If you are considering undergoing a hair transplant, or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE), you will want to gather as much information about the process as possible including what to expect during the recovery process.
Hair Loss Assessment
The number of donor grafts required depends on how much hair has been lost and on what kind of result you expect to achieve so during your first consultation your surgeon will assess the level of your hair loss. It is possible that up to 4000 grafts could be needed but as these are taken from healthy hair at the back and sides of your head this figure is dependent on the thickness of the existing hair. The density of your hair also has a bearing on how many grafts will be taken. If your existing hair is very thick the surgeon may need to take fewer grafts to achieve full density in the transplant area. If your hair is very fine then he or she may need to take more. Your surgeon will discuss the issue with you before starting the procedure. The good news is that the whole procedure takes only one day regardless of how many grafts are needed.
What about the Recovery Process?
It is understandable that you may worry about the procedure and about how long it will take to recover from it. You will have questions like how much time off work will I need and how long does the healing process take?
How much time off you take depends on how you feel about appearing in public with your newly transplanted hair. Many patients take anything from a couple of days to a week following their transplant but some are happy to get back to their normal routine immediately. Discomfort and pain should be very minimal as your surgeon will treat you with appropriate painkilling medication during and after the process. You will also be given an aftercare kit to care for your hair at home following the transplant and providing you adhere to the advice you are given there should be no problems.
It is possible that your haircut may look different after the transplant process. This is because it may, depending on the thickness of the hair in the donor site, be necessary to cut or shave this hair very short before extracting the donor grafts. Any scarring, scabbing or redness should disappear within a week.