Expectations and Recovery
The procedure may be a way to make you feel confident in your appearance, especially if you are concerned about your hair or thinning. Talk to your doctor first about what to expect after and during the surgery.
The Reasons for the Procedure
The surgeon’s team will trim your hair if you are undergoing the FUE procedure. The doctor will then remove individual hair follicles from the area. You will see small dots that heal the area.
This is a type that involves moving hair. You will need to fill in an area without any hair. These transplants have been performed in the United States since the 1950s. However, techniques have improved in recent years.
After the procedure
Your scalp might feel tender after the surgery. For several days, you may be required to take pain medication. For at least one day, your surgeon may recommend that you cover your scalp with bandages. You may be prescribed an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory medication to use for several days. Most people can return to work within 2-5 days.
The transplanted hair will begin to fall out within 2 to 3 weeks. However, you should notice new growth in a few months. 60% to 60% of people will notice new hair growth within 6 to 9 months. Although minoxidil (Rogaine), a hair-growth drug prescribed by surgeons to increase hair growth after transplantation is recommended, it’s not known how effective it is.
Costs and risks
Hair transplant costs vary depending on how much hair you want to move, but they generally run between $4,000 and $15,000. Most insurance plans don’t cover it.