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Frequently Asked Questions

How common is hair loss?
Everyone loses hair on a daily basis at a rate of approximately 50 to 150 individual hairs per day. Usually the hair will grow back. If the hair follicle is thinned, however, this re-growth does not occur. All men experience some degree of gradual hair loss in their lifetime as a result of natural aging and changes in the male hormone androgen. Women also may experience hair loss.

Is male pattern or female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) caused by anything I am doing? What about high stress levels or the type of shampoo I use?
There is no proof that male pattern or female pattern baldness is related to tight scalp muscles, mental stress, washing frequency, type of shampoo or skin conditions. Certain medical conditions can cause hair loss, however. The Penn team will advise you on the type of hair loss you are experiencing.

Am I a good candidate for hair transplantation surgery?
The ideal candidate for hair restoration surgery has healthy hair on the sides and back of the head. These sites are used as donor areas for the grafts. Men and women with well-defined baldness, thinning hair and those with limited hair loss due to scalp injuries or repeated cosmetic procedures are generally good candidates for hair restoration surgery. The Penn team will advise you of treatment options during an initial consultation.

Does the procedure hurt?
With the use of local anesthesia and intravenious sedation, discomfort during the procedure is eliminated.

Will my transplanted hair eventually fall out?
When you have hair grafted from the back and sides of your scalp to your balding areas, called an autograft, the hair will grow for the rest of your life.

Will I be able to swim and enjoy other physical activities with my new hair?
You will be able to participate in any of the activities you enjoy within five to seven days after treatment. Your transplanted hair is permanent and may be washed, cut and dyed.


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