While many people find ways to hide signs of aging, one inescapable sign is the loss of hair. Loss of hair can result from several factors, including genetics, diet, stress, medications, hormone changes, and trauma (such as a burn or scar). A hair transplant can address your hair loss by implanting your own hair follicles where thinning is present while minimizing the look of scars, allowing our Miami Hair Transplant patients to look and feel better about their appearance.
FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) removes a strip of hair from the donor area (usually the back of the head) and then separates that strip into individual grafts. The grafts are then transplanted to the areas of the scalp that are balding or thinning.
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) involves individual follicular units removed from the scalp. First, the donor area is shaved, and each follicle is extracted one by one. The follicles are then transplanted to the areas of the scalp that are balding or thinning.
The DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) technique is essentially a modified version of the FUE procedure where hair is transplanted for regrowth. DHI involves taking individual hair follicles and moving them from one part of your scalp to the balding or thinning area. The DHI technique utilizes a specialized, pen-shaped tool that implants the hair follicle at the new location but also cuts the channel in your skin prior to implantation (with FUE, channels have to be cut separately). Since follicles are transplanted one by one, only very tiny scars occur with DHI. This technique can be effective for both male and female pattern hair loss.
For most patients, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz will use local anesthesia, which means you will be awake but won’t feel any pain for the duration of this outpatient procedure. During hair transplant Miami patients can expect the surgery to last between four to six hours depending on the number of grafts. You will be kept as comfortable as possible during this time.
FUE vs. FUT Technique for Hair Transplantation
Areas for Hair Transplant
The doctor will begin the hair transplant procedure by making tiny incisions in the treatment area and then extracting individual follicular units. He will then make incisions in the donor area and transplant the follicles. Once the surgery is complete, you will be able to go home the same day. In addition, there are many options to choose from that can complement your results. These include the following:
This cap is placed on your head and is studded with lower-strength lasers. They emit photons that penetrate your scalp which targets your follicles and stimulates hair growth and overall metabolism.
This is a daily, non-drug supplement that improves the overall health and strength of your hair and stimulates hair growth.
This is a type of topical medication used to treat hair loss by increasing hair growth. It especially targets the effects of male pattern baldness. Minoxidil is typically prescribed in combination with other procedures such as PRP Injections or a surgical hair transplant to enhance your results. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz recommends HairStim Labs, which allows him to prescribe specific dosage to meet his patients’ unique cases as well as combine minoxidil with other growth factors such as topical finasteride. HairStim Labs then delivers your prescription right to your house.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. A small vial of blood is drawn from your arm, spun in a centrifuge, and then specific components are injected into your scalp. This stimulates hair growth to complement the results during a hair transplant, and again 4 and 8 weeks after your transplant procedure. Maintaining PRP treatments every 6 months thereafter is recommended for best results.
There are several brands of shampoos specially formulated to stimulate transplanted hair follicles for optimum growth. Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz recommends a uniquely formulated prescription shampoo created by HairStim Labs. When you receive a prescription from Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz, they will deliver it right to your home.
After your hair transplant, you can expect some redness and swelling in the treatment area. You will also need to take it easy for the first few days after your surgery.
Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and what activities to avoid. After their hair transplant Miami patients typically take seven to 10 days off from business or social commitments.
It can take several months for the transplanted hair to start growing. And it can take up to a year for the full results of your hair transplant to be visible. But once your new hair starts growing, it will be permanent.
Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz and his Nurse Practitioner, Elsa have more than 20 years of combined experience in hair transplantation. They utilize the most advanced techniques including no-scar FUE and Direct Hair Implant (DHI) technology which ensures no damage to grafts when implanted, resulting in a much higher survival rate.
This means far better results than has been possible with previous hair transplant technology. Committed to mastering the most advanced techniques, he performed an elective fellowship in oculoplastic and aesthetic surgery under the tutelage of world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Codner. This additional training afforded Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz the opportunity to embrace and utilize his artistic eye while perfecting his aesthetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) skills. He also has extensive experience performing complex revisional eyelid surgery, droopy eyelid (ptosis) surgery, facial plastic surgery (face- and neck lifts, nose surgery, ear surgery), non-surgical facial rejuvenation (Botox/Dysport, injectable fillers, and skincare), and aesthetic breast surgery.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jose Rodríguez-Feliz represents the next generation of surgical aesthetics. Catering to both local and international clientele at his state-of-the-art boutique practice and accredited surgical facility in Coral Gables, Florida, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz is one of the top Miami plastic surgeons performing oculoplastic and facial aesthetic surgery.
With almost a decade of practice, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz is an expert within his field who knows how to ease your fears and help to reach your cosmetic goals. If you’re interested in learning more about hair transplant options, call or email for more information today.
Hair transplants are recommended by Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz when someone feels uncomfortable with their appearance due to thinning hair or bald spots as they can be signs of aging. Others have had some kind of trauma such as a burn, which has left behind patches in the head. If you want a permanent solution for restoring hair loss, a hair transplant could be your best option.
Not usually. However, there is some associated soreness and tenderness. There may also be itchiness from any scabs that develop where the transplanted follicles are, so it’s important not to scratch at them. There will also be some bruising and swelling that should subside after a few weeks.
As this is a minimally invasive procedure, you should be able to return to work within a few days as recovery time is usually short. Keep in mind that transplanted hair will fall out within six weeks with the normal hair cycle, but this is normal and new hair will grow in to replace it. Results can be seen at 3-6 months, however, we advise you to wait up to one year post-op to enjoy your full results.
Not really. Although there may be some scars from the tiny incisions where the follicle grafts are, they will be invisible as your hair grows to cover them.
Although medically-needed hair transplants are usually covered by insurance providers, most of the time this is an elective procedure. In this case, the costs are out of pocket, but there are financing and payment options available. Feel free to ask about these and other concerns during your call or consultation.
Hair transplants are typically priced per graft; the cost can vary depending on the number of grafts you need and the type of surgery you choose. For example, FUT hair transplants typically cost between $4 and $15 per graft, while FUE hair transplants can cost between $10 and $20 per graft.
If you’re interested in a hair transplant in Miami, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz requires that patients meet for a consultation before scheduling surgery to establish their eligibility. Please note that good candidates generally are in good health. The type of hair they have will also determine if a hair transplant is the best next step.
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