Hair Restoration in Columbus, Ohio
Hair loss can lead to a huge loss of confidence in both men and women, no matter what age. If you’re noticing thinning or balding areas, you may feel as if your youth is slowly slipping away, right in front of your eyes. There are many methods of hair restoration and hair transplant procedures; however, most treatments either provide unnatural results, or are short-term solutions.
At Lotus Elite Aesthetics, we offer SmartGraft hair restoration as a permanent solution to hair loss that has been proven by thousands of patients who have undergone this procedure. The result is natural-looking hair growth with minimal scarring, and a short recovery period.
SmartGraft utilizes the Follicular Unit Excision, or FUE method, with significant benefits over the older strip method. The main advantages of the SmartGraft procedure are:
A completely natural look
Because we use your own natural hair to fill in balding spots, the results produce the most natural, healthy look possible.
Unlike other traditional procedures requiring large hair strips to be removed and restored, SmartGraft uses individual micrografts to eliminate linear scars.
A single in-office procedure
The procedure typically lasts about five hours.
Recovery time is short, and patients are typically washing their hair within a few days.
How does SmartGraft work?
SmartGraft is a hair transplantation procedure that involves using advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE), as opposed to follicular unit transplantation (FUT). Although both techniques involve removing individual hair follicles from the back of your scalp and moving them to the bald area, SmartGraft uses FUE as it delivers significant benefits over the Strip Scar Techniques.
It’s important to understand these two types of transplant hair restoration procedures to understand how SmartGraft works.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) with SmartGraft
SmartGraft harvests individual hair follicles for precise transplantation into the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. Because each follicle is carefully placed with their original grouping, a more natural appearance to the hairline is achieved and there is enhanced control as the micro hair grafts are implanted.
This is an alternative to invasive procedures and requires no incisions, minimizing trauma and scarring to the scalp. Patients also benefit from a more comfortable procedure and quicker recovery time.
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
FUT hair grafts require a strip of scalp tissue to be removed before extracting the hair follicles using stereo-microscopic dissection. As a result, there is fine linear scarring left behind the head. This may be an issue for those who wish to wear shorter hairstyles, as there will be some visibility of the scar.
While effective, this method requires a longer recovery time with increased pain and swelling at the incision site.
When is hair restoration needed?
There are several reasons why someone may choose to have a hair restoration procedure. First, some patients want to improve their appearance or confidence level because of ongoing hair loss. Others are concerned about the aging process and wish to slow down the effects of male of female pattern hair loss and look younger.
A hair transplant can also be used to treat medical conditions such as alopecia areata or scarring from burns and surgery.
Beginning your procedure, a small area at the back of the head will be shaved in preparation for follicular extraction, often done in small sections, hiding the donor area afterward.
A local anesthetic is applied to ensure the area is numb. The SmartGraft device is then used to gently collect, sort, count, and store the hairs from the donor area. We hold each graft in a temperature-controlled and hydrated environment before being implanted. This approach delivers better results as graft survival, and their ability to regrow is of optimal importance.
Then we will carefully and strategically create tiny openings for the implantation. This step is a highly skilled part of the procedure. The angle, density, and placement of each graft is what will deliver natural-looking results.
ARTAS iX Robotic Surgery
We are now excited to be offering ARTAS iX robotic surgery alongside PRP injections and SmartGraft as we strive to provide our patients with the best cosmetic treatments.
An ARTAS® (Artificially Reconstructed Transplantable Autologous Scalp Hair) surgery is a robotic-assisted surgical procedure used to restore hair loss by using an automatic device to transplant hair follicle cells from the scalp into balding areas.
The ARTAS® system is used for both pre-surgeries consultations as well as surgeries. This system uses artificial intelligence to generate digital pictures of possible results from your hair transplant surgery.
The ARTAS® System is precise and maintains the health of the grafts. The surgery typically takes five to seven hours to complete. ARTAS® robotic hair transplant is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved surgical hair restoration procedure for men with straight, dark hair.
During the normal cycle, your hair will take root during the first several weeks and then begin to shed. New healthy hair will be visible in about three months, followed by a noticeable improvement in hair growth in six months. At 9 – 12 months, you will achieve full growth.
Risks and side effects
With proper aftercare, there are minimal risks associated with this procedure. Potential complications associated with a hair restoration include bleeding, infection, and scarring.
If you have had previous surgeries or infections on your scalp, discuss this with your treatment provider as you may experience some discomfort during the healing period.
Hair Restoration consultation at Lotus Elite Aesthetics
At the initial consultation, your medical history will be discussed, and a scalp evaluation will take place. This will allow us to recommend and determine the number of grafts required to achieve your specific goals and deliver a natural-looking result. We will also explain the procedure and answer any remaining questions and concerns you may have.
Book a consultation and take the next step towards a full head of hair!
Our staff and practitioners take the time and do our very best to give you a personalized experience where you will never feel rushed. The variety of non-invasive procedures we offer, create safe, lasting, and gorgeous results.