When I talk to patients about hair restoration,
hair transplantation, follicular unit restoration, they have a few questions that like answered.
They want to know will that hurt, how long will I be off work and those kind of things.
So the general procedure is this, you come in, we do the procedure, you are here for
about six hours or so to do that procedure, you leave that night with a bandage on your
head, the bandage is more for peace of mind than for anything else. It is not absolutely
necessary, but it is nice to have it there just in case you need it for that first night
because you don’t know what you are going to feel like. The next morning we have you
come into the office, remove than bandage, we shampoo you and show you how to take care
of it for the next few days, you can walk out of the office with a baseball cap on it
at that time. For then next 7 to 10 days, you are going to have some little tiny scabs
so either a baseball cap or kind of staying out of the public eye is the way to go and
after the 10th day, all those little scabs are gone, scalp is healed, we have stitches
in the back that we will remove it about 8 to 10 days and you are ready to go, normal
activity at that point. You can do just about anything you want. As far as pain goes, to
numb up the scalp, we give you something first to relax you. The back takes about 30 seconds
to numb. The front takes about a minute and a half to numb, so there is about two minutes
where the discomfort with the whole procedure, afterwards the pain is probably at 2 or so
on a scale from 1 to 10 and it is mostly the back where we take the transplant from. The
front kind of stays numbish for a day or so, so about the time the numbness goes away,
the pain goes away as well. So pain is not a big factor in this whole thing. It is mostly
that 7 to 10 days of cosmetic down time where you have to wear a ball cap or kind of just
stay out of the main public event eye. During that time, you can shower normally, you can
shampoo, starting the day after the procedure. Which are gentle when we shampoo and we give
you exact instructions on how to do that. You cannot workout for about five or six days
afterwards because we don’t want your blood pressure to go up and those little grafts
to be pushed from underneath, but otherwise normal activity is fine. I have guys that
golf, they get their bandage off, they put on their ball cap and they go golfing that
day, so it does not really take you out of normal activity, it just takes you out of
kind of cosmetic events you don’t want to have an event or date that night or the next
night with a new girl.

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