In the nearly 40 years that The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research has been performing surgical hair restoration procedures, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have helped literally hundreds of men and women to achieve full and natural looking hair restoration results. During that time, many of our patients have been understandably apprehensive prior to undergoing their procedures. We have found that one of the best ways to alleviate this anxiety is to give them a step by step break down of exactly what happens on the day of their surgery so that they can fully understand just how comfortable it can be. Here is an outline of what you can expect during hair transplantation surgery at The Griffin Center.
Depending on the needs of the patient and the size of the session, a hair restoration procedure may take anywhere from 4 to 5 hours for the smallest cases to as much as 8 to 10 hours for the largest, so be prepared to get started early in the day. On the morning of the procedure, before you receive any sedation, you and Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis will go over the plan for your surgery. During this discussion, your scalp will be marked to denote exactly where individual follicular units will be placed. Then, you will be taken to a private surgical suite, where you can rest comfortably and listen to music while a combination of oral and intramuscular medications are administered to relax you and numb the scalp. Throughout the procedure, your safety and comfort are our main concerns, so juice and snacks as well as a restroom will be available for your convenience.
The procedure itself begins with the removal of the follicular units for transplantation, either in a single strip (via the Follicular Unit Grafting method) or individually with the NeoGraft® automated device. Our highly experienced technicians carefully dissect the section of scalp under a microscope, taking great care to maintain the integrity of the individual follicular units. This careful attention to detail allows us to produce a larger number of viable grafts from a smaller, narrower section of scalp. The incision is then closed using a special type of closure that allows the hairs to grow through the scar line, making the scar itself even less visible. Regardless of which harvesting method is used, FUG or FUE, the remaining hair on the back of the head will grow to completely cover the nearly invisible linear or tiny circular scars that are left behind after the procedure.
After the follicular units are carefully sorted by the number of follicles they contain, they are then ready to be transplanted, one-by-one, into the thinning area. Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis will make individually customized incisions (using instruments specially designed by Dr. Griffin for the task) in the scalp and then personally place and angle each and every follicular unit to mirror the original growth pattern. Years of experience and skill are needed to ensure that the grafts are not too crowded to over tax the available blood supply in any one area and that they will eventually grow to provide full, natural-looking coverage.
Finally, once the procedure is complete, the scalp is numbed once again so that you will remain comfortable when you are sent home to rest overnight. The next morning you will return to have your hair washed by one of our technicians so that the transplant area can be thoroughly examined and evaluated. Within just two to four months after the procedure, the new follicles will begin to grow hair consistently with the same color, texture, curl, or straightness as the hair from which the donor follicles were harvested. The final density of the transplanted hair depends on the original density of the donor hair as well as the number of grafts placed in each session. You can expect to see more and more growth over the entire year after your procedure.
If you have any other questions about your individual hair loss and what form of treatment or procedure might be best for you, please contact The Griffin Center to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.