FAQ about Strip Hair Transplant
Yes, Dr. Sean creates a natural non-pluggy hairline, guaranteed.
Dr. Sean does all the numbing, the removal of the grafts and the skin closure, making sure it is done appropriately. He takes as much time as possible making sure that the scar is as minimal as possible. He creates all the recipient sites including the angles of every site.
When performing a hair transplant that requires over 2000 grafts, it is very important that every angle and every direction of every hair is made appropriately. Overall, Dr. Sean recognizes the importance of every step of the hair transplantation process and as a result, he performs only one procedure a day.
This has been his philosophy from the beginning and has ensured great results with every patient. Technicians assist with Dr Sean. their main goal is to dissect grafts and place them.
The video below explains how the scalp exercise is done, During the consultation, Dr. Sean explains it in more detail.
Hair transplant candidates will be taught a special scalp stretching exercise that increases the laxity of the donor area and enables Dr. Sean to remove more grafts.
Typically, the scalp exercise increases the number of grafts that can be obtained by 20-30%. So the value of the surgery is literally in the patient’s hands. Because we offer flat fee pricing, the more scalp exercise a patient does, the more grafts Dr. Sean can get reducing the cost per graft.
You can watch how the scalp exercise is performed by clicking on the below video. during the consultation, Dr. Sean will review this in more detail as well.
Dr. Sean does only one case a day and he spends as much time necessary to get the perfect closure in the donor area. He use the double layer suturing technique as well as the trichophytic closure (overlapping of the skin) to minimize the scar.
The procedure only involves the top layer of skin. So local anesthetic is sufficient. Dr. Sean performs only one case a day, so he will slow down as needed.
Dr. Sean performs only one procedure a day and takes his time suturing the donor area. He does a procedure called the trichophytic technique, where he creates an overlap between the two edges of the skin so hairs grow into the level of the scar ( please see pictires below).
He also uses a double layer closure technique, where he completely sutures the inner lining of the skin and the outer layer of the skin, which help reduce tension and further decrease scarring.
During the consultation with Dr. Sean, he analyzes your scalp hair using a video microscope as well as a densitometer. It can demonstrate whether your donor hair is good and whether you are good candidate or not.
Hair Densitometer: This is used to measure the number of grafts per centimeter square, which allows Dr. Sean to estimate how many grafts he can remove in one session.
If the grafts are thinned out then you are not a candidate. He also uses a densitometer to calculate the density of the donor area. Again if the density is low, you are not a good candidate.
If you have a significant skin condition that contributes to scarring, such as scarring alopecia then you are also not a candidate. It is thus very important to come to the consultation and see Dr. Sean and this why Dr. Sean sees every patient himself during the actual consultation.
The implanted hairs will temporarily shed over the first 2 weeks after hair transplantation procedure. This is natural. However, the hair follicles are still intact underneath the skin.
The hair will start growing out at the 3rd or 4th month after the procedure. It will continue to grow about 1 inch every 3 months. So by 10 to 12 months, it has grown almost 2 to 3 inches.
If I lose my current existing natural hair, and I am only left with transplanted hair, will I look unnatural?
He first meets with you and goes through the entire plan. During the consultation, you and Dr. Sean have already decided on the hairline and the number of grafts required. Dr. Behnam will review all of these with you. Dr. Sean typically likes to even plant more grafts to make sure that result is fantastic.
After everything is reviewed, you are then taken to procedure room, where the donor area is numbed and the grafts are removed. Dr. Behnam creates all of the sites where the grafts will be placed.
You will then have lunch. Afterwards, the grafts are individually placed back into the scalp by his skilled technicians. You will then be discharged home. Dr. Sean requests a follow up with him the following day and a few times within the first two weeks following the procedure.
Yes, we specialize in all kinds of hair color. We have special microscopes and special lights that we utilize during our procedure that makes it possible to perform hair transplantation on grey hair.
Above is a gentleman with grey hair who had a hair transplant. The left is the before picture and the right is the picture taken one year after hair transplantation.
Above is the picture of microscope used in dissecting grafts. The arrow points to the light box, which emits light from the bottom that will make it very easy to see grey hairs.
In addition to all the high tech equipments, we also have excellent technicians with over 10 years each in dissecting and placing grafts..
Yes. There is no general anesthesia used. We may give you some Xanax or Valium to calm and relax you. You may also sleep during the procedure or watch a movie. You can bring your own DVDs or CDs.
The two above pictures are of our beautiful office building in Santa Monica. We have a 3,000 square feet suite on the 3rd floor of class A medical office in Santa Monica.
The room is also equipped with TV, so you can bring your own CD or DVD and can watch a movie.