What Is a Hair Transplant?


Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves either removing a narrow strip of hair-bearing tissue from the back of the head or using a micro punch and encompassing each follicular unit individually.

Hair transplantation is a relatively minor surgical procedure performed generally performed over one day, under local anaesthesia in a clinic environment with no need for an overnight hospital stay. The number of grafts required is determined by the surface area to cover, hair type, quality, and colour, known as hair characteristics, small procedures are generally around 1000 FU´s, and large over 5000 FU´s.

Once the follicular units are removed they are divided and cleaned and kept in a holding solution to maintain the quality. Whilst the grafts are being prepared generally the doctor or a medically qualified member of the team will make small slits over the area the grafts will be placed, then the tech team will start to place the grafts.

There should be little discomfort during the procedure, with breaks to rest and stretch your legs; it is a long day so wear comfortable clothes. That evening rest, no long walks and ideally return to the clinic the next morning for a check-up with your doctor, they may also wash your hair whilst inspecting both the donor and recipient areas.

You are free then to return home, extensive driving is frowned upon and ensure you take plenty of still water as you may feel a little dehydrated. Always take note of the post operation instructions the clinic provides, follow them and ask the clinic if you have any questions or concerns.

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