When considering hair transplant surgery, it is important to understand what is involved. Having a general understanding of the procedure can help you select the right doctor for you. It will also help you communicate with your doctor once you have chosen one.
Hair transplants are the most common form of hair restoration surgery. Complications from the surgery are relatively low, and it is not a difficult procedure for experienced doctors. The surgery is permanent, so it is important to do your due diligence.
The surgery will start with anesthetic injections, which is actually the most painful part of the operation. This is done to numb the scalp, and once it takes effect, you will more than likely not feel a thing.
A small incision is made in a portion of the scalp where you are donating hair. The piece is removed and the scalp is stitched up. The donor tissue is then divided into groups based on the areas of the scalp that need the new hair.
The hairs are then grafted into place onto the scalp. This is the most important part of the procedure, and the reason why you must select an experienced and recommended doctor. A talented doctor can graft the hairs so that they look natural, and nobody can tell you had hair transplant surgery. An inexperienced doctor may graft the hair so that the procedure is obvious.
Once the surgery is completed, the hairs that were grafted may fall out. This is natural and is a normal part of your hair growth process. Hair growth moves through cycles, and it make take up to six months to actually see new hair growth from the procedure.
If a doctor wants to use plugs, you should run. A competent doctor will perform micro or mini grafts that will leave you with a natural looking head of hair. Depending on the person, it may take several hair grafting sessions to get the desired look and feel of your new hair.