For nearly forty years, Dr. Edmond Griffin and the specialized team at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have helped both men and women obtain healthy, natural-looking hair growth by using a wide array of the latest hair restoration techniques, including microscopic follicular unit grafting and follicular unit extraction (FUE). Understanding what to expect before, during, and after these procedures can help you establish realistic expectations and minimize the risk of any complications that may arise. Luckily, risks are minimal with all hair restorations today, and being a patient can be easy and safe if you are in the right hands.
The first steps to achieving optimal hair restoration results happen during the initial pre-surgery consultations. After reviewing your available treatment options, Dr. Edmond Griffin or Dr. Ashley Curtis will propose a hair replacement plan specifically designed to meet your individual needs. It is extremely important to ask questions at this stage and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the treatment plan that has been chosen. Discuss your hair restoration surgery expectations and post surgical plans with us in detail in order to make sure that you understand what is being done. At this time we can discuss potential problems and explore the best ways to avoid them. Experience of the doctors is the key to an uncomplicated surgery and excellent outcome.
With all the preliminary work taken care of beforehand, you have nothing to do on the day of the surgery except come in and relax. Your scalp will be numbed with a local anesthetic as you lay on a comfortable bed listening to music, sleeping, or even enjoying an occasional juice or snack. After the removal of the donor follicles, which is completed either through the traditional €œsingle strip harvesting€ method or with the automated NeoGraft® system, our experienced technicians will carefully dissect them under a microscope into individual follicular units in order to keep as many of the follicles intact as possible. Then your doctor will carefully inspect the grafts, selecting for implantation only those that pass the test for 100% take. Custom incisions will be made into the scalp by hand, all specifically angled and sized for your individual grafts. Then each follicular unit will be individually placed into the correctly sized opening, ensuring full and natural looking coverage. This procedure is time consuming, so the numbing will be repeated as required in order to alleviate any possible discomfort, and a long-lasting local anesthetic will be administered at the end of the procedure to keep you comfortable at home.
After the procedure, our nursing staff will carefully review your post-operative care plan with your caregiver and provide you with an assortment of aftercare products to help with your hair transplant recovery. The next day, you will return for your first post-operative appointment and, during this visit, your hair will be shampooed and you will be examined by one of our doctors, usually your surgeon. They will also review all after-care instructions with you. Most of our patients can return to work within two to four days. If forehead swelling occurs, it will be within 3 to 5 days after your surgery, but will usually resolve within 48 hours. One week later, we’ll remove the staples/sutures from the donor site and answer any questions that you might have regarding post-operative care or the re-growth of your new hair.
Be prepared to be patient. Hair transplant surgery places healthy, fully functioning follicles into the balding region, but the grafted hairs in those follicles may shed following the procedure. New hair begins to grow back within two to four months. Because hair grows in cycles, all the new grafts will not all start growing at the same time and it may take as up to eight to twelve months before all the new grafts are showing new hair growth. Once the hair grows out, the new hair follicles look completely natural even under careful examination. If you have questions about the causes of hair loss and treatments offered by The Griffin Center, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
If you are interested in discussing hair loss or hair restoration options, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.