- What are hair follicular unit grafts and micro-grafts?
A follicular unit is a group of hair as it naturally occurs. Individual follicular units are very small and grow in an irregular pattern. Follicular units are usually preserved in their natural composition. This is important because it maximizes the supply of donor hair and contributes to the finest, most natural looking result.
A micro-graft is a graft with 1, 2 or 3 hairs. The goal of any hair transplant procedure is to provide the patient with a very natural look, maintaining virtually undetectable results and optimal density without compromising the donor area. Multiple techniques can be effective but it is the responsibility of the surgeon to select the best method for obtaining a patient’s specific goal.
- How long does a hair transplant last?
The results of a hair transplant procedure performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon are generally permanent.
Transplanted hair will generally retain the characteristics of the donor hair from the back and sides of your head, in terms of color and texture.
Over your lifetime even the hair in the back may thin slightly, and the transplanted hair may also become finer. It is critical to plan with the understanding that you may continue to lose hair in the front and sides of the head. All the more reason the transplanted hair needs to be integrated with your existing hair in a natural pattern.
- What should I expect after my hair transplant?
Following your hair transplant, your scalp may be sore, so your doctor might suggest pain medications, antibiotics to reduce your risk of infection and/or anti-inflammatory medications to keep swelling down.
Most people are able to return to work several days after their hair transplant surgery.
It’s normal for the transplanted hair to fall out two to three weeks after the procedure. This makes way for new hair growth. Most people will see 60-65 percent new hair growth six to nine months after the hair transplant procedure.