The below step by step presentation shows how today’s state of the art follicular unit hair transplant procedure is normally performed.
This hair transplant surgery is a one day out-patient procedure requiring only local anesthesia. Most patients are surprised by how little discomfort, if any, they experience during and after surgery. Many patients watch TV or nap during their hair transplant procedure.
During surgery hair follicles from the back of the head that are genetically resistant to going bald will be removed and relocated (transplanted) to the balding areas.
Prior to surgery, the hair in donor area that will be surgically removed is trimmed.
Once the donor area has been prepared it is given local anesthesia.
The donor tissue containing the bald resistant hair follicles is then surgically removed.
The wound is then surgically sutured.
When patient’s hair is combed over the donor area the sutures are not visible. These sutures are typically removed approximately ten days after surgery.
Surgical technicians then use microscopes to view the donor tissue in order to dissect and prepare follicular units hair grafts.
After being given local anesthesia, the balding recipient area is ready for surgery. No trimming or shaving of hair is needed in the top recipient area.
Tiny incisions are made in the recipient areas in irregular patterns that mimic nature. The follicular unit grafts will then be placed carefully into these tiny incisions.
Follicular unit grafts are gently placed into the recipient incisions.
Typically the smallest one and two hair grafts are placed in the very front of the hairline, with three and four hair grafts placed behind them.
Following surgery a patient will have hundreds of tiny incisions with short hair stubble showing from the new grafts.
The tiny graft incisions heal rapidly. The redness and scabbing in the recipient area normally clears up within about one week.