Depending on the number of grafts needed to achieve the desired results, the transplant from start to finish requires three to six hours. After a brief rest period, you are ready to leave the clinic. Due to the mild sedative used during the procedure, please make arrangements for a driver to bring you home.
In the days following the procedure, you will have a small amount of wound care to perform. Instructions will be given to you on your procedure day. Our Center will provide you will all the post-procedure items for proper care of your new hair, as well as a call the next day to make sure you are comfortable and answer any questions you may have about the Post-Procedure Instructions that you will be provided with. Minimal downtime is required, and many patients return to work as soon as one or two days following the procedure, and resume full activity, including a fitness and sports regimen within 7 days. The transplanted area will have some redness that will last for 7 to 10 days, depending on your skin. You are able to wear a baseball cap or other hat during this time of redness. In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller head of hair.
Unlike some other cosmetic surgery procedures, the results are not immediately apparent. There is a “dormant” phase that occurs as the new hair follicles heal into their new location on your scalp. The transplanted hair starts to grow after approximately 3 months after your procedure. Notably, the new hair does not all grow in at once. Roughly 20% of the new hair will start to grow between month 2 and 4, and about 60% of the new hair will start its growth between month 4 and 8. It varies from patient to patient, but the remainder of the new hair will start growing somewhere between months 8 and 12 following the procedure.
After the procedure, you can color, wash, cut and style your new hair any way you would like. When your hair is fully grown in, you will care for it the same way you care for the rest of your hair.