Follicular Unit Facial Hair Transplantation
Facial hair transplantation is a commonly performed surgical procedure designed to transplant scalp hair to facial regions lacking density and fullness. Dr. Chernoff specializes in Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation surgery and has performed thousands of successful transplants.
The procedure involves harvesting individual follicles from the posterior or back portion of the scalp similar to traditional hair transplant procedures. The new hair grafts are then re-implanted in the facial regions requiring greater facial hair density.
HOW WELL DOES THE NEW HAIR GROW?
The new facial hair typically grows like normal facial hair. The texture and other characteristics of the hair follicle harvested from the scalp, once grown back, can be groomed, shaved or allowed to grow to any length similar to the original or native facial hair follicle. Once transplanted, the new facial hairs are permanent and difficult to tell apart from the original hair.
To ensure natural appearing facial hair, careful placement of the grafts at the correct angle and proper direction is required. For optimal graft survival after donor harvesting, careful handling of the grafts are essential.
Dr. Chernoff uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to improve the survival of the hair grafts after surgery.
HOW IS PROCEDURE PERFORMED & WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedative. The procedure roughly takes 2 to 5 hours depending on the number of grafts harvested. The first few days after the procedure result in tiny crusts forming around each transplanted hair. Typically, by the second day, patients are able to resume non-strenuous activities. The transplanted hairs will begin to fall out at around 4 weeks, and then start to regrow at 3-4 months.