Hair is an important aspect in defining a person’s personality and a feature that can either boost or bust his confidence. This is why some guys are willing to pay an arm and a leg to restore their locks when faced with the threat of baldness. However, a leap into surgical hair restoration is no easy feat and it’s good that you found your way here and educate yourself on what you are in for. Here are seven of what you need to take care of.
Sitting is recommended
Any trauma that results in a break in the skin’s integrity can lead to some amount of swelling. Inflammation is a natural response of the body as part of the recovery process. It is sort of a way for the body to protect itself after injury or surgery.
During the initial stages of recovery, maintaining an upright or semi-sitting position can help reduce the swelling faster. You may also elevate your head with at least two pillows when you sleep. Managing the swelling can help improve healing time and will make it progress faster.
Pain is a possibility
Each of us has different pain thresholds and unfortunately, painful twinges can still be felt even days after surgery. Typically, the donor and recipient site will do well a week after surgery, but it is also true that nerves awaken and the fluid under the skin will relocate resulting in a throbbing discomfort.
Surgeons have their own instructions with regards to pain management. Some would advise that moderately massaging the donor region with vitamin E can improve the painful sensation. Extra strength acetaminophen or Ibuprofen is widely common in easing the pain. However, if the intensity of the pain increases, it is best to contact your doctor.
FUE (follicular unit extraction) is deemed to heal faster than FUT (follicular unit transplantation). Some tenderness up to two weeks after surgery is common with the more invasive FUT, however, it may be a cause for concern with FUE. Generally, levels of discomfort decrease over the following days after the procedure.
This phenomenon is something that should be discussed with your surgeon during consultation. It is where the natural or transplanted hair shed off after a hair restoration procedure. It is not specific to either FUT or FUE since it can possibly occur with both techniques, but it is more common in the recipient area. The reason behind it is the trauma, either physical or chemical trauma, or both.
If you are experiencing shock loss, the hair typically begins to grow back around 2-4 months in the new growth cycle. Around 99% of shock loss cases are temporary with an average return time of three months. However, there is a caveat, if the patient had miniaturized hairs on the area where the shock loss is happening, then that hair might not grow back. This is because miniaturized hairs are already on their way out and shock loss because of trauma only sped up the process.
Healing time varies
The healing time for a hair transplant surgery generally follows a certain timeline. However, it is also true that there is no hard and fast rule on how we recover. It is normal for some to heal much faster than others, while some may encounter problems along the way. These differences are either caused by your biological makeup, your post-operative aftercare technique, or the surgeon’s surgical technique and expertise.
Usually, patients would sport a full growth around the tenth or eleventh month after surgery. If you are growing as much as the next guy, know that there are other factors that may come into play. Don’t immediately raise up arms thinking that you have been short-changed. Full growth may take a year, while others might even start to notice it during the 24th month.
You might need more than one session
As mentioned earlier, every patient heals differently. This is the reason why some patients need more than one session. In these cases, the surgeon would assess the hair growth after the initial procedure, before deciding on whether a second one is necessary. This is part of the individualized care that can be expected from a reputable surgeon.
The extent of hair loss would also affect the number of sessions that you need to undergo. This is common in those who have extensive or an advanced form of hair loss. If you prefer an FUE procedure, this would usually require more than one session to achieve the desired result.
These secondary procedures may also be considered touch-ups to cover areas that may still be affected by the progressing hair loss. Therefore, some surgeons advise other patients against hair transplant too early on, as they prefer to perform the procedure after the hair loss has stabilized.
Risks are always involved
Every surgery comes with risks. Anything that involves breaking skin integrity means opening yourself up to the possibility of infection, bleeding, and prolonged healing. There is also a good chance that you could get a bad result.
The good news is that the circumstances that surround these risks are all controllable. It comes down to preparing your body, choosing the right team, and never selling yourself cheap to dubious practices. The question is, are you willing to increase these risks or improve your chances for success? From there, you make the effort accordingly.
It’s not just your hair you restore!
Although this is not an assurance, a new hairline or better hair density is not the only thing that you get out of the procedure, because you regain confidence as well. The reason why success is not a certainty is because the result relies on several factors that all come into play. If you want to meet this expectation, you need to put in the effort to prepare for the procedure. When done properly, this surgical option can leave you with highly satisfying results.
More people are more open to a hair transplant now due to the advanced techniques and devices that increases your chances of getting a natural-looking result. If they like to be discreet about it, people can come out after recovery feeling more confident because studies show that most men can’t even notice a hair transplant.