Q. What exactly is hair transplantation?
A. Quite simply, hair transplantation is a process by which hair folicles are surgically removed from the back of your head (known as the
donor area) and then carefully placed, surgically and artistically, on the part of your head where more hair is desired. This is called grafting.
Q. What is a graft?
A. A graft (also known as a follicular unit) is a tiny elemental piece of scalp tissue (less than 1 millimeter or up to 2 millimeters long by less than
1 millimeter wide) that has one to four healthy, living hair follicles in it.
Q. How many different types of grafts are there?
A. There are several types and sizes of grafts. Follicular units are utilized as micrografts and minigrafts. Micrografts (follicular units consisting of one or two hair follicles per graft) are used at the hairline on the forehead for a gradual natural transitioning and feathering effect into the area requiring more thickness. This eliminates the appearance of an abrupt or unusual thickening to your hairline. Minigrafts (follicular units consisting of three or four hair follicles per graft) are used to penetrate beyond the hairline, to provide fullness, once the initial hairline has been feathered with micrografts. Why are different sized follicular grafts used? Please read on.
Q. What determines the kind of graft used?
A. The degree of your hair loss within your balding pattern is an obvious factor in determining how many grafts may ultimately be needed. Now, the kind or size of graft (follicular unit) used depends on the location (frontal hairline, recessions, middle area or crown area), the color, coarseness, texture, and curliness (if any) of your hair as compared to the color of your skin. Those factors are paramount in determining the size of graft used. Individuals of different cultural backgrounds have different requirements. Someone with fine light colored hair and fair skin requires different sized grafts than someone with coarse dark hair and dark skin. Other factors needed to be considered are the shape of your head and how your balding pattern may progress as you age. Your personal and family history will be considered. Further there are natural, facial proportions that change normally with age that will also be considered..
Your donor availibility (that is how much hair you have in the back and sides of your head ) will also determine just how much grafting can be
done. In general most people have an ample donor area. Remember, Dr. DiIenno will personally discuss all of the above with you and how to
best achieve the look you want.
Considering the above factors, I hope you can begin to appreciate how the art of hair transplantation embraces many facets to deliver a fine, natural cosmetic result.
Q. Does the ANGLE of HAIR GROWTH make a difference?
A. Very much so. It is in the direction and distinct proper angle of the insertion of the grafts, following your own natural pattern of hair growth that makes the art of hair transplantation so natural and visually appealing. If necessary, your natural hair growth pattern can
actually be reconstructed to attain your desired hair style.
Q. Will the transplanted hair grow?
A. Yes! This is your own, living hair. It is taken from the part of your scalp where your hair is genetically programmed to grow a lifetime. It will continue to grow the rest of your life and will not thin out after being transplanted. Since the entire hair follicle is used, it grows naturally
in the area to which it is transplanted. The result is your own living, naturally growing hair.