“When I look in the mirror now I feel confident, I feel younger, and I feel happy that I got my hair back.” – Actual Elite MD Patient
ELITE HAIR GRAFT
- Restore your full head of hair without the use of scalpels, sutures or staples, and enjoy a fast recovery period for long lasting improvement with hair restoration. Ideal for men and women who want an effective treatment for baldness with minimal downtime.
- Our center is dedicated to providing patients with the most advanced, least invasive methods of cosmetic medicine.
- The newest, most advanced technology for minimally invasive hair restoration.
- No visible scar.
- Patients feel little to no discomfort.
- Quick recovery time. Many patients resume normal daily activities after only a few days
- Elite MD is a world class hair restoration center. Patients come from 6 continents, 45 countries and 48 states. If hair loss is something that bothers you, make an appointment for a free consultation with Elite MD’s Hair Team.
Hair loss in men
There are many factors that can contribute to hair thinning or hair loss. Stress for example can have a major effect on hair loss. Cortisol, the hormone produced when the body is under stress, can disrupt the hair growth cycle. This can cause hair growth to shorten or stop completely.
Other factors like medications, medical conditions, and/or diet can influence hair loss. However, genetics is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Male pattern baldness, a form of androgenetic alopecia, is hereditary and accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. While age is an important factor as well, around 25% men who inherit the male pattern baldness gene will begin to see thinning hair before the age of 21. By about 50 years old approximately 85% of men will have some obvious form of thinning hair or hair loss.
Hair Restoration Options
There are many types of male hair loss. Thus there are many types of hair loss solutions. In the case of thinning hair, medication can help slow down the process. Medications like finasteride and minoxidil are often recommended and can help reduce hair loss in 85% of people. However, when someone is dealing with bald spots or a hairline that has already receded, medication often falls short of the task to restore hair. Numerous hair restoration and hair replacement options have been on the market for ages. The strip method technique or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has been used for years. However recovery can be very painful and slow. This technique also comes with a higher risk of infection, as well as visible scars in the back of the scalp from the transplantation incision.
How the Hair Cycle Works
There are three stages in the human hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Our hair grows an average of about 6 inches per year but we also lose a lot of hair to the natural process of shedding. Furthermore, the human hair growth cycle is irregular. Different numbers of hairs are simultaneously going through any one of these stages at any given time. The stages are explained as follows:
Anagen is the active or “growing” phase of the cycle when the cells in the root of the hair divide at a rapid rate. Hair grows approximately 1cm a month and can stay in this active phase of growth from anywhere between two and seven years. People who feel like their hair does not grow past a certain length have a shorter anagen phase than other’s whose hair grows longer.
The catagen stage is the transitional part of the cycle and only lasts for around two to three weeks. Approximately 3% of all hairs are in this stage at any given moment. In this stage hair growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair. This forms a “club hair”, which is basically a hair that has stopped growing and is no longer in the active stage.
Telogen is the resting phase in the hair growth cycle when the hair follicle is completely inactive. Normally 6% to 8% of all hairs are in this stage, which tends to last about 100 days on the scalp.
Why Does Hair Loss Occur?
We shed on average between 25 to 100 hairs a day. Since other hair is also in the growth stage at the same time (about 100 anagen hairs grow everyday) this amount of shedding usually goes unnoticed. However, when the growth/shedding cycle is disrupted then hair loss becomes more obvious. It can also happen if a hair follicle is damaged and scar tissue grows in its place.
Why Elite Hair Graft is the Right Choice for Many Men
As the technology and understanding of the hair growth cycle has improved, so have hair restoration techniques. There now exist a way to get your hair back growing your own new hair naturally, and eliminating bald spots. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) provides patients with a safe, minimally invasive hair restoration procedure. Most importantly it results in real, thriving new hair. For men struggling with baldness, this is a crucial aspect of the procedure since it’s fundamental that the new hair growing back blends in and provides an undetectable, natural look.
Hair loss in women
When talking about hair loss, one assumes that it’s a “male issue”. Yet, about 40% of people struggling with hair loss are women, leading to an estimated 30 million American women who suffer from female pattern hair loss (FPHL). Although women’s hair loss is not often discussed, half of all women will experience hair loss in their life. While it’s rare for a woman to experience complete baldness, hair loss is still a problem for many women. Women don’t typically have a receding hairline like men, however they still face other hair loss issues that can greatly affect their appearance, causing a tremendous lack in their self-esteem and self-confidence.
How and Why Do Women Lose Their Hair?
Women generally lose hair over the crown of the head, causing a slow thinning of the hair. This is why a common complaint from women is an “over-all” hair thinning. Other common hair loss problems in women are found in the temple area, eyelashes, eyebrows as well as in the center of the scalp, often referred to as the “part line.”
Many factors can contribute to hair loss in women. Some include: scarring from surgery, alopecia conditions, medication, the birth control pill, childbirth and cancer treatment. A frequent cause of female hair loss is extreme stress as well. Cortisol, the stress hormone, interferes with the body’s hair growth system. Cortisol can actually disrupt the growth of hair follicles and can be a major factor in hair loss in general.
Hair Replacement Options for Women
Although hair restoration and replacement options have been marketed to men for decades, female hair loss is a significant issue that deserves real solutions. Minoxidil, the only topical medication approved by the FDA for pattern hair loss in women, is estimated to re-grow hair in about 81% of women who use it. However, the key when using a topical medication is timing. If there has been a significant amount of hair loss or thinning, a topical medication may not be as helpful. Other restoration options include certain types of hair transplants like the strip method technique or follicular unit extraction (FUE), but these can be painful and involve long recovery times. Yet, with innovations in hair restoration technology there are new minimally invasive options for women to permanently grow their hair back.
The Ideal Choice for Many Women
Women can now experience hair restoration with permanent results that look and feel completely natural with Elite Hair Graft. In the United States, about 15% of hair transplant patients are female, a number that has increased 12% from 2012 to 2015. With new hair restoration procedures, this number is only going to increase. Women no longer need to suffer hair loss in silence. FUE is also safe to use on eyebrows, making it an ideal solution for women with very thin or non-existent eyebrows. No more covering up hair loss with updos, hairpieces, or brow makeup!
Hair loss can be extremely difficult for both men and women to manage. It can affect one’s self-confidence, especially when hair loss is experienced at a young age. Fortunately, there are precise hair transplant techniques such as FUE that offer a highly effective solution for people dealing with hair loss. In addition, within FUE hair transplants there are various techniques and methods.
Follicular Unit Extraction
There are several hair restoration and hair replacement solutions that have been available for some time. Although recovery can be painful and slow, the strip method or follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has been used for many years, and in some cases it is still used. In addition to visible scars from the transplantation incision, FUT has a higher risk of infection. FUE provides a less invasive and highly effective solution for hair transplantation for many patients. As hair transplant techniques have improved, so has patient experience.
How Elite Hair Graft Hair Transplant Technology Works
This highly popular technique is performed by using a small round punch to extract follicular hair units one at a time. The hair is taken from an area of the head that is resistant to baldness, usually the back and sides of the scalp. The extremely small wound left by the hair follicle extraction heals within a few days and is usually undetectable, even in areas where the hair has been cut shorter in order to perform the extraction. The extracted hairs are grouped in follicular unit grafts and then transplanted into the area experiencing hair loss. The hairs are placed into recipient sites, balding or thinning hair areas of the scalp, using expert precision. It is important to choose a highly skilled expert in order to ensure a successful hair transplant.
Why Elite Hair Graft?
Elite Hair Graft utilizes cutting edge science combining topical, oral and FUE restoration options for a natural result. Elite MD provides patients with a safe, minimally invasive hair restoration procedure giving people with baldness or thinning hair highly natural looking results and helping people get their confidence back. Patients grow their own natural hair beginning typically in about 6-9 months. Design and technique are important so that new growth integrates with any existing hair to remain undetectable. Elite Graft offers these benefits:
- Minimally invasive: minimal discomfort with minimal downtime, great for active individuals to minimize disruption is your everyday life.
- Expert harvesting: expert harvesting technique allows for faster procedures and less time at the physician’s office
- For all hair types: used for both men and women, in addition to all hair types, including ethnic hair.
- More transplant options: solve hair loss in other areas besides the scalp, including facial and eyebrow hair.
The Elite Hair Graft Experience
When researching hair restoration procedures, it’s important to understand how the Elite Hair Graft procedure works, what to plan for ahead of time, what to expect during the procedure, and when you will see results.
The first step is an initial consultation with a trained hair restoration expert. The provider will ask about your medical history and perform a scalp evaluation before outlining a recommended strategic plan. He or she will explain the procedure in detail and determine the number of grafts needed for an effective and natural-looking result specific to your goals.
Instructions on what to do to get prepared for the day of the procedure will be given to you. Typically, most physicians will start the procedure early in the morning. You will want to wear comfortable clothes and bring your favorite music and/or videos to keep you occupied (with small ear buds). Plan to bring snacks, hydration, and lunch to keep you comfortable.
The Actual Procedure
Upon arrival you will be escorted to a private room where the procedure will take place. Once you are seated and comfortable, your physician will explain each step of the procedure once more and get your approval before starting.
In most cases a mild sedative can be given to help you relax. You will need to consult with your provider to see if this is an option and make arrangements for transportation home. Next, someone will shave a small area at the back of your head.
The area where the hair is to be implanted will be prepped and local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. While your scalp is anesthetized, a suction device will be used to gently remove the grafts from the donor area. These grafts are immediately collected, sorted, counted and stored in a temperature controlled and hydrated environment prior to implantation. This promotes graft survival and improves their ability to regrow for better results.
After all grafts have been collected, the implantation site is prepped and local anesthetic is applied. The grafts will carefully and strategically be implanted by creating tiny openings for the grafts. This part of the procedure is very important as the angle, density and placement of each graft will determine how natural-looking the results will be.
After the Procedure
The average Elite Hair Graft procedure may take several hours, half day, or even a full day from start to finish. This depends, in part, on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results. All patients are required to make arrangements for someone to take them home safely.
You will be given comprehensive instructions on what to expect in the coming weeks and how to care for your newly transplanted hair. Most patients can return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days. In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.
Your New Hair Experience
Newly transplanted hair grows naturally in several phases. During the first several weeks your hair will take root and then begin to shed. This is perfectly normal. You will see new hair in about three months, followed by a noticeable improvement in six months and full growth at 9 to 12 months. Once your new hair has grown in, you will be able to care for it just like when you had it the first time!
The same results may not occur for all patients.
What our patients are saying about Elite MD
“I have had several procedures* performed over the past year at Elite MD with exceptional results.Their philosophy of using the most innovative, less or non-invasive and successful methods shows their desire to provide the best care for their patients. The doctors and staff genuinely care about each patient and treat me like family. My world has changed because my outlook on life and the future has changed. I have renewed confidence and am generally happy. I highly recommend Elite MD for any physical transformation or dermatological process. You wont regret it! *Hair restoration of my eyebrows and scalp. Lipo and tummy tuck, mini face-lift, and laser resurfacing on my face. The results are unbelievable; I feel and look 10 years younger.” – By Hope G.