair thinning so much that hair loss seems inevitable? More than 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States suffer from some degree of hair loss. The emotional and psychological impact of hair loss can have serious effects on a patient’s self-confidence. Using one of the most effective hair loss treatments available, Washington, D.C. cosmetic surgeon Hadi M. Rassael can help you regain lost hair and lost confidence by transplanting healthy hair follicles where they are needed the most. To help you understand hair transplantation and the many benefits it provides, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this hair restoration procedure. Please contact us today to learn more.

What Causes Hair Loss?

The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, a condition in which a patient’s hair follicles are extremely sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of testosterone. DHT shrinks and kills sensitive hair follicles, eventually eliminating their ability to produce healthy, cosmetically appealing hair.

What is a Hair Transplant?

Some hairs, mainly those at the sides and back of the head, are not affected by DHT, even in patients who have genetically susceptible follicles. During a hair transplant, DHT-resistant hairs are extracted from the patient’s donor site, then placed into tiny micro-incisions along the bald or thinning areas of the head. The transplanted follicular units retain their biological processes, allowing the hair to continue to grow in its new location. The donor area and target site are numbed with local anesthesia to reduce discomfort during the procedure.

Do Hair Transplants Leave Scars?

Anytime skin is cut, it leaves behind a scar as it heals. With impressive experience and an artful eye, Dr. Rassael carefully places the donor incisions where they are the least visible, and the tiny linear scars are concealed by existing hair. Even immediately after the procedure, the small donor scars will be concealed.

How Long Do Hair Transplants Last?

With proper care and maintenance, most successful hair transplants last for life. However, in very rare instances, a small percentage of a patient’s transplanted hair may fall out as the patient ages, and require subsequent treatment.

Can Women Receive Hair Transplants?

Yes. Like men, women may also suffer from hair loss for many of the same reasons. Though most women don’t experience hair loss to the extent that men do, the aesthetic effect can be just as damaging. We offer hair transplants for men and women, and strive to produce effective, discreet results for all of our patients suffering from hair loss.

Learn More about Advanced Hair Loss Solutions

If you have more questions regarding hair transplantation, don’t hesitate to call our office. During your initial consultation, Dr. Rassael and our caring staff will ensure that any and all of your questions and concerns are answered before beginning treatment. To learn more about the benefits of hair transplants, contact us at our Chevy Chase, Maryland location today.

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