What to Expect From Your Hair Transplant

Dr. Richard Chaffoo and the team at his Hair Surgery Center in La Jolla understand that surgical hair restoration is a big step. Still, we believe that the hair transplant experience doesn't need to be stressful. We do our best to take care of every detail, so you can focus on the excitement of regaining thicker, fuller hair.

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Dr. Chaffoo is the only triple board-certified plastic surgeon with a dedicated hair transplant and restoration practice in the San Diego area. Our patients rely on his experience performing the procedure, as well as the insights and empathy he gained as a patient.

Patients who have questions about what they can expect or who would like to speak personally with Dr. Chaffoo can request a complimentary consultation or call our office at (858) 997-0096.

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Dr. Chaffoo

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • Before Your Procedure

    You've already taken the first step by beginning your research into hair replacement. The next step is booking a complimentary consultation at our north San Diego practice and getting to know Dr. Chaffoo. He believes in the value of a thorough consultation, where you talk extensively about your goals for your hair, as well as your medical history and current health. Dr. Chaffoo examines your scalp, and he encourages you to bring in photos that show your hair when you were younger, before thinning or loss began to occur.

    He discusses possible causes of your hair loss, from genetics to hormone imbalances, and then lays out your treatment options. Dr. Chaffoo works closely with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan M. Stuart, who treats the medical causes of hair loss. Our team also features several dedicated technicians who are the most highly trained in our area, and have extensive experience with NeoGraft® hair restoration — the state-of-the-art system used at our center.

    Once he makes a recommendation for the best approach to treatment, Dr. Chaffoo encourages you to ask any questions you have. His goal is to be very candid about the results you can expect, what the procedure is like, and how recovery will go. He may also discuss his own experiences undergoing a NeoGraft procedure in order to give you a personal look into the process.

    If you decide to proceed with a NeoGraft treatment, you work with our team to schedule the best time to begin your transformation.

    For more information, visit Dr. Chaffoo's NeoGraft specialty site.

    During Your Procedure

    A NeoGraft treatment is a relatively simple process, but it can take several hours, depending on the extent of the procedure, to ensure the results are natural-looking and effective. For this reason, we work with only one patient a day so we can devote the attention necessary in a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere.

    When you arrive at our Center of Excellence on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital, you will be given Valium — a sedative which will help you relax. Then a member of our team numbs your scalp with a local anesthetic. No general anesthesia is required, so you are awake during your NeoGraft treatment and can take breaks to get up and move around or use the restroom.

    Dr. Chaffoo and our team of technicians then perform your procedure, removing follicular units — tiny clusters of 1 to 4 hairs — from one area of your scalp, and inserting them where your hair is thinning. Dr. Chaffoo takes special care to recreate a natural-looking hairline by carefully adjusting the angle of follicle insertion. During this time, you rest comfortably, with breaks as needed. There is no incision, and you are not able to feel anything on your scalp during the treatment.

    "I went to 5 different surgeons before I visited Dr. Chaffoo. When I spoke with Dr. Chaffoo, I knew he was the one." — Todd

    Read more testimonials from Dr. Chaffoo's patients.

    After Your Procedure

    After your hair transplant in La Jolla, you may have a bandage on your scalp that you wear overnight. You may have some mild discomfort at this time, but most patients find that over-the-counter pain relievers are all they need. Because the NeoGraft system essentially uses tiny pinpricks instead of a long incision, healing is quick and comfortable. Some patients even return to work the next day. You should avoid exercise for a few days.

    Our team provides specific instructions about what you can expect, and you can learn more on our Hair Transplant FAQ page.

    In the coming months, the hairs that Dr. Chaffoo transplanted go through a natural cycle of falling out and then regrowing. To ensure that you're healing well and to monitor the growth of your hair, Dr. Chaffoo has you come in for regular follow-up appointments. After about 6 months, your final results become evident. At that time, you can choose to undergo further treatment if you'd like even thicker hair, but most patients are satisfied with their outcomes after a single session. Your transplanted hair will last as long as it would have at its donor site, which, for most patients, makes for a thick head of hair for many years to come.