Hair Transplantation Frequently Asked Questions
How common is hair loss?
Everyone loses hair every day at a rate of approximately 50 to 150 individual hairs per day. Usually, the hair will grow back.
If the hair follicle is thinned, however, this re-growth does not happen.
All men encounter some degree of gradual hair loss in their lifetime as a result of natural aging and differences in the male hormone androgen.
Women also may experience hair loss.
Am I a perfect candidate for hair transplantation surgery?
The perfect candidate for hair restoration surgery has healthy hair on the sides and back of the head.
These spots are used as donor areas for the grafts. Men and women with well-defined baldness, thinning hair, and those with limited hair loss due to scalp injuries or replicated cosmetic procedures are commonly good candidates for hair restoration surgery.
The Fabulous Clinic team will advise you of treatment options during an initial consultation.
Does the procedure hurt?
With the use of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, pain during the surgery is eliminated.
How Does a Hair Transplant Work?
A hair transplant is accomplished by taking healthy hair follicles from the back or side of the patient’s head, beard, or chest and is transplanted to the balding areas of the head.
The transplanted hair is genetically immune to baldness. If the transplant is done correctly the new hair will last long.
Will my transplanted hair someday fall out?
When your hair is grafted from the back and sides of your scalp to your balding areas, called an autograft, the hair will grow for the rest of your life.
Hair Styling After Hair Transplant?
The Patient should be able to style their hair to their preference after a year. After transplant surgery, the hair grows slowly and by a year it is totally grown.
The hair grows generally and can be styled freely with products that are used for stylings, such as sprays, gels, and mousses.
The hair can also be dyed to provide it with a new look. Blow drying can maximize the volume and body of the hair.
Proper styling and grooming of the hair after a hair transplant is very necessary as this will help the person’s personality to gain confidence.
How much time is involved in treatment?
Multiple sessions at various gaps are usually required. Most patients can accomplish a full, natural look with a minimum of procedures.
Most successful candidates for micrografting and hair transplantation require one to two consultations, usually several months apart. Each office procedure lasts about three to four hours.
What happens after the surgery?
Most patients can return back to their daily life within 24 to 48 hours after their hair restoration.
Hair is washed after 3 days of the procedure. Active physical activity should be limited to five to seven days.
Medication is used to minimize swelling which can occur. Some crusting or small scabs may be present for seven to ten days, along with some itching in the treatment areas.
Any numbness in the donor or recipient areas usually vanishes within several weeks to a few months. Follow-up visits at four to six-month gaps are scheduled in order to monitor improvement and assess results.
Healing After The Hair Transplant Surgery
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure, and like all other surgical processes, there will be a time frame where recovery takes place.
The restoring period will have much to do with which hair transplant process was chosen. It does not involve any scalpels or stitches so there are no big wounds that take time to heal. With the Strip process, there will be a long linear wound on the back of the scalp.
This brings a lot of time to heal, and the stitches or sutures are released after 10 to 14 days.
Are there any complications from surgery?
As with all surgical processes, there is some risk. However, complications from the surgical treatment of hair loss are rare and normally minimal.
Bleeding and/or infection are rare and minor. In general, you should avoid aspirin or specific drugs, or some herbal remedies before surgery. If you have any specific concerns please discuss them with your physician.