FAQ Hair Restoration

FAQ: Hair Restoration

You are losing your hair with receding frontal hairline or have baldness at the vertex and want to replace lost areas.

Our office performs both FUT and FUE to restore your lost hair.

The risks of the procedure are usually minimal. A full list of all possible complications will be provided to you during our initial consultation.

Accepting alopecia, wearing hairpiece or shaving your scalp is all reasonable alternative.

Yes you can see before and after pictures in my office.

Hair loss usually follow your genetic course unless it is altered by medicine (i.e. propecia) and / or surgery

With FUE and FUT, the transplantation is usually the same but the extraction methods are different.

The donor site hair usually comes from the back of your scalp where it is usually sparse from hair loss.

Hairs that are transplanted are permanently gone, but it is usually not noticeable.

The hair is transplanted to the areas in the hair loss area and this will be discussed with you in details at the pre-operative consultation.

Your transplanted hair will start growing in 3 months but the final result is better appreciated in 6 to 12 months.

The result is usually permanent.

The cost will depend on number of grafts and method of transplantation. This will be discussing with you in details during your initial consultation.

You will have a linear scar if your procedure is FUT.

You will have a linear scar if your procedure is FUT and multiple small dots if your procedure is FUE.

The procedure will take 4 to 10 hours depend on the type and number of grafts.

My follow up is 2 to 3 visits during the first few weeks. Following this every 2-3 months until your transplanted hair have fully grown.

You can shower with baby shampoo 3 days after your transplantation.

You will have a dressing on your donor site the night after your surgery. There is no need for dressing after day 2 posts operatively.

You should elevate your head for a few nights after surgery. You should not rub hard at your transplanted site.

Pain is very minimal. Most of our patients do not need to take much pain medications one night after surgery.

You will be given some Tylenol #3 unless you are allergic to it. You usually do not need much pain medication after the second day.

You can usually get back to normal routine within 2 to 3 days.

You will be given sedation and then local anesthesia. After the initial local anesthesia, normally you will need any more sedation.

Yes, this will be done during your preoperative consultation.

You can take your regular medication but should stop taking any blood thinner.

You should come to the office half an hour before your surgery.

You can get the information on our website or call my office for direction.

It is generally recommend that an adult to drive you home.

  • Arrange for someone to take care of responsibilities at home and work if needed
    It is a good idea but not absolutely necessary.
  • Call your doctor if you think of other questions
  • Make sure you have the doctor’s contact information and directions to the clinic/hospital

The procedure will take 4 to 10 hours depend on the type and number of grafts.

  • Make sure your identity has been confirmed with name and date of birth
    Your driver’s license or identity will need to be verified at your appointment and at the surgery center.
  • Make sure your procedure has been confirmed
  • Confirm any allergies and side-effects you might have
  • Make sure you understand and have signed the informed consent forms

You can take shower the day following your surgery.

Usually within half hour after your surgery is over.

The pain is usually minimally and you will be given some Tylenol #3 or other medication depending on your allergy.

You will be back to see me within the first week after the procedure.

If your procedure is FUT, your sutures need to be removed about 1 week to 10 days after surgery. If the procedure is FUE, there is no suture.

  • You have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • You have shortness of breath or chest pain
  • You notice increased redness, swelling, warmth, or pain around your affected area
  • You notice any infected discharge from your affected area
  • Your bandages are repeatedly soaked with blood
  • You have persistent stiffness or numbness/tingling of your scalp
  • You have pain that your existing pain medications cannot control
  • Take pain and other medications as prescribed
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on bathing or swimming
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on caring for your hair and head
  • Keep your affected area clean and dry
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on resuming normal daily activities

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