INTERNATIONAL HAIR INSTITUTE – CHICAGO HAIR RESTORATION
#1 Hair Restoration Clinic
Our Detailed Approach
Hair transplantation surgery has improved remarkably in the past decade and reassuringly the days of “plugs” are gone. Instead, International Hair Institute creates natural appearing hairlines with techniques called FUE & FUT.
Hair transplants are an excellent, maintenance-free form of hair restoration for both men and women. Our results are natural, consistent, permanent, and virtually pain free.
Transplants can lower the hairline, reinforce the hairline, and improve density on the scalp as well as the beard, sideburns, or other areas of concern.
Modern Hair Transplantation
Hair transplant surgery has attained new levels of excellence in the past decade. In our practice we embrace these advancements and now emphasize the importance of maintaining healthy hair density as part of sustaining a beautiful and vibrant face. It is the combination of Dr. Carlos Puig, our internationally renowned restoration surgeon’s artistic eye and superb surgical skill that can restore thickness and natural appearing hair lines for both men and women.
In terms of methodology, Dr. Puig is a well-respected hair restoration surgeon with over 40 years of experience. He was awarded the Golden Follicle Award in 2012 in recognition of his contributions in the field of hair restoration surgery. Dr. Puig performs all forms of hair transplants, allowing you to receive the best option for your hair restoration journey: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) techniques. Each approach creates aesthetically beautiful outcomes with the difference being how donor hair is harvested.
On The Day of Surgery
All of our hair services take place in our gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility. On the morning of surgery, a brief consultation with the doctor takes place where you finalize the design for your hair transplant. Once a decision has been made, we shave the donor area before moving you into the surgery room.
The surgery is performed under local anesthesia, you will be awake for the duration of the procedure. The experience is so comfortable that most patients watch movies, listen to music, or even find themselves snoring during the session!
At the end of a hair transplant surgery session, the patient may return home. For out-of-town patients we can provide accommodations at local hotels. On the next day, patients are allowed to gently massage the grafted area to remove scabs. The first week, swelling is to be expected and will reduce with time. The donor area may be tender for the weeks to come, as it’s the most common side effect of a hair transplant, aside from itchiness.
The patient may resume most normal day to day activities five days post operation. As for shedding, it’s completely normal and expected. In fact, 80% of transplant patients shed their grafts a few weeks after the transplant! This process is part of the hair cycle allowing the implanted follicle (like a seed in a garden) to grow new hair. At ten months post op, 95% of the implanted grafts have become visible.
Male Hair Transplant
For patients with established hair loss, a hair transplant is a definitive technique. Here at International Hair Institute we provide patients with two different surgical restoration options to meet individual hair expectations and long-term goals. The most common options, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), differ on how the donor hair is harvested but provide equally aesthetic beautiful outcomes. With FUE, hair follicles are extracted individually, from the donor area and then transferred to the recipient areas. With FUT, a “strip harvest” is collected from the donor area and individual follicles are dissected and trimmed prior to implantation to the recipient areas. Each technique has specific advantages and our consultation specialists and physicians will help you decide the best method for your desired needs!
Female Hair Transplant
Females rarely lose their hairline. Rather, females experience diffuse thinning all over the scalp. Female pattern hair loss is very common condition of alopecia in women. During and after menopause, hair might become finer (thinner) because hair follicles shrink. Stress with women is also linked to a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium, which can interrupt your hair’s natural growth cycle. Often a biopsy may be needed to determine the root/cause of hair loss. For females seeking a maintenance free approach to hair restoration, a transplant is an excellent solution to improve density.