Are you living with thinning hair, bald areas, or lack full, lush brows or have less facial hair than you want? Dr. Kennedy employs a range of hair restoration techniques and offers his patients the most advanced technologies and systems, including treatments to stimulate hair follicles to produce more hair naturally.

What is Hair Transplant

The actual hair transplant procedure is done by surgically removing hair from the back of the scalp and transplanting it into the top of the scalp. There are two ways of extracting hair from the back of the scalp. One is by removing a strip of tissue and dissecting the follicles from that tissue. That is called the strip procedure or FUT (Follicle Unit Transplant). The other method is removing each individual follicle one at a time. This method is called FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and is the latest technology. Both procedures are effective and in both the insertion of the grafts into the top of the scalp is the same. Hair transplant is the only permanent solution to hair loss.


Who is a perfect candidate for a hair transplant?

The ideal candidate for hair restoration surgery has healthy hair on the sides and back of the head - the areas from which grafts are taken. It is often better to start when you are not completely bald so that you can use existing hair to help camouflage the early stages of the restoration. Your desire and motivation for a more attractive hairline, as well as increased hair density, are the keys to success in treating hair loss. At the initial consultation, your Dr. Kennedy will advise you if there are any factors that could limit your ability to benefit from our hair replacement techniques.

How is the procedure performed?

Hair restoration surgery involves removing a small strip of hair-bearing scalp from the back and sides of your head. This donor region contains hair that will grow throughout your lifetime. The area from which the strip is taken is carefully closed, usually resulting in a very fine line completely hidden amongst the remaining hair.

Dr. Kennedy then microscopically divides the harvest strip of hair-bearing scalp for replacement in your balding areas. These grafts may be processed into a variety of different sizes, depending on your specific needs and scalp conditions. The grafted hairs grow much like normal hair and are virtually undetectable. Follicular groupings containing more hairs will be used to obtain more density behind the hairline.

What results can be expected?

Micrografts leave virtually no scaring. They also conserve much of the hair that will be needed for future transplantations. The amount of coverage that is achieved depends on the extent of your hair loss, the density of your donor hair, as well as the number of procedures.

Much of the transplanted hair will shed within a month. Approximately three months later (90 to 100 days), new hair starts to grow and continues to grow at a normal rate. About six months after a hair transplant session, the transplanted hairs begin to take on a natural appearance and will continue to grow for a lifetime. The donor site from which the hair was taken shrinks to a small, barely noticeable incision line that is completely hidden in the surrounding hair.

Are there any complications from surgery?

As with all surgical procedures, there is always some risk. However, complications from the surgical treatment of hair loss are rare and generally minimal. Bleeding and/or infection are infrequent and minor. In general you should avoid aspirin or certain drugs or some herbal remedies before surgery. If you have specific concerns please discuss them with your physician.