Hair Transplant procedures are one of the most common hair restoration procedures available, however, it can come with risks. Additionally, hair transplant procedures can impact your daily life even after the procedure has been completed.
Hair Transplant procedures
There are two types of hair transplant procedures micrograft and slit graphs. The differences in the graft type can be distinguished by the number of hairs removed in the graft and the way in which the hair is removed. A Slit Grafts typically contains anywhere from four to ten hairs, while a micrograft will contain one or two hairs. The type of graft will depend on the amount of hair the patient needs.
The hair transplant process begins with cleaning the scalp and applying local anesthesia to numb the arear of the scalp that will be worked on. From there, one of two techniques will likely be used.
The first technique is called the Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT for short. Using a scalpel, the surgeon will remove a strip of skin from the scalp that is several inches long (slit graft). The area that was removed will then be closed up using stitches. The section of the scalp that was removed will then be separated into smaller sections before being implanted into the problem areas of the scalp to give the appearance of naturally grown hair.
The second technique is called the Follicular unit extraction or FUE. In this procedure, hair follicles from the scalp are removed directly by way of punch incisions (micrograft). The removed hair is then implanted into the problem area of the scalp. This is done by creating tiny holes with either a blade or a needle. A surgeon can implant hundreds or even thousands of hairs, depending on the patients’ needs. After the procedure, the patient will need to wear a gauze or bandage for a few days while the scalp heals.
It is not uncommon for a person undergoing hair transplant procedures to need to return for multiple sessions.
Hair Transplant aftercare
As one might expect, hair transplant procedures can come with a whole host of side effects, such as inflammation, bleeding, infection, itching, bruising around the eyes, and much more. As such, proper aftercare is needed to help a patient recover.
After a hair transplant procedure, a person will need to take pain medication, anti-inflammatory medications, and antibiotics to help prevent infection. Additionally, having a hair transplant procedure done may require the patient to take several days off of work to recover. One of the most alarming things is that the grafted hair can fall out a few weeks after the procedure; while this is to help make way for new hair growth, it can be very alarming. After the procedure, it can take anywhere from 8 to 12 months before a patient sees any amount of new hair growth. It is also quite common for a doctor to prescribe medications to help regrow hair.
In addition to medications, slight alterations to one’s daily life may be in order until the scalp has recovered. To help reduce swelling, an icepack can be used, but do not place the ice pack directly over the grafted area. The patient may also need to alter the way they wash their hair. Being extremely gentle and avoiding using the shower for a few days is crucial. When the shower is used again it is important to keep the water pressure low. One thing a person might not consider is sleeping, it is recommended that after a procedure the patient sleeps semi-upright. A recliner or propped up on pillows are both excellent ways to keep upright while sleeping. The patient will also want to avoid lifting, sweating, excessive heat or cold, and strenuous activities. Even blowing one’s nose too hard can result in swelling or bleeding. If bleeding occurs, applying light pressure on the site with a moist cloth for a few minutes until the bleeding has stopped.
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