Hair restoration procedures used to require major surgery, leaving a large linear scar across the back of the head. Recovery time was slow and very uncomfortable. Newer follicular unit extraction (FUE) technologies have been developed but are still slow and inefficient.
SmartGraft is a smarter option for both men and women searching for a permanent solution to hair loss. SmartGraft uses a combination of precision craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology rather than a scalpel.
The procedure can be done with more precision in less time than any other FUE method. Patients can go back to work in one or two days, and results look and feel completely natural.
Four Reasons to Choose SmartGraft
Why Kalia Dermatology?
Dermatologists are the only physician specialists that are board certified in the medical care of skin, hair and nails by the American Board of Medical Specialites (ABMS represents the core medical specialities such as Ob/Gyn, pediatrics and internal medicine). Other physicians may legally perform hair transplants and skin related procedures, but they may not board certified in dermatology.
Why Dr. Hayes Gladstone?
Hayes B. Gladstone, M.D. is a Board Certified Dermatologist and is fellowship trained in mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Gladstone is the Former Chief of the Division of Dermatologic Surgery at Stanford University.
He has been on the Board of Directors and the past President of the San Francisco Dermatology Society as well as the Board of Directors and past President of the Pacific Dermatology Association, the largest regional dermatology society in the United States. Dr. Gladstone has lectured worldwide on his cosmetic and reconstructive techniques.
Hair restoration procedures used to require major surgery. They created large linear scars across the back of patients’ heads, and recovery time was slow and painful. SmartGraft is a smarter way for both men and women to fight hair loss. Permanently.
Developed by physicians, medical scientists, and engineers, the SmartGraft device uses state-of-the-art technology rather than a scalpel. Recovery time takes one or two days rather than several weeks, and results look and feel completely natural.
What makes SmartGraft different from other hair restoration devices?
Hair grafts are more precisely and gently extracted, counted, separated, and placed into an environmentally controlled holding canister until implantation.
Automatically counting, sorting, storing, and moistening the hair grafts reduces the procedure time by one-third, and implanting hair grafts more quickly increases their success rate, so you get natural, permanent results.
The SmartGraft Experience
When researching hair restoration procedures, it’s important to understand how the SmartGraft procedure works, what to plan for ahead of time, what to expect during the procedure, and when you will see results.
The first step is an initial consultation. Our physician will ask about your medical history and perform a scalp evaluation before outlining a recommended strategic plan. He or she will explain the procedure in detail and determine the number of grafts needed for an effective and natural-looking result specific to your goals.
Instructions on what to do to get prepared for the day of the procedure will be given to you. Typically, most physicians will start the procedure early in the morning. You will want to wear comfortable clothes and bring your favorite music and/or videos to keep you occupied (with small ear buds). Your shirt or blouse will be replaced with a surgical gown. Most offices will provide you with lunch; however, ask your physician about bringing your own snacks.
The Actual Procedure
Upon arrival you will be escorted to a private room where the procedure will take place. Once you are seated and comfortable, your physician will explain each step of the procedure once more and get your approval before starting.
In most cases a mild sedative can be given to help you relax. You will need to consult with your physician to see if this is an option and make arrangements for transportation home. Next, a tech will shave a small area at the back of your head. You do not have to get a buzz cut. Depending on the length of your hair, an area can be shaved in small sections to allow you to hide the donor area after the procedure.
The area where the hair is to be implanted will be prepped and local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. While your scalp is anesthetized, the physician will use the SmartGraft device to gently remove the grafts from the donor area. SmartGraft allows the physician to immediately collect, sort, count and store each graft in a sterile controlled environment prior to implantation. This promotes graft survival and improves their ability to regrow for better results.
After all grafts have been collected, the implantation site is prepped and local anesthetic is applied. The physician will carefully and strategically create tiny openings no larger than a pinprick for the grafts to be implanted. This part of the procedure is very important as the angle, density and placement of each graft will determine how natural-looking the results will be.
Your New Hair Experience
Newly transplanted hair grows naturally in several phases. During the first several weeks your hair will take root and then begin to shed. This is perfectly normal. You will see new hair in about three months, followed by a noticeable improvement in six months and full growth at 12 to 14 months. Once your new hair has grown in, you will be able to care for it just like when you had it the first time!
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Dr. Iris Gin is the NBC Living Well Expert in Dermatology and is one of the most recognizable names in the field of dermatology. She has been featured on numerous news and media including NBC, KRON, Best of the Bay TV, and SJ Mercury News.