Hair transplantation surgery works to replace or restore one's lost hair and hairline. To dispel any misconceptions surrounding hair transplantation and how it varies from other thinning hair treatments, we've put together a short snapshot of what the hair transplant procedure entails and what you can expect during your procedure.
Hair transplantation surgery takes only one day to complete, and is performed on an out-patient basis.
2. Creating the recipient sites and placement of the follicular units
Once the follicles are divided and ready to be transplanted, you will receive another round of local anesthesia, administered to the recipient areas. Hair transplantation surgeon will then make tiny incisions on your scalp, one for each of the follicular units that will be placed. Detailed attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit is of the utmost importance, as they ensure a natural-looking hairline and results. Natural results demand both clinical expertise and artistic sensitivity.
Under the direction of surgeon, the hair transplant surgery team then places the individual follicular units into the donor recipient sites. We place one- and two-hair follicular units in the front (near the hairline) and place three- and four-hair follicular units behind the reconstructed hairline to maximize the density and coverage of the balding areas. This technique produces hair transplant results that provide a light, natural, aesthetically pleasing hairline while maximizing coverage and density.
Once all of the follicular units have been placed, surgeon will inspect the newly placed grafts to ensure proper placement. When the hair restoration surgery is complete, clinical team will provide written and oral post operative instructions. These include instructions on how to care for your transplant sites, required medication for sleep and any discomfort that you might have, as well as optional medication to take in the days following your hair transplant procedure.
In the next few days, some scabbing in the recipient sites may be present, as well as moderate redness. Swelling may also appear on the forehead, but this is typically rare. However, soreness and numbness in the donor area should begin to disappear in the days following the procedure. While some patients report a sensation similar to that of a mild sunburn in the recipient areas following the procedure, there is generally little or no discomfort in the recipient area after the first few days following the procedure. A week after the hair restoration surgery, any swelling and redness usually will have subsided.