What to Expect when getting a Hair Transplant
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What to Expect
Hair Transplant Procedure Day
Our Patients know what to Expect when getting a Hair Transplant
Anticipating any procedure can be unsettling. That’s why we want our patients to know exactly what to expect when getting a hair transplant. First of all, an MUHG procedure can take 3 1/2 – 5 hours and an FUE procedure can take 4-8 hours. Below, We Grow Hair has provided an itinerary summarizing each step during a typical hair transplant procedure day to help patients understand the process.
Step 1 – Meet with the Surgeon
Our hair transplant physician will meet with you on the day of your procedure to discuss:
- Your family history
- Your hair loss/medical history
- Your goals and expectations
Step 2 –Hair Transplant Plan
The surgeon will measure the area of hair loss and examine your donor health to determine how much hair can potentially be harvested. With your input, he will personally design your hair transplant procedure based on your discussion.
Step 3 – Donor Preparation
Preparing the Donor Area
MUHG: A thin area of hair, 1.25 cm wide, will be trimmed on the back of the head (about the width of a popsicle stick).
ARTAS: The donor area (the back of the head) must be shaved.
Step 4 – Anesthesia
A mild anesthesia will be administered so the patient will not feel any pain during the harvesting process.
Step 5 - Follicles are Extracted
MUHG – A thin section of tissue is removed, leaving an open area that will be gently drawn back together and sutured. The stitch is easily hidden beneath the existing hair in the back of your head.
ARTAS: The robotic device will carefully and accurately begin to extract individual hair follicles to be used in the hair transplant.
Step 6 - Prepped, Counted, and Organized
MUHG – Under magnification small single hairs, follicular units and multiple follicular units are separated from the donor tissue, counted and organized in preparation for placement.
ARTAS: Under magnification, follicles are counted, examined and organized in preparation for placement.
Step 7 - Placement is Planned
Doctor Creates Recipient Sites
For both MUHG and ARTAS, the doctor artistically creates recipient sites so the harvested hair bundles can be transplanted into thinning areas. Hair angle and design are critical for the desired natural look especially in the crown.
Step 8 - Hair Placement
Medical Team Places Hairs
Depending on the size and location of the recipient area sites, the medical team begins to place each individual hair graft in designated areas.
Step 9 - Last Steps
The surgeon examines follicle placement, the patient is prepped to go home and receives post-op instructions.
Now it’s time to watch the hair grow!
So that's what to expect when getting a Hair transplant
If you have any further questions about what to expect when getting a hair transplant, please call our office and speak to a patient care medical consultant.