Do Hair Transplants Go Wrong?
Atlanta Hair Transplant Experts
Most people think of hair loss as a cosmetic problem, but for those experiencing it, you know it can be much more.
Hair loss can affect your confidence, your self-image, and even your mental health. While there are some over-the-counter remedies that can slow hair loss, they cannot truly reverse the process.
One study shows that as many as 42% of men experience moderate to severe hair loss by age 49.
If you’re struggling with the effects of hair loss, your best bet is working with an expert like Dr. Daniel A. Danyo, MD, founder and physician at North Atlanta Hair Restoration.
North Atlanta Hair Restoration is a boutique medical practice that is solely dedicated to the treatment of hair loss in men and women.
While investing in a hair transplant can seem daunting, hair transplants have some of the best patient satisfaction outcomes in medicine.
Dr Danyo explains:
“In medicine, there’s something called the rule of thirds. Basically, a third of patients do really well, a third of people do so-so, and a third, it doesn’t work. With hair transplants, that rule of thirds doesn’t exist if it’s done properly. Almost 100% of people are fully satisfied with the results. And if they’re not, it’s usually they need more grafts.”
When you work with the right physician, hair restoration can transform not only your appearance, but your whole life.
What Is a Hair Transplant?
First, the basics: what exactly is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a form of surgery that moves hair from one area of your scalp (the donor site) to the area where hair is thinning.
The hair that grows on the sides and back of the head are genetically different than the hair that grows on top of the head, where most people experience hair loss.
When hairs are moved to a different area of the body, they retain their genetic qualities. The region of the scalp will not affect the growth of the hairs that are placed in it.
Arm hair is different than beard hair, which is different than eyelashes and eyebrows. If these hairs were relocated to another area of the body, they would continue to grow according to their genetic markers.
For this reason, hair that is relocated from the back of the scalp will not degenerate like the hair which grows from the top of the head.
Hair transplant surgeries have existed since the 1950s, but techniques have improved drastically in the last several years.
Modern hair transplants are very different than the hair plugs of old, which were less than discreet. Today’s technology allows for natural looking results that leave little, or no, scarring.
Today, most hair transplant procedures are Follicular Unit Excision (FUE). With this method, hair follicles are individually removed from the donor site and placed in the thinning area.
Unlike other hair transplant procedures, FUE does not leave a telltale linear scar, meaning your results are as subtle as possible.
North Atlanta Hair Restoration specializes in Shave-Less (or No-Shave) FUE. Dr. Danyo is one of the world’s leading experts in this technique.
At some hair restoration clinics, your head must be partially or fully shaved before your procedure. This is not the case at North Atlanta Hair Restoration.
Dr. Danyo has experienced hair loss himself, and he did not appreciate that he had to shave his head before his own procedure. He felt it made his procedure and recovery too noticeable.
He became a pioneer in Shave-Less FUE, a transplant method so subtle that many patients return to work and socializing within 48 hours of their procedure.
Dr. Danyo is one of only a few hair loss specialists in the world who personally extracts and places each graft on each patient.
Each follicle is individually placed to match the natural growth and direction of the surrounding hair. Because of Dr. Danyo’s artistry and precision, the results of No-Shave FUE are indistinguishable from your natural hair.
Flexible, Remote Consultations For No-Shave FUE
One way North Atlanta Hair Restoration is improving the patient experience is by offering remote consultations.
Remote consultations provide increased flexibility for patients. Instead of taking time off work to travel to our office, you can upload photos via the HIPPA-compliant messaging app.
Your consultation will always be with Dr. Danyo himself – not a technician. You can have this appointment as a video chat, or as a phone call where your pictures are reviewed.
During this consultation, Dr. Danyo can answer any questions you have regarding the procedure.
His goal is that all your questions have been answered before the day of your treatment so you arrive at the office feeling fully prepared.
There is a chance that on the day of your procedure, upon seeing your scalp up close, that the estimated number of grafts may change.
Dr Danyo says of his process:
“I had a patient come in. He wanted 1,000 grafts; he wanted to build up his hairline which was extremely low. And I said, ‘You know, I think you only need 600. We’re not doing 1,000 today.’ I’m very honest with my graft counts.
But on the flip side, I might do a consultation, and recommend 1,500. When you come in at the time of the procedure, I may say, ‘You know what? It might be better to do 1,750, would you be fine with that?’ But I’ll always ask; we never surprise a patient.”
Is Shave-Less FUE Worth The Investment?
Hair restoration surgery is an investment. Many patients will delay undergoing a procedure for years, even after deciding they want one, because of the cost.
Remembering the rule of thirds, though, is useful for anyone considering hair restoration treatment.
The effects of hair restoration last close to a lifetime, and the normal expectation that only one-third of patients are happy with their results does not apply.
Additionally, compared to other cosmetic procedures, the overall cost of hair restoration can be much more reasonable.
For a breast augmentation, there will be a surgery center or hospital fee, anesthesia costs, and potentially an overnight hospital stay. Because No-Shave FUE is an outpatient procedure, you only pay for your grafts – there are no added fees.
Still, when deciding to undergo a hair restoration treatment, the doctor you choose will have a large impact on your satisfaction.
Dr. Danyo is one of the only physicians in the country that does the entire procedure – all the extractions, each follicle placement – on every patient.
Other hair restoration clinics, especially the national chains, have technicians performing some procedures.
The prices at these chains are not significantly different than at North Atlanta Hair Restoration, but the level of expertise of your doctor may be very different.
To ensure you get the highest return on your investment, consider the impact that using an expert physician could have.
A Holistic Approach To Aftercare
Hair transplants are permanent procedures, and once your hair follicles have been moved, they will continue to produce hair as they did in the donor location.
However, all hair is susceptible to aging, and most body hair will eventually thin out over time. Many people who have never experienced hair loss will notice their hair thinning as they enter their 70s and 80s.
Also, patients may notice that their hair in the area that was thinning continues to thin over time. Because of the expert way Dr. Danyo places donor hairs using No-Shave FUE, continued hair loss will likely be less noticeable.
Dr. Danyo also recommends a holistic approach to aftercare that helps patients maximize the results of their treatment.
He will often discuss stress management strategies with patients, like yoga or meditation, as stress can contribute to premature hair loss.
Dr. Danyo says,
“I have delved into all different aspects of medicine, whether it’s acupuncture, Eastern medicine, realms of yoga and meditation, different breathing techniques, cold exposure. And of course, exercise.
A lot of my knowledge, it’s not just reading a medical journal or reading a medical textbook. This stuff is not learned in medical school, but it’s so pertinent to life.”
Additionally, Dr. Danyo may recommend topical or oral medications that encourage hair growth.
How Shave-Less FUE Transforms Lives
If done properly, Shave-Less FUE can have a tremendous impact on one’s self-esteem and overall well-being.
Hair loss is devastating to both men and women. It can:
- Sabatoge someone’s self-esteem,
- Increase symptoms of depression
- Cause people to self-isolate
- Have a negative impact on one’s sense of self
Cosmetic procedures are sometimes dismissed as frivolous, but reversing these psychological effects is serious business.
People sometimes feel that hair loss is hopeless, and represents a loss of vitality that they can never regain. But this is not true.
Dr. Danyo describes the changes he sees in patients from their first consultation to their final follow-up appointment:
“I do a lot of consults, and when I review people’s pictures and describe their projected results, they say, ‘I am so excited right now.’ That’s why hair transplant is worth it, because you’re excited about life again.
You’re excited about restoring your youth, your confidence, and it really kind of funnels into a lot of things. It’s not a cliche. I see it in patient after patient, especially at their 12-month follow-up. It’s like high fives and hugs when they come back.”
North Atlanta Hair Restoration generally recommends follow-up appointments at 6 and 12 months, barring any complications like ingrown hairs or pain.
For the first four months, patients are not likely to see much new growth. It tends to take several months for the transplanted follicles to produce new hair.
Healthline reports that people can expect to see up to 80% of new hair growth within 4 months of your Shave-Less FUE treatment.
At the six-month follow-up, Dr. Danyo says his patients are usually showing 70% of the total new growth they can expect.
When the twelve-month appointment arrives, he often sees a drastic change in his patients’ overall demeanor – not merely their hair.
“I’ve seen people come back and they look entirely different. I’m talking about losing 25, 30 pounds. They’ve been working out, they have kind of a sparkle in their eye.
A lot of my patients have been through trauma – say a bad divorce or the death of a spouse, or just major changes in their life. And then you have this very positive thing that happens to them and then it just spills over into the rest of their life.”
And because Shave-Less FUE is so subtle, patients don’t have to reveal they have had a hair restoration procedure to anyone they don’t care to.
Other hair transplant treatments, like FUT, may have lower costs, but they are more invasive and involve long recovery times.
Similarly, national chains may offer discounts for FUE procedures, but the results may not be as natural when your procedure is performed by a trained technician instead of a medical doctor.
If you’re making the investment on a hair transplant, you should know that it will be done correctly the first time.
Have Atlanta’s Hair Restoration Expert Perform Your No-Shave FUE Procedure
Dr. Danyo and the entire staff at North Atlanta Hair Restoration are dedicated to helping patients transform their everyday lives for the better.
You don’t have to struggle with the effects of hair loss. Contact Dr. Danyo at (678) 845-7521 or book a consultation right now.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.