If hair loss is a concern for you. At some point you will probably read about a hair transplant procedure. A hair transplant moves genetically strong hairs. From one area of the body to the area of hair loss. Over the years there have been many forms of surgical hair restoration. Some more successful than others. Some leaving unnatural patterns of hair growth. As well as unsightly scarring. Follicular Unit Grafting is the latest and most natural form of hair transplant . Using natural groups of hairs to mimic nature. The day of your hair transplant procedure will differ dependent on the follicular unit grafting method used by the Doctor.
Clinic Protocols & Responsibilities
Once you have done your research. An ethical Doctor has judged you to be a good hair transplant candidate. Your researched has allowed you to understand the pros and cons to surgical hair restoration. You have made your decision and booked your hair transplant procedure. The build up may involve stopping vitamins or supplements, maybe alcohol consumption or smocking. Your Clinic will take you through the best practice for your hair transplant preparations. It helps you also understand what happens on your day. Who does what. What aspects are solely responsible to the Doctor. How the hair technicians are important to your result. Understanding the process not only can help you feel relaxed during the day. Protocols for performing a hair transplant can vary. Hair transplant techniques can vary.
Tick All The Boxes In The Morning
You´ll get to the Clinic in the morning with a few natural butterflies in your stomach. It´s not an everyday event for you. Also, it means a great deal. Not only the money but much more in many respects. Your appearance and how you feel about yourself. Meeting your Doctor in the morning will go a long way to settle those nerves. Your consultation is a good opportunity to sit and discuss any last minute concerns or questions.
As well as confirm exactly what your plan has been agreed on. The running order of the day. As well as the overall protocols. Your Doctor will take this time also to ask a few questions. As well as measuring your hair characteristics once more and you both agreeing on the plan. At this point it is important you tell your Doctor any concerns or questions. They cannot read minds. So anything you need to say this is a good opportunity.
Hair Transplant Steps
The hair transplant day can be divided into a number of areas. Each being important to the end result. The Doctor will have chosen their hair technician team over many years. Working together creates the best team support and work ethic. With each individual understanding the needs of the patient are priority.
DONOR AREA HARVESTING
The hair in the donor area is trimmed. The Doctor marks out the donor safe area. A local anesthesia is given. The hair follicles are extracted. The donor area then sutured and cleaned. The method is dependent on the specific extraction technique. Either the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT).
The hair follicles are divided into their natural groupings. From one to four hair follicular units. The hairs are kept hydrated and healthy by being stored in a holding solution. Microscopes are used when preparing the grafts. To ensure the quality of each hair follicle is maintained.
The recipient area is numbed with anesthesia. The Doctor then begins to make tiny incisions in the area. Designing the shape of the hairline and temples. The slits are closely packed together in an irregular pattern. With the distance between each hair dependent on the the size of the hair units to be used. Care is also taken to alter the angle, depth and orientation of the slit depending on the area of the scalp.
The Doctor dictates the graft placement dependent on the recipient sites they made. The smallest grafts (one and two) are placed in front of the hairline and three and four are placed behind. Always performed under magnification. This ensures no slits are skipped. Also, the Doctor is monitoring the graft placement throughout.
Hair Transplant Responsibilities
HAIR TECHNICIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
- Consultation & Planning – Doctor Performed
- Donor Management – Doctor Performed
- FUT & FUE Donor Harvesting – Doctor Performed
- Custom-Made Recipient Site Making – Doctor Performed
- Constant Monitoring – Doctor Performed
- Post Op Care – Doctor Performed
- Graft Care & Cleaning – Hair Technician
- Assisting the Doctor – Hair Technician
- Hair Placement – Hair Technician
- Patient Care – Hair Technician
A hair transplant can be a long procedure. lasting a day on most occasions. The size of the procedure and technique can dictates how long it takes. After your procedure you may feel tired. It´s best to rest and relax after. Either return home or to your hotel room. Have something to eat and drink still water. This will help to hydrate your body. especially after the medications during your hair transplant procedure.