Steps involved in Hair Transplant
At Hairocraft, surgical hair transplant surgery is a simple, outpatient procedure. Naturally, whether you are male or female, you more than likely have a lot of questions regarding your hair restoration surgery itself and how it compares in effectiveness to other thinning hair remedies available in the market.
Hair transplantation is not to be confused with hair replacement, in the way of wigs and hair systems. Hair replacement involves using synthetic or human hair to temporarily cover a bald spot, and hair replacement systems. Unlike hair replacement systems, hair transplantation surgery is a permanent solution that requires no on-going maintenance.
Hair transplantation surgery works to replace or restore one’s lost hair and hairline. To dispel any misconceptions surrounding hair transplantation and how it varies from other thinning hair treatments, we’ve put together a short snapshot of what the hair transplant procedure entails and what you can expect during your procedure.
Hair transplantation surgery takes only one day to complete, and is performed on an out-patient basis. You’ll arrive at Hairocraft and go home the same day.Photos will be taken prior to the hair transplantation surgery to document the extent of your hair loss pre-procedure and to identify the thinning hair areas to be treated. You and your Hairocraft physician will then finalize the details of your procedure goals, using a surgical pen to indicate the treatment areas, hairline location and shape.
The next step is preparation of the donor area and removal of the donor hair. The clinical team will trim the hair in the donor area, being sure to preserve the surrounding hair with rubber bands so that it will cover the donor area after the procedure.
The Hairocraft nurse will then administer a local anesthesia to numb the donor area and will ensure that you are completely comfortable during the removal of the donor hair.
Once the local anesthetic kicks in, the Hairocraft physician will remove the strip of tissue in the donor area at the back and side of the head. These are the permanent, lifelong hair follicles which make permanent hair restoration possible. Once the donor hair is removed, the Hairocraft physician will suture the donor area. The hair that was secured with rubber bands will completely conceal the suture area.
Preparation of the Follicular Units
Once the donor tissue is removed, the Hairocraft clinical staff will begin preparing the follicular units for placement. During this time, patients are typically free to relax and pass the time as they wish. For most this means napping, reading or watching movies. You are free to walk around, chat with the clinical team or use the restroom whenever you want to, while the clinical team prepares the follicular units to begin the next stage of your hair transplant procedure. The trained team will divide the donor strips into their follicle groupings, also known as units. Each unit will be comprised of one, two, three, or four hair follicles.
Creating the recipient sites and placement of the follicular units
Once the follicles are divided and ready to be transplanted, you will receive another round of local anesthesia, administered to the recipient areas. Your hair transplantation physician will then make tiny incisions on your scalp, one for each of the follicular units that will be placed. Attention to the location, angle and depth of each unit is of the utmost importance, as they ensure a natural-looking hairline and results. Natural results demand both clinical expertise and artistic sensitivity, the two hallmarks of our hair restoration
Once all of the follicular units have been placed, your Hairocraft physician will inspect the newly placed grafts to ensure proper placement. When the hair restoration surgery is complete, your clinical team will provide written and oral post operative instructions. These include instructions on how to care for your transplant sites, required medication for sleep and any discomfort that you might have, as well as optional medication to take in the days following your hair transplant procedure. We’ll encourage you to sleep with your head elevated with pillows for the first few nights after the procedure