The first thing we tell our hair transplant patients is always this: Unlike other plastic surgery, hair restoration takes a little bit of patience. You cannot expect the same overnight results you can achieve with, say, a tummy tuck, where results are immediately visible.

If you think about it, this is more a blessing than a curse. Yes, you have to wait a little for your new hairline and your crown to fill in. But relying on the natural growth cycle of hair ensures that the results look, in fact, natural.

In the end, our Nashville Hair Doctor and Memphis Hair Doctor patients are always surprised how fast this waiting time goes by, and how quickly the first results begin to show. The best way for you to get an idea of this timeline is to follow the journey of a hair restoration patient.

The Hair Transplant Patient

David Bernard is a 34-year old internet marketing specialist living in the Nashville area. His dark, coarse, and wavy hair was receding and thinning in the crown. He elected to have a hair transplant at Nashville Hair Doctor in July of 2018. The cause for his hair loss was male pattern baldness, a condition affecting many men of all ages.

Nashville Hair Doctor patient journey

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A good view of David’s crown before his procedure. You can see the thinning hair.

Prior to his procedure, David had met with Shauna, our medical consultant. Shauna is available to meet in person at our office, but she also conducts virtual consultations. All a patient needs to do is upload his or her picture using a secure feature on our website, and she takes it from there.

The purpose for David’s meeting with Shauna was to evaluate the state of his hair loss and discuss goals for his new look. He was alarmed about his thinning crown that was at risk of turning into a bald spot, and he also wasn’t happy with how far his hairline had retreated. Shauna advised that a 2,800-graft hair transplant would be ideal to fill in both hairline and crown. She also recommended a PRP treatment to boost post-op growth. Then they set a date for early July during a slow week at work, allowing him to work from home.

The Hair Transplant Procedure

The only concern David had before his procedure was having to sit still for up to 8 hours. NeoGraft hair transplants can take a bit of time to complete, since each hair graft has to be transplanted individually. This is a good thing. The alternative is the Strip Method, which removes a strip of hair all at once from your scalp, resulting in a scar. NeoGraft leaves you with an unblemished scalp without scars.

It was easy for David to pass the time during his hair transplant. There was a TV in the procedure room, and he was given the remote. Occasionally he would have to change positions depending on where they worked. He also enjoyed chatting with Jay, the Nashville Hair Doctor NeoGraft technician.

He didn’t feel much of anything throughout the procedure, thanks to the placement of a numbing agent on the affected areas. Occasionally he might feel a little pinch from where they extracted hair, or a sensation of a pinprick where it was inserted. He says it was easy to manage because he controlled the pain level.

The Hair Transplant Recovery

David’s recovery lasted about a week. Not because he was in any pain, but because he wanted to wait that long before showing himself in public. Here is a brief timeline of his week of recovery:

Day 1

Made sure he followed all post-op instructions given by Shauna, like waiting for 3 days before washing his hair and sleeping with head in an elevated position. (Read our complete Tips for Best Results and Dos and Don’ts After a Hair Transplant for more information.)

Nashville Hair Doctor patient journey Day 1 post-opDay 2

Experienced a bit of swelling to the head from not having kept it elevated when sleeping. Would opt for sleeping in a recliner during first week if he did it again.

Day 3

Hung out by the pool, occasionally spraying back of the head when it was itchy.

Nashville Hair Doctor patient journey Day 3 post-opDay 4

Washed hair for the first time as instructed, using a cup to pour soapy water over his head so as not to scrub unnecessarily.

Day 5

Was thrilled with his hair looking almost back to normal, with hardly any scabs showing and tiny hairs growing at the front hairline.

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Got ready to go back to work.

1 Month

Noticed some hair was falling out but was ready for this as per Shauna’s instructions. This is completely normal and part of the growth cycle of hair. The roots of your transplanted hair are still there and will continue to reproduce.

2-3 Months

Started seeing the first results at both hairline and crown. Was happy to wear tighter fitting hats again, which he had avoided entirely during first few months to protect the new grafts.

6 Months

Was delighted to be much further along than anticipated. His hairline had gained almost an inch, and his crown was almost completely covered with full hair. He was told to expect his best results at 14 months, so 6 months seemed like no time at all. David attributes his great results to three things: 1. Opting for a transplant early rather than waiting longer; 2. Following the post-op instructions to a T; and 3. Opting for the PRP treatment.

The Hair Transplant Results

We believe that these pictures speak for themselves. Also watch the video to hear David describe his journey in his own words.

Before and After picture of male NeoGraft hair transplant patient - top view | Nashville Hair Doctor

After picture taken 6 months after hair transplant

If you have any questions about hair restoration at Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor, please give us a call. To receive an instant quote, simply upload your picture, and Shauna will be in touch with you!

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About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

If you’ve been considering a hair transplant, it’s probably because you looked in the mirror one morning and saw scalp where there should be hair. The shock of an unexpectedly receding hairline or bald spot can be quite visceral. Nevertheless, you most likely didn’t book a consultation with a hair doctor or clinic right away. Of all the questions you may have about hair restoration, the most pressing one might be: Is now the right time to have a hair transplant?

It’s not an easy question to answer, because everyone is different. There is no ideal age at which you should get a hair transplant, just like there is no ideal age for a tummy tuck or laser hair removal. On the one hand, many patients, once they’ve had a hair transplant and have seen how relatively easy it is, wish they had done it sooner. But on the other hand, you may not want to jump the gun and start too soon.

Here are some broad guidelines for how to choose when to have a hair transplant:

Your Age

Male pattern baldness, which affects up to two thirds of American men by the age of 35, can start showing as early as age 18. However, we don’t advise you have a hair transplant under the age of 25, even if you’re experiencing early hair loss. From 18 -29 your hairline is still forming. What you may think of as a receding hairline may simply be what’s called a mature hairline, which is not quite the same thing as a receding hairline.

By age 35, any hair loss you may experience has typically stabilized. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a hair transplant earlier. But it’s a good idea to wait until any rapid hair loss eases off so that your hair doctor or hair restoration technician can get a good idea of your pattern of hair loss. A hair transplant relies on using donor hair from the back of your head. If you opt for a hair transplant too early, you may distribute the donor hair too heavily in one area, leaving too little for late when it’s needed in another area. This also has to do with the natural density of your hair. In short, you want to plan out carefully where to distribute your hair so as to achieve the best overall effect.

Your Expectations

As mentioned above, your donor hair is in somewhat limited supply. The good news is that the donor hair comes from an area that isn’t prone to hair loss. This means you don’t have to worry that you’ll have a hair transplant now, only for that same hair to later fall out. But what you do have to consider is where to put you donor hair to the best use.

The question you should ask yourself is this: If you only have enough donor hair to fit one area and not several, which area would you be most happy with? Going in with the right expectation is very important for a good outcome of hair restoration.

The Cost

We’re not going to lie and say hair transplants are cheap. They’re not. They require a fairly large financial investment, so the question of when you should have one may very well hinge on the price. Will you be able to afford a hair transplant or do you need more time to save up for one? What type of interest-free payment plans are being offered? Do certain hair transplant providers offer seasonal discounts only applicable at a certain time of year?

When doing your research into hair transplants, it’s a good idea to not just compare prices at different providers, but also their financing plans and special offers. Some clinics also offer travel packages for out-of-town patients. This may well save you money if you come from an area of the country with high hair transplant prices.

Recovery Time

While there are no real limitations on what time of year you can have hair transplant surgery, there are several considerations you should take into account.

How long it takes for a hair transplant to heal varies from procedure to procedure. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is so popular because it requires practically no healing time. There is no surgical incision and therefore no scar, compared to other methods like the “strip method.”

However, even with FUE you are advised to plan for 7-14 days of recovery time. Your head will be covered with tiny red dots from where the hair follicles were extracted and re-inserted, and there may be a small amount of swelling. While you should feel fit enough to go back to work after just 1-2 days post-op, most of our patients choose to take a week or two off to allow their hair to start growing in again, and the tiny punctures to scab over and fall off.

Time of Year

For hair transplant patients at the Nashville Hair Doctor, the Christmas break tends to be the most popular time of year. Some companies tend to shut down their offices altogether over Christmas, in which case you wouldn’t even have to take any time off work.

Also, there are a few rules to observe after hair transplant surgery. While you can go back to most of your regular activities within just days after your procedure, swimming is not advised for a few weeks, and direct sunlight should be avoided. This doesn’t mean you can’t go on a beach vacation, as long as you invest in a hat. But it’s also a great time to explore, say, a new city or visit the mountains. Or perhaps you’d like to stay close to home and make a project of sampling the local restaurant scene.

No matter what time of year you choose for your hair restoration procedure, you’ll need to plan ahead to get it scheduled for your calendar. The holiday season is always a good time to take a look at the coming year and schedule the big events you hope to achieve.

Time to Get Started

No matter how old you are or how much or how little your hair loss has progressed, it’s never the wrong time to get a completely free, no obligation quote. To find out if you are a good candidate and how much a hair transplant tailored to you would cost, simply upload your picture(s) to our online quote form. We will contact you within one day to ask additional questions, if necessary, and map out the perfect hair transplant to best suit your needs. There is no obligation in any of this

It’s always the perfect time to get started and learn more about the many options you have to achieve a younger look and invest in your confidence.

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About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

So you’ve been frustrated by premature hair loss. You may have tried the “miracle” remedies that don’t work. And you’ve finally realized that hair transplant surgery is the best – and only – way to restore your hair to a look you can feel great about.

In your research about hair transplants, you may have come across listings of various hair loss types such as shown below. They typically range from Class 1 to Class 7, where Class 1 is a person who hasn’t lost any significant amount of hair beyond what’s perfectly normal and who doesn’t need hair restoration, and Class 7 is a person with a completely bald crown and hair ringing the sides and back. Some websites will go into great detail describing each hair loss type and helping you determine the ideal number of grafts needed to restore your hair. (There is also a different hair loss type classification system for women.)

 

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Class 2 Hair Loss: Beginnings of a receding hairline

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Class 3 Hair Loss: A more pronounced receding hairline

At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we are a little ambivalent about such a rigid hair loss classification system for several reasons.

A Quick Recap on Hair Restoration

To illustrate why, let’s do a quick recap on how medical hair restoration works: A hair transplant technician extracts donor hair from an area of the scalp that is resistant to hair loss, and transplants it follicle by follicle into the balding areas of the scalp. In most cases the culprit is male pattern baldness, meaning the donor hair has to come from the back and sides of the head to fill in the balding areas on top of the head. How much donor hair is available for transplantation depends on the state of balding you are in.

Most patients have enough donor hair to work with, since the hair in the donor region of the scalp is not typically affected by hair loss. However, depending on the progression of hair loss, you may need fewer or more grafts to fill in the balding area.

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Class 4 Hair Loss: The beginnings of a bald spot

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Class 5 Hair Loss: A larger bald spot or even disappearance of hairline

 

Don’t Fret About Your Hair Loss Type

A system that segments the population into very specific hair loss types suggests that there is one specific answer for every class, and that all you have to do is shop around for a transplant that can cure your type of hair loss. But hair restoration doesn’t work like Remedial Math 101. Hair restoration is much more art than science, and it requires a master technician with years of experience to take a look at your scalp and decide which approach is best. He or she will take into consideration a host of factors like the patient’s age, family history, type and texture of hair, and the amount and quality of the donor hair. All this will help him determine how many grafts are needed to restore your hairline and volume with the most natural look.

Once your technician gets started on the hair transplant surgery, he will make sure to extract the most viable donor hair follicles. When it comes time to implant them, it is important to do so at the correct angles so the results look exactly like natural hair.

What the Hair Doctor Can Do

All of this attention is simply not possible by looking at a pictogram. It is essential for your hair doctor to assess you individually to some up with the best and most economical treatment plan. At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we pride ourselves in taking good care of our patients regardless of hair loss type. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to look good and feel great about themselves. No matter if you are only showing the beginnings of a receding hairline that might need a smaller number of grafts, or already have a growing “bald spot” in the back of your head, our Nashville Hair Doctor team is here to help. Our NeoGraft Master Tech has completed over 12,000 hair transplant procedures while staying abreast of new techniques to assure the best outcomes.

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Class 6 Hair Loss: Bald spot extends over entire top of head

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Class 7 Hair Loss: Bald crown and loss of hairline

Am I a Good Hair Restoration Candidate?

It’s never too early to think about hair restoration. You may look at these pictograms and think that you fall into Class 1, meaning your hair loss is in the realm of what’s considered normal. But even a slightly receding hairline can be a harbinger of more severe hair loss a few years down the road. Why go through it when you could use hair restoration now, with a very limited number of grafts, to maintain your full healthy head of hair?

We’d also like to add that as with all plastic surgery, a successful hair transplant requires that you have realistic expectations. It doesn’t matter which stage of baldness you find yourself in – you can be happy with the outcome and gain new confidence even with a limited number of grafts. The decision comes down to how many grafts will be enough to satisfy your expectations. Wanting to reestablish a thinning look in an area where you were bald before is more realistic than going from bald crown to full head of hair.

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Why settle for a pictogram when your actual hair tells a much better story? The best way to determine the number of hair grafts you need to achieve the hoped-for look is to make an appointment for a consultation with a specialist. Call the Nashville Hair Doctor today to schedule your consultation.

If a consultation sounds like too big a step, or if you are not based in the Nashville area, we have another option for you. At the Nashville Hair Doctor, we have created a handy Online Quote tool that lets you easily upload pictures of your very own hair in less than 2 minutes. Our consultant will get back to you the next day to discuss options for a customized procedure. Visit our FREE ONLINE QUOTE form to get started on your hair restoration journey.

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About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>

Hair Loss is a Reality for Two in Three Americans

Have you stood in front of the mirror and fretted about the ever-expanding corners of your forehead and wondered what to do? You’re certainly not the only one. By the age of 35, more than two in three Americans will have experienced hair loss. And for men, the first sign of hair loss is often a receding hairline. This is why we picked hairline restoration as today’s topic. If you’re looking for hairline restoration without surgery, keep reading.

It would be nice if hair loss didn’t matter. In fact, not having to deal with pesky hair, the washing, combing, and styling of it, would be such a time saver every morning. And indeed, there are a few brave souls among us who simply accept hair loss, maybe even double down on it by shaving off the remaining strands of hair, and live happily ever after.

However, the vast majority of us do not like to settle for hair loss. We don’t want to look prematurely old or professorial. We’d rather look like a rugged outdoor sportsman (or sportswoman) with a healthy mane of hair blowing in the breeze.

This is the place in the conversation about hair loss where we can skip straight to hair transplants. Forget about the special shampoos, the funky diets, or even, gulp, toupees. Once you’ve seen what a hair transplant could do to transform your hairline or your growing bald spot, you won’t want anything else.

The reason men and women suffering from hair loss embrace hair transplants so wholeheartedly is that they look so darn good. And the reason they look good is that they use your very own, natural, hair and somehow coax it back into growing where it has been disappearing at an alarming rate.

How does this work? In a nutshell, modern hair transplant technology such as NeoGraft® focuses on the individual hair follicle. Grafts or “follicular units” of hair are extracted from the back of your head where healthy hair continues to grow into old age, and inserted into areas of baldness or thinning hair on your scalp where the original follicles have died off. While NeoGraft is a surgical procedure, strictly speaking it’s not surgery. There are no scalpels involved, no stitches, no general anesthesia. It is surgical precision without the surgery.

Hairline Restoration Without Surgery: A Work of Art

Speaking of surgical precision, one particularly tricky challenge for a hair replacement technician is the hairline. It’s relatively straightforward to place hair grafts among existing healthy hair to fill it in. But creating an entirely new hairline for someone who is almost completely bald on top of the head? This requires an artist’s touch. The new hairline needs to curve just right, not too much and not too little. If done wrong, it can look ridiculous. You don’t want to look like a schoolboy in your middle age. But you also want to get enough out of your hair transplant to see a substantial difference.

Any good hair transplant starts with masterful hairline restoration.

If you’re going to invest in hair restoration to battle back against hair loss, how do you make sure you get the most natural-looking hairline? You pick a hair transplant specialist with experience. Operating the NeoGraft (or other follicular unit extraction) system is not the hard part. You don’t have to be a surgeon or even medically trained for it. The difficult part is mastering the artistic aspect. And like any good artist, you need to have years of experience practicing your art to become really good at it.

At the Nashville Hair Doctor, you will be in excellent hands for your hairline restoration without surgery. Our NeoGraft Master Technician has over 20 years of experience in his field, and hairline restoration without surgery is his specialty. He has the perfect touch, making sure our hair transplant patients leave our clinic with a bold new hairline that looks entirely natural.

Who Should I Turn to For Hairline Restoration?

When selecting a hair transplant provider, you will want to weigh different factors: How affordable is the hair transplant, how much downtime is needed for the procedure, how fast is my recovery? But make sure you don’t lose sight of what could make or break your hair transplant. Choosing a provider with the most experience in hairline restoration is a good start.

At Nashville Hair Doctor and Memphis Hair Doctor, we serve patients from anywhere in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. All hair transplant procedures are performed at our plastic surgery clinic in Brentwood, TN, at the outskirts of Nashville. Call us today to schedule a consultation or request a quote online. Make sure you ask about our travel package for out-of-town patients and our interest-free financing options.

Do you think your receding hairline is a problem? If the answer is yes, then professional hair restoration is the answer. Just make sure your provider understands the art of hairline restoration.

Nashville Hair Doctor by NuBody Concepts serving patients in Tennessee and beyond

About Hair Doctor

With over 20 years of experience in FUE hair restoration and led by a double-board certified plastic surgeon, we are a leading provider of affordable hair transplants in the Southeast. Visit us at our Nashville Hair Doctor or Memphis Hair Doctor offices, or take advantage of our complimentary travel package for out-of-town patients. Read more>>