Patient is recommended to follow pre-operative instructions 4 weeks prior to surgery. For those patients who will go through FUT technique need to maintain an adequate length of hair about 2-3 cm. on the back of the head for scar coverage after the procedure. 2 weeks prior to surgery, patient may stop using some medicines, vitamins and supplements that have effects on blood coagulation or local anesthesia. No Alcohol and make yourself ready one day prior to surgery. On surgery day, patient washes hair in the morning using given antiseptic shampoo, dress properly, take prescribed pills or other medicines and someone to drive home after finished.
Take prescribed medicines carefully. Be careful about posture in daily life. Avoid bending over, hitting on head and beware sleeping posture to prevent facial swelling or grafts damage. Transplanted area hair can be washed after surgery. Specialists will teach and give instructions so that patients can take care themselves correctly. After surgery, patients may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, hiccups, swelling, itching, redness or even temporary hair shedding of transplanted and donor area. Surgeons and specialists will explain about these side effects and give instructions on how to be recovered. Please seek from surgeon or specialist if patients feel or notice something wrong. Besides, patients are recommended to avoid exercise and exposure to the sun as least within the first week. No swimming, no sauna and not to have the hair cut or colored at one month after the surgery.
Patient will experience some pain, tightness and numbness after the surgery. 2-3 days after the surgery, scabbing is largely formed and discomfort begins to disappear. After one week, swelling and redness are gone and scabs gradually flake off. Patient can expect to see a few new hairs sprouts coming through the surface for about 2-3 mm, discomfort and scab on transplanted area and donor area are gone after 2 weeks. About 6 weeks, transplanted hair is shed as the follicles enter a dormant phase and absorbable sutures at donor area fall off. In 3-4 months, transplanted hair begins to grow first as very fine hair and donor scar is healed but may be slightly pinkish. 6 months later, the redness at donor site is disappeared and transplanted hair continues to grow and thicken. In 8-12 months, patient will notice the change and be able to compare and evaluate the result. After a full year has passed, there might be more hairs growing within 1-2 years.