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Getting Full Coverage Through Hair Transplantation

There’s nothing wrong with being bald or going bald, but if you prefer a full head of hair, you may have already looked into various creams, lotions, shampoos, and supplements that promise to reverse your thinning or lost-hair issues. And if you’re like most people, none of them worked. 

Frederick H. Watkins, MD, a renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon, helps patients throughout the greater Washington, DC, area get their hair — and their confidence — back with surgical hair transplants. Now, before you write off the idea because you have images of obvious hair plugs that look like fake hair on a doll’s head, we invite you to read on to learn about how modern hair transplantation techniques have benefitted from 21st-century technology and how it can change your life.

The hair transplantation concept

About 85% of all men end up losing some or all of their hair by age 50. The most common type of hair loss is called alopecia, and it can happen to both men (male pattern baldness) and women (female pattern baldness). 

The most effective way to replace the hair that’s been lost is through a surgical procedure called a follicular hair extraction (FUE) or a follicular unit transplant (FUT). This involves the extraction of your follicles from plentiful places on your head to the areas with little to no hair. 

When this process was first developed in the late 1930s, it was primitive to say the least. The results were often unnatural-looking and the treatments were sometimes dangerous. Fortunately, modern technology has changed all that. Now the process is safe and the results are stunning.

How technology and medical skill have revolutionized hair transplantation

The first thing you need to do is choose the right surgeon for the job. And part of that includes selecting one with the right experience and the right technology.

Choosing the right surgeon

Dr. Watkins, in association with Washington Medical Hair Clinics, brings his years of expertise as a plastic surgeon to the table, so you can rest assured that your hair is in the right hands. That’s important, because the field of hair transplantation is not regulated by the government or the medical community. That means that anyone qualified to wield a scalpel can claim to be a hair transplant specialist.

We encourage you to do your research on Dr. Watkins. We’re confident you’ll find his credentials impeccable and his technique unmatched.

Choosing the right technology

You may think that all surgery is the same, but oversimplifying it like that can lead to unwanted results. Just as important as your surgeon is the technique your surgeon uses. 

AT the time of the consultation a decision will be made to do a traditional strip (FUT) or a FUE procedure using the NeoGraft® System. This system uses pneumatic pressure to glide your graft out smoothly — no scalpel, no stitches, no staples, and no linear scar. The decision is multifactorial and depends on the nature of the donor site, previous procedures, and amount of grafting that needs to be done to achieve the desired result. 

When it comes to transplanting the follicles, a precisely mapped out plan to relocate each follicle is made. 

What to expect from your hair transplant

Hair transplantation done right takes time. In this case, it may take 5-8 hours of your time. But cutting corners is not what we do here. Dr. Watkins takes his time so that your new hair line is as natural and durable as possible.

Local anesthesia injections are utilized, and there is some discomfort from that, but they are usually very effective in keeping the procedure itself painless, and we make you as comfortable as we can throughout the day. Valium is also prescribed for use during the procedure to help you relax through the uncomfortable parts. 

You may feel tender or a little sore for a few hours or a few days, but the discomfort is generally mild.

This is your own hair from your own head. No other donors are needed. And just like your own hair, it takes some time to grow. If you’re like most of our patients, you can expect to see results in 6-9 months. Transplanted hair is usually indistinguishable from the rest of your native hair. 

If you’re ready to explore the possibility of a hair transplant, book an appointment online or over the phone with the practice of Frederick H. Watkins, MD, today.

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