There are two methods for the transplant:
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS): in this procedure, the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the back of your head, then divides this strip into individual hais and proceeds to numb the area where the hairs will be implanted, and places them into tiny holes or slits made with a needle or scalpel.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): In this procedure, the surgeon will shave a section of your scalp and then will remove hair follicles one at a time, and the do the same as with the FUSS procedure, placing the hairs into holes made with a needle or scalpel.
Both procedures can take up to eight hours to complete, and even the you might need another procedure.
Recovery and risks
The average downtime for this surgery can be of 5 days, after that you may be able to return to work. It’s normal to feel tenderness in your scalp after the surgery, and it can be relieved with pain medication.
From the second to the third week, the transplanted hair will fall, but new hair will start to grow within a few months. By the ninth month, you may see at least 60% of new hair growth.
The risks associated with this surgery are the same as with any other, like bleeding and infection. It is extremely important that you follow very carefully all the instructions and recommendations given by your doctor so you achieve the best results possible, while minimizing any risks and complications.
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