From topical and oral medications to advanced red light laser and platelet rich plasma therapy, there are many different techniques for minimizing hair loss and preserving the hair that you have. However, once the hair has actually started to thin, few treatments prove to be as effective and long-lasting as hair transplantation surgery. Still, we do get patients from time to time who are naturally apprehensive about undergoing a surgical procedure. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, we have found that one of the best ways to help our patients feel comfortable is to walk them through what they can expect to experience at each stage of their surgical hair transplant procedure, step by step. Dispelling any illusions or misconceptions helps give them a confidence that makes the entire process go much more smoothly.
One thing that sets The Griffin Center apart from other hair restoration clinics is that we make it a point never to perform more than one hair transplant procedure in a single day. Depending on the number of follicles that are needed to complete a transplant, a follicular unit grafting (FUG) or follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure can potentially take anywhere from four to ten hours, and we believe that trying to divide our time between simultaneous procedures ultimately does our patients a disservice. From the time you walk in the doors to the time that you go home, you are our first and only priority.
When you first arrive on the morning of your procedure, either Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis will personally go over your entire treatment plan with you, including extremely important post-operative hair transplant maintenance instructions, and make sure that you don’t have any last minute, unanswered questions. Then, we will administer a combination of oral and intramuscular medications that will help keep you relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. Even though patients are not “put under” by general anesthesia, the local anesthetic that numbs the scalp makes it possible for many to relax and fall asleep while we work, while others usually listen to music while their transplant is completed. Throughout the day, you will be provided with juice and snacks and given access to a restroom in our private surgical suite. Our patients are often surprised that the procedure is much more comfortable than they expected.
After the procedure is completed and the follicular units transplanted into the donor area, you will be allowed to go home with detailed instructions for your post-surgical care. While all patients are prescribed post-operative pain medication, many find that mild, over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient after the first day. Your first follow-up appointment will be on the very next day, and at that time one of our experienced medical assistants will carefully wash your hair so that Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis can make sure everything looks good and is going smoothly. After that, several additional follow-up visits will be scheduled at regular intervals so that we can carefully monitor your progress. This allows us to catch any potential complications early and to treat them before they can become serious enough to affect your hair transplant results and to answer any questions that you may have.
There are many different forms of hair loss, and many different hair restoration methods. If you are concerned about your own hair loss and interested in learning how best to go about treating it, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full diagnosis and hair loss consultation and find an approach that is right for you. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or answers to your questions about hair restoration.