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
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.
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.