Hair Transplant Specialist

The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine

Shamila Gupta Rawal, MD

Otolaryngologist & Head and Neck Surgeon located in Madison, WI

Women and men can count on natural-looking results when an experienced physician like Shamila Gupta Rawal, MD, at The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine, performs their hair transplant surgery. As the only hair restoration surgeon practicing in Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Rawal is proud to offer comprehensive surgical and non-surgical treatments for hair loss. To schedule a private consultation and learn more about surgical hair transplantation, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Hair Transplant Q & A

What should I know about hair transplants?

A hair transplant procedure involves harvesting healthy hair from a donor site, then surgically implanting those hairs where you have thinning hair or balding. Many women and men with pattern baldness are good candidates for a hair transplant, but there are two important criteria.

First, you need to have enough donor hair to adequately restore the current and projected area of thinning or balding. And second, the balding area must be able to grow hair. For example, your skin may not support a new transplant if you have scarring hair loss that affects blood vessels and skin quality.

The only way to know if you’re a good candidate is to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Rawal at The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine. After reviewing your medical history and examining your hair and scalp, she can recommend which of the two types of hair transplants is the best option for you: FUT or FUE.


What is a follicular unit transplantation (FUT) hair transplant?

FUT is sometimes called strip transplantation because your donor hair is harvested by removing a long, thin sliver of hair from the back and sides of your scalp. After removing the strip of healthy hair, the skin is sutured back together.

Dr. Rawal views the strip of hair under a microscope so that each individual follicular unit is carefully separated for implantation. To transplant the hair, she makes slit-like incisions for each follicular unit, paying attention to the desired direction of hair growth, and implants a follicular unit in each slit.


What is a follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant?

When you have FUE, your hair is harvested using small circular punches that remove individual follicular units one at a time. The hairs are then transplanted the same way as a FUT transplant.

While FUT allows Dr. Rawal to harvest a larger number of hairs at one time, FUE offers other advantages, such as quicker healing of the donor sites. In some cases, you may benefit from both techniques, especially if you may require more than one transplant procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Rawal explains the differences between the two types of hair transplant surgery so you can make an informed decision.

To learn more about a hair transplant, call The Rawal Institute for Hair Restoration and Aesthetic Medicine, or schedule an appointment online.