Losing hair? You’re not alone. Thousands of people suffer from hair loss every day. Luckily, whether those free-flowing golden locks of yours are thinning out or disappearing entirely, Dallas-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jejurikar has an answer: SmartGraft hair restoration.
The Case for SmartGraft Hair Restoration
No one votes to lose their hair. Sometimes it happens out of the blue, a premature sign of aging. Most of the time, though, it’s just that:
If there is one thing we dislike more than the unavoidable process of getting older, it’s giving others a clear indication of how old we are. As with hair loss, our place along the aging timeline becomes pretty apparent.
Enter: SmartGraft Hair Restoration.
Before SmartGraft, your options were limited. As hair loss pillaged your scalp (and your self-confidence), the “solution” was over-the-counter creams and medications or painful (and expensive) hair transplant surgery.
On the contrary, SmartGraft is an advanced, minimally-invasive hair restoration procedure that provides permanent results with little discomfort.
As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jejurikar understands the importance of maintaining one’s physical appearance. Part of that maintenance is, of course, hair health. In Dr. Jejurikar’s opinion, there are many benefits of a procedure like SmartGraft. To name a few:
Benefit #1: Minimally-invasive procedure
There is that term again – minimally-invasive. What this means is that, unlike a traditional “open” surgery, doctors use techniques intended to cause less damage to the body. Think small incisions and limited doctor interference.
That horrifying image of getting open heart surgery and having the doctor hold up your heart as you lay sleeping on the operating table? (Come on, we’ve all envisioned it…)
That is not the case with a minimally-invasive procedure.
In fact, the process is commonly associated with a shorter hospital stay, less potential complications, and less pain.
Benefit #2: Quick recovery times
Because SmartGraft hair restoration is a minimally-invasive procedure, it can typically be completed in one visit. The acceleration and precision of the procedure lends itself to quicker patient recovery times and less (or no) post-op pain. This is ideal for a hair loss patient with an active lifestyle.
Benefit #3: High success rate
Perhaps the biggest benefit of SmartGraft is its effectiveness. It has a very high success rate that stems from the technology used, ease of the procedure, and efficiency. With less steps to follow than a traditional hair transplant, the grafts are transferred much quicker. As a result, the risk of poor growth quality decreases. It’s a win-win.
Benefit #4: Cost effective
Often, people forgo procedures like these due to cost restrictions. Believe it or not, some of the over-the-counter “remedies” to hair loss can cost more than the SmartGraft procedure! Pending the area of your hair loss and where you live, this outpatient operation can actually end up saving you money in the long-run. Plus, many surgery centers offer monthly payment plans.
Interested in pursuing hair restoration via a SmartGraft procedure? Here’s how it works.
As previously mentioned, a SmartGraft procedure can typically be done in one office visit. To start, the doctor shaves a tiny portion of the back of a patient’s head. This is to procure donor grafts (or transplant hair follicles).
No cause for alarm here – the shaved portion is small enough to easily hide post-treatment. After collecting the grafts, the doctor numbs the area of the patient where the transplant is to take place (scalp, chest, face, etc.).
Then, miniscule openings are created for the transplant. This is an incredibly precise portion of the procedure, largely controlled by SmartGraft technology for both efficiency and effectiveness. Pending the amount of hair loss being restored, the entire operation can take up to five hours.
Once done, patients can expect to see noticeable hair restoration within six months and full restoration within a year of initial treatment. Better yet? The meticulous nature of the procedure promises a natural, long-lasting look.
How is SmartGraft Hair Restoration Different from Other Hair Transplants?
This is a question Dr. Jejurikar often receives. The short answer involves the technology used throughout the procedure and its lasting effect.
In the past, strip harvesting (or FUT – follicular unit transplantation) has been one of the most common ways to restore hair to various parts of the body. This involves removing a thin layer of skin from an area of the scalp where there is healthy hair growth.
Surgeons then extract the grafts (hair follicles) from this skin and use micro blades or needles to transplant them to the targeted area for hair restoration.
Strip harvesting usually leaves a scar at the donor site (the place along the scalp where hair was taken). Stitches or staples are used to close the space where the grafts were retrieved and are taken out once healing is complete.
While traditional strip harvesting employs the use of technological instruments, the SmartGraft procedure relies on a device that promises a more effective outcome. Instead of doctors having to harvest hair follicles themselves, the SmartGraft device does it for them.
With technological precision, it extracts grafts straight from the donor site and typically negates scarring along a patient’s scalp. The technological amenity also helps eliminate the possibility of grafts being damaged during the transplant.
The SmartGraft process is known as FUE, or follicular unit extraction. While little was known about it in the early 2000s, it quickly became a topic of discussion among surgeons and a popular area of research. Now, it is considered the best answer to hair restoration, and is widely recommended ahead of strip harvesting practices.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re wondering about your candidacy for a SmartGraft hair restoration procedure, your best option is to schedule a consultation. Appointments can be made with Dr. Jejurikar here.
However, regardless your geographical location, Dr. Sameer Jejurikar says that candidacy for a SmartGraft procedure is high no matter who you are. It is recommended for both men and women of all different hair types and is particularly well-suited for those not wanting any sort of invasive procedure.
Since its inception, the procedure has been performed on patients with abundant hair loss, as well as those seeking to eliminate areas where thinning reigns supreme. It also offers a fix for individuals who have previously undergone FUT and are seeking ways to cover scarring.
About Dr. Sameer Jejurikar
Dr. Sameer “Sam” Jejurikar is a practicing cosmetic surgeon and partner at Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute in Dallas, Texas. He is highly-skilled in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Jejurikar completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Michigan. After finishing his residency in plastic surgery, he moved to New York and spent a year sub-specializing in aesthetic surgery at the world-renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.
Today, Dr. Jejurikar is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is considered by his peers as one of the premier surgeons in the field, and his research has appeared in prominent journals like Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the Journal of Surgical Research, and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
He is also known for his charity work, having embarked on several international trips to perform cleft lip and palate surgery for those in need. To learn more about Dallas surgeon Dr. Jejurikar and his practice, visit https://directory.dmagazine.com/doctors/sam-jejurikar-md/