After my friend asked me if he would lose his hair after a hair transplant, I decided to keep researching the procedures to best answer all of his questions. Dr. Matt Tahsini from Los Angeles Hair Institute answered all my questions about the FUE hair transplant. Los Angeles is known for its beautiful people too, and many people have had great success with the procedure. This post will discuss FUE and FUT procedures and what will be needed for the recovery process.
The amount of time needed to recover from a hair transplant varies from person to person and depends on the type of hair transplant that is being completed. There are two types of hair transplants: Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Both types of surgery will have recovery time; however, FUE requires less time to heal and comes with less scarring. FUE transplant is performed at LA Hair Institute. FUE and FUT will be described below, as well as the recovery time for each.
During a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure, hair follicles are removed individually and then transplanted to the site that needs coverage. This will leave puncture marks where the hair was harvested. Once these have healed, they will leave tiny scars that look like white dots. The scarring should not be noticeable when the hair grows back in.
There will also be small incisions made to the top of the scalp for the hairs to be transplanted. There may be some red crusting in the treatment area for 7 to 10 days after the procedure. Dr. Matt Tahsini performs this form of hair transplant in Los Angeles.
FUT is also known as FUSS or Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. During a FUT procedure, a strip of skin from six to ten inches long is removed from the lower scalp. The amount of scalp removed depends upon the amount of donor hair needed. If a lot of donor hair is needed, then the scalp may be removed from ear to ear.
The scalp is then stitched closed, and the remaining hair covers the area where the scalp was removed. All of the hairs are harvested from the piece of the scalp and then transplanted to the area requiring coverage. This method tends to have more scarring the FUE procedures, as it leaves a linear scar where the scalp was removed.
All surgical procedure will have some recovery time. You may want to take up to two days off of work to allow time for healing before any bandages are removed. After either procedure, a mild shampoo can be used at the site. Your doctor will discuss what you can use in the area. It is always a good idea to do research and find a doctor that is extremely knowledgeable about hair transplants. Los Angeles is home to Dr. Matt Tahsini from Los Angeles Hair Institute, and he is known for the best FUE hair transplants in the area.
Once the scalp has healed, the donor hair will fall out within two to three weeks. This is completely normal, and new growth will appear within three to six months. After nine months, new growth that is about two to three inches long will appear. These donor hairs will be permanent and will not fall out. After a year, most growth should be apparent, and hair can be cut or styled as desired! While your hair is growing back, you can treat the scars to make them less visible.
Different creams and ointments can be used to decrease the appearance of scars. Even laser skin treatments can help! Scar treatments can vary from person to person and should be discussed with a doctor. Laser treatments can be done after the area has healed from the FUE transplant.
Los Angeles is full of individuals that have received hair transplants with little visible scarring. Ask the doctor performing your procedure for photos of past clients to see an example of scarring.
If you are looking for an FUE hair transplant, Los Angeles is a great place to start! Dr. Matt Tahsini from LA Hair Institute is always willing to discuss treatment options, even if you decide the procedure is not right for you!