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Recent advances in hair transplant technology like micrografts and minigrafts have been transforming the industry. Micrograft hair transplant involves one or two hairs. Minigraft hair transplant involves three to four hairs. These are normally used in a megasession for single hair transplantation. It entails placing more than 1,000 grafts per session.


Many people do not know what a micrograft hair transplant entails. Here are a few frequently asked questions and some answers about the procedure.



What Is Micrografting?



Female or male pattern baldness affects the front and back of your scalp. Luckily, the sides and back of your head often have lifelong hair. These become your donor areas. The surgeon will take the hair they have harvested from these regions (autograft) and place them at the balding areas where they take root and start growing.



Who Is a Candidate for Micrograft Hair Transplant?



If you need more hair density and an appealing hairline, you are a good candidate for treating hair loss. Your doctor will inform you of any limitations that could affect your candidacy for the procedure. However, sex and age are not limiting factors for micrograft hair transplants. 


People experiencing male or female pattern baldness are ideal candidates too. These types of baldness can occur in individuals over 30 years old or even younger. The ideal patient should have healthy hair for harvesting. It is usually at the back and sides of your head. Good candidates include:


  • People who are experiencing hair loss from cosmetic surgery or scarring
  • People who underwent hair transplantation in the past
  • People wishing to restore or thicken beards or eyebrows
  • People with well-defined female or male pattern baldness



What Happens During the Procedure?



It entails removing a small hair-bearing strip of the scalp from the donor areas. Then, your surgeon closes the area, leaving a fine line concealed amongst the rest of the hair. Specialists then divide the harvested strip microscopically for placement in the balding spots. 


Depending on the levels of discomfort you are experiencing, your doctor may use IV sedation or local anesthesia. In a successful procedure, the transplanted and original hairs are virtually indistinguishable.



How Long Does It Take?



Micrograft hair transplant requires multiple sessions at set intervals. Most individuals achieve a natural appearance with minimal sessions. Each session may last three to four hours. You may require about two appointments for successful hair transplantation and micrografting. These appointments are often many months apart.



What Happens After Micrograft Hair Transplant?



After the surgery:


  • You can return to your usual daily routine 24 to 48 hours after micrograft hair transplantation
  • Avoid energetic physical activities for approximately five to seven days
  • You can wash your hair the morning after each session


In case of any swelling, your doctor will prescribe medications. You may experience itching and crusting at the treatment site. These are normal and should clear out after a maximum of ten days. Likewise, the numbness should stop within several weeks. You will need to go for follow-up appointments as recommended by your doctor to monitor and assess the progress.


For more on micrograft hair transplant, visit Handal Plastic Surgery at our office in Boca Raton, Florida. You can also call 561-220-6360 to book an appointment today.