Hair Transplant Information Nunavut
A hair transplant is usually carried out under local anesthetic and sedation. There are two main ways it can be carried out.
Follicular unit transplantation (FUT, or strip method):
- A strip of hair-bearing skin is removed from the back and sides of the head and divided into individual hair grafts. Each graft contains about two hairs.
- The grafts are then placed into tiny cuts (incisions) made in the scalp.
- The wound at the back of the head is closed with stitches.
The head does not need to be shaved – only the area to be removed is trimmed.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE):
- The entire head is usually shaved.
- A special punch device is used to directly remove individual grafts of hair one by one.
- The grafts are placed into tiny incisions made in the scalp.
Both procedures usually take a full day, but an overnight stay is not required.
If a large area is being treated, you may need to have two or more sessions a few months apart.
You shouldn’t feel pain during a hair transplant. Pain relief will be provided if you experience any discomfort afterwards.
The surgeon may give you some lotion or spray to take away and use at home. It’s important to follow the instructions you’re given when discharged.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home if you were given a sedative, as this can take up to 24 hours to wear off.
Most patients return to work about three days after their hair transplant procedure.
It’s usually possible to return to work more quickly following an FUT procedure. The head is not shaved, so your operation may not be noticeable.
You should be very careful with your transplanted hair for the first 14 days after your operation. The newly transplanted grafts will not be secure in their new place.
After 14 days, you can normally return to your normal hair care routine. Most clinics will ask you to restrict your exercise in the first month to reduce the chances of increased scarring.
After a few days: Any bandages can normally be removed. You may be able to wash your hair gently by hand.
After a week: Any non-dissolvable stitches can normally be removed.
After a few weeks: The transplanted hair will often fall out, and later start to grow back.
After six months: New hair will normally start to appear.
After 12-18 months: The full results should be seen.
Side effects to expect
It’s common after a hair transplant to have:
- a tight, achy and swollen scalp for a few days
- temporary scabbing where the hair was transplanted
- at least one scar– although this should fade and is usually only noticeable if your hair is cut very short