FUE – How long does it take to see the results?
If you want to undergo a hair transplant or Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUE), you want to gather as much information about the process as possible, including what you can expect during the recovery process.
Hair Loss Consultation
The number of donor transplants required depends on how much hair is lost and what kind of result you expect, so during your first consultation your specialist will assess the level of your hair loss. It is possible that up to 4,000 – 5,000 grafts may be needed, but because these are taken from healthy hair at the back and sides of your head, this depends on the quality of the existing hair. The density of your hair also affects the number of grafts. If your existing hair is very thick, the specialist may need to extract less to reach full density in the transplantation area. If your hair is very fine, the specialist may need to extract more. Your specialist will discuss the problem with you before the procedure is started. The good news is that the entire procedure takes just one day, no matter how many grafts are needed.
What about the recovery process?
It is understandable that you are concerned about the procedure and how long it takes to recover from it. You have questions such as how much free time I need and how long the healing process takes?
How much free time you take depends on how you feel about appearing in public with your newly transplanted hair. Many patients take a week off after their transplant, but some are happy to return to their normal routine immediately. Discomfort and pain are very minimal, because your specialist will treat you with appropriate pain killers during and after the process. You will also receive an aftercare kit to care for your hair at home after the transplant. If you adhere to the advice you receive, there should be no problems.
Your haircut may look different after the transplant process. This is because, depending on the thickness of the hair in the donor area, it may be necessary to cut or shave this hair very shortly before extracting the donor grafts. Scars, scabs or redness should disappear within a week.
Hair transplant treatment: the questions you must ask
If your hair becomes thinner or deteriorated, you may have decided that a hair transplant treatment is the only real and permanent solution, but you are understandably a little nervous about what is involved.
Although the procedure involves little risk, you may be a little ashamed to ask.
For anyone considering a hair transplant treatment, here are the answers to the questions you really want to ask.
Will it hurt?
This is one of the most common fears and your specialist will fully understand your concern about the potential pain.
However, the procedure itself is performed under local anesthesia and you are unlikely to feel anything. After the transplant is complete, your head may feel like a brick for a few hours, but will disappear quickly. The entire process is surprisingly painless.
Will people see it?
When the entire transplant cycle is over, the results look natural with little or no scarring visible. If you were to meet someone for the first time, they would have no idea that you had a hair transplant.
Although the grafts are healed, the people around you can see that you have had surgery.
The place where the hair comes from is unlikely to attract attention, especially if you opt for a FUE hair transplant procedure.
However, there will be some scab around each follicle (graft) where transplantation has taken place. You can expect this to take around a week before it heals.
Will I immediately get a beautiful head of hair?
When the transplant procedure is complete, the grafts will be visible and you have a good idea of what your new hairline will look like in the end.
However, there is a good chance that your new transplanted hair will fall out within fourteen days after implantation. This is a very normal step in the process and is the start for the growth of your new hair. Once these hairs have grown, your follicles are in the normal cycle of shedding, resting and growing, so any future loss will not be noticeable in the same way.
Although you get an idea of what your hairline will ultimately look like, it won’t happen immediately. Hair grows at a rate of 1 cm per month, so you may have to be patient and wait a few months before you will see the optimum results.
Does the transplanted hair look strange or different?
Your own hair follicles are used for hair transplants, so you don’t have to worry about hair from a donor that looks different from yours.
Every square centimeter of hair contains dozens of follicles and each follicle usually has between one and four hairs.
The follicles are removed from places on your scalp where it is not noticeable and implanted in the receiving area. The hairs that grow are yours and look natural and match the rest of your head.
Is it worth the effort and money?
Only you can decide how important your hair is to you; some people feel perfectly at ease with a receding or thinning hairline and there is nothing wrong with that.
For some people, however, hair loss can be extremely traumatic, causing them to suffer a dramatic loss of confidence. A hair transplant can ensure that they feel good about themselves again, so that the unbearable feeling of self-awareness disappears in one quick treatment.
Only you can decide if a hair transplant is worth the money and some men are completely happy without it. For those who would feel happier with more hair, it is one of the most beneficial cosmetic procedures and there are now thousands of people who undergo the procedure every year.