FAQs

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Is hair transplantation covered by insurance?

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Such a procedure is typically not covered by insurance, but check with your physician and your insurance provider for more details. ARTAS is among the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Restoration Robotics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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What is the cost of hair transplantation?

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Prices per graft are typically higher for the manual FUE procedures than they are for the traditional strip method because it takes the physician a longer period of time to perform the FUE method than it takes to excise a strip of scalp from the donor area. The benefits to the patient of not having a strip of scalp surgically removed from the back of the head are usually of greater value to each patient because there is no downtime or unsightly linear scar. Having FUE with the automated system reduces the cost of manual FUE per graft because the automated instruments reduce procedure time. The automated FUE System also reduces the need and cost of the number of technicians necessary to help the doctor with the procedure. These savings can be passed on to the patient. Prices with the automated FUE System will vary according to the amount of hair needed.

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Will a hair transplant procedure adversely affect the health of a Diabetic in any way?

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This procedure is not going to negatively affect health in any way, even for a diabetic; but the healing time will most likely be longer and may be slightly more discomforting to a diabetic because it takes longer for a diabetic’s wounds to heal in general.

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For a second hair transplant procedure, is a new area harvested, thus creating a new scar, or is the incision made over the existing scar?

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It is best to discuss this with the operating surgeon because they will have a better idea of which areas to harvest as donor areas, depending on each individual case.

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To minimize the risk of scarring is there anything that can be done before surgery?

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There is not much the patient can do before the surgery to reduce scarring. The result of the surgery is dependent on the patient’s ability to heal and the skill, experience, and technique of the doctors and technicians who are performing the operation.

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What is a good age to undergo this surgery?

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Hair restoration surgery can be done on people between the ages of 21 and 60. It is recommended to undergo a hair restoration consultation before making a decision.

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Does the transplant help people with advanced degrees of baldness?

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In case of severe balding or spread balding, the number of grafts will depend on what the donor site can spare. If the donor site is a small and thinning skirt of hair, the number of grafts taken will be significantly less compared to a donor site that has more robust and densse hair growth. Normally, 1,500 to 2,500 grafts are required for an average case.

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When will the newly transplanted hair begin to grow?

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If the surgery has gone complication free and all guidelines were followed properly, the transplanted follicles will begin to grow new hair between 3 – 5 months after surgery. This new growth is very thin initially, but continues to grow thicker until the hair reaches the natural consistency of the rest of the scalp, over time. The full extent of growth and seamless recovery is apparent only 8-12 months after surgery.

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What is the recovery/healing time?

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With today’s very refined micro hair transplantation procedure, the incisions are very small and less invasive than past procedures. This results in more rapid healing. Most patients feel fine within a day or two following surgery, although some numbness and mild soreness can be expected to last for several days following surgery. Read thePost-Surgery Care section for more information.

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Will the transplant results look completely natural with FUE or will the transplant be apparent?

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There will be slight scarring after the operation. Small incisions will appear in areas where donor hair was removed for the NeoGraft procedure. If there had been strip transplanting, the region where the scalp was stitched together will bear a thin scar for some time. But once the transplanted hair grows, the incisions fade, and the wounds heal, scars should not be apparent. Having the right doctor and technician is important for this reason - skill, experience and technique all contribute to making the final result of a hair transplant surgery unnoticeable. FUE using the Automated FUE method is the procedure that leaves almost no scaring.

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Are the results of the transplant permanent?

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The hair transplant is a permanent process because hair taken from balding resistant areas will be resistant to balding wherever the hair is placed. Read the Surgical Optionssection of the site for detailed information about the surgery.

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Does the hair on the donor area of the head look thinned out after the procedure?

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Thinned out donor area becomes a problem only if a strip transplant is performed with a single wide scar or multiple horizontal scars. Or if the donor area is also thinning and more hair is extracted from there. As long as less than 40% of total hair in a given region of the scalp is not extracted, thinning will not be detectable or a concern.

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How many grafts/hairs will be needed?

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The amount of grafts needed ultimately depends on the degree of hair loss, now and in the future, as well as the desired result. An Anagen consultant will help to determine the right plan.

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What are the possible complications?

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Hair transplant surgery is considered to be a minor procedure. There are rarely complications and any that may occur can easily be dealt with by a doctor.

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How is the patient anaesthetized?

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Hair replacement surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure. FUE and FUT transplants are performed under local anesthetic, and do not require intravenous or intra-muscular sedation. With FUE and FUT, the patient is awake during the procedure, and can watch television or talk with the doctor and assistants.

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Does the FUE or the FUT procedure hurt?

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Most patients who have undergone this surgery say they feel no discomfort or pain during the process. Local anesthesia is administered in both donor and recipient sites, and the procedure is treated as a regular operation. After surgery, many patients feel sore and numb. There may be some mild discomfort in the areas operated on; however, with proper care the discomfort will soon disappear.

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What are the advantages of using the automated device manually verses performing an FUE?

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There are many advantages to using automated devices. FUE is a minimally invasive surgery, unlike strip surgery. The FUE procedure results in less complications than the strip method, and minimal linear scarring, whereas with the strip method there is elongated scarring. Since the transplant procedure is faster with automated devices, the follicles can be re-implanted sooner, which keeps them more robust, and therefore can increases the success of the grafting process.

Due to natural inconsistencies in the human hand, it's very difficult for manually performed FUE's to garner the same consistency or quality control as procedures done with more advanced tools such as the ARTAS Robotic System. The advanced digital mapping and imaging technologies combined with its robotic arm allows it deliver unprecedented accuracy and consistency never before possible.

While some people have certain physical conditions such as deeply embedded follicles, thick skin, or tough skin and it is sometimes difficult to remove grafts without damaging the hair follicles. The NeoGraft device uses controlled pneumatic pressure (suction) to slide the follicle out smoothly and uniformly, so there is no pulling or twisting with tweezers would put the follicle at risk for damage. The follicles extracted by the contra-angled tool of NeoGraft are of an excellent quality.

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What does the NeoGraft device do?

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The NeoGraft device is a revolutionary automated hair transplant medical device that assists the doctor in performing a hair transplant. This transplant method is known as the Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE technique, which is the latest hair transplant technique to date. The FUE technique is less invasive than the traditional strip method used by most doctors today. With the FUE technique, there is no linear cutting of the scalp, as there is with the strip method. Since there is no cutting there is no suturing; therefore there is no visible scarring, there is very little bleeding, and the recovery time is almost immediate.  The NeoGraft medical device has been developed to assist the doctor with the FUE procedure in order to make the process simpler, faster, and more effective.

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How many sessions does a hair transplant typically require?

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The needed amount of transplant sessions will depend on the stage of baldness and density of hair in the balding areas. Most patients require between 1 and 3 sessions but that may vary depending on each patient's wishes.

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How long does the transplant procedure take?

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Depending on the number of grafts, the surgery takes anywhere from 4 hours to 8 hours. This operation is performed on an out-patient basis, so one can return to a work routine the next day on. There are things to remember post-surgery and guidelines that need to be followed in order to have a normal recovery. Read the Post-Surgery Caresection of the site for more information.

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Why is FUE not offered by more doctors?

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Doing a complete transplant using the FUE method without the NeoGraft device is very time-consuming, requires many assistants, and is therefore more costly than the “strip” method. Most doctors feel that patients will not want to pay for this procedure so they do not promote it. Doctors also need to be trained to learn how to perform this procedure and many are reluctant to do so once they are comfortable with the strip method. For these reasons, most doctors do not offer a complete transplant using the FUE method. Some doctors may offer to use the FUE method on small areas such as filling in a hairline where few follicles are needed; however, most doctors affiliated with the Anagen program understand that FUE is often more beneficial for the patient since it is a much less invasive procedure. In addition, the Anagen Team is very comfortable with large cases.

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What is an FUE Hair transplant?

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Follicular Unit Extraction is the most recently developed transplant procedure that does not involve any scalpel incisions like the “strip” method still used by most doctors today. The FUE method harvests individual grafts from the scalp in their naturally occurring groupings of about 1-4 hairs. The grafts are then transplanted into the balding area. The FUE transplant procedure was introduced in the late 1990’s. It is the least invasive procedure with the fewest complications, and the end result is an excellent, natural look.

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How does a hair transplant work?

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A hair transplant is a process of taking hair from regions of the head that are resistant to balding, and implanting the resistant strands on parts of the head that are balding. It is a permanent process because hair taken from balding-resistant areas will be resistant to balding wherever they are placed. Read the Surgical Options section of the site for detailed information.