Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Also known as hair restoration and hair replacement surgery. Hair transplantation surgery can help men and women suffering from baldness or thinning hair.
- Hair transplantation is usually performed with local anesthetic and some sedation (sleep medication)
- It is performed in an OPERATING ROOM (not in procedure or treatment rooms) in an accredited hospital by a Plastic Surgeon.
- The basic premise of the surgery is that the hair follicles from SAFE areas (areas where no balding is expected) are moved to the frontal balding areas to create a hair line and provide density.
The two main techniques are:
- Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT)
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT):
This method removes a strip of hair with the skin it is rooted in. The strip is generally taken from the back of the head, cut into individual follicle units. These tiny pieces of your scalp will then be transplanted by implantation into the bald or thinning areas on your head. This is a common method that is faster than harvesting from many different locations. Although there is a strip removed, the scar is very fine and easily covered by new and surrounding hair. The entire process takes anywhere from two to eight hours depending on how much hair follicles are being transplanted.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE):
This surgical procedure is ideal when lesser number of follicles need to be transplanted. The entire head needs to be shaved for this procedure. Individual follicle units are cored out from the scalp and observed from quality and root viability. The extracted follicles are then implanted in the balding areas. Since multiple punctures are created during extraction, there is no single linear scar but 1000s of punctate scars spread uniformly in the donor area.
- You may be given dressings for your scalp, which will likely need to be worn for at least two days.
- There will be facial swelling for a few days but it will resolve gradually.
- Mild pain if present will be managed with pain killers.
- Your scalp may become sensitive and itchy and relevant medications will be prescribed.
- If you experience extreme or long-lasting pain or notice redness and swelling after the surgery, contact your surgeon to find out if your pain, redness and swelling are normal or a sign of a problem.
Recovery time frame
- You can return to sedentary office work after hair transplantation within one to two days after your transplant.
- However, if you are into field work with lot of travelling or physical work you should take a week off to rest and allow healing.
- Shortly after the transplant, the hair grafts will fall out and will not regrow for approximately 3-6 months. This is a completely normal process and will allow new hair to grow in its place.
- The new hair should look fuller and more natural.
- Final results can be seen by 12-18 months.
Every procedure involves inherent risks. Although serious complications are extremely rare, Dr. Date educates every patient about potential risks. Those risks can include scarring, the opening of the wound, discomfort for several days, bruising around the surgical sites, infection, bleeding, skin necrosis and general anaesthesia-related issues.
Risks specific to hair transplantation:
- The hair follicles themselves may become inflamed or infected.
- Some patients experience what's known as "shock loss," which causes all of the transplanted hair to fall out at once. However, it's very unlikely that this hair loss is permanent and typically new hair will grow in its place.
For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it's important to return to Dr. Date's office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you have any questions about your hair transplantation healing and results.