Frequently Asked Question
With any procedure, everyone has questions. Feel free to look through our frequent questions. If your question is not there, please contact us and we will do our best to answer any question you may have.
I had a hair transplant 20 years ago. I have large grafts containing 8-12 hairs. Is there any way I can get a more natural appearance?
I am 22 years old with recessions and some early thinning of the hair. Why won’t Dr Stough do a transplant on me?
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Common Spoken Terms
5 alpha-reductase – Enzyme within hair follicles
ABHRS – American Board of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Alopecia – General medical term for hair loss. Many sub categories of alopecia exist.
Alopecia areata – Hair loss disorder characterized by patchy smooth areas of hair loss on scalp. Affects about 2% of population. Can occur slowly or with a sudden onset. Believed to be an immune disorder, although the exact cause is unknown, where mistaken signals are sent to the body and the hair is rejected.
Alopecia totalis – Hair loss affecting the entire scalp
Alopecia universalis – Hair loss on entire body. Hair follicles present but devoid of hair.
Anagen phase – Active growth
Androgenetic alopecia – Hair loss related to gender. Usually occurs in a specific pattern
CAG’s – Coronal Angled Grafting. Angling the recipient sites to get the most natural growth.
Candidate selection – Determining qualities an individual has that would make them suitable for hair restoration.
Crown or vertex – Mid back or top of the scalp
DHT – Dihydrotestosterone. The by-product of testosterone that is responsible for male pattern baldness.
Dissection – Cutting down the strip of donor tissue into follicular unit grafts
Donor area – The area in the back of the scalp from which the grafts are harvested.
Donor strip – The piece of tissue harvested from the back of the scalp containing the necessary grafts.
Follicle – Single unit of hair
Follicular unit – A hair graft containing between 1-3 hairs per follicle. The amount of hair per follicle depends on the individual.
Frontal forelock – Isolated area of existing hair in the front hairline where surrounding hair has been lost. Also called an “island” or “frontal tuft”.
Frontal recessions – Frontal loss of hair presenting as deep “V”s in the front hairline
FUE – Follicular unit extraction
Graft – A hair follicle unit containing between 1- 3 hairs
ISHRS – International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons
Ludwig scale – Typical Female pattern hair loss scale
Microscopes – Devices used to dissect the tissue into follicular unit grafts
Miniaturization – The process of hair loss by which the follicle begins to shrink and the hairs become smaller, finer textured and eventually the follicle dies.
Norwood Scale – Typical Male pattern hair loss scale
Prone pillow – Pillow used during removal of donor tissue. Similar to a pillow used for massage.
Recipient area – Area where the grafts are placed during the hair transplant.
Session – A hair transplant surgery of grafts.
Site – Tiny incision, made with a needle, where the follicular unit grafts are inserted.
Surgical staples – Used to close the surgical incision where the donor area was removed.
Technician – Medical assistant to the hair transplant surgeon. Duties are varied, but include dissecting the tissue into single follicles and inserting the grafts into the recipient sites.
Telogen effluvium – Acceleration or “shock” loss of hair following a transplant. Diffuse hair shedding. Any condition that shifts the normal distribution of hair follicles in active phase to a higher percentage of hair follicles in the resting phase.
Sudden – Rapid or abrupt onset due to bodily stress or high fever.
Delayed – Following several months of physical or emotional stress, such as illness, childbirth, etc.
Chronic – Occurring over several years or months
Telogen phase – Resting phase
Terminal Hair – Large, normal hair not affected by male pattern baldness
Traction alopecia – Hair loss due to tension on scalp from tight braids, ponytails, hair extensions, etc.
Trichodynia – Painful hair. Hair loss associated with painful needle pricked feeling.
Vellus Hair – Small fine textured hairs. Lighter in color, smaller in diameter, finer textured than terminal hairs.