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Is Hair Transplant Surgery Painful?

Surgery of any kind isn’t anyone’s idea of how to spend a day. Surgery takes time and effort, during, before, and after your surgeon does his or her work. Hair transplant surgery is no different. But just because hair transplant surgery isn’t a day at the beach doesn’t mean it needs to be unpleasant, and it certainly doesn’t need to be painful. In fact, at the Miami Hair & Skin Institute, we make patient comfort a top priority during our hair transplant procedures. If you have been apprehensive about hair transplant surgery because of concerns about it being a painful process, rest assured that pain is not part of the program.

A Relaxing Environment, A Light Sedative, and Local Anesthesia

When you arrive, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will do everything they can to put you at ease and make you comfortable. You will meet with your surgeon who will describe exactly what will take place and what you can expect during your procedure, even if they have previously discussed such matters with you. Feel free to ask your surgeon any questions or express any concerns you may have. We are committed to making your hair transplant surgery as successful as possible. That includes keeping you fully informed as to what is about to happen.

You will then settle into your surgery suite, which we designed to be a welcoming and relaxed environment rather than a cold and sterile one. A technician will massage your scalp before administering local anesthesia, like the kind dentists use. The massage creates a vibration on the scalp that works in combination with the anesthesia to minimize any discomfort.

We will also give you a mild sedative at the beginning of the session to minimize any anxiety you may be feeling. The brief time it takes to anesthetize the area is the only marginally uncomfortable part of the procedure, and the above technique usually causes less discomfort than a visit to the dentist.

Rest, Relax, and Tune Out During Surgery

During your surgery, you can either rest, read, listen to music, or watch movies or TV on your phone or tablet. Your procedure will likely take several hours; the exact duration of your session will depend on the number of grafts we are transplanting. For a 2000 graft case, the average time is about six hours.

After your hair transplant surgery, your doctor will give you detailed post-operative instructions to help you heal and get you back to your routine as quickly as possible, which is often the very next day.

As noted, since the procedure involves the use of a mild sedative, you should arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to our office and pick you up after your surgery.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today to Learn More About Hair Transplant Surgery

If concerns about pain have kept you from considering hair transplant surgery, we invite you to contact the Miami Hair Institute and arrange a personalized consultation with one of our world-renowned hair restoration physicians. We are confident that once you learn how pain-free the procedure is, you will want to move forward and resolve the hair loss issues that have bothered you for so long. 

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.


HypoThermosol vs. Saline in Hair Transplantation

HypoThermosolHair follicles are made up of living cells. Like all cells, those with hair follicles grow, live, die, and regenerate. In hair restoration surgery, living, healthy follicles from your donor area are transplanted into thinning areas. But that doesn’t happen instantly.

During the procedure, some time may pass between the time a follicle is removed and the time it is transplanted. This is a crucial juncture, as the cells in the grafts and soon-to-be-transplanted follicles need to be preserved during their time away from your scalp. Think of how organs such as hearts or kidneys need to be carefully preserved before they are transplanted into a recipient.

Why is Follicle Preservation So Important?

When hair follicle tissues are removed from the body even for a short time, there are many potential detrimental consequences. A lack of nutrients such as glucose and oxygen can render the cells unable to generate the fuel needed to maintain normal vitality.

During the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures we perform at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our surgeons use high-resolution digital imaging and their exceptional skills to identify and remove grafts with extraordinary precision. The goal is not only to harvest follicles with the best chance of growing in the transplanted area but also to leave most of the donor area hair in place so that it retains its natural appearance.

Given that goal, we want to remove as few grafts as possible to get the desired result. We also want to ensure that the highest percentage of grafts survive and grow. If removed follicles are not preserved in the most effective manner possible, they could lose their viability, leaving even fewer follicles available for transplantation.

Keeping hair follicle cells from dying during that gap between removal and transplantation involves storing the hair in a preservative solution. There are two types of solutions hair transplant surgeons can use to accomplish this: saline or HypoThermosol.

Why We Use HypoThermosol Instead of Saline

Saline solution is the traditional way that extracted tissue strips and follicles were stored during hair transplantation procedures. Such ‘isotonic solutions’ were originally designed to support cells at normal body temperatures. But hair follicles to be transplanted are routinely stored in a cold, hypothermic state (typically 2-8 °C), just as transplant organs are kept in cold temperatures.  The cold provides beneficial, protective effects on the cells and tissues of the graft.

HypoThermosol, on the other hand, was designed specifically to be more effective at colder temperatures. Studies have shown that the formulation of HypoThermosol can extend the storage interval for grafts and follicles, while maintaining follicle viability and in some cases, even promoting faster engraftment of transplanted follicles

That’s why we use a HypoThermosol + ATP solution in our hair transplant surgeries to provide the highest possible survival rate of the grafts and follicles we remove until they are ready for transplantation. It is part of our ongoing commitment to using the most advanced techniques in hair restoration to help our patients achieve optimal results.

Unmatched Experience and Unparalleled Results in Hair Restoration

At the Hair Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

Finding a Hair Transplant Surgeon You Can Trust

Finding a Hair Transplant Surgeon You Can TrustIf you are considering hair restoration, you already know that the loss of hair can impact your personal, social, and professional life.  Hair loss changes how you look, but it can also alter how you feel about yourself and diminish your influence on others.  Perhaps you’ve explored the topic on the Internet, or talked with friends or colleagues who have had a hair transplant.  Regardless of how you found us, we’re glad you did.  In all likelihood, our team of hair transplant surgeons and specialists can make a difference.

The creation of natural-looking hair is just one of the benefits of a world-class hair transplant procedure.  Hair restoration also makes patients look younger and feel better, two intangibles that may have a profound impact on everyday life.  Both men and women report feeling more confident in their interpersonal and social relationships.  Business performance often improves.  They feel more self-assured, more engaged in life, and project a stronger, more positive self-image.

The impact of a successful transplant is without a doubt life enhancing.  For some people, it can be life changing.  With so much at stake, you need to know you can trust the doctor, the procedure, and the results.  You want people who will understand the agonizing distress of hair loss and listen to your expectations.  You want a comfort and speedy recovery.

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is lead by Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, two surgeons with impeccable credentials and extensive experience that make each a leader in the field of hair restoration.  Both Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose invest themselves in the results of every transplant, and they care that each patient looks and feels better.  The Hair Transplant Institute is a state-of-the-art facility operated by an exceptional staff of surgeons, microscopists, surgical technicians, and registered nurses.  Our Institute is among the finest in the country, and we stand by a steadfast commitment to excellence.

Put simply:  You’ve found a team and a practice you can trust.

Artistic Perfection & Technical Expertise

Technical skills are only part of what’s required for a successful transplant.  Restoring hair to a fuller and more natural-looking state also requires artistic skill and attentive execution.  In this way, hair restoration is also an artistic endeavor that requires the surgeon to develop a refined sensitivity to the ways in which hair grows with natural balance and proportion.  To achieve the best results, transplanted hair must blend with existing hair in a manner that promotes continuity.

More on Creating Natural Results:  Visit this article to learn more about the 5 Characteristics of a Natural Looking Hairline.   

Hair Loss Evaluations with Dr. Nusbaum

After conducting a hair loss evaluation and determining the best procedure to attain desired results, Dr. Nusbaum works with each patient to learn specific personal goals and desires.  Dr. Nusbaum helps patients understand how each step of the procedure and post-procedure will be conducted to produces exceptional results.  By working with the overall image of the patient’s appearance, Dr. Nusbaum is attuned to how the hair will look in the weeks and months following the procedure as well as decades thereafter.

Hair Transplant Procedures with Dr. Rose

Dr. Rose conducts restoration procedures with the utmost care and skill, working to execute each procedure with precision and a sharp eye for aesthetic detail.  Dr. Rose is committed to the same ideals as Dr. Nusbaum, striving for perfection in every patient with professional honest and integrity.  A recognized leader in the field of hair transplantation, has earned a wealth of experience and accolades that evidence an unparalleled level of professionalism and expertise.  Most excitingly, Dr. Rose is co-creator of the Follicular Isolation Technique (FIT), a new means of harvesting and transplanting individual hair follicles with minimal scarring and beautifully natural results.

The Hair Transplant Institute:  Devoted to Excellence

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is located in the beautiful and serene Offices of Merrick Park, just off Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables, FL.  Our Institute uses only the most advanced and up-to-date technologies and procedures.  We invite you to contact us online or call directly at 877.443.9070.

Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure

Choosing a Hair Transplant ProcedureAt the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we have developed the most comprehensive approach for evaluating and treating hair loss in both men and women.  Located in the Offices of Merrick Park, our state-of-the-art facility provides our patients with the very latest in comprehensive hair loss evaluations and treatments.  Our practice is led by Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose, two highly skilled surgeons who have extensive experience in medical hair loss therapy and research.  Both Dr. Nusbaum and Dr. Rose are Board Certified in Dermatology, the only medical field with certified specialty residency training in hair loss and scalp diseases.

Comparing ‘Strip Donor’ to ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ Techniques

We are pleased to offer two highly effective hair transplant procedures:  The Strip Donor Procedure, and Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT).  Both procedures are highly effective in creating a fuller, natural looking head of hair for both men and women.  We are also pleased to offer the latest technologies and transplant techniques, ensuring the best possible outcome for our patients.  Two examples of hair transplant techniques you will not find anywhere else include:

  • Mesotherapy:  Incorporating mesotherapy with hair transplantation provides at least 2 unique benefits that increase the effectiveness of the procedure.  First, it penetrates the hair follicle to a greater degree compared to other topical applications.  Second, mesotherapy avoids the systematic side effects commonly associated with some oral medications.  The injections are very superficial and are administered with the use of vibration devices developed by our physicians to create a virtually painless experience.
  • Follicular Isolation (FIT) Technique:  Follicular Isolation Technique was co-created by the Hair Transplant Institutes’ very own Dr. Paul Rose.  Dr. Rose developed FIT to enhance the effectiveness of Follicular Unit Transfer (FUT) hair transplantation procedure.  Below, in the section titled Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure, we will further examine the role of FIT in the FUT procedure, as well as how the FUT procedure compares to Strip Donor procedure.

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