The Hair Restoration Journey Series: What to Expect on Surgery Day
The big day is here. You wake up, feeling a lot of excitement and a maybe a little bit of nerves about what lies ahead. Today is the day of your hair transplant surgery, and the first day of the rest of your life with a head of hair on its way to the full, natural, and youthful look you once had.
You’ve had the consultations, discussed the best approach with your hair restoration physician, taken the steps he or she advised to get your ready for your surgery and now it’s time to head to the clinic. What can you expect on this important day in your hair restoration journey?
First things first: get up and have a healthy, light breakfast unless instructed otherwise. While you can drive yourself to the clinic, you will need to arrange for a ride home because of the light sedation you will be under during the procedure. As such, it may be easier for a friend or family member to give you a lift to the clinic as well.
When you arrive, the staff should do everything they can to make you feel you comfortable and at ease. You will meet with your surgeon who will discuss with you what exactly will take place during your procedure, even if they have done so previously. Feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have. Your surgeon is committed to making your hair restoration surgery as successful as possible, and that includes keeping you informed as to what is about to occur.
You will then settle in to your surgery suite, which is designed to be a welcoming and relaxed rather than cold and sterile environment. You will experience minimal, if any pain during the procedure. A technician will massage your scalp prior to administering local anesthesia, like the kind a dentist uses. The massaging creates a vibration in the skin that works in combination with the anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. You will also be given a mild sedative at the beginning of the session to minimize any anxiety you may be feeling.
During the procedure, you can either rest, listen to music, or watch movies or TV on your phone, tablet or other device. Your procedure will likely take several hours; the exact duration of your surgery will depend on the number of grafts being transplanted. For a 2000 graft case, the average time is about 6 hours.
After your surgery, your physician will give you detailed aftercare instructions to help you heal and get you back to your routine as quickly as possible, which is often the very next day. Make sure you get clarification on any instructions which may be unclear to you.
As noted, since the procedure involves the use of a mild sedative, you should arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to our office and pick you up after the procedure. We welcome drivers to wait in our reception area, or they may visit the Village of Merrick Park, located just across the street from our Institute.
When you return home that evening, you can sleep well knowing that you have taken a huge step to improving your appearance, confidence, and well-being.
Call the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami for Your Personal Hair Loss Consultation
The first step in doing something about your hair loss is to arrange for a hair loss consultation. We invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.