Your donor hair is fairly limited (as mentioned above). The donor hair comes from a region that is not prone to hair loss, which is fantastic news. This means you won’t need to worry about getting a hair transplant now only to have the hair fall out later. However, you do need to think about how to effectively use your donor hair.
You should ask yourself this: Which region would make you the happiest if you only had enough donor hair to cover one place rather than several? A successful outcome of hair restoration depends greatly on entering the procedure with the correct expectations.
There are a few things to keep in mind even though there are no real restrictions on what time of year you can get hair transplant surgery.
It takes approximately 7 – 10 days to recover from a hair transplant. During your recovery time you can expect your scalp to be red, tender, scabby and swollen. Even though you should be able to return to work just one to two days after surgery, most of our patients decide to take a week or two off to encourage healing by taking it easy.
The recovery experience following a hair transplant varies depending on the operation. With a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) there will be tiny red dots/scabs where the hair follicles were removed. When these tiny scabs fall off they are barely visible by day 10 post-procedure. With the “strip method” (FUT) there is a surgical incision that will require suture removal 10 days after your procedure and heals leaving a linear scar at the back of the head. For both FUE and FUT there will be some form of discomfort, tightness and/or pain for the first couple of days after your procedure. Very rarely, if ever, will you need more than some pain medication to manage this.
Your pre- and post care period is guided with the aid of pre- and post care instructions and the necessary medications/treatments are provided so that you take good care of the donor as well as the grafted areas during your recovery time.