Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery
7418 North La Cholla Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone: (520) 731-1110
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
A full head of hair is often associated with youth, virility, masculinity, and even femininity. If your hair is thinning or balding, you may be feeling self-conscious, embarrassed, or less attractive. While you can’t change your genetics, advanced hair transplant techniques can give you a fuller, natural-looking hairline using your own hair. Foothills Dermatology and Facial Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer superior hair restoration results for men and women from Saddlebrooke, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Sierra Vista, and beyond, with the state-of-the-art NeoGraft® hair transplant system in Tucson.
How Hair Transplants Work
Hair transplant involves removing active hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp and implanting them in the places where the scalp is thinning or balding. Donor areas of the scalp are usually on the back and sides of the head where the follicles are not typically predisposed to balding.
Is Hair Transplant for You?
The first step in treating your hair loss is a consultation with one of our doctors. We will perform a thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination, to rule out medical causes for your hair loss. Good candidates for a hair transplant procedure have these traits:
- Hair loss caused by a genetic condition called androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness)
- A sufficient number of active hair follicles to be used as donor hair
- Realistic expectations for their results
If you are not a candidate for the procedure, your doctor may recommend oral or topical medication to treat your hair loss.
“Favorite” Hair Transplant Practice
Readers of the Arizona Daily Star recently voted for Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery as their “favorite” practice for hair restoration. In its 4th year, the Arizona Daily Star Readers’ Choice Awards program is a citywide poll that generates more than 100,000 votes each year. Readers nominated Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, and the practice was named “Favorite” after the final votes were tallied.
Meet Our Doctors
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jerold Olson and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Katherine Orlick blend their skills for your optimal well-being and comfort.
How FUE Compares to FUT
The NeoGraft system involves a type of hair replacement procedure called follicular unit extraction (FUE). A follicular unit is a natural grouping of 1 to 4 hairs. While the older, more invasive follicular unit transplantation (FUT) technique, often called the strip method, involves harvesting follicles from a surgically removed strip of the scalp, the FUE technique removes the follicles individually, in their follicular units. The strip method requires staples or stitches along the incision, which leaves a long scar. FUE does not require stitches, and the resulting scars are tiny, inconspicuous dots.
What Is a NeoGraft Hair Transplant?
A NeoGraft hair transplant is an in-office FUE procedure. The hair in the donor site is trimmed very short, and the scalp is numbed with a local anesthetic. We then harvest the individual grafts. The NeoGraft handpiece automates harvesting of the donor follicles and creates grafts of uniform diameter and depth. Once enough grafts have been collected, the balding area is numbed and each graft is meticulously transplanted to its new location.
Advantages of NeoGraft
FUE hair transplant with the advanced NeoGraft system offers many advantages over the strip method:
- No linear scar on the scalp
- High survival rate of grafts
- Little to no discomfort after the procedure
- Minimal recovery time
- Discreet results — even when hair is very short
Results are enhanced by the skill and experience of the doctor. Aesthetic factors, such as matching the texture and growth pattern of the existing hair, should be considered when placing grafts.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I wash my hair after hair transplant surgery?
In general, it is safe to gently rinse your hair 48 hours after the FUE procedure. We recommend diluting baby shampoo in a container filled with warm –not hot– water and pouring it slowly over your head. Follow with clean water in the same careful manner until the scalp is completely rinsed, and softly pat dry with a clean towel. After your procedure, you will be given specific after-care instructions to follow.
How long is recovery after NeoGraft hair transplant?
Some patients return to work the day after their procedure, while many take a few days off. Recovery rates depend on the number of grafts placed and other individual factors.
Will my hair fill in right after the hair transplant procedure?
While recovery is quick after a FUE hair transplant, results take some time to develop. In most cases, the hair falls out of the transplanted follicles within 2 to 3 weeks, and new hair grows in over approximately 4 to 6 months.
Can NeoGraft be used for women?
For women whose hair loss is not due to a treatable medical condition, NeoGraft may be an excellent option for filling in thinning hair along the hairline or on the top of the head. Hair transplant can also be used to fill in obvious scars along the hairline caused by cosmetic surgery.
To restore your hairline with your own natural hair, request a consultation online or call (520) 731-1110, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about the benefits of NeoGraft hair restoration treatments. We serve Sierra Vista, Green Valley, and other nearby communities.