Youth and health are usually two things we don't fully appreciate it until it’s gone. For many individuals with thinning hair, this couldn’t ring truer. Thankfully, there are many excellent surgical options available to give you back your youthful, full head of hair. If you are thinking of undergoing surgery, it’s good to have all the information possible so you can make the best decision. Read on to find out what life looks like after hair transplant surgery.
Different procedures produce different results:
There are a number of surgical options to restore lost volume. Your recovery and life after hair transplantation surgery will be determined by the procedure you get, so it's best to keep that in mind when you are planning your treatment. Here are the two most popular forms:
Follicular Unit Transplant uses larger strips of skin and hair to cover more significant bald spots including the crown area. This procedure is ideal for those who need to cover large areas of hair loss.
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, is a technique which involves extracting individual hair from donor areas and using it to restore hair in balding spots. The process is relatively tedious and time-consuming.
What to expect from hair transplant surgery:
Regardless of the method you choose, hair transplant procedures are a multi-step process. In the first step, your doctor will design a suitable hairline based on your previous hairline, so it looks as natural as possible.
Next is a preparation of the donor's hair. This step works by removing hair from either the back or side of your head or neck. These areas are perfect donor areas as they are not affected by pattern baldness and grow back quickly.
With FUT, the donor’s hair is sewn together and stitched into your scalp. If you choose FUE, individual strands are removed and placed in their new position. Within a week to ten days after your surgery, the stitches from the strip are removed, and the transplanted hair will begin growing with your natural hair growth cycle. In a few weeks, the transplanted hair will fall out, and your new hair will replace it.
Your results and how to care for you scalp post operation:
After the procedure, it’s quite common for individuals to experience mild shedding. This shedding is usually the result of the trauma your scalp has undergone in surgery and is a regular part of the healing process. As your scalp recovers, your hair follicles will begin to grow back. This process isn’t a quick one, and it can take many months before you see dramatic improvement.
Patience is a crucial factor in any successful transplantation procedure. As your scalp and hair follicles begin to regrow, it can take up to a year before you will be able to cut, dye, or style your hair as before.
Sometimes, a second procedure is required, especially if you have undergone the transplant too soon. Your doctor might recommend a follow-up procedure to help phase out any further patches that have occurred. However, this process isn’t usually suggested until months, possibly years after the first transplantation. The possibility of a second procedure is usually discussed in your initial consultation with your doctor.
If you think hair transplantation might be right for you give us a call at 615-329-3900. For a limited time only, when you sign up for a consultation, you will receive $250 off your hair restoration procedure.