Hair transplants such as the FUE require planning beforehand by the physician in charge of the procedure. Once it is established that a person is a good candidate for the FUE, the doctor will plan how the hairline should look if the procedure is successful. The hairline is usually the most prominent feature of a person’s hair and can give a good indication of how well a hair transplant has worked out. You can click here to see examples of how the hairline looks after a successful FUE transplant.
Knowing the family history and also looking at features of the skin and hair are all important factors in this process. In fact, scientists have noted that certain types of hair seem to work better when it comes to transplants.
Curly or wavy hair is beneficial for head hair transplants because this type of hair appears to cover more of the scalp than straight hair. The same cannot be said, though, for eyebrow transplants, where straight hair is needed to get the desired look. Regardless of how straight or curly your hair is, an experienced specialist should be able to do a good job and provide excellent results when completing the FUE.
Hair transplant specialists also plan for the sides of the head, and in men, the lateral hairline can be more angular but in the case of women, they would tend to be more rounded giving a more feminine look. The shape of the hairline is important and it helps to accentuate the overall appearance of the person’s face.
Scientists have also noted that people with more flexible skin tend to have more successful hair transplants because it is easier for physicians to graft hair follicles into the scalp.
Prepping for the transplant
Before the transplant is done the patient’s hair is usually washed with a shampoo such as Betadine. The doctors will use some type of local anesthetic so as to numb up the region of the scalp where the hair is to be cut out with the 1mm punch for the FUE. Generally, more care has to be taken during this stage if hair being harvested is very light in color because it is harder to see.
It is very important that patients do not smoke or drink alcohol a couple of days before the procedure is to be done. This is because the chemicals in alcohol and cigarettes can compromise the ability of your scalp to heal.
During and after the transplant
The hair transplant specialist will work slowly and carefully when handling follicular units so as to not inadvertently damage the hair follicles. Once damaged or cut the follicles become useless and there is no point transplanting them.
This is why clients need to be patient and understand that the process takes a couple of hours, which is necessary to avoid hair follicle damage and to ensure that hairs are grafted at the correct angles. After the transplant is complete the physician will provide instructions and advice on how long recovery will take and what can be expected.