Hair Replacement Process

Hair Replacement Process

In order to help you understand what you will experience with our office we have provided a brief overview of our hair replacement process below.

Day One of Treatment Process

After you arrive on the morning of your procedure, we make sure that you have eaten a full breakfast and have a ride home following the procedure. On the morning of the procedure we take your ‘before’ picture and you are given oral medication to alleviate minor discomfort and anxiety.

Hair transplantation is a safe in-office surgical procedure and you should have little to no discomfort. However, we will also give you medication to help you relax as necessary. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at no additional cost to assist with comfort and help you relax as you are fully awake during the procedure. Yet many people take naps or watch a movie during the procedure. Our goal is to have you relaxed and comfortable during the entire procedure.

For the procedure, Dr. Zacco creates tiny incisions about 1 mm in diameter in which the grafts will be placed. Careful attention is given to the angle, direction and depth of each incision. These incisions are designed to cradle the grafts just right; yet large enough to prevent trauma during placement. Incisions are created to parallel the natural direction of your original hair growth in that area of the scalp.

Once we complete the incisions we will arrive at a natural breakpoint where we stop for a delicious lunch that is provided. Relax and ENJOY lunch!

After lunch, Dr. Zacco along with a hair transplant surgical technician will place the grafts in the tiny incisions. Depending on the number of grafts, this process takes 2-4 hours. A special dressing is applied to protect the grafts overnight. At this point you may leave for the day.

Day Two of Treatment Process

The next day, Dr. Zacco will see you to remove the dressing and review the grafts to make sure all is well. At this point, we will wash your hair. We send you home without any dressing. For the next couple of days, you should take it easy.

About ten days after the procedure, you will have the hidden sutures removed. At this point, all of the scabs should be gone. Within 3 weeks all of the hair in the transplanted grafts will fall out. DON’T worry- this is normal, making way for the new hairs to start growing in 2 or 3 months. The remainder will gradually grow in over the next 6-12 months.

For no additional cost, Dr. Zacco will see you back at 4-6 months and 8-12 months to follow your progress and compare before and after pictures. This is a rewarding time for you and our team at Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine.