What Is Hair Restoration?

Hair restoration is a broad term for several treatments used to regrow thick, luscious hair after hair loss has occurred. The most common method of hair restoration is a hair transplant, which involves taking hair follicles from areas of the head that are not affected by hair loss. These healthy follicles are harvested from the donor area and transplanted to the areas that are lacking hair. As a result, new, thick hair grows from the follicles to restore hair density.

Our Hair Restoration Methods

Our hair technicians offer three effective techniques for hair restoration in Portland that can be chosen depending on the specific needs and preferences of the patient:

FUE Hair Transplant - The FUE (follicular unit excision) is a special method used for hair transplants. Although an FUE instrument can come in different forms, it is essentially a hollow metal tube with an opening at one end. When the tool is applied to the area of healthy hair, it fully encompasses the targeted follicle, allowing it to be safely extracted. It is then prepared and transplanted to another area.

FUT Hair Transplant - The FUT (follicular unit transplant) or strip hair transplant method is a more traditional hair restoration method that first gained popularity in the 1990s. During this treatment, the hair technician removes a strip of skin with healthy hair from an area of the scalp near the back of the head. This results in a thin scar on the scalp that is not visible unless the hair is shaved or kept very short. Next, this strip is examined under a high-powered microscope, allowing the technician to extract individual hair follicle units carefully. These hair grafts are then inserted into the bald or balding area of the scalp, similar to how FUE is done.

PRP Therapy - Another effective option for non-surgical hair restoration is PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy. PRP is plasma (the fluid that blood is made of with the red blood cells removed) containing a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. During PRP hair restoration, platelet-rich plasma is drawn from the patient’s blood and injected into the areas of the scalp affected by hair loss. This helps to increase the blood supply to the hair follicles and trigger the natural hair growth process.

Am I a Candidate for Hair Restoration?

Adults experiencing significant hair loss could be good candidates for hair restoration. To be an ideal candidate for the treatment, you should:

  • Be in good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have a sufficient amount of donor's hair on the back of your scalp
  • Have mild to severe hair loss
  • Have the desire for fuller, thicker hair and a natural-looking hairline

Benefits of Hair Restoration

Hair restoration in Portland with Dr. Vila can offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Promotes thick, healthy hair regrowth
  • Treats thinning hair, balding, and receding hairlines
  • Natural-looking results
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • No visible scarring
  • Minimal recovery downtime
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What Is the Recovery Like After Hair Restoration?

The specifics of your hair restoration recovery will depend on your treatment. After the procedure, you’ll be given thorough instructions to ensure the recovery process goes smoothly. After a hair transplant, your scalp will likely be tender and bandaged for several days, and you may be prescribed pain medication to alleviate the discomfort. Most patients can return to work and resume their normal routines after approximately five to ten days, but it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks.

What Results Can I Expect From Hair Restoration?

You may notice the transplanted hair falling out in the first several weeks after your hair transplant. This is entirely normal. Because hair growth occurs in cycles, it usually takes around six to nine months to see the complete results of your hair restoration procedure.

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Why Choose Dr. Peter Vila for Hair Restoration?

We’re committed to providing every patient with compassionate, personalized care. We go above and beyond to create a comfortable, welcoming environment and address the unique needs of each individual. When you choose us for your hair restoration procedure, our expert hair technicians will work closely with you to create a custom-tailored treatment plan that allows you to achieve your aesthetic goals. Contact our office today if you’d like to schedule a consultation and begin the process toward restoring your entire head of hair.

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