Frequently Asked Questions
When will my hair begin to grow after Hair Transplantation?
The redness and thin scabs which appear immediately after hair transplant surgery disappear within the first 20 days. The transplanted hair will start to fall out at approximately the sixth-week post-procedure and continue to shed for the next couple of weeks. This is a normal and temporary situation attributable to hair’s natural cycle of growth and dormancy. The transplanted hair will begin to appear and grow normally within the first 3-4 months following surgery. The hair will continue to grow at a normal growth rate, and the final results will be visible and permanent after 1 year.
How long does the procedure take?
The duration of the surgery depends on the patient’s specific needs and the number of hair follicles to be transplanted. While the transplantation of 1000 follicles may be completed in 2 – 3 hours, the surgery may take 6 – 7 hours for 4000-4500 follicles.
Are there risks involved?
The risk of complications is minimal as long as your physician is a qualified surgeon who specializes in hair transplantation and has years of experience performing this surgery successfully. It is also worth noting that this surgery involves only the body’s outermost layers of tissue. Hence, it is far less invasive than other surgeries.
Is Hair Transplantation very painful?
No, this procedure is not painful. Dr. G uses a locally injected anesthesia, along with a light sedative, to ensure patient comfort and relaxation during the surgical procedure. He also prescribes pain relievers for the day after surgery. Nevertheless, a majority of patients report that they don’t need the pain relievers. In fact, the discomfort involved is typically compared to a trip to the dentist.
Does age make a difference when considering Hair Transplantation?
In most cases, age makes no difference as long as the patient is in good health and has adequate donor hair. Note: Donor hair follicles are extracted from the back of the head where hair is genetically programmed to grow for a lifetime. That explains is why age should make no difference, unless it’s accompanied by disqualifying medical conditions.
How long will my new hair growth last?
Your transplanted hair is permanent and your new hair growth should last forever. The transplanted hair comes from the back of the head where hair is genetically programmed to grow for a lifetime. As such, these follicles are not subject to the hair loss patterns of alopecia. Nevertheless, the development of new health conditions, stressors, or the use of new medications could impact lifetime growth.
Can anyone benefit from hair transplantation?
People of all races, ethnicities, and genders are subject to male/female pattern baldness. Most men and many women are good candidates for this minimally-invasive surgery. For select medical reasons, only a relatively small number of people are not suitable hair transplantation candidates.
Is there any downtime and what is the recovery period like?
FUE Hair Transplantation causes no disruption of your normal life. Patients can return to work the very next day. At the recipient site, small red scars and thin scabs will form at the bottom of the transplanted follicles. These will last 10-15 days. The redness will fade after the third day. The hair at the donor site will grow long enough to cover the site of extraction by day 10, and the extraction site will appear 100% normal by day 15. The transplantation procedure does not require any long-term post-operative care.
FUT Hair Transplantation causes only a minimal disruption of your normal life. Patients can return to work in 1-2 days. At the recipient site, small red scars and thin scabs will form at the bottom of the transplanted follicles. These will last 10-15 days. The redness will fade after the third day. The hair at the donor site will grow long enough to cover the linear incision by about day 10, and the linear scar will fade over time till it becomes barely noticeable and easily covered by hair.
This surgical procedure requires somewhat more aftercare to minimize the risk of infection and accelerate the speed of healing with the least possible scarring. At the donor site, sutures will be used to close the wound. Patients may experience some post-surgery pain and itching, so an antibiotic and medication for pain will be prescribed. The sutures will be removed in approximately 14 days, leaving a very thin scar that will gradually fade and may be subject to “camouflage”, a technique whereby hair follicles are transplanted directly into the scar.