Before Transplant Surgery
Most folks take many things for granted, such as their youth, good health, and even their hair. It’s not until those things are gone that you realize how vital they are to your happiness. Hair transplantation surgery is a way to turn back the hands of time and replace your thinning locks.
You can erase receding hairlines and add volume in places where hair is thin or missing. You may be a guy that isn’t bothered by your thinning hair, and you may decide to shave your head to accommodate. However, some men are concerned about going bald, which affects their self-esteem and view of themselves.
Considerations for Hair Transplantation
Considering any surgery should come with careful deliberation, and knowing what to expect during and after the procedure is essential. One of the most common questions we get asked here at AZ Hair Restoration is if the surgery is safe. Another common inquiry is what are the risks associated with it? Here are some essential things to know about this procedure.
1. Experienced Doctors Mean Everything
Surgery is just a tool, but what matters most is the hands behind the procedure. Dr. Arthur Zacco has worked with people in the Raleigh/Durham area since 1996, and he has an excellent reputation and has built a solid business in the region. His customer satisfaction ratings are high, and a quick search online shows his reviews and the fantastic experiences of others.
You want skilled hands to help you in this journey. You reduce your risks when you have someone whose conducted many successful surgeries and knows how to handle any complications should they arise. Before you let anyone do a cosmetic procedure like FU hair transplantation, you should know the following things about them:
•Their qualifications and experience
•Patient satisfaction rates
•How many transplants have been completed.
•If they think you’re a good candidate for the procedure
2. There Are Some Common Complications
Generally, these procedures are very safe, and there are little to no issues afterward. However, anytime you use anesthesia and undergo any procedure like this, there’s always the possibility of complications. The most common problems people have is bleeding at the harvesting site, they develop an infection, or they have an allergic reaction to anesthesia.
Since Dr. Zacco has been doing these operations for nearly two decades, it’s reassuring when considering potential issues. He’s seen and worked through any complication that can arise, so his experience helps reduce incidents.
Immediately after the transplant, it’s normal for your scalp to be swollen, tight, and ache. You should also expect scabbing to appear where the hair is transplanted as the area heals. Plan to be off work for about three days to allow yourself and your head time to recuperate.
You must be careful with this area for two weeks after the procedure. Exercise should also be avoided during this time as it helps to reduce scarring. Most folks want to touch the location of the transplant, but you want to avoid introducing any germs or messing with the grafts.
There’s the possibility that the harvested hair won’t take root, though this is rare. Aftercare and not touching the area is one of the best things you can do to allow the hair time to take root.
3. Hair Growth Doesn’t Happen Overnight
One of the biggest misconceptions about transplantation is that hair growth happens instantly. You won’t have a head full of hair in a month or two. It can take 12-18 months for you to see the full results of this procedure.
The transplanted hair will fall out within weeks of the operation, and your new hair will begin coming in slowly. It can take up to six months to see any new growth, but you must be patient and understand that these processes take time. The new hair will gradually fill in those balding areas.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Sadly, not every person who experiences hair loss is a good candidate for transplantation surgery. Understand there are other methods available to you, but this method is better for those with hair that can be harvested. If your hair loss is severe and you have little to no hair left, this won’t be an option.
To have FU transplant surgery, you need hair that can be harvested and replanted in the balding locations. Hair cannot be collected from any other area in the body, making it impossible for those who don’t have enough hair to transplant.
Before you decide on the right path, it’s important to let Dr. Zacco evaluate your hair loss and see what options are available. He will take time to go over all your concerns and address them during your initial consultation. Don’t let your hair loss keep you down when so many options are available.