FAQ

With locations in Rockville and Towson and serving the residents of Baltimore, Washington, DC, and the surrounding communities, Dr. John Kiely is helping his patients understand hair loss and restoration.

What is the success rate of transplants?

Measured in terms of graft survival, hair transplants, when performed correctly by experienced and dedicated physicians, are virtually 100% successful.

Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?

The underlying factors in determining your success rate as a candidate are the availability of quality donor area and your general health. Most men experiencing MPB (male pattern baldness), or those suffering damage from an accident, make excellent candidates. Even those experiencing severe hair loss can benefit from hair transplantation. Women are finding transplants an excellent way to improve their appearance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kiely will evaluate your condition and discuss the options available as a candidate for hair replacement surgery.

Will my hair transplant be natural looking?

A successful transplant will give you a natural look with little cause for concern. Since its inception during the 1950s, great advances have been made in the techniques of hair transplant surgery so that transplants performed today are reasonably undetectable under normal daily circumstances.

Why does the scalp become numb after transplant surgery and how long does this condition last?

Temporary numbness, which results from interference with the superficial nerves during the grafting process, may occur in the grafted areas and surrounding areas as well. This temporary numbness may disappear in about three months, although it may take as long as eighteen months before full sensitivity returns to the area. Patients report neither discomfort nor interruption to their daily routine because of this condition

Is age a factor in getting a hair transplant?

Age plays little role in hair transplant surgery. Dr. Kiely has successfully performed hair transplantation procedures on men in their sixties, seventies, and older. He pays careful attention evaluating our young candidates who are experiencing MPB. Experienced physicians can usually predict hair loss patterns. Rather than age, health and available donor area are the two most important considerations for a successful hair transplant.

Will my transplanted hair need any special treatment?

Once the surgery is complete, your newly transplanted hair requires no special treatment. This hair survives as donor area hair, continues to live and grow naturally, and requires the same general care as your non-transplanted hair. Once fully grown, you can cut, style, or color this hair as you wish.

Is Minoxidil a viable alternative for growing hair?

Tests show mixed results that do not weigh heavily toward using this product. Minoxidil was developed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company as a blood pressure medication under the trade name of Rogaine™. In 1988, it won approval for the Food and Drug Administration as a topical application for the treatment of baldness. According to dermatologist Arthur Bertolino, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Hair Consultation Unit of New York University Medical Center, Minoxidil causes significant cosmetic improvement only 10% of the time. Tests have been concentrated on patients who are not yet shiny bald. Continuing tests by the Upjohn Company show Minoxidil use affords an 8% chance of new hair growth on the top and sides of the head but has no effect on hair growth along the front hairline. To date, the results are unconvincing at best.

Some researchers have expressed concern about the long-term effects of Minoxidil since the drug is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Using Minoxidil twice daily for the remainder of your life to grow and maintain any hair is another drawback. Once use has terminated, the newly grown hair falls out. The financial commitment is very real. Over one’s lifetime, this can be quite costly.

Now with the 5% foam formula, there have been much better results.

How long after surgery can I resume my normal activities?

Since hair transplantation is considered minor surgery, all strenuous physical and recreational activities should be curtailed for at least two weeks following surgery. The protective bandages applied will be removed the morning following surgery and your hair will be washed and blown dry. Most patients can return to work after this visit with little interruption to their schedule.

Are hair transplants expensive?

The cost of hair transplantation will vary depending on the size of the bald area, the number of grafts required, and the procedures employed to meet your expectations and desired results. When you consider that the cost is amortized over your lifetime, hair transplantation is cost effective. Once complete, there are no hidden expenses or ongoing maintenance costs. All fees will be discussed during your initial consultation. Occasionally, the final cost will differ from the estimate due to the patient’s desire for additional treatments or procedures.

What are mini-grafts and follicular unit grafts?

The ultimate aim in hair transplantation surgery is to produce a soft natural-looking hairline along with a full dense crop of hair throughout the top and crown of the head. By using minigrafts and micrografts, the experienced physician can achieve these results. For this reason, it is important to select a physician with great surgical skill and artistic ability, such as Dr. Kiely. The sculpturing of the hairline to enhance and complement one’s facial features is a real art and the physician’s artistic skill is of primary importance in achieving the desired results. Minigrafts, which contain a greater number of hair follicles than micrografts, are used throughout the crown and top of the head where a fuller effect is desired. These grafts, usually comprised of coarser hair, provide the greater density needed in that area to achieve natural-looking results.

Follicular units are much smaller than follicular unit grafts and are often comprised of two or three hairs transplanted along the hairline to provide a natural look. The use of smaller grafts provides tremendous flexibility in distributing natural hair more evenly throughout the bald area. The advantages of these grafts speak for themselves.

Can single-hair transplants be done?

It is important to understand that hair grows naturally as “follicular groups.” Although there is individual variation, in most people the following distribution pattern holds true:

  • Approximately 10% of the hair grows as one (single) haired unit.
  • About 50-60% grow as two hair units.
  • The rest grow as three to even five haired units.

Excellent results are obtained by preparing micrographs as naturally existing follicular groups, complete with most of their sebaceous glands and adequate dermal and adipose protective tissue left around them.

Single-haired micrographs split away from follicular clumps produce a lower proportion of hairs that survive transplantation. In fact, some studies indicate that there may be a net loss of 10% of the transplanted hair, when done in this fashion.

In hair transplantation, the availability of the donor area is our single most important consideration. Therefore, it is not a good practice to “waste” donor area by attempting a transplant of single-hair units exclusively. Let us not forget that only 10% of the existing hair grows as single-hair units.

What options are available for out-of-state patients?

To simplify travel plans and minimize inconvenience, two options are available for out-of-state patients. Either a complimentary consultation may be scheduled at Dr. Kiely’s office before making a commitment for hair transplant surgery, or the consultation and surgery can be accomplished in the same day. Should you choose the latter option, photographs and pertinent medical history must be furnished prior to your scheduled visit. Subsequent to review, Dr. Kiely will contact you by telephone to discuss his recommendations for your procedure.

What Is the Cost of Hair Restoration in Baltimore?

The price of hair restoration varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve your individual appearance goal. Dr. Kiely accepts cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), and checks as payment options.

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With more than 30 years of experience and over 14,000 procedures performed treating hair loss for men and women in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Dr. Kiely recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. His services have improved the lives of people from in and around Baltimore. Dr. Kiely specializes in hair loss solutions for men and women by performing hair transplantation procedures such as Follicular Unit Extraction, Mini-Micro Grafting and Micro Grafting. If you are looking for self-improvement in the form of hair restoration, Dr. Kiely and his professional team will accommodate your needs! Please call 301-678-9907 today to schedule your free initial consultation!