Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between FUE and FUT?
FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. It is a process that involves the removal of individual follicular units made of 1-3 hair bulbs through small incisions or extractions from the donor site. Follicular Unit Transplantation or FUT is a process that removes a “strip” or section of your scalp from the donor site which can contain hundreds or thousands of follicular units. Each of these follicular units or grafts are then transplanted or moved to the permanent recipient site through small incisions.
Am I a suitable candidate for a hair transplant?
Evaluation by a qualified physician is the best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Hair Restoration Surgery. Certain forms of alopecia or hair loss cannot be treated with a hair transplant. Other forms of hair loss respond well to medical treatment and other less invasive methods.
What is the difference between a graft and a hair transplant and how does it influence cost?
Grafts are follicular units that are removed from the scalp and can contain multiple hair bulbs. The cost typically is based on the number of grafts not the total numbers or hair bulbs.
How many grafts will I need and how much will my hair transplant cost?
The consultation provides an individualized plan that will determine the size of the treatment area and the desired or achievable hair density to calculate the total number of grafts you will require.
How will I hide my hair transplant in public?
You can wear a loose cap or hat to cover your hair.
When will I see results?
It may take up to 8 months to see hair growth in the treatment areas, but this time can be decreased when using platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
What about follow up appointments?
Your first follow-up appointment is the day after surgery and then two weeks post-op. And then over the course of the next year.
When will I be completely healed?
Wound healing and swelling will typically resolve in 2-3 weeks.
Will I need more hair transplants in the future?
Many patients do not require additional treatment. However, hair loss is a progressive disorder which may require future hair transplants to maintain your desired aesthetic appearance.
What about scarring?
Scars can be visible at the donor sites but are typically covered up by the surrounding hair.
Before My Hair Transplant
What do I need to do in preparation for my hair transplant?
You will be given a complete plan prior to surgery.
What medications do I need to stop or adjust?
Stop all aspirin and aspirin related products for 7 days before and after the procedure. Stop all NSAIDs for one week preoperatively.
What if I am a smoker?
Stop all forms of tobacco use two weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking can have an adverse effect on healing and may lead to poor results.
What about alcohol?
Stop alcohol for two days before and after the procedure.
Do I need to book time off work?
You may need several days off from work for recovery. Please schedule a consultation to get a more accurate view of your needs.
Day of Procedure
Are there special instructions before I come in?
You can usually have a light liquid diet the day of surgery.
What steps are involved before the transplant?
Pictures will be taken with the operative markings. The donor area will be shaved. An injectable ring block anesthetic will be administered.
Do I get sedated?
You will be prescribed an oral sedative and may require some light sedative administered in the office.
Where will they take donor hair from?
Typically, the hair is removed from the back of the scalp.
Will it be painful?
A ring block anesthetic is injected around the scalp, so you do not feel the procedure. You may have discomfort after the surgery.
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure can take several hours depending on the number of grafts required.
After My Hair Transplant
What happens directly after my surgery?
You will have dressings applied to the treatment area. Do not drive home.
What happens when I get home?
You will be given a spray to administer to the recipient sight each hour.
What medications will I be given?
Some patients may require a sleeping pill or pain medication.
How should I sleep on the first night?
Sleep with your head elevated on multiple pillows. You may require a towel around your pillow. Avoid sleeping face down.
What about washing my hair?
We will wash your hair in the office on the first day post-operatively. Do not touch or wash your transplanted area for 24 hours.
What about bleeding?
Typically, there is no bleeding after the surgery. If you do have bleeding, gauze and pressure will stop it.
When can I exercise?
7 days after the surgery you can resume physical activities.
When can I go outside?
You can go outside the day after surgery with your head covered.
Sauna sessions, steam room, and swimming?
Swimming can be resumed after one month. Avoid saunas and steam rooms for two months.
When can I get a haircut?
Hair can be cut two weeks after the surgery and no electric shavers for 6 months
When can I dye my hair?
Hair can be colored two weeks after the surgery