What do I need to know about follicular unit extraction surgery?

When you aren’t happy with the way your hair looks because it is thinning or gone, you have options. Hair follicular unit extraction surgery is one of the options that can help you to get the hair that you want. It is important for you to understand what the process entails so that you can decide if this something that you want to pursue.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of time that it takes to have the follicular unit extraction surgery done varies depending on how much work there is to do. Larger areas of your head will take longer than smaller areas. Typically, you can expect to spend around four to eight hours in the office to have it done, according to WebMD.

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, the surgeon will numb the donor and recipient areas. He will remove hair follicles from the donor area and place them into the transplant area. The donor area of the head is shaved before the transplant so you won’t have hair automatically. For this reason, don’t think that you will leave the office with flowing hair when the procedure is over. In order to transplant the follicles, a slit or hole has to be made for the donor hair placement.

What can I expect afterward the procedure?

After the procedure, you will probably feel a small amount of discomfort because of the transplant. The donor area is going to have some red dots where the follicles were removed, but your natural hair should cover the dots. As time progresses, you will be able to see how the transplants are working in the recipient area. If you find that you want thicker hair, you may have to have the procedure done again.

How do I care for my hair?

You should be careful with your hair at first. The areas that were part of the procedure will likely be a bit sore. We will discuss specific instructions for your case with you before you leave. Typically, you will be able to pour a water and shampoo mixture over your head within a few days after the transplant. By a week or two after the procedure, you will be able to wash your hair normally again.

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