What happens during Hair Restoration Surgery?
Hair restoration is done in the procedure room of our clinic with a local anesthetic and oral sedation. Dr. Velargo arranges for the assistance of some of the best hair transplantation technicians in the country during your surgery. He often flies them into New Orleans just for that purpose.
Depending on the type of hair transplantation performed, the techniques vary slightly. In both techniques, Dr. Velargo artistically designs the projected hairline in a natural manner.
In the follicular unit transplant (the strip method) technique, a thin incision is made on the back of the scalp, and a strip of hair-bearing scalp is removed. It is meticulously sutured together, and the scar is hidden by the remaining hair. The hair transplant technicians then microscopically isolate hairs into follicular units, which only contain 1-4 hairs each.
While a scar is created with this technique, Dr. Velargo is able to perform as many as 2,000 grafts in one surgical setting. Additionally, the patient is not left with a visible patch of shaved scalp following this technique.
In the follicular unit extraction technique, a small strip of hair is shaved on the back of the scalp. A special machine is used to extract individual follicular units, which only contain 1-4 hairs each. While there is no large scar with this technique, Dr. Velargo is limited to about 1,500 grafts in one surgical setting, and the patient is left with a visible patch of shaved scalp immediately following the procedure.
In both techniques, the follicular units are then individually and meticulously placed into the recipient sites.