A hair transplant can be life-changing for many people. Understanding what happens on the day of the procedure is a key part of the decision-making process.
Many people are curious to hear about what they can expect on the day of their transplant. This guide will walk you through the procedure, which is simpler, quicker and easier than you might imagine.
Firstly, we ask that you organize for someone to drop you off and pick you up from the facility on the day.
Once you’ve been dropped off, you will then enter the building, where you’ll be welcomed and signed in to our relaxing waiting room.
When you’re ready, our friendly staff will take you through to Dr. Ross. He will review and confirm with you the areas that will be grafted.
If you’re having an FUE transplant, the donor site on the back of your head will be shaved. If you would prefer, you may have your barber or hair stylist shave your entire head prior to the procedure, to create a more subtle result. If you’re having an FUT transplant, then the area will not be shaved.
The doctor will then inject a local anesthetic to maximize your comfort during the procedure. You will lie face down (as you would during a massage) and listen to music while the grafts are harvested. If at any time during the procedure you need to take a break, you can kindly just let our staff know.
Once the necessary number of grafts are harvested, you will switch and lie on your back for the remainder of the procedure. The doctor will then inject additional local anesthetic to the areas that will be grafted. The grafts are then carefully placed individually in the required areas.
As the procedure nears the end, our staff will notify your ride when they should arrive.
You will be provided with some pain medication for after the procedure, but most patients do not complain of having much pain. If you do decide to take the pain medication, remember that you will not be able to drive.
The Following Days
After this procedure, unless you have long hair on the top of your head, the graft donor site will be visible until the surrounding hairs grow back to your desired length. If you do not want others to know that you have had the procedure, you may want to maintain a low profile for the length of time it takes for your hair to grow to camouflage the donor site. We advise you not to wear a wool hat or baseball cap because headwear may crush or pull out the grafts.
In general, hair transplant patients find the procedure simple and pain-free. If you are interested in getting a hair transplant, or simply learning more, fill out our online contact form.