What Can I Expect?
Your Confidential Consultation
From the moment you walk into one of our PAI Medical Group clinics for a consultation, you will know that your decision to find a solution for your hair loss with PAI is the right one. Your private, complimentary consultation with a qualified, trained hair restoration specialist will provide you with an expert opinion on your specific hair loss.
We are here to help you. Our physicians have trained our hair restoration consultants to discuss hair loss, how hair grows, how we lose it and the various options available. During this consultation, we will determine if you are a candidate for hair transplantation or if you will benefit from a hair loss prevention treatment program. Many of our PAI consultants have had hair transplants themselves. We will discuss your specific goals for your appearance, review your hair loss classification, and explain the various levels that can be achieved with our hair transplants procedures.
It will take about an hour of your time and we invite you to bring your spouse or a friend to help you reach a decision about our company, our procedures, and the artistic expertise of our physicians. You will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire about your goals and expectations in finding a solution for your hair loss, and about medications you are taking or allergies you may have. Your hair restoration consultant will show you a video and/or photographs of PAI Medical Group patients and you may also arrange to meet with someone who has had the procedure. If you would like a further consultation with a physician, we can set up an appointment for the first available opening.
Your Hair Transplant Procedure at PAI
On your arrival at the PAI clinic, you will be welcomed by a medical coordinator who will show you to your own private treatment room. During your procedure, you may listen to music, read, watch television or enjoy a recent film from our videotape library. You can also choose something to drink from an assortment of beverages.
Your hair restoration plan will be reviewed, and you will be asked to sign a consent form, indicating that you have been fully informed about every aspect of your surgery. A series of preoperative photographs will be taken.
The coordinator will discuss placement of your hairline, which is moderated by the density and quality of the available donor hair. The artistry and experience of the surgeon will help you meet your realistic expectations. The number and size of grafts needed for the current session will then be estimated.
After routine preparations, you will receive local anesthetic at the donor and recipient sites. Donor hair from the back or sides of your head will be harvested and transplanted to thinning or balding areas. Transplant sites are angled toward the nose. Grafts are randomly placed and spaced to approximate a natural growth pattern, thus avoiding a 'doll's head' or 'cornrow' appearance and also ensuring adequate blood supply for each individual graft.
If your procedure includes refinement of a previous hair transplantation, it may involve the removal of 'plug' grafts along the frontal border and the subsequent re-sectioning of the 'plug' into mini or micro units for implantation into another site. Subsequent repair sessions will soften the abrupt hairline and fill in the newly created gaps. This produces a more natural and esthetically acceptable hairline.
After your procedure is complete and your scalp has been inspected to ensure that grafts are secure, a medicated non-adherent pressure dressing is applied. This remains in place overnight, and is removed the next morning, when your donor and recipient sites are cleansed. You may return to work that same day.
You will be given detailed verbal and written instructions for care of your scalp, and any additional medications that you might need will be provided before you leave.
Activity should be restricted during the first 24 hours after the procedure, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for five to seven days. Alcohol, aspirin, aspirin-like medications, and vitamin E must be avoided for two days.
Within four to six weeks, the graft hairs will fall out, but the dormant follicles remain. At approximately three to five months, new hairs will appear and grow at the normal rate of about 1 cm per month. The onset of hair growth may be delayed with subsequent transplant sessions. Your consultant may recommend hair hygiene treatments to stimulate hair growth.