Transplanting hair can be performed in a very precise manner thanks to SmartGraft®, which provides extremely natural looking results. Montclair, NJ residents in need of SmartGraft® turn to New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, serving patients from Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is a SmartGraft®?
SmartGraft® is a revolutionary procedure that allows hair to be transplanted very quickly, using a punch and suction method. A special SmartGraft® device is used to remove hair grafts from a donor area, which is located in the back of the head. Then recipient sites will be placed in the desired area, allowing for the harvested grafts to be transplanted. With SmartGraft®, our speciality trained hair technicians have greater control over the location, thickness, and angle of the transplanted hair and can, therefore, provide you with more precise results.
The Best Candidates for SmartGraft®
While many hair restoration procedures are designed primarily for men, SmartGraft® is one that both men and women will find equally effective. It is ideal for anyone with a sufficient amount of hair in the donor area who would rather avoid the unsightly scars that often accompany more invasive procedures.
Planning Your SmartGraft® Surgery
It’s important to schedule your appointment for a time that you can stay at home for approximately 1-2 weeks. You may work from home as the procedure is conducted under local anesthesia. You will feel completely normal shortly after the procedure. We do suggest getting a ride home after the procedure.
Preparing for Your SmartGraft® Surgery
A SmartGraft® procedure is done under local anesthesia. You will also be prescribed medication to be used for your comfort during the procedure. You will, however, receive detailed instructions on washing and caring for your hair before your appointment and you should adhere to them carefully to ensure the best possible results.
Types of Anesthesia
A SmartGraft® procedure requires local anesthesia. The anesthetic injected into the areas to ensure you experience no pain during the procedure. A prescription for pain and anxiety will be prescribed. These are for you to take during the procedure to ensure 100% comfort throughout the procedure.
The SmartGraft® Procedure
The first step in the SmartGraft® procedure is to shave the hair in the donor area to make it easier to harvest. During your consultation Dr. DiBernardo will discuss which areas of your head will be shaved and may also suggest certain hairstyles that might be ideal to wear while the hair grows out.
After injecting local anesthesia, our specialty trained hair technicians will go to work using the SmartGraft® device to remove grafts. Once hair grafts are removed, they are automatically enclosed in the SmartGraft® system, where they are sorted and then preserved until needed again. When it is time to transplant these grafts, they can be gathered into single, double or triple units to make placement extremely quick and efficient.
How Much Does SmartGraft® Cost?
SmartGraft® is a highly customized procedure, which is why it is not possible to provide you with a cost up front. During your consultation Dr. DiBernardo will assess the amount of hair loss you have and then tailor a SmartGraft® procedure especially for you. At that time, our Patient Care Coordinator will be better able to provide you with an accurate cost. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are also available via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM.
After Your SmartGraft® Surgery
You should plan to have someone drive you home from your appointment. If you are took pain and anxiety medication it is mandatory. You should avoid getting your hair wet for 48 hours. After 48 hours you may wash your hair using a cup mixd with water and baby shampoo. This should be done for two weeks pos post procedure. Styling products, rogaine or anything containing chemicals should be avoided for 4 weeks post procedure.
Getting Back to Normal Following SmartGraft® Surgery
During this “growing in” phase, many men have regular haircuts so as to provide as seamless an appearance as possible. Women who have undergone SmartGraft® may wish to experiment with different hairstyles to find one that will complement their new hair growth. Hair will begin to grow in as little as 3 months post procedure. Please be advised full results should not be evaluated until 1 year post procedure.
If you would like to restore that full head of hair you once had, but would like to avoid scars or extensive downtime, SmartGraft® could be right for you. Residents of Essex County, and surrounding areas should contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ to schedule a SmartGraft® consultation.