FAQ

We realize you probably have plenty of questions about your hair transplant in Nashville. Whether you are curious about your candidacy for restoration, the specifics of the procedure or your likely results, Dr. Jack Fisher wants to ensure that your inquiries are heard and answered. We’ve compiled and categorized a list of the most common queries from our patients so you can take an active role in your education about hair transplantation. Dr. Fisher will also be happy to answer any and all of your questions at your consultation.

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Hair-Loss Causes and Hair Growth Products

What causes hair loss?

Multiple factors cause hair loss, but the most common is male pattern baldness, an inherited genetic trait. Male pattern baldness can come from the maternal side of the family, or from the paternal side. As a result, what one’s grandfathers or uncles look like is often a reliable predictor of future hair loss and hair pattern.

Do products like Rogaine® and Propecia® provide the same results as hair transplantation?

Products like Rogaine and Propecia can reduce hair loss and occasionally enhance growth, but neither can give a bald individual a full head of hair like a hair transplant performed by Dr. Jack Fisher.


Candidates for Hair Transplantation

Who is a candidate for hair transplantation?

Other than being in good health, the only requirement for hair transplantation is that the patient has good hair density at the back and sides of the head.

Can women undergo hair transplantation surgery?

Yes, some women are good candidates for hair transplantation when they have pattern baldness similar to that of a man. Women may be candidates in other cases as well — especially if hair loss is localized or associated with previous surgical procedures.

Should young adults undergo hair replacement surgery?

Occasionally, but not often. Some of the worst long-term problems are experienced by patients who undergo hair transplants too early in life. Hair loss is a lifelong process, and if transplantation takes place too early, the practitioner may place the grafts too far forward on the head and the patient may later lose the hair behind his or her implanted hair.

Can a poor transplantation job be corrected?

Today’s new techniques have created a significant opportunity for many patients who are unhappy with the results of previous transplantation procedures — especially those who have older “plugs” — to improve the look and feel of their transplanted hair. In fact, Dr. Fisher specializes in correcting unsatisfactory “hair plug” results.


Procedure Details

How much does hair transplantation surgery cost?

The cost varies according to the number of grafts required. For specific pricing, please contact our office.

Will Dr. Fisher perform my surgery?

Yes. Dr. Fisher personally performs all hair replacement procedures, placing each and every graft himself.

How long does hair transplantation surgery take?

A transplantation of 2,000 grafts takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, including harvesting the donor area, cutting the grafts and implanting them. Dr. Fisher conducts “megasessions” of up to 3,000 grafts, meaning patients frequently receive 6,000 to 7,000 hairs at a time. This approach minimizes the number of surgeries required to achieve the desired result.

How much follow-up care do patients require?

Very little. The day after the procedure, Dr. Fisher will remove the patient’s dressing. In 10 to 12 days, the patient’s sutures will be removed from the donor area.


Risks and Other Concerns

What are the risks involved in hair transplant surgery?

Infection and healing problems are extremely rare in hair replacement surgery, especially resulting from follicular hair transplantation. Occasionally however, healing problems can develop in the donor area at the back of the scalp. These problems are more frequent in patients who have had previous procedures using the older plug techniques, which involved a significant amount of scarring in the donor area.

Some patients also report numbness in the donor area at the back of the scalp. In the majority of these patients, this symptom will resolve in a couple of months.

Is the surgery painful? Is the patient under anesthesia?

Most patients report minimal discomfort with this surgical procedure. Dr. Fisher numbs the donor and recipient areas with local anesthesia, similar to that given at a dentist’s office.

In the post-operative period, light medication can control any discomfort, such as feelings of tightness in the donor area.

Is there any pain after a hair transplantation procedure?

The procedure results in minimal discomfort. However, patients will experience a sense of tightness at the back of the scalp in the donor area.


Recovery and Results

How long after surgery do patients have to wait before returning to their daily routines?

Many patients can return to their daily routines within 1 to 2 days, as long as they don’t do anything too strenuous. Avoid rigorous exercise until the donor sutures are removed — generally after 10 to 12 days.

What do the transplants look like before they start to grow?

Small scabs in the recipient area are common and generally present for 1 to 2 weeks. Over the next few weeks, most of the hair shafts will fall out. New hair shafts will begin to grow over the next 3 to 4 months. The final result will be visible in 8 to 10 months.

What does the donor site scar look like?

In the majority of patients who have not had previous scarring to the back of the scalp, or who have well-closed incisions from previous donor procedures, the scar will be completely hidden in the hair line.

How long does it take for hair transplantation patients to have their final results?

The grafts take approximately 3 months to begin to grow. Patients generally see their final results in 8 to 10 months.


Financing/Payment

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card. We also work with a reputable medical financing company, CareCredit. Apply Now or visit www.carecredit.com.


Dr. Jack Fisher on RealSelf.com

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