Hair Transplant Surgery – the Before and After
It is important to know what to expect not only before having a hair transplant surgery procedure, but also afterward. The first step is to decide where exactly you will have the work done and which particular procedure you want to have.
There is more than one type of hair transplant procedure available including the FUT, DHI and the FUE. Of these three types of hair transplant surgery, the FUE is the most often chosen method because it is affordable and it gives good results. The before and after in this article will therefore focus on the FUE.
Before the FUE
The first step is to have your consultation with the professional at the clinic you have chosen. In some cases, this may be a clinic that is outside of your country since there are more affordable options outside of certain places.
The professional consultation that you have can give you the insight and information on the FUE and also on what to expect. The clinic specialist also needs to ensure that you are actually a good candidate for the FUE hair transplant procedure.
Although the FUE hair transplant is only minimally invasive, it does still have some slight risks of complications. These risks are increased if you are in bad health or if you have a chronic medical problem that is not being well-managed at the current time.
The clinic specialist will be able to classify your degree of hair loss, which in the case of a man is based on the Norwood scale. This allows the specialist to determine if you have enough hair left in the donor site for the procedure, and what the results are likely to look like. You can visit the Vera Clinic to find out more about what you need to consider before having a hair transplant procedure done.
After the FUE
The procedure is likely to take several hours since the FUE requires that individual follicular units be carefully excised one at a time from the donor site, usually at the back of the head. Immediately after the FUE has been done it is likely that there will be some degree of pain and even swelling, which is normal. The clinic where you have the work done will probably give you an after care kit and instructions on what to do.
There is likely to be some initial hair loss about two to eight weeks post-surgery. This is sometimes referred to as 'shock hair loss', but it is not something you need to be worried about as it is perfectly normal and is in response to the trauma of the surgery.
You can expect new hair follicles to start to appear about four months after the surgical procedure has been completed. Furthermore, by about eight months you may start to see many more hairs present, and actually by this time about 80% of the hair may have regrown. By about a years' time you should see a very good result and have most or all of the hair grown in the graft site.