Hair Restoration Surgery Overview
Whether you are a man or a woman, hair loss can be traumatic and reduce your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are extremely effective hair restoration techniques that can correct the problem of thinning hair. At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Houston, TX, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel utilizes cutting-edge techniques for hair restoration (also known as a hair transplant or hair replacement surgery) that will produce natural results with very little discomfort or downtime. At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique is performed with the state-of-the-art NeoGraft hair restoration system.
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Russell Kridel is proud to be the first to offer the NeoGraft technology in Texas Medical Center. Dr. Kridel has been performing hair restoration procedures for over 20 years and is recognized by his peers for his expertise and advanced techniques. Dr. Kridel has published scientific journal articles and text book chapters on hair restoration and has been recognized for his expertise and leading-edge techniques. Dr. Kridel is a facial plastic surgeon who has extensive specialized training in the face, head, and neck, so hair-restoration candidates will be in the best hands.
For hair restoration surgery to be successful, the patient needs to have some areas of healthy hair growth that can be donated to thinning or bald areas. Patients who are almost or completely bald may not be candidates for a hair transplant, but may wish to schedule a consultation to talk about other options.
Hair Loss In Women
Hair restoration is not just for men, at least 40 percent of women experience some hair loss due to hormonal changes, illness, or aging. Hair loss can be a very stressful experience for women since hair can be an expression of a woman's femininity, style, and personality. For many women, hair loss can feel like an isolating experience, but thirty million American women are affected by hair loss. You are not alone and there are options for treatment. NeoGraft hair transplants can be very effective in treating hair loss in women. For optimal hair growth, a hair transplant can be combined with nonsurgical hair restoration options, including NeoLTS and Hair Medica hair growth products.
Hair restoration requires thoughtful consideration and planning. During your consultation with Dr. Kridel, you will discuss your desired results and determine which techniques are the most appropriate to achieve your goal. He will evaluate your hair loss and assess its progression. Achieving a natural appearance in restoring hair is a challenging goal. This procedure can help you not only look better, but feel better too with increased confidence and self-assurance. Dr. Kridel will talk to you during your consultation if you may need multiple sessions and realistic expectations.
"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"Dr. Kridel and Dr. Caceras are perfectionists. They explained in detail my procedure. I had my facelift a week before Thanksgiving and Dr. Kridel had me come in to his office on Thanksgiving Day to see how I was healing and to check my stitches, if they needed to be taken out. I do not know any doctors that would come in on a holiday and weekends if it is not an emergency! That is the perfectionism and their standards in that office. Their entire staff make you feel very comfortable and are true professionals."- M.P. / Doctor.com / Feb 18, 2020
"I wouldn't trust my face with anyone else than Dr. Kridel; I have experienced first hand his meticulous artistry in solving my varlous facial challenges regarding lack of symmetry, chicken pox scars and now jowls. Kridel has my utmost trust and respect!"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Feb 06, 2020
"Dr Kridel is such a talented surgeon. His results were exactly as he described"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Kridel has improved my quality of life in ways I did not think were possible. I thought my perforated septum would never be closed and he not only closed it, but straightened my nose and gave me back my self confidence."- V.N. / Healthgrades / Jan 29, 2020
Hair Restoration Surgery Surgical Technique
FUE with Neograft
The follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique means the donor grafts are extracted one at a time in sections less than one millimeter in diameter. With the state-of-the-art NeoGraft FUE system, each graft is carefully removed from the back or side of the head then planted into tiny recipient sites with a pneumatic machine that protects each hair, leading to a higher “take rate” and thicker hair. While performing the FUE technique by hand can take a long time, the NeoGraft technology enables Dr. Kridel to offer faster and more successful follicular unit extraction.
Patients whose donor area is limited due to tightness of the scalp or those who tend to heal with wide scars are good FUE candidates. Dr. Kridel will design the hairline direction, distribution, and pattern of hair growth for the most natural result. Surgeon skill is important because the hairline is essentially re-designed. Proper placement, depth, and angle need to be considered to achieve a natural pattern for future hair growth and requires an artistic eye combined with surgical precision.
Because there is not a removal of a strip of hair from the back of the head, there will not be a linear donor site scar and the recovery will be faster with minimal discomfort. Typically, these tiny extraction sites heal so that no one can even tell you have had it done. This technique is excellent for any patient who does not want a scar or may want to shave their hair in the future.
With follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a large number of follicles are harvested in strips. The strip of scalp is removed and then microscopically dissected into follicular unit. There will be a small scar where the strip was harvested, if you decide to shave your head.
The FUT technique is a great choice for many patients, especially women and men who prefer more coverage over the option of having shorter hair. The advantage of FUT is the large number of grafts that can be taken and transplanted from an area, since nearly all of the follicular units can be used from the strip. Therefore, a great deal can be done at one time.
Beards and Sideburns
Facial hair restoration techniques involve the removal of donor hair, microscopic dissection, and recipient site preparation and placement. Depending on the individual patient, FUT or FUE with NeoGraft techniques are effective to create a full beard or to fill in thin areas of the beard for more complete coverage. This same technique can be used to create sideburns in patients that want more coverage, as well as patients who want to hide facelift or burn scars.
Many women and men have thin or undefined eyebrows from excessive tweezing, hormones, thyroid disease, genetic hair loss, natural aging, and other reasons. Eyebrows frame the eyes and can give a more youthful look to the entire face, which makes the loss of eyebrows very distressing. To counter the aging effect of thin eyebrows, many people try drawing them in with pencils, gels, or eyebrow tattoos. These can create the illusion of fullness, but do not re-create the eyebrows. With eyebrow restoration, men and women can have a permanent, natural-looking eyebrows from their own hair.
Eyebrow restoration begins with hair that is harvested from the back of the scalp with the NeoGraft system. Unlike other hair restorations, the follicular units are separated into single hairs and artfully, delicately placed into the exact shape, fullness, and direction that is best for your face. Since the brows are created with your own hair, the appearance is very natural and the procedure is virtually undetectable.
Hair Restoration Surgery During/After Surgery
All hair transplant surgeries are performed in our AAAHC-accredited, in-office surgical facility. The entire procedure can take up to 3 – 8 hours to complete depending on the number of grafts that are required with oral medication and local anesthesia used to minimize patient pain and discomfort. Recovery varies in each patient based on the extent of their surgery, although the NeoGraft technology allows a faster and more comfortable recovery than previous hair surgery methods. Some people can go back to most activities the next day, but most patients wait 1 – 2 days. Everyday activities can be resumed in 1 – 2 weeks, but exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for 3 – 4 weeks.
Hair Restoration Surgery Expected Cost
The cost of hair restoration surgery can vary depending on the technique, area of coverage chosen, as well as the causes of the patient’s hair loss. It is traditionally priced per graft and will be discussed during the patient's consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-8 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Hair Restoration FAQs
Does it Hurt?
No. Once the scalp is anesthetized the procedure is painless. When sedation is used, you will lose track of the 3 - 7 hours it usually takes for the procedure.
You can wash your hair very gently two days after surgery with water and baby shampoo. On the fifth day, you can resume your normal hairstyling methods.
What About Stitches?
The Neograft FUE technique does not use stitches or staples. If you have the FUT technique, the stitches or staples used to close the donor area in the back of your head will be removed in about 10 days.
Why are Technicians Assisting?
The NeoGraft technicians at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates have extensive hair transplant experience. It takes an experienced team to efficiently perform the labor-intensive task of harvesting the donor hair, dividing the donor hair into hundreds or thousands of follicular units under microscopes, and then inserting each of them individually into precisely cut slits. Dr. Kridel designs the recipient area, hair direction, and placement, but to get the transplant completed in a reasonable time frame, highly trained technicians are needed to simultaneously create and place the thousands of follicular units.
What is the Typical Result?
Dr. Kridel will create a very natural-looking appearance that makes it hard to distinguish from the full density you once had before genetic hair loss or trauma occurred. Since we are taking hair from one area and placing it in another, we are not technically adding any additional hair, but it will look fuller and thicker.