Reese Hair Restoration is the only practice in the Twin Cities to have the SmartGraft technology. This state-of-the-art technology is an excellent option for both men and women searching for a permanent solution to hair loss. SmartGraft allows Dr. Robert Reese to use a combination of precision craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology rather than a scalpel.

The procedure can be done with more precision in less time than any other follicular unit extraction (FUE) method. Patients can go back to work in a very few days, and their results look and feel completely natural.

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Got questions? We’ve got answers! SmartGraft FAQs

What is SmartGraft?

SmartGraft is the most advanced minimally invasive hair restoration device for both men and women. Developed by physicians, medical scientists and engineers, SmartGraft allows Dr. Robert Reese and Dr. Chahira Issolah to perform hair restoration procedures more efficiently, safely, and in less time, while delivering natural, permanent results.

What is the SmartGraft procedure like?

Using only local anesthetic, our doctors will use the SmartGraft device to gently extract individual micro hair grafts from the back of your head. These grafts are then implanted into the balding areas to regrow thick, healthy, natural hair.

What kind of results should I expect?

Your new hair grafts will grow in the areas that are bald or thinning, creating a fuller, natural looking head of hair. Since it’s your real hair, it looks completely natural, restoring a more youthful appearance and confidence levels.

Why should I consider SmartGraft?

SmartGraft is superior to other hair restoration devices because:

  • It gives you better results in less time, and it is ideal for both men and women.
  • It incorporates the most critical component of hair restoration — the ability for Dr. Reese to implant hair grafts in just the right spots to properly frame your face.
  • It can harvest grafts from other parts of the body, such as chest, back and face, for better results

Do I have to get a buzz cut to have a SmartGraft procedure?

No. If your hair is long enough, Dr. Reese or Dr. Issolah can harvest hair grafts using the SmartGraft by shaving small areas that can be covered by your longer hair.

Is the SmartGraft procedure painful?

No. It’s an in-office procedure rather than a complicated surgery. The doctors at Reese Hair Restoration use a local anesthetic to numb the area they are working on. Most of the time you can watch videos or listen to music while the procedure is going on.

What is the recovery period like?

The procedure heals quickly and is not painful. You can return to work in a couple of days, with very few activity restrictions after the procedure.

When will my hair start to grow?

Newly transplanted hair grows naturally in several phases. You’ll see new hairs in about three months, followed by a noticeable improvement in six months and full growth at 12 to 14 months.

Will there be a visible linear scar?

No. Because the grafts are removed in individual micro grafts rather than a large strip requiring stitches, scarring is minimal and not visible (unlike with traditional hair transplant procedures). So you can wear any hairstyle you like!

Is SmartGraft suitable for both men and women?

Yes. Because SmartGraft is a minimally invasive procedure, it is a viable option for both men and women looking to restore their own real hair.

How long does the SmartGraft procedure take?

Typically 5-6 hours. The advanced SmartGraft device can complete the harvesting portion of the procedure in one-third less time compared with other devices. That means that Dr. Reese and Dr. Issolah can harvest more grafts in less time and reduce the amount of time the grafts are awaiting implantation, which gives you better results.

Am I a good candidate for a procedure using SmartGraft?

The majority of hair loss patients are candidates for the SmartGraft procedure, particularly those who would like to wear very short haircuts, want the least amount of activity restriction after their procedure, or have had a prior strip procedure and need a scar camouflage.

The SmartGraft Experience; How it Works

When researching hair restoration procedures, it’s important to understand how the SmartGraft procedure works, what to plan for ahead of time, what to expect during the procedure, and when you will see results.

The first step is an initial consultation with Dr. Robert Reese or Dr. Chahira Issolah. They will ask about your medical history and perform a scalp evaluation before outlining a recommended strategic plan. They will explain the procedure in detail and determine the number of grafts needed for an effective and natural-looking result specific to your goals.

Instructions on what to do to get prepared for the day of the procedure will be given to you. Typically, your procedure will start early in the morning. You will want to wear comfortable clothes and bring your favorite music and/or videos to keep you occupied (with small ear buds).

The Actual Procedure

Upon arrival you will be escorted to a private room where the procedure will take place. Once you are seated and comfortable, Dr. Reese or Dr. Issolah will explain each step of the procedure to you again.

In most cases a mild sedative can be given to help you relax. You will need to consult with the doctors to see if this is an option and make arrangements for transportation home.

Next, a tech will shave a small area at the back of your head. You do not have to get a buzz cut. Depending on the length of your hair, an area can be shaved in small sections to allow you to hide the donor area after the procedure.

The area where the hair is to be implanted will be prepped and local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. While your scalp is anesthetized, the physician will use the SmartGraft device to gently remove the grafts from the donor area. SmartGraft allows the physician to immediately collect, sort, count and store each graft in a sterile controlled environment prior to implantation. This promotes graft survival and improves their ability to regrow for better results.

After all grafts have been collected, the implantation site is prepped and local anesthetic is applied. The doctor will carefully and strategically create tiny openings no larger than a pinprick for the grafts to be implanted. This part of the procedure is very important as the angle, density and placement of each graft will determine how natural-looking the results will be.

After the Procedure

The average SmartGraft hair transplant procedure takes five to six hours from start to finish, depending on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results. After the procedure and a brief rest period, you are ready to go home. You may be able to wear a loose fitting hat on the way home. All patients are advised to make arrangements for someone to take them home safely, but this is required if a mild sedative is used during the procedure.

Dr. Reese or Dr. Issolah will give you comprehensive instructions on what to expect in the coming weeks and how to care for your newly transplanted hair. Most patients can return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days. In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.

Your New Hair Experience

Newly transplanted hair grows naturally in several phases. During the first several weeks your hair will take root and then begin to shed. This is perfectly normal. You will see new hair in about three months, followed by a noticeable improvement in six months and full growth at 12 to 14 months. Once your new hair has grown in, you will be able to care for it just like when you had it the first time!

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