It depends on the final quantity of grafts you will be transpanted.
Surgery starts a 8.30 am and we will stop the extraction phase at lunch time, but it can be earlier if the hair transplant is small. This is the most difficult part of the surgery, so most of the time will be invested on it.
After lunch time, we will perform the implant phase, which usually last for 2-3 hours, although it will depend on the total number of grafts.
Surgery usually lasts approximately 8 hours including stops for lunch and to go to the toilet. It may be less if the number of grafts is small.
The number of sessions will depend on the area of scalp treated, the number and size of grafts used and the density the patient desires and the individual characteristics of the patient. The estimate of the number of sessions can be discussed during the consultation with your surgeon.
Medical staff will shave the donor area which consists of the back of the head and over the ears. The recipient area is not usually shaved, unless the patient ask for it.
Accordingly you should give your transplant 8 to 12 months to grow out before you decide on the need for a subsequent procedure for added density and fullness. If you want to graft into an area that had not be treated yet than you can do that right away, although our medical staff recommend al least 4 months between sessions.
Your scabs will fall off the donor area within 3 days and the recipient area in 7-10 days. You may have a pink tinge in the recipient area for up to 3-4 months if you are light skinned. A dab of make-up can easily hide this and it is not really all that noticeable anyway. Your hair will grow back at whatever speed your hair usually grows, usually 1 cm per month.
With a FUE procedure, it is possible to go back to work the very next day. Even if your job requires strenuous or heavy activity, you may still return to work. You may even resume exercise within a day or two. This is unlike strip surgery where a week to ten days may be required.
Anyway, we recommend patients to stop exercise for one week until all the scabs have fallen away, in order to have an hygienic situation without crusts that can be infected by sweat.
If their jobs involves being facing people, patients decides to rest for one week after the surgery, so they reappear when all the crusts have disappeared.
We find that 10% will remain from the day of the transplant; about 30% will begin growing by 3 months, 40% by 4 months, 50% by 5 months, 60% by 6 months, 70% by 7 months, and 80% to 90% by 8 months. Most of the transplanted hair will resume active growth by 8 months. You should experience full growth by 12 months.
Shock loss refers to the temporary loss of existing hair in the transplant area. Any hair surgery can cause shock loss but there is generally less potential for it with a FUE procedure as the technique is less invasive and traumatic and the graft time out of body is less. This means a reduced build-up of toxic free radicals.
Ii usually happens between 1st and 3rd month, and it is more evident if the patient still have hair on the transplant area.
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