hair loss surgery

A Hair Loss Surgery Timeline

There is a way to permanently restore hair lost due to male or female pattern baldness.  Hair loss surgery transplants hair follicles from one area of the scalp to the area that is balding. The transplanted follicles are taken from a part of the scalp that usually doesn’t experience the effects of pattern baldness and are able to resist DHT, the hormone that contributes to balding.

Although surgical hair restoration can help you regain your hair and your confidence, the results aren’t instantly visible. If you are a considering surgery to restore lost hair, the timeline below will give you an idea of what to expect and when.

What to Expect During and After Hair Loss Surgery

Day of Surgery

What happens on the day of your surgery depends in large part on the type of procedure you’re having. If you are having strip surgery, your surgeon will remove a small strip of scalp and hair follicles from the back or side of the scalp. The size of the graft will depend on the size of the balding area.  Some strips contain up to 2,000 follicles. Others contain just a few hundred.

The other option is follicular unit extraction (FUE), which involves removing each follicle individually. The harvesting phase can take longer during FUE than during strip surgery, since the surgeon needs to obtain each graft one by one.

During the First Week

It’s common to have some scabbing and crusting on the scalp during the first few days after treatment. Your surgeon will show you how to wash the scalp to remove any crusting. You might be advised to wear bandages over the area and to take pain relievers if you’re experiencing any discomfort. During the first week, it’s a good idea to sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling in the area.

One Month Later

It’s common not to notice much of a difference in the way your scalp looks a month after surgery and the way it looked before surgery. Usually, by this point, the transplanted follicles will have shed. Don’t panic, though, as this is normal. It will be still be some time before the new hair starts to grow in. A month after surgery, you should be able to wash, cut, and style your hair as before, which includes dying it if you want.

Two to Five Months Later

Between two and five months after your surgery, you should start to see signs of new hair growth. You might notice that the hair is very thin to start. It will thicken as it continues to grow.

One Year Later

After about a year, you’ll be able to see real results from the hair loss surgery. At this time you can decide that you are happy with your results or decide that a second surgery will be helpful.

If you are considering hair restoration, it pays to work with surgeons who are board certified and experienced and who perform the procedures in a state of the art facility. To learn more about your New Jersey hair loss surgery options, contact the Chuback Medical Group in Paramus NJ to schedule a consult today.