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Better Than Hair Plugs: Post Procedure Photo 5

The Hair Restoration Journey, Part 6: Post-Operative Care

Better Than Hair Plugs: Post Procedure Photo 5You did it! You made your decision, did your research, met with doctors, and prepared for your hair transplant surgery. The day of your procedure arrived, and you underwent the surgery that will transform not only your hair, but also improve your self-confidence and overall sense of well-being. Now, it’s time to make sure you take the rights steps – and avoid the wrong ones – so you can recover quickly and maximize the results of your surgery.

One of the many wonderful aspects of the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami’s Dr. Paul Rose – is that healing tends to be quicker and involve less post-operative limitations than other hair transplant methods.

Most patients can return to work the next day and resume all regular activities within a week to 10 days. That said, you’ll want to follow all your doctor’s specific post-operative instructions which will include some temporary do’s and don’ts.

Unless your hair transplant surgeon advises you otherwise, follow these important post-operative tips after your procedure:

  • Get a lift home. A mild sedative is used during the procedure, so you should arrange for a ride home from our clinic and plan on resting for the remainder of your day.
  • See us tomorrow. We’ll want you to pay us a visit the day after your procedure, so we can check and shampoo the transplanted areas.
  • Stay away from booze. Avoid alcohol for at least three days after your procedure. Alcohol can act as a blood-thinner and inhibit the healing process.
  • Avoid spicy food. Your body’s reaction to spicy foods diverts energy and resources which would otherwise be going to healing and repairs. Ease up on the spice for at least a week.
  • Take it easy. You’ll get back to your regular exercise regimen soon enough, but in the days after your surgery, your body needs to use its energy to help you heal, not pump iron. Do not jog, cycle or lift weights within three days of surgery. Vigorous exercise or heavy lifting should also be avoided for at least one week.
  • Elevate your head. Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to prevent forehead swelling.
  • Wait to wash your hair. Hold off for at least 24 hours after your procedure before washing your hair. When showering, wash the scalp gently under cool water.
  • Be gentle. Avoid brushing your hair for as long as possible, don’t use hot styling tools for at least a week, stay away from tight bands or clips, and instead of rubbing your hair to dry it, apply light pressure.

With these steps, your hair restoration journey is complete, though it may take some time before you see your new, full head of hair as it will ultimately appear. It is normal for the transplanted hairs to “fall out” in the first few weeks, but those hairs then recycle and begin growing in about three to four months. The results are often not visible for six months or slightly longer with final, permanent results apparent at 12 months.

Congratulations, and enjoy the benefits of your successful hair restoration journey!

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Hair 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.

 

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to Expect

The Hair Transplant Procedure: What to ExpectPerhaps you are part of the two-thirds of all men who experience male pattern baldness.  Or, maybe you are one of the 20 million women who suffers with hair thinning or balding.  Male or female—you are not alone.  Hair loss affects a vast majority of Americans and may lead to serious personal, social, and professional setbacks.  Hair loss may profoundly affect the way we feel about ourselves and others, making our self-image, confidence, and quality of life suffer.  Fortunately, treating hair loss has never been more effective.  Today, hair transplant procedures create beautiful results that look and feel identical to your original hair.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our website, and we invite you to get to know us a little better.  If you are considering a hair transplant procedure with the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, here’s what to expect:

Initial Transplant Consultation

In the initial consultation, Dr. Nusbaum explains in detail the nature of the procedure and answers all your questions.  He examines the pattern of your hair loss and reviews the hair growth patterns of your family members.  Dr. Nusbaum also offers an honest evaluation of whether or not he considers you a good candidate for hair restoration.

During a discussion of your expectations, Dr. Nusbaum addresses the feasibility of meeting your personal goals.  He provides an estimate of the number of grafts required to complete the transplant and how much time to set aside for the procedure.  The overall timeframe for the treatment is based on such factors as your age and lifestyle as well as the type and quality of your hair.

You will also receive a cost estimate based on the number of grafts needed to achieve your desired goals.  After performing thousands of successful hair transplants, Dr. Nusbaum’s estimate is generally very close to the final cost.

The Actual Hair Transplant Procedure

Your comfort is our top priority.  Once you arrive at our Institute, you will be escorted to a private room where the actual transplant will take place.  Dr. Nusbaum will explain each step of the procedure once more, and Dr. Rose will begin to outline the area on your scalp to which hair will be transplanted.  This is all done in accordance with the plan set forth by Dr. Nusbaum in the Initial Transplant Consultation (above), and the transplant procedure continues only after you give final approval.

Next, you will be given medication to help you relax and a surgical gown to wear while the procedure is performed.  Then, your scalp will be prepped in a relaxing manner that minimizes anxiety and discomfort.  A technician will implement a special massaging technique that uses the principles of acupuncture to relieve the scalp of tension, pressure, and pain.  This technique has been developed by Dr. Nusbaum and does not involve the use of any needles.  Rather, the massaging creates a vibration that works in conjunction with the anesthesia to minimize any discomfort associated with the procedure.

While your scalp is anesthetized, the grafts are surgically removed from the donor strip at the back of your head and transplanted to the chosen sites.  The amount of pain felt during this portion of the procedure is minimal.  Most patients say the pain experienced is subtle and on par with a visit to the dentist.

Sophisticated Technology: No More “Plugs”

Dr. Nusbaum is a proponent of follicular unit transplantation, a refined and proven procedure in the field of hair restoration.  Follicular unit transplantation represents a huge departure from the plugs that were grafted years ago, both in technique and, most importantly, results.

During the procedure, the donor strip area is carefully evaluated under the microscope.  Small, specifically sculpted follicular-unit grafts are removed and implanted into the recipient area, one at a time.  Tiny openings no larger than a pinprick are made in the recipient area to receive each unit.

To learn more about the advanced technologies and results of this procedure, please visit this guide to Choosing a Hair Transplant Procedure.

Post Procedure

Your hair transplant procedure may take 3 to 6 hours from start to finish, depending on the number of grafts required to achieve desired results.  You will be ready to leave our clinic after a brief rest period.  We advise all patients to make arrangements for a driver to take them home safely, as there is a mild sedative used during the procedure that may have a lingering effect afterward.

Most patients return to work the following day and resume full activity, including their fitness and sports regimen, within a few short days.  In most cases, evidence of the transplant goes undetected by others until months later when they notice your fuller, natural looking head of hair.

Many patients opt for a second or third procedure to optimize their opportunity for a full head of hair.  Procedures can be done as gradually or as frequently as you wish provided favorable medical conditions for prime hair growth are taken into account.

Learn More about Hair Transplantation

Our friendly staff includes South Florida’s finest hair transplant surgeons, microscopists, technicians, and registered nurses.  We understand the agony and frustration that accompanies hair loss, and we are committed to helping you develop a customized plan that will create natural results.

To learn more about Miami hair transplant procedures at the Hair Transplant Institute, please contact us online or call us directly at 1.877.443.9070.

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