One Day FUE Hair Transplant Operation:
The day of surgery patients will be taken to the clinic to arrive around at 9:00 am. Procedure can last from 6 hours up to 9 hours in one day. Since the Fue hair transplant procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, there are plenty of opportunities for the patient to get up, to have lunch, walk around, and have numerous bathroom breaks. Patients have the opportunity of watching TV during their procedure.
The donor area and the recipient area are anesthetized by injecting a local anesthetic with a very small gauge needle (that is, about the size of an acupuncture needle). Anesthetizing the area is the only uncomfortable part of the session, and although it may be hard to believe, we have been told by many patients that the above technique usually causes less discomfort than a visit to their dentist.
Micromotor machine is used to extract every graft in one day
In general, the smaller the size of the graft used the less noticeable treatment will be post-operatively. The following is a description of the types of grafts that can be employed:
“Micrografts” are obtained by slicing the donor tissue into very small sections, regardless of whether the naturally occurring bundles are kept together or not. These types of grafts are called, “grafts cut to size”. Microscopes are not usually employed when creating these grafts but instead the grafts are cut without keeping the natural integrity of a follicular unit intact.
The new techniques available today enable patients to wear their hair in virtually any style, even combed straight back. It should be pointed out that if an area is totally transplanted, without any pre-existing hair remaining, then the one way the hair may not be able to be worn is parted straight through the middle.
Once the donor grafts are all dissected then the recipient area, where the grafts are to be placed, is anesthetized. The medical team will then personally make all the recipient sites himself, taking care to ensure proper angle, direction, depth of incision site and spacing between grafts. Once the doctor has made all the sites, then the surgical assistants will plant the grafts into the sites under the supervision of the doctor. Once all the grafts have been planted then the patient goes back to the hotel, to be called by the doctor that next day. Pain tablets are given and may be required for the first 6 – 8 hours after the procedure. The following day , when the patient returns for about 30 minutes to have the hair washed and area assessed by the doctor, the patient will likely not need any pain medication. Grafts are held in place by coagulated blood. Bandages are seldom required anymore. The following day the doctor likes to see the patient from the day before so that the treated area is cleansed and the hair washed.
The patient is instructed for the recovery time after returning the country.
The patient doesn’t need to takeoff work but is asked to refrain from exercise for 1 week post operatively.
IMPORTANT TIMELINE AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
The donor area will be healing in 3 days with having one day operation.
Any forehead swelling is gone by around 4-7 days
The crusts and scabs on to top of the grafts and sutures are gone by day 10-12.
No sports or heavy physical activity for 3 week post operatively.
No aspirin or alcohol for 3 day prior to surgery.
The hairs in each graft usually all fall out (the roots remain dormant under the skin) 2-3 weeks after surgery. This is normal.
The grafts will not start to grow until 2.5 – 3 months after surgery, this is normal, and the grafts will continue to grow.
At 3 months there really is no cosmetic benefit as the grafts are just beginning to grow.
At 6 months post operatively the grafts will be about 1.5 inches long. One can liken the appearance of cosmetic benefit after the surgery as being: 60% of the benefit at 6 months, 70% at 7 months, 90% at 9 months and full growth and width of the grafts after 12 months.
The doctor is also available any time after the surgery if the patient has any questions.