If you have decided on hair transplant procedure but still have have some questions or concerns, your hair restoration surgeon should be able to answer your questions during the consultation. The following is a list of the most commonly asked questions in regards to hair transplant procedures.
Q: Do hair transplants really work?
A: Yes. The hair for transplantation is removed from one part of the scalp (donor site) to the hairless part of the scalp (recipient site). Because the transferred tissue is not foreign, it is accepted. Transplanted hair retains its own texture, color, growth rate, and curl after transplantation and regrowth. It takes about 4 months to see some growth of new hair that will continue to grow 1 to 2 years after the procedure and last a lifetime or as long as the hair remains in the donor site.
Q: How has the procedure been accepted by patients?
A: With the latest advancements and improvements in hair restoration surgery, such as Microscopic Follicular Unit technique, patients who have pursued hair transplantation have been generally satisfied and accepting the procedure very well.
Q: Are hair transplants painful?
A: Generally, many people express little to no pain felt during the procedure. Some mild discomfort is typical as the anesthetic is injected, but once the area is numb there is virtually no pain. Should the numbing medicine wear off during the procedure, more anesthesia is injected to make the patient comfortable. Surgical hair restoration actually results in less operative discomfort than many other surgical procedures. The first night following the procedure, medication is prescribed to relieve any discomfort if necessary.
Q: What will it look like after the procedure?
A: There will be some small scabs 7-10 days following the procedure, which can be covered up by surrounding hair or the patient can wear a cap. If they cannot be hidden, they are usually small and do not attract that much attention. The scabs usually come off in about a week.
Q: Can I dye, color or perm my hair following the procedure?
A: Once the transplanted hair grows; since it is your own natural hair, you can color, dye, or perm. Furthermore, since your transplanted hair will grow at the same rate as the rest of your hair, you can cut and style it on regular basis.
Q: How long do I have to wait in between hair transplant sessions?
A: The scalp is usually recuperated to allow a second procedure by six months to a year following the previous surgery. The hair from the first procedure usually takes up to a year to grow in and reach full maturity. Therefore, if one is deliberating the need for an additional procedure, waiting until the year after the first procedure is generally recommended.
Q: Should I cut or color my hair before the hair transplant procedure?
A: Hair length entering a procedure should be sufficiently long in the donor area to allow hair from above the donor incision to drape down and cover the sutured area upon completion of the transplant. Hair should be cut for desired hair length of the client before coming for surgery but we recommend that you keep the length at least ½ inch long. Also if you need to color your hair, you should do it before since it is not recommended to get a hair cut or color for two to three weeks after the surgery.
Q: When can I go back to work after surgery?
A: One can typically return to light office work the next day. If your job requires strenuous activities or presence of scabs is problematic for you, then you should wait 5-7 days. Your physician should discuss this with you during your consultation.
Q: Are there limitations to exercising and when can I return to my exercise routine?
A: The first week following the procedure, the patient needs to limit his exercise activity to a very light routine, such as walking. You can return to your regular exercise program after a week.
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