The essence of these procedures is that the hair is transplanted into the balding area as individual follicular units (naturally occurring groups of 1-4 hairs), so that it will look totally natural and be undetectable as a hair transplant.
All of our hair restoration procedures are performed under local anesthesia. Hair transplant sessions that use thousands of follicular unit grafts may take a whole day or even two consecutive days; however, medications are given to relax you and the time goes by quickly. For part of the procedure, you will be offered a movie selection and cable T.V. Most patients choose to listen to music, watch a movie, or just chat with the doctor and staff.
When you arrive for your hair transplant, the staff begins by going over the activities for the day. The surgical consent form that had been sent to you is reviewed and other paperwork is completed. The physician reviews the goals that have been established and answers any questions that you might have.
Sedatives are given to relax you before the start of the hair restoration procedure, but you can remain fully alert if you like.
The length of your hair transplant procedure will depend upon how may follicular unit grafts are transplanted. Smaller sessions generally take one day. Larger FUE sessions will be performed on consecutive days.
When placing is complete, the position of all of the grafts will be double-checked. The post-op instructions will be explained and a printed copy will be given to you to take home.
After the FUE Hair Transplant Operation a considerable variation can be observed. Some may have a rather visible cosmetic change after only 4-5 months, while other patients may see growth setting in after 10-12 months.
During the operation and the following days: Some patients may develop swelling of the forehead and face and in some cases it can be severe. It’s not a sign of an infection and it will usually wear off in 3-5 days and is not painful. Severe swelling is very rare, though.
Most patients will have no pain while some may need paracetamol for pain. Only rarely will the pain be more pronounced.
First 2 weeks: Few may experience pain from the donor-area. Paracetamol is usually sufficient to treat the pain.
First 12 weeks: Itching, pimples, pop-ups and dry skin are relatively common. Anti-histamins (used for allergic rash), white petroleum (vaseline) or baby oil may be helpful. In larger surgeries numbness may occur specially in the recipient-area. The transplanted hair may shed but the growth centre is left intact in the skin.
3-4 months: Growth starts. Usually the itching, pimples, pop-ups and dry skin is gone. Numbness in recipient-area may persist.
6-8 months: Cosmetic change starts appearing. Numbness is gone in nearly all patients.
1-1.5 years and even upto 2 years: Final results.