Mini-Micro-Grafting in Huntersville, NC
Mini-Micro-Grafting techniques give our patients natural looking results from their hair transplantation procedures. Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr., a board-certified Huntersville surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, recommends Mini-Micro-Grafting to individuals in Charlotte and the nearby communities. These patients may benefit from hair growth that mimics their natural hair pattern.
What is Mini-Micro-Grafting?
Mini-Micro-Grafting is used in most hair transplantation procedures at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cook may use only Mini-Micro-Grafting, or use the technique in conjunction with other methods. Mini-Micro-Grafts contain fewer hairs than other types of hair follicle grafts. Standard grafts contain 10 to 15 hairs, and strip grafts may contain between four and ten hairs. The much smaller grafts that are harvesting with Mini-Micro-Grafting contain only one to four hairs.
Benefits of Mini-Micro-Grafting
Because mini-Micro-Grafting results in smaller grafts with few hair follicles, the technique is recommended for areas where hair growth direction is critical to achieving a natural appearance, such as the hairline. Depending on your pattern of hair thinning or baldness, Dr. Cook may opt to exclusively use mini-Micro-Grafting for your entire hair transplantation procedure.
Mini-Micro-Grafting is generally recommended for:
- Male pattern baldness
- Restoring hair to the scalp after injury or burns
- Certain cases of female pattern baldness
What Should I Expect From Mini-Micro-Grafting?
Mini-Micro-Grafting is similar to standard strip harvesting and requires numbing the scalp with a local anesthesia. Dr. Cook uses a special scalpel that has multiple blades. These blades are spaced apart to precisely extract the required width of tissue and hair follicles. A thin strip of skin and hair follicles is excised from the donor area, which is typically at the point where the scalp and back of the neck meet. Dr. Cook divides this strip into smaller grafts that contain between one and four hair follicles. The min-micro grafts are then inserted into the treatment area. The procedure can take up to eight hours, depending upon the size of the treatment area.
You may have some mild discomfort and swelling after the procedure that can be alleviated with non-prescription medication. Other symptoms that may last for seven to 10 days are scabbing and itching. You should avoid scratching the area. Healing after Mini-Micro-Grafting is typically more extensive than with other techniques.
Most of our patients stay home from work for at least 24 hours after Mini-Micro-Grafting, but you may need longer to regain your energy. We recommend that you avoid any strenuous activities until your scalp is completely healed.
What Should my Physician Explain to me About Mini-Micro-Grafting?
Mini-Micro-Grafting is not the perfect solution for every patient. Based on his knowledge and expertise in harvesting and transplantation techniques, Dr. Cook may recommend another procedure instead.
In many cases, the transplanted hair falls out of the grafts. This is considered normal, and new hair will grow out of the graft.
How Much Does Mini-Micro-Grafting Cost?
The cost of your Mini-Micro-Grafting procedure depends on how many hair follicles are extracted using the technique. Mini-Micro-Grafting is not covered by insurance because it is considered an elective procedure. Payment must be made at the time of your procedure. Pure Facial Plastic Surgery accepts cash, personal checks, major credit cards, and Alphaeon™ Credit financing.
Mini-Micro-Grafting is an advanced hair follicle extraction technique that gives our Charlotte-area patients a natural appearance after hair transplantation. To find out if Mini-Micro-Grafting is right for you, contact Pure Facial Plastic Surgery in Huntersville, North Carolina to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Cook.