It is very normal to be apprehensive about your upcoming hair transplantation surgery. However, we feel there is power in knowing what to expect. We make it a priority to keep our patients “in the know” regarding every step of their hair restoration process. What follows is a general guideline for what will take place on the day of your procedure, and in the days and weeks following it.
- Arrival at Our Facility – As soon as you arrive at our office on the day of your hair transplantation surgery, your comfort will become our # 1 priority. You will be escorted into one of our procedure rooms, where you will find an extremely comfortable reclining chair waiting for you. As soon as your environment is to your liking and you are comfortable and relaxed, the surgical team will begin preparing for the hair removal portion of the procedure. This process includes cleaning the donor area and also getting all surgical tools and personnel prepared.
- Administration of Local Anesthetic – The next step in your hair restoration process involves ensuring that your surgery will be pain-free. This means that the area(s) on your scalp or body that will be used to harvest donor hairs will receive anesthetic medication. The administration of local anesthetic will completely numb all areas from which donor hairs be retrieved.
- Donor Hair Retrieval – As soon as the entire donor area has received sufficient pain relief, our surgical team will begin to harvest healthy hairs from the specified donor location(s). Because we practice the Follicular Unit Extraction method, only very small incisions will be made during this portion of the procedure. These small incisions will heal on their own with no need for suturing. Scarring will be minimal and unnoticeable to others.
- Preparation of Target Area – The area in which you are losing hair or are completely bald (the target area) will be prepared to receive the donor hairs that were removed in the previous step. This part of the process includes cleaning the target area and also getting all surgical tools and personnel prepared for the transplantation portion of the procedure.
- Transplantation of Donor Hairs into Target Area – Once your surgeon has harvested a sufficient number of donor hairs from your retrieval area(s) and your target area has been cleaned and prepped, you will then be ready to enter the transplantation portion of the surgery. This will be the most time-consuming part of the entire process because your surgeon will be meticulously creating small holes in which to place each donor hair graft individually.
After your hair restoration procedure is complete, you may feel some tenderness on your scalp, for which we will provide you with and advise you on specific pain medication. You should refrain from any physical exertion immediately following the procedure. Your surgeon will discuss modifying your activity level so that your delicate hair grafts will not become damaged.
Although it is surprising to many patients, the newly transplanted hairs will actually fall out in several weeks’ time. Please rest assured that this is supposed to happen and does not mean your transplant has failed. The transplanted follicles will start growing new hairs in a few short months, and these hairs will be permanent!