Hair Replacement

Hair Grafting and Transfer

Hair replacement is a cosmetic procedure that transfers hair from a donor site on the patient’s scalp to areas where hair is thinning.

Reasons to Choose Hair Replacement

Both men and women often turn to hair replacement surgeries to correct areas of the scalp where hair has thinned or has stopped growing. Many conditions can cause this sort of hair loss, from age to alopecia, and hair replacement can reverse the appearance of these issues.

Patients often like hair replacement as a more permanent solution to hair loss. It is important that patients are healthy, nonsmokers who have a realistic expectation of the results of the procedure. Under ideal conditions, hair replacement can leave a patient with hair that looks fuller and healthier.

FAQ About Hair Replacement in Orange County

The plastic surgery team at UC Irvine has provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hair replacement in Orange County. If you would like further information, please consult with a UC Irvine plastic surgeon.

How does it work?

The team at UC Irvine employs one of a few techniques for hair replacement in Orange County. The method used for your procedure will depend upon your specific needs and the condition of your hair and scalp.

One popular method for hair replacement is micrografting. In this procedure, small sections of hair-bearing scalp are removed. Your plastic surgeon will then further separate these sections of scalp, even down to individual hair follicles. Then, these hair-bearing sections will be grafted into areas of the scalp where the hair has thinned. This will fill out the appearance of your hair.

Your plastic surgeon may also use a technique called flap surgery. In this procedure, a section of hair-bearing scalp is separated, but left connected to its native blood supply. Your plastic surgeon will then move the section to an adjacent section of scalp that exhibits thinning or no hair.

When your plastic surgeon has achieved the ideal result, the incisions will be closed with sutures and a surgical dressing will be applied.

What happens after surgery?

When you return home after your surgery, you will wear the surgical dressings on your scalp for a couple of days. After the dressings are removed, you will be able to wash your hair with shampoo. For several days, you may experience some swelling, but this will dissipate with the application of an ice pack.

Most likely, the transplanted hair will fall out over the next couple of weeks. However, it should regrow naturally some time after that. You may also need further operations to fill in any inconsistencies in hair growth.

Why should I choose UC Irvine for hair replacement?

As hair grafting involves delicate microsurgery, you can feel safe trusting the plastic surgery team at UC Irvine. The practitioners in the plastic surgery department are knowledgeable and experienced not only in cosmetic surgery, but in reconstructive surgery of the face and skull, as well.

What are the most common risks involved with hair replacement?

Risks associated with hair replacement are few, but in some cases may include infection, scarring and poor hair growth. Your plastic surgeon will be able to answer any questions you may have during your consultation.

If you struggle with thinning hair, we encourage you to look into hair replacement in southern California. The experienced plastic surgery team at UC Irvine is eager to hear from you. You can contact us by email to learn more or schedule your consultation today by calling us at (949)-999-2411.