Hair transplant Santa Barbara - Reverse Hair loss with Hair restoration
Are you suffering from hair loss and looking to reverse the process for good? Hair restoration technology continues to improve and hair transplants can help completely reverse hair loss and create a long-lasting solution. Dr. Neavin has performed hundreds of hair transplant procedures at his Santa Barbara practice, providing both men and women with natural-looking results that restores both your hairline and your confidence!
Dr. Neavin is an expert hair restoration surgeon. He has a dedicated hair transplant clinic and performs follicular unit extraction most commonly with NeoGraft, a robotic hair transplantation, for hairline restoration and eyebrow transplantation.
Losing your hair can really cause a big impact on your self-esteem and well-being. We offer comprehensive hair transplant solutions that are tailored to each individuals needs. Whether you want to improve your hairline or regain thicker hair around your crown, the top priority is always to ensure you receive the highest standard of care from the initial consultation all the way to the final result.
What is hair transplant surgery?
Hair transplant, also referred to as hair restoration, is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon will transplant individual hair follicles from a donor site (typically back or side of the scalp) to the bald or thinning areas. The procedure typically treats male pattern baldness but also is used to restore hair in women and addresses hair loss due to various reasons such as trauma, burns or even scarring. Hair restoration procedures are a long-term solution for hair loss because the transplanted hair follicles are genetically resistant to balding. The result will often look like your natural hairline during the hair growth period.
The best technique for transplants are usually done through Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). In short, FUE is a far more superior technique and allows patients to have no visible scar.
It’s important to note, hair transplant is an art. To create natural looking results, transplanted hair must be oriented properly from the scalp while respecting density patterns. It is experience, an eye for detail, and a true understanding of aesthetics that become necessary components to restore a beautiful, natural looking head of hair.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUE avoids linear scars and eliminates the need for incisions, stitches, or staples. While other options are available, FUE remains one of the most precise and advanced methods for follicle extraction, providing healthy follicles for implantation.
FUE is when each individual follicular unit is extracted from the donor site and then implanted into the balding or thinning area of the patient. The hair restoration procedure is done under local anesthesia and the surgeon will use a small instrument to implant each individual follicle into the recipient site.
FUE can be a great solution even if you are in the advanced hair loss stages of balding. The hair grafts will be permanent and hair growth will continue over the course of the year following your procedure.
NeoGraft extracts follicles individually instead of strip harvesting (FUT) and the scalp then remains intact. Once the desired quantity of grafts is harvested, the NeoGraft uses a “no touch” follicle implantation. This process will carefully place the follicles into the scalp area, safely and precisely. This continues until all grafts have been implanted. Check out the video below for more info!
Other Hair Restoration Treatments for Men & Women
There are alternative treatments to transplantation that can be effective. The combination of medication as well as PRP (Platelet-rich plasma therapy) has proven to provide results for some individuals.
Recovery & Road to Hair Growth
After your procedure, you will experience some discomfort, soreness, and potentially some tightness on your scalp. Some patients may also experience puffiness around their eyes as the anesthesia fades.
The swelling generally subsides within the first week. You will notice scabs where the grafts were implanted and those will begin to fall off. During this period, avoid direct sunlight and any strenuous activities. Only use the hair care products and cleaning directions provided by your surgeon.
It’s important that there will be two phases during your recovery as your hair begins to grow.
Month 2-3: This is where the shedding phase will continue and your follicles begin to fall out.
Months 6-12: Patients will begin to enter the hair growth phase during these months. You will begin to notice the density and appearance of your hair improve overtime.
Patients will truly notice their transformation about a year after their transplantation.
Why am I balding?
Depending on what age you experience hair thinning or balding, you might be wondering why in the world have you suddenly experienced hair loss. Young men will often begin to take pictures of their crown as they begin to see their hairline receding. Men that are older are typically more understanding and accept that male pattern baldness is difficult to overcome without intervention. If you’re experiencing hair loss, you may be wondering why it’s happening and what you can do to prevent it.
Genetics plays a major role on whether or not you will be able to hold on to your hair. Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss and it is inherited through genes from your parents. The old myth of “you get your hair genetics from your grandpa on your mother’s side” is simply not true. It is the genetics from both your mother’s and father’s side of the family.
A treatment plan in the form of finasteride and minoxidil can be used to slow down hair loss, but it does not reverse it.
Other reasons for balding or hair thinning can be caused from certain medical conditions. Thyroid diseases, alopecia areata, and lupus can all lead to hair loss. Additionally, treatments such as chemotherapy can cause hair loss as a side effect.
It is also commonly known that stress can contribute to hair loss. However, most hair loss due to stress often re-grows once the body enters normal hormone levels and lowers cortisol.
Say Good Bye to Hair Loss! Schedule Consultation Today
A personal consultation with Dr. Neavin at his Santa Barbara hair restoration clinic will help go over your options and the hair restoration techniques that are available.
During your consultation, Dr. Neavin will go over a personalized plan depending on your extent of hair loss. Potential patients will be happy to know that healthy hair using your own natural hair is entirely possible. Your hair restoration goals are one consultation away!
Santa Barbara Location
The cost will vary depending on how many grafts need to be used for your procedure. In Santa Barbara, it is not uncommon for 2,000 grafts to be about $10,000.
Patients will experience some swelling post surgery. The swelling is a direct result of the trauma caused to the scalp during the transplantation process. The swelling will resolve within a few days to a week. Using cold compressions and sleeping up right will speed up the swelling to go down.
Most surgeons will recommend a hair transplant to individuals who have stable hair loss. Meaning, if you are still facing significant hair loss, it is best to wait until hair loss has stabilized before considering hair transplantation.
There are several factors in hair loss patients. The extent of hair loss and number of grafts used will determine if multiple procedures will be required. However, most patients will be happy to know one surgical hair restoration is all that is ever needed.
FUE: Hairs individually cored out. Biggest benefit of this, no scar left behind.
FUT: Often referred to as the “strip method” this is where a linear incision is made in the back of the head. Patients with longer hair to cover the scar will consider this an excellent option because you maintain more hair density with hair located in the back of your head.