What Is a SmartGraft®?

SmartGraft® is a revolutionary procedure that allows hair to be transplanted very quickly, shortening the recovery time, and providing results much faster. A special SmartGraft® device is used to remove hair grafts from a donor area, which is usually in the back of the head. This is called FUE (follicular unit extraction) and differs from traditional strip harvest techniques. Very tiny pinpricks will then be placed in the desired area, allowing for the harvested grafts to be transplanted. With SmartGraft®, your Sanctuary Plastic Surgery professional has greater control over the location, thickness, and angle of the transplanted hair and can, therefore, provide you with more precise results.

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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

Since SmartGraft® requires very little downtime, you should only need to take a day or two off from work. Ask Dr. Cook any questions you may have about the procedure during your consultation and examinations, so that you have complete peace of mind and are fully prepared for your procedure and aftercare.

Preparing for Your SmartGraft® Surgery

You will receive detailed instructions on washing and caring for your hair before and after your appointment and you should adhere to them carefully to ensure the best possible results.

Types of Anesthesia

A SmartGraft® procedure requires only a topical anesthetic to numb the area being worked on. This anesthetic is normally applied in stages. First, your Sanctuary Plastic Surgery professional will apply a numbing agent to the area where he plans to harvest hair from. Just before transplanting this hair to its new location, we will then apply topical anesthetic to that area. If you are nervous about your procedure, please let one of our staff members know before it begins. We can provide you with a light sedative to help alleviate your anxiety, making it easy for you to relax comfortably while it is ongoing.

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. This will be done as discreetly as possible so that others will not notice you have had your head shaved. During your consultation we 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 the local anesthetic, we will go to work using the SmartGraft® device to remove grafts. This device contains a high-resolution camera that ensures he is able to do so with incredible accuracy. 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.

After Your SmartGraft® Surgery

You will need someone to drive you home from your appointment. You should avoid getting your hair wet for up to 72 hours, so you should plan accordingly by having a waterproof head covering available whenever you are outdoors. It is recommended you refrain from exercise for one week post-procedure. After that time, you may comfortably perform your regular activities, including swimming.

Getting Back to Normal

You will gradually notice an improvement in your hair for several weeks afterwards, with the final results being seen within a few months. 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.

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Schedule Your Consultation at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery

We would love to talk more with you about your own personalized treatment at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery. With your own private consultation, our team of extraordinarily skilled and dedicated plastic surgeons will be able to recommend the right treatment plans for your unique goals and concerns. With our office in Boca Raton, men and women in Florida can achieve the most natural and elegant results. Call 561-367-9101 to schedule your consultation.

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