Hair Transplant FAQs
There is a seemingly endless amount of information regarding hair transplants. Below are some of the most common questions, allowing you to learn more.
How many hair transplant sessions do you think I will require?
Your individual expectations and extent of baldness determine the number of required sessions. For some, one is sufficient. But for many patients, a second or third session will be required following the initial surgery, and sometimes years later once further hair loss has occurred.
Is transplanted hair permanent?
Yes! The wonderful thing about hair transplantation is that the transplanted hair is not programmed to fall out. Therefore, hair placed in balding areas will remain permanently.
Can I have someone else's hair transplanted?
No, unfortunately not because your body would reject the donor hair.
How many hairs survive?
When hair transplantation is performed correctly, 95% or more of the transplanted hairs should grow and be maintained.
Does the hair transplant look natural?
Yes, and this is the key advancement in hair restoration surgery thanks to follicular unit micrografts. The old “pluggy” look is a thing of the past. By transplanting individual follicular units, we are able to achieve an undetectably natural result.
Are there any visible scars?
There are no visible scars around the transplanted hair. In the donor area there will be a very fine line hidden in your hair, only noticeable if you shave your hair very short. If this is how you typically wear your hair, then FUE may be the better option for you.
How long it will take for me to recover from the hair transplant procedure?
Typically it takes less than 24 hours. For most people, the day after your surgery you will be able to resume most regular activities. Strenuous activity, swimming and weight-lifting should be avoided for approximately one to two weeks after your procedure.
Does it hurt?
No, most patients find this process to be very comfortable and essentially painless. With the help of local anesthetic and mild oral sedatives, your procedure is performed in our fully-accredited operation suite, so you will find it to be a generally enjoyable experience overall.
Can I drive home?
Because you are receiving oral sedation, we advise that you refrain from driving and arrange transportation home.
Do I have a bandage?
There are no bandages after the procedure. At the end of your surgery, you leave the clinic looking very much the same as you did when you arrived.
When can I wash my hair?
You can gently wash your hair as early as the day after the procedure.
When can I go back to work?
Patients are typically able to go back to work the next day after the surgery, but most tend to opt for 2 or 3 days off to relax.
Can others notice I had a surgery?
Immediately after the surgery you will have some tiny scabbing in the transplanted area for 5 to 7 days. These scabs can usually be concealed with your existing hair or hidden by wearing a cap.
When do I see my hair grow?
It takes approximately 4 to 6 months for transplanted hair to start growing. Hair growth is variable so do not be alarmed if your hair takes longer to grow. Full realization of the surgical result is observed by 12 to 18 months following a hair transplant procedure.
When can I use Rogaine/Propecia?
We recommend that you stop use of Rogaine two days prior to the procedure and resume 7 days afterwards. You may simply continue Propecia without interruption.
When can I go in the sun?
We recommend that you protect your head from prolonged, direct sun exposure for a period of 3 months after the surgery.
Will I be happy that I chose to undergo hair transplantation?
It will likely be one of the best decisions of your life!