You’ve had a facelift because you want to love your appearance again. Experiencing hair loss as a result of tissue healing can be alarming. Fortunately, there is a solution, and Dr. Barrera has it! Contact our Houston office at 713-468-5200 to learn more about hair restoration treatment designed around your unique situation.
Dr. Barrera performs correction of hair loss after facelift procedures.
Please explore our photo gallery of correction of hair loss after facelift procedures. If you feel you may be a candidate, please contact our office for a consultation.
How Common is Hair Loss After a Facelift Procedure?
Instances of hair loss after a facelift are quite uncommon. Studies suggest that this side effect occurs in less than nine percent of patients. Still, it is important to know what to do if your hair growth pattern does not return to normal after your facial procedure. Dr. Barrera uses a proven technique to do so, and it can be done right in the office using a local anesthetic and IV sedation.
How Do You Correct Hair Loss After a Facelift?
Hair restoration after a facelift is similar to hair restoration for male pattern baldness. Dr. Barrera utilizes follicular unit micrografts and mini grafts to restore natural hair growth in the affected area. This follicular unit transplant technique is done with extreme care to prevent the appearance of “plugs,” as used to be common with earlier forms of hair replacement surgery. Micrografts are sections of tissue that contain one to two hairs. Mini grafts contain three to four. To obtain these grafts, he removes a narrow strip (approximately 1 cm wide) of tissue from the back of the scalp. Here, hair growth naturally recurs after the graft has healed. Removing donor material from the back of the scalp also usually allows you to recover from treatment very discreetly, since the back of the scalp may be covered by remaining hair.
Who is a Candidate for Hair Loss Correction?
If you have suffered hair loss after a facelift or other procedure and you have normal robust hair growth at the back of your scalp, you should be a good candidate for Dr. Barrera’s hair transplant treatment. During your consultation, he will examine your scalp and area of hair loss. He will review your medical history and discuss factors that may promote or impede the success of your treatment. There is rarely any need to drastically alter lifestyle habits before this procedure.
Is a Hair Loss Treatment After a Facelift Procedure Painful?
Hair transplant treatment is a comfortable procedure that achieves rewarding results! Before your treatment process begins, you will receive IV sedation. Then, the doctor will administer injections of local anesthetic into the area of focus. These two techniques provide sufficient calming and desensitization to enjoy full comfort during the procedure. After the procedure, your scalp may feel tender and achy for a short time. The doctor will discuss how you can manage post-procedure discomfort appropriately without compromising your treatment outcome.
How Long Does it Take for a Hair Loss Correction Treatment?
The follicular unit transplant treatment can take up to several hours. This is determined primarily by the size of the treatment area. For hair restoration after plastic surgery, the process may take as little as two hours. Well before your treatment, you will know how long the doctor expects your procedure to last. This will help you plan accordingly.
What is the Recovery Process Like for Hair Loss Correction?
Follicular unit transplants remove a strip of your scalp in order to obtain the necessary number of grafts. After treatment, you can expect swelling and discomfort in this area. The procedure, performed for hair loss after a facelift, transplants follicular units to the sides of the head (in most cases). In the recipient area, your scalp may look red, then spotted, for at least a few days. Overall, recovery from this hair restoration technique takes 10 to 14 days. During that time, you may rely on prescription or over-the-counter pain medication for a few days. You may need to apply ice packs to control swelling, and the doctor may recommend specific shampoo to use during your recovery. Due to the location of the treatment areas, you will need to sleep in a reclined position (a 45-degree angle is ideal). It is necessary to avoid sleeping on the recipient site so as not to disrupt the integration of the new hair follicles. Several days after the procedure, you can expect the transplanted hair to shed. Some may shed, or it may all shed. This is a normal occurrence that is usually followed by new hair growth. When you schedule hair restoration treatment to correct hair loss after a facelift, you can expect to be supported by our friendly staff all the way through your process!
Are My Hair Loss Correction Results Permanent?
The results of hair transplant treatment can be very long-lasting. They may last permanently. What most people do not realize is that their hair is genetically programmed for growth. So, whatever your genetic hair growth programming is for the back of your head, it will be the same for your transplants. The hair follicles at the back of the head are generally unaffected by the factors involved in male or female pattern hair loss. This is why grafts are harvested from that area. Because those hair follicles are so resilient, it is possible to achieve permanent results through follicular unit transplant treatment.
Schedule a Hair Transplant Consultation with an Experienced Plastic Surgeon
Recognizing that hair loss after a facelift is a possibility, Dr. Barrera has mastered the art of hair transplant treatment in unique areas. To learn more about his treatment process and how it can help you reclaim your best appearance, contact our Houston office at 713-468-5200.