Choosing to have hair transplant surgery may be a major step, but it’s one that a growing number of people are taking.
Despite the fact that it can seem to be a significant decision, the operation is usually painless and without complications, and it is graded as minimally invasive and low risk.
The recovery process, however, can be shocking if you don’t know what to expect. In this article, Dr Ankur Singhal will discuss what happens after a FUE hair transplant.
Doctor is the chief hair transplant surgeon at Regrow clinic. Regrow clinic is one of the best Hair transplant clinics in India .
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We use the Follicular Hair Extraction method, also known as FUE, to achieve the most cosmetically pleasing results. FUE hair transplant surgery is one of the most advanced procedures available in India, and it produces excellent results with the shortest recovery time. Unlike FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), there is no scarring and no need to be concerned with the scar appearing after a barbershop visit.
With FUE, each follicle is cut individually or in natural clumps of two or three, resulting in a series of millimetre-wide incisions. A conventional FUT hair transplant procedure, on the other hand, entails cutting a donor strip from the back of the head and separating it into individual follicles to be transplanted. The trichophytic closure technique leaves a longitudinal scar and sutures.
In India, short-acting local anaesthetics are used during FUE to reduce pain. The follicle is removed using a punch kit, which is the most effective method and also ensures the least amount of noticeable scarring. To create a natural effect, the removed follicle is then inserted in the bald region.
While the procedure decreases scarring and pain, keep in mind that your follicles are being extracted from one part of your head and transplanted elsewhere, so there might be some acute side effects that will fade as the graft recovers and establishes itself.
Immediately After Surgery
After the FUE transplant has taken place and the follicles have been inserted in their new location, you will be able to see the outline of your new hairline right away. However, since there will be scabbing around each follicle, it may not look as appealing as you had hoped. The scabs would be tiny and easy to heal since none of the incisions are longer than a millimetre.
While there would be no damage to the donor site, there could be some side effects such as swelling. This is just a temporary issue that will be resolved within a few days. There is a risk of developing numbness in the donor site for certain other hair transplant procedures, such as FUT. This is just a temporary condition, but it can last for months before it goes away.
Minor tenderness or soreness at the graft implantation site is possible. Any swelling in the forehead will go down in a few days, and you’ll be able to get back to your regular routine easily.
The surgeon will advise you on how to better care for your transplant so that it has the best chance of succeeding. This may involve sleeping with your head up and not washing your hair or showering. The transplant will settle down within 5-7 days if you obey the surgeon’s advice.
There’s no reason why you can’t return to work right away, but you may want to take a week or two off first. If your surgeon does not advise otherwise, you may resume your exercise regimen within this first week.
In the Near to Medium Term
You could be surprised to learn that your freshly transplanted hairs are all falling out two weeks after your FUE surgery. Don’t worry, this is a common side effect of the operation and doesn’t mean the grafts haven’t taken.
A follicle is the source of hair growth. Follicle transplant is what we say when we talk about hair transplant. When a follicle is relocated, hair growth is momentarily halted as it adjusts to its new position. The shedding of old hairs is a normal and necessary part of the life cycle, as it allows new hairs to develop at the graft site.
Since hair grows at a rate of about 1cm per month, it may take some time for your new hair to show up and your hairline to resemble the desired result. After 4-5 months, you should have a decent idea of how the final result will look, but the complete hair transplant will take up to 18 months to show.
Most of the Indian hair transplant surgeons recommend wearing a hat or high-factor sunscreen, depending on the time of year (or your holiday plans) for the first few weeks after your transplant.
In the Long Run
You should treat your transplant area the same as the rest of your follicles once your new hairs have developed themselves and are developing normally. Within a month, you can have your hair cut and dyed if desired.
A hair transplant is a permanent operation with long-lasting effects. No one will know you had a FUE operation a year or two after it’s over, and you won’t have to limit your hairstyle choices in any way.