Hair transplantation is a very safe, relatively minor surgical procedure. Patients are provided with a mild analgesic to relieve any discomfort felt the night following the procedure. Patients may be asked to use moist compresses or sprays and to sleep in a semi-upright position for 2-3 days following the procedure to minimize swelling and bruising. Small crusts may form on each graft that can be camouflaged by any existing hair that can be combed over the recipient area.
These crusts will flake-off by 10-14 days after the surgery. Some of the transplanted hair seen above the scalp will initially be shed, however the roots will remain dormant for 6-12 weeks, at which time the new hairs will all begin to grow. Numbness that may occur in the donor or recipient area usually disappears in about 2 months following surgery.
Anyone who has experienced permanent hair loss can be a candidate for hair restoration surgery. This includes men with male pattern baldness, females with female pattern thinning, people with scars on their head, and people who want to densify their eyebrows, eyelashes or beard.
The best candidates are those with dense hair in the back and side of the scalp
Although in our experienced hands, the scar left after strip technique is very small and can be covered with hair, Artas® offers the advantage of leaving no scars at all. With Artas® however, the hair has to be cut very short prior to the procedure, making it unappealing to most women. When comparing Artas® to manual FUE, Artas® does not rely on repeated manual tasks and so overcomes the problem of fatigue that inevitably develops in such a long procedure, translating into more precision. Artas® also identifies optimal hairs for harvesting from the donor area making it an ideal choice for patients with previous hair transplants.
The number of sessions will depend on the degree of balding for the frontal or crown area. Typically, 1-3 procedures involving several hundred or up to 2000 or more grafts may be required to achieve the desired density. Our strip technique can provide up to 8500 hairs/session. Generally, people with curly hair may require less number of sessions than people with straight hair.
The Hair transplant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Patients are given a mild sedative, so they are awake but relaxed. Pain is minimal to non-existent during the procedure. In case of a strip removal, the donor area, where the permanent grafts are taken from, is closed with sutures that are removed in 10-14 days. With manual and robotic FUE, there are no sutures.