Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that extracts hair follicles from one area of the body and grafts them onto a recipient site where a patient’s hair is thinning or absent.
Hair transplant techniques can be utilized by surgeons to successfully treat androgenic alopecia. This condition is a permanent form of hair loss. It is more commonly known as male pattern baldness (MPB), although it is also found in women, and has different terminology despite having the same histological causes.
If your struggles with hair loss are getting you down, experienced cosmetic surgeon Mustafa Ahmed, MD may have the answer you’re looking for. At his Las Vegas location, triple board-certified physician Dr. Ahmed leads the way with a graft-by-graft hair transplant technique to provide hair restoration that could just give you a new lease on life! Dr. Ahmed performs hair transplants by hand. His meticulous technique offers patients considerable advantages, and a more natural-looking, fuller head of hair.
- 1 About
- 2 Hair Transplant Terminology
- 3 Benefits of a Hair Transplant Procedure
- 4 Candidates for Hair Transplants in Las Vegas
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation for Your Hair Transplant
- 7 The Hair Transplant Procedure
- 8 Recovery & Results
- 9 Cost
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
As we age, the regenerative cycle of growth and regrowth shortens until some hair follicles are no longer effective. 85% of men will experience varying degrees of hair loss over the course of their lives  so it is important for cosmetic surgeons to provide viable aesthetic solutions to those for whom hair loss is traumatic, aesthetically unappealing, and embarrassing.
- In Men: MPB is a hereditary condition. Your genetics play a significant role in determining where and how much hair you will lose. Male hair loss usually occurs on the top and front of the head, and can begin in men in their mid to late 20s. A survey of men suffering from MPB revealed feelings of discomfort, fear of social rejection and a sense that they were aging too rapidly.
- In Women: With the preferred term female pattern baldness (FPB), androgenic alopecia in women affects different areas of the scalp than men. Perhaps surprisingly, 55% of women will experience FPB at some point in their lifetime due to hormonal fluctuations and underlying medical conditions. Unlike MPB, FPB is characterized by a reduction in hair density over the crown and frontal scalp with retention of the frontal hairline.
To take control and get a fuller, thicker head of hair, contact our office at (702) 447-1257 and speak to one of our trained staff members about your hair transplant options. Alternatively, you can complete a contact form on our website to start your hair revitalization journey with us.
Hair Transplant Terminology
Initially, when you begin researching hair transplant surgery, you may feel like you are bombarded with some confusing vocabulary along the way. Hair is not just “hair,” here! These keratinous structures have significant features that are important to understand before your hair transplant procedure. After a consultation with Dr. Ahmed, these terms will be clarified fully, but you can read a brief description of some important anatomical features below:
Composed of a hair shaft, two surrounding sheaths (inner and outer), and a germinative bulb, the hair follicle divides into three sections: the infundibulum , the isthmus , and the inferior segment. The follicle’s function is to act as an anchor in the skin. In cases of androgenic alopecia, the hair follicle shrinks, triggering the loss of the hair, and the growth of non-pigmented vellus hair, colloquially referred to as “peach fuzz”.
The bulb is the base of the hair follicle. It contains the hair matrix (creates the hair shaft), dermal papilla (regulates growth), and melanocytes (produce pigmentation) and is responsible for receiving hair growth hormones via blood vessels.
Terminal hair is thick and pigmented. It is located at the top of the scalp, beard, axillary, and pubic regions. This type of hair can be affected by androgens. The hair elsewhere on the body, including the parietal and occipital scalp, are androgen-independent.
Found in various places, vellus hair has fine, short characteristics. Its primary function is to conserve heat and to aid cooling of the body. This “peach fuzz” also grows on the scalp when the hair follicle shrinks and the normal hair is lost.
A follicular unit is a naturally occurring group of hair(s) seen on the scalp consisting of several terminal hairs (usually 1 to 4), a sebaceous gland and duct, and an arrector pili muscle. In most hair transplant procedures, hair is transplanted in units rather than individually
Unlike other hair restoration techniques, Dr. Ahmed does not extract hair in large strips, nor does he use an automated instrument to harvest donor hair. He grafts on a hair by hair basis, producing remarkably natural hair restoration results in his patients. Take a look at our cosmetic surgery blog for more information about additional procedures available to our Las Vegas patients.
Benefits of a Hair Transplant Procedure
Put bluntly, baldness can make us unhappy. Hair loss can often be a traumatic experience that has a profound effect on our self-esteem and social confidence, regardless of our age, gender, or background. A hair transplant procedure has numerous benefits, which may include:
- Fuller, thicker hair 
- Rejuvenation of your appearance
- Improved self-esteem
- Minimal scarring
- Low post-surgery hair maintenance
- Use of natural hair
- No long-term medications needed
Take control of your hair loss by scheduling a personal hair regeneration consultation with Dr. Ahmed. Call (702) 447-1257 to arrange an individual appointment to discuss your hair transplant goals.
Candidates for Hair Transplants in Las Vegas
The Hamilton-Norwood Scale is a classification method used in MPB. It rates the severity of hair loss from one (mild) to seven (severe). Patients in good general health and who have been balding for longer than five years, and who have hair loss beyond stage 3 on the Hamilton-Norwood Scale may benefit the most from a hair transplant procedure. Candidates should be between the ages of 25-65, although the ideal candidate is around 40. At this stage in life, the cause and severity of the patient’s hair loss has been explored fully. Additionally, patients must have enough good quality hair in the donor area for transplantation. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ahmed, he will assess the severity of your hair loss and offer his expert advice to assist you in your path toward hair rejuvenation.
A personal consultation with Dr. Ahmed is an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns about your hair loss and tell him about your long-term hair restoration goals. At this time, you will learn about the effective transplantation technique employed by Dr. Ahmed. He will then tailor a hair transplant plan to suit your individual needs. We want you to regain your confidence in your appearance, so put your trust in the safe hands of Dr. Ahmed, and let him provide the relief you have been looking for!
Preparation for Your Hair Transplant
There are a few things you need to do to prepare before your hair transplant procedure. These include:
- Not smoking at least a day before your surgery.
- Not drinking alcohol for at least 3 days before your surgery.
- Refraining from taking aspirin or blood thinners for about 2 weeks before your surgery.
- Refraining from taking vitamins and supplements for 2 weeks before your surgery.
- Having an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests done before surgery.
- Trying to avoid taking antidepressants for about 2 weeks before surgery. (Please consult your psychiatrist before altering your SSRI dosage)
- Refraining from getting your hair cut before the surgery.
- Promoting scalp blood flow by massaging your scalp.
- Taking medications as prescribed such as minoxidil (Rogaine).
The Hair Transplant Procedure
Manual hair transplantation requires the utmost skill and patience, so much so that many surgeons consider it to be an art rather than a mere surgical procedure! Dr. Ahmed uses manual Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) to remove donor hair in a process that may take several hours. In manual FUE, surgeons carefully cut around each miniscule unit individually with handheld tools. This painstaking technique requires extreme precision and surgical skill, but the results are worth waiting for!
After ensuring the donor area is thoroughly cleaned and numbed, he will shave the donor area of hair. He will carefully harvest hair follicles, then meticulously graft hair manually onto the area of hair loss. This process is done with a special punch, without the use of robotic instruments, so the results are precise, and the graft quality is high. The typical punch size for this precise instrument is between 0.7mm-0.8mm. Hair by hair, Dr. Ahmed will artfully position each strand at the optimal angle and depth that compliments your existing hair pattern. He will create a natural look by skillfully following the existing follicular pattern on your scalp and blending the grafted hair in seamlessly. Put your trust in one of the most skilled cosmetic hair restoration surgeons in Las Vegas. Call Dr. Ahmed’s office at (702) 447-1257 for answers to all of your hair transplant questions, and begin your hair rejuvenation journey with us today!
Recovery & Results
Manual FUE techniques preserve the quality of hair follicles for donation, so many surgeons believe that it is superior to other methods of hair transplantation. As with any precise surgical procedure, after your surgery, you will feel some temporary scalp pain. Dr. Ahmed can prescribe medication for this, and may prescribe additional anti-inflammatories or antibiotics to aid healing. He will advise you how best to mitigate the temporary discomfort during your healing process.
Most patients find that they are able to return to work and most regular activities 2-5 days after their hair transplant procedure. Two to three weeks later, you may notice the grafted hair start to fall out. This is a normal occurrence after hair transplant surgery, as the donor follicle should then be stimulated into forming and growing hair independently once its original hair is gone. Manual FUE garners fantastic results, and satisfied patients. It provides a natural-looking head of hair and a much-needed boost of confidence!
The final price of your hair transplant procedure will vary according to your individual circumstances. Pricing for manual FUE will depend on a number of factors, including the number of units transplanted, the quality and structure of your hair, and how many sessions you book. During your personal consultation, Dr. Ahmed will be able to assess your hair loss visibly, then estimate how many units he will need to harvest for your desired results. For information on our current pricing for hair transplants and other cosmetic procedures, please contact our office at (702) 447-1257.
What happens to hair follicles when you go bald?
Surprisingly, your hair follicles are still there, even when you go bald! In male pattern baldness, the hair follicle shrinks, causing regular hair to fall out. Your body then replaces the old hair with fine, downy hair which is much harder to see. The aesthetic effects of balding can be mitigated by cosmetic procedures such as hair transplant surgery.
Can a hair transplant procedure fail?
There are risks associated with any surgery, and the same can be said with hair transplants. Although the risks are relatively low, some patients may experience infection or irritation after their hair transplant. A condition known as folliculitis, or inflamed follicles can occur, but this is easily resolved with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
Will my hair transplant surgery look natural?
The surgical skill required to do hair transplant surgery is exceedingly high. Every surgeon qualified to perform hair transplants has trained rigorously for several years to acquire the expertise and manual dexterity required for this type of procedure, and their main goal is natural-looking hair and patient satisfaction. The result of hair transplant surgery, especially manual follicular unit extraction is first-rate, and an opportunity for surgeons to showcase their exceptional skills.
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