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The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital offers the latest techniques for hair replacement and restoration.
Our patients enjoy the peace of mind that comes from undergoing all procedures—nonsurgical and surgical—at a world-class academic medical center.
Advanced Expertise from a Collaborative Team
Our Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians are among the most experienced and skilled plastic surgeons in the United States. Our surgeons explore and develop leading-edge surgical procedures and noninvasive techniques, and incorporate these advances into their practice.
Innovative Technology in Hair Restoration
Hair loss can be devastating to both someone’s appearance and self-esteem. The goal of hair restoration surgery at Mass General is to restore or to fill in thinning hairlines as well as bald areas.
Using the latest technology and advances in hair restoration:
Hair restoration can be used for aesthetic reasons or to treat an injury that caused hair loss.
Learn more about the patient experience
Before Your Procedure
You will meet with one of our surgeons to review your medical history and assess your emotional perspective toward hair restoration. This ensures that you have realistic expectations to the success of the procedure. The surgeon will thoroughly examine your hairline and scalp and may even take a sample of your hair or skin.
We may share before-and-after photos to demonstrate the benefits of various surgical options. Our goal is to give you a realistic picture of what to expect so that you can make an informed decision. We also review what's involved in any surgery, including:
During Your Procedure
The procedure itself can take anywhere from 4-5 hours depending on the number of grafts (healthy skin from a donor site that is attached to the needed area) are being performed. The procedure is performed in our outpatient office under local anesthesia.
Following Your Procedure
Immediately after the procedure, the sites where the hair has been transplanted are going to be visible and appear as very small wounds. These heal quickly and within a few days will no longer be visible. You are sent home with a very specific post-treatment protocol and will wash your hair the next day.
Approximately 3-4 weeks later, the individual hairs in the transplanted grafts will start to grow and then will fall out. It generally takes up to four months for the new, permanent hairs to grow at the average rate of hair growth, which is about ¼ to ½ inch per month.
Accepting New Patients
Shedding 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal. When a hair is shed, it is replaced by a new hair from the same follicle and the growing cycle starts again. Scalp hair grows about one-half inch a month. As people age, the rate of hair growth slows.
Hair problems may be due to cosmetic causes, such as excessive shampooing and blow-drying, or due to underlying diseases, such as thyroid problems.
Patients share their photos before and after Hair Restoration Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435
We are also located at:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care 102 Endicott Street Danvers, MA 01923
The Mass General Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in the Wang Ambulatory Care Center at 15 Parkman St. Parking is available in the Parkman St. and nearby Fruit St. and Yawkey Center garages. Please note that some GPS systems do not recognize the 15 Parkman St. address. If you use a GPS system to drive to Mass General, enter Blossom St. as your destination, and then turn onto Parkman directly from Blossom.
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