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 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 1-2 days 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 physician will then finalize the details of your procedure goals, using a 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. Our nursing staff will trim the hair in the donor area.
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 will remove individual follicles from the donor area at the back and side of the head. These are the strong DHT resistant hair follicles which make hair restoration possible.
Preparation of the Follicular Units
Once the donor follciles are 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. 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 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 advise you to sleep with your head elevated with pillows for the first few nights after the procedure