Is there any special aftercare following hair transplant sur…
It is extremely important to follow the aftercare procedures of the hair transplant surgery. During the first night following the surgery, the grafts are still sensitive and could fall out of the incisions if touched or manipulated. Avoid pulling shirts over the head. Do not brush, comb, rub, or even touch the transplanted hair for at least 24 hours after the surgery.
Patients should sleep in a mostly upright position the first three nights following the procedure. This will avoid accidentally rubbing or shifting the grafts.
It is important that patients take the full dose of the medications prescribed by the surgical team. Even if patients are not experiencing pain or swelling, they must take the full dosage of medication.
Swelling commonly occurs in the first few days after surgery. Ice can be applied to the forehead, not on the grafted area. Icing the grafted area could result in the death of the grafted hairs. Ice can be applied to the donor area at the back of the head if necessary.
Patients may also experience crusting around the grafted follicles. This is completely normal and the crusts will fall off on their own around a week after surgery. It is important that patients refrain from picking at the crusted area. Picking could result in the removal of grafts.
Patients will need to return to the surgical site to have their stitches removed about two weeks after the surgery. The surgical team will check the healing progress to ensure a healthy recovery.
*We provide post-surgery instructions to our hair transplant patients, detailing what can and can’t be done for the first few weeks, as well as what patients can expect in the first few months. It is strongly recommended that these instructions are read and followed for the best results.
What are the disadvantages of hair transplant surgery?
It’s important that all patients weigh the risks of hair transplant procedures against the benefits. Ultimately, there is little to no medical risk associated with the surgeries. This means that while disadvantages do exist, they are generally not negative enough for patients to refuse the procedures.
Minor medical risks associated with hair transplant surgeries include haemorrhaging and infections. Patients who follow the advice and recommendations of the surgical team are unlikely to experience either of these medical risks. If infections or excess bleeding does occur, simple treatment options are available. There is also a minor risk of nerve damage associated with hair transplant procedures. This nerve damage is most common in surgeries which remove a portion of the scalp.
Scarring is another potential disadvantage of hair transplant procedures. Although scarring is usually minimal, there is always the chance of improper healing or noticeable scars. The scars associated with FUT procedures usually result in thin, unnoticeable scars at the donor site. These scars are generally invisible, but may become visible if patients choose to shave the hair.
Occasionally hair loss is experienced after transplant surgeries. Sometimes this is simply shedding, which means that the hair will grow back in a month or two. It is possible, however, for a small to large percentage of transplanted hairs to die and fall out. The risks associated with FUT are extremely low, just 2%-5% of transplanted hairs do not survive the procedure.
*Most patients find that hair transplant procedures are extremely successful. The surgical team will help patients maintain realistic expectations, which is the key to avoiding disappointment. It is impossible to create a thick, full head of hair in an individual who has experienced a large area of balding. Realistic expectations and following the guidelines of the surgical team should ensure a successful hair transplant experience.
What is the different between FUT and FUE?
The main difference is the way in which the hair is extracted from the back of the scalp. The implantation process is the same. For more details on the difference between FUT and FUE, please click on this link……..
How long does the hair last after hair transplant surgery?
The follicles that are transplanted during the surgical procedure will last for the lifetime of the patient. These hairs are genetically resistant to balding, which means they will never fall out. Some patients, however, may not experience hair growth for up to sixth months following the hair transplant procedures. Once the hair begins to grow normally, it will continue to do so for the patient’s lifetime.
Will I regain a full head of hair?
Not literally. We are only redistributing your existing permanent hair to your thin or bald areas. We are not creating new hair. In expert hands the limited donor hair available can be used to create the illusion of a lot more hair in people with significant hair loss. In extensive baldness, the most important achievement will be to restore frontal scalp hair and the hairline to create a frame around the face. This will improve how you look to yourself and to others.
When will I notice any growth from my new hair?
The initial hair that is transplanted will normally fall out within the first 8 weeks, however patients should not be alarmed. 3 months after the procedure, it will grow again. However, it can take up to 6-8 months for the new hair to make a significant difference to your appearance. Hair continues to mature for over 12 months after surgery.
Are there any bandages after the procedure?
Usually there is no need for bandages after FUT. In special cases like bleeding following the surgery, bandages may have to be used overnight. A small dressing may be applied to the back of the head where the hairs have been taken from. This may be required to stay on for up to 24 hours.
Should I have my hair cut before FUT?
It is not necessary for the hair to be cut prior to FUT. If patients wish to hide the scar on the donor area, the hairs surrounding the donor site must be at least 2 centimeters in length.
Due to the inability of patients to predict the length of hair necessary for the hair transplant procedures, it is best to refrain from cutting the hair prior to surgery.
Does hair transplant surgery hurt?
No. Patients undergoing hair transplant surgeries are given local anaesthesia during the hair transplant procedures. Most patients do not report any pain during the procedure, however, there may be slight discomfort during hair insertion and extraction.
After the procedure, patients will experience some minor soreness and numbness. The majority of patients find that the surgery and recovery are far less painful than they expected. It is advised that patients wear shirts that can be unbuttoned on the day of the surgery and for a few days afterwards. This is to avoid accidentally rubbing the scalp, which may cause pain or discomfort the first few days after surgery.
Ultimately, the recovery time of hair transplant surgeries is short and relatively pain free.
Will I need time off work after my surgery?
If you don’t have a physical or strenuous job, medically you can generally go back to work after just a couple of days, otherwise return after 7. If you do not have sufficient hair to cover the donor site or if you are very concerned about anyone knowing, then it is probably best to have your surgery just before a week’s holiday or so. You will be able to wear a hat immediately after surgery.
Does it look natural?
Yes, carefully and skillfully performed FUT look very natural, it is almost impossible for a lay person or even a hairdresser to detect.
Does FUT leave scars?
When performed by skilled surgeons, FUT can only be detected by thorough expert medical examination. The donor site however will have a very fine scar, like a thin line, completely hidden by your hair. Having said that, we would not recommend shaving the back of the head because healing and scarring can vary from person to person.
Does FUT really work? Is it permanent?
Yes. Transplanted hair behaves in a similar way to the hair where it was taken from. It will last a lifetime for most people or at least into old age when the procedure is done correctly. We simply re-distribute existing permanent hair to your thin areas. Sometimes in old age one may experience hair thinning throughout the donor area. If this happens then the transplanted hair will follow suit.
Is age a limiting factor?
There is no upper age limit if a person is in good health. Lower age limit is very much dependent on the degree of hair loss.
Can anybody have FUT?
Yes, except for people with hemophelia or major medical conditions. Sometimes, the surgeon may advise against you having a hair transplant for a variety of reasons like future hair loss considerations, high expectations, etc.