Hair Transplant Surgery Overview
More than 50 million men and women in America are affected by hair loss. By the age of 35, 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss, while 65% of women will experience hair loss before the age of 60. Thinning hair and bald spots can significantly decrease your confidence and make you look older, but modern hair transplant surgery offers a great solution. At Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA, Dr. Alan Brackup performs both FUE and FUT hair transplant techniques. As a double-board certified cosmetic surgeon and ophthalmologist, Dr. Brackup specializes in performing natural-looking hair transplant surgery that uses your own hair to fill in thin and bald spots so you can enjoy a fuller head of hair.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"I have used Dr. Brackup for two procedures. About 4 years ago I had my eyes done, both upper and lower lids. He did an amazing job. 5 weeks ago I had a facelift. I can't praise Dr. Brackup enough for the job he did. Not only is he an EXCELLENT doctor, he is an extremely nice and caring man. Also, his entire staff is amazing."- E.K. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
"The most amazing doctor and staff! Under eye lift and mini facelift. 1 week post up not even one blue spot . Highly recommend!!"- G.K. / Google / Feb 16, 2020
"I am in love with Doctor Brackup and entire staff. I own Vision center and many times when patient needed blepharoplasty or eyeLid surgery we would refer to Doctor Brackup. End every one we're very happy with results. So one day I was looking at my pictures and realized that I don't look like myself anymore because of amount off fillers I got . When I spoke with doctor I knew I made a right decision. He created plan to dissolve all my fillers and made appointment for mini facelift and lowered Eyelied surgery. And the result is amazing. I was back at work in 3 days no one even noticed anything different. I look like myself but 15 years younger. Doctor Brackup is the miracle maker."- G.K. / Yelp / Feb 05, 2020
"A face lift is costly surgery, but Dr. Brackup is an expert and an artist, and he was worth every penny spent for his October 2019 work. He and his assistant Stacy prepared me well for the pain and slow recovery to come--though neither was as bad as they could have been. I followed up the surgery about six weeks later with injections to address forehead lines, crow's feet and some other areas not touched by the surgery. Recently, one work colleague--unaware of the surgery--stood at my desk for several minutes raving over how healthy, younger and happy I look. Another colleague stopped me on a staircase to praise my rejuvenated appearance. More important, I feel better. Moving forward in my sixties, I know I have taken what steps I could to reduce the effects of aging on my face, and bring my appearance more in line with the physically fit and trim person I long have been. There is the ongoing cost of injections, alas. But unquestionably, I feel quite fortunate to have met Dr. Brackup!"- A.S. / Yelp / Jan 29, 2020
Hair Transplant Surgery Procedure Technique
Hair transplantation is a process in which hair is taken from the back of the head and replaced in areas where hair loss has occurred. FUE uses a special technology that is able to quickly and painlessly remove the hair follicles from the back of the head and implant them to balding areas. FUE uses a controlled pneumatic pressure to slide out the graft smoothly, so there is no pulling or twisting, which can risk damaging the graft. Because the FUE transplant is faster than other out of date methods, the grafts can be re-implanted sooner which keeps them more robust, increasing the success of the grafting process. However, some patients may be better candidates for the FUT or strip hair transplant method. FUT removes and transplants several hair follicles at once for a shorter procedure.
What To expect with Hair Transplant Surgery
During FUE surgery, the machine grafts a few hair follicles. These will then be transplanted into the area of balding. A session can last up to 3 hours. After the procedure, the patient’s head will be thoroughly rinsed and a protective cream will be applied to the scalp. Rigid instructions about taking care of the grafts will be provided. It is normal to experience a slight pain and tenderness for the first few days following the procedure. The patient must refrain from physical activities to avoid additional swelling of the forehead. Make sure that no pressure is put on or around the treated area to avoid complications.
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Hair Transplant Surgery FAQs
The science behind hair grafting has been simplified over the years. Hair follicles are taken from the hair at the back of the head that is genetically programmed to continue to grow. The follicles that hold the transplanted hair are living tissues that grow cyclically. Like normal hair growth, transplantation is an ongoing process that requires a commitment of time. Once the hair follicle has been implanted into the balding area, the grafted hair will stay in place for about 2 – 3 weeks before shedding. After shedding, the new growth will begin in 3 – 4 months; this is normal and an important part of the new hair growth process. After that time period, the hair will continue to grow normally and the results will look healthy and natural.
Another popular method for hair growth is called the strip method. There is no significant difference when it comes to the results by using FUE or FUT (strip). Both methods implement different levels of invasiveness and the noticeable size of the area from where hair is grafted. In terms of the quality of results, hair growth will be evident from either FUE or FUT approach. We will discuss all possible options during the initial assessment.
During the initial consultation, the scalp will be assessed to make sure the patient is a candidate for hair transplant surgery. Candidates for hair restoration surgery are those individuals with hair loss that have sufficient donor hair on the back of the scalp to transplant into the frontal balding areas. The best candidates are those men and women with only frontal or partial hair loss and with adequate donor hair.