What happens during a hair transplant? A step by step guide

Step by step guide to a hair transplant procedure

A thinning scalp or receding hairline can significantly impact one’s physical and mental health and often negatively affect self-confidence. FUE hair restoration is one of the most advanced, safe, effective, and long-lasting treatments for male pattern baldness. Dr Mooz has a consistent track record of producing natural-looking results.

Here’s your step-by-step process for undergoing a hair transplant.

Step 1: Your consultation

During your comprehensive consultation, Dr Mooz will discuss your concerns and expectations from surgery. He will assess the extent of hair loss and potential donor areas and will also consider the possibility of future hair loss.

He will then be able to advise you on the appropriate treatment plan and what results you can expect. As a guide, he will show you before-and-afters of patients who have experienced similar hair loss. Dr Mooz will also ensure you’re fully informed about the potential benefits and possible complications before you decide to proceed.

Step 2: Your treatment preparation

You may be required to shave your hair for your procedure, although Dr Mooz can perform a partially shaven or unshaven hair transplant. This will have been discussed and agreed at your consultation.

When you arrive at the clinic, you’ll be taken to a treatment room that is appointed to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible, as a hair transplant can take up to eight hours.

Your scalp will be numbed with local anaesthetic injections, both in the donor area and the area where the hair will be transplanted to, so your experience is pain free. Pre-operative photographs will be taken and Dr Mooz will explain the procedure steps with you again and answer any questions you may have.

Step 3: Marking the scalp

This is an essential stage of the process as Dr Mooz carefully plans where the hair follicles will be transplanted and ensures the most natural result possible, particularly when creating the hairline.

Step 4: Extracting the donor hair

Dr Mooz will then begin the careful process of extracting the donor hair from the agreed donor areas, usually the back and sides of the scalp, where there is good hair density, and the hair follicles are not likely to be affected by future hair loss. Individual follicular units that hold between one and four hairs are removed with a punch extraction device, ranging in diameter from 0.6mm to 0.9mm. The hair follicle bulb is then removed using fine forceps and kept in a hydrating solution until the extraction procedure is finished.

Step 5: Preparing the donor hair

Once enough follicles are removed to fill the area of hair loss, one of our nurses will prepare the follicular units, including sorting them into different sizes, thicknesses, and numbers of hairs. This is critical for ensuring a natural result when they are implanted. You will be able to take a break during this preparation time.

Step 6: Transplanting the hair follicles

The grafts are inserted most naturally and realistically, matching your natural hair pattern, which involves varying the angle and density. Dr Mooz will place the follicle 1mm below the scalp’s surface using an implanter tool to penetrate the skin.

Step 7: Your aftercare

Before you leave the clinic, we’ll give you comprehensive advice on your recovery period and arrange a follow-up appointment. You will be given a short course of antibiotics to prevent infection. You shouldn’t experience any significant pain or discomfort afterwards, and the swelling and redness should only last five to seven days.

Step 8: Your final results

Most new hair will appear at five to six months, but it will continue to thicken and mature, and it can take up to 18 months to see the full growth potential.

Watch every stage of this hair transplant procedure: