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Hair Restoration Treatment Washington, D.C.

Young man with full hair turned to look toward camera with confident smileHair transplants offer a natural solution to hair loss. Utilizing one of the most effective methods of hair restoration treatment available today, Washington, D.C. cosmetic surgeon Hadi M. Rassael has helped many patients regain their confidence and quality of life. Because the procedure involves minor surgery, the patient should prepare for adequate recovery time to achieve the best results and minimize any discomfort or complications during the healing process. Contact us today to learn more.

The Hair Transplant Procedure

Hair transplantation involves using the patient’s own healthy hair follicles to return proper hair growth to balding areas of the scalp. Hair loss is most often caused by androgenetic alopecia (AGA), a condition that involves the male sex hormone DHT (a testosterone by-product) shrinking genetically susceptible hair follicles. Usually, AGA affects the hairs at the front, top, and crown of the head, but the follicles at the sides and the back of the head remain resistant to hormone-induced shrinkage. Before hair loss becomes too severe, the remaining DHT-resistant hairs can be transplanted into target areas to achieve hair growth and eliminate male or female pattern baldness.

What to Consider before the Procedure

Before undergoing a hair transplant procedure, you should keep a few things in mind. For instance, be sure to maintain realistic expectations. Hair transplantation is dependent upon existing hair; the more hair you have retained, the more successful your hair restoration will be. If you have already lost a significant amount of hair, then you should not expect the transplant to result in a full head of hair. Smoking and smokeless tobacco use can also significantly impact your hair transplant success by inhibiting the body’s proper healing mechanisms. While some follicle grafts may begin to grow immediately, others may take several weeks or months before taking root and exhibiting noticeable growth. If you wish, you may undergo additional treatments to improve the density of your new hair, but most patients are satisfied after a single graft procedure. During an initial consultation, Dr. Rassael will thoroughly examine your medical history, current health status, and past and current medications to provide specific, pre-operative instructions.

Immediately after Hair Transplantation

Every patient is different, and recommended post-operative care differs case by case. Generally, recommended self-care measures include:

  • Carefully following all instructions on cleaning and caring for the fresh surgical site, including taking all prescribed medications and antibiotics.
  • Avoiding exercising, heavy lifting, sports, and other strenuous activities that can increase blood pressure and make the wounds bleed. You may be advised to abstain from sex for 7-10 days after the procedure to minimize the risk.

Swelling and discomfort are common following minor surgery. If bleeding, swelling, and discomfort continue for more than a day, contact Dr. Rassael immediately to schedule a follow-up examination.

Maximize the Benefits of Your Hair Restoration Experience

The timeline for noticeable results following hair transplantation differs for everyone, and may take several months before the grafts take root. However, with proper care, you can achieve the youthful head of hair you desire. To learn more, contact us at our Chevy Chase, Maryland location today.

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