Upon your arrival, you will be asked to change into a surgical gown and then escorted to a clinic room where Dr. Torgerson will design your new hairline and review each step of your procedure once again before getting your approval and moving forward. Pre-op pictures are also taken at this point. In most cases, a mild sedative and painkiller are given to help you relax. Because of this medication and the duration of the surgery, it is mandatory that you make prior arrangements for a friend or family member to pick you up after the procedure and safely transport you home.
The donor area where the hair will be harvested from is prepped, and a local anaesthetic is used to “freeze” the area. Once your scalp is completely numb, the SmartGraft device is used to gently remove the grafts from this donor site. The SmartGraft technology allows the grafts to immediately be collected, sorted, counted, and stored in a sterile, temperature-controlled, and hydrated environment prior to being transplanted. This makes the survival of the grafts much higher while improving their stability for the best results.
Once we have collected all the grafts, the recipient site is prepped and local anaesthetic is injected. Sites are then carefully and strategically created where the grafts are to be transplanted. This stage of the hair transplant is very important because the angle, depth, and placement of each follicular graft will ultimately determine how natural-looking the final result will be.
The most common SmartGraft FUE hair transplant procedures can take 10 to 12 hours from start to finish. This, of course, will depend on how many grafts are necessary to achieve the desired result. A follow-up will be scheduled for 10 days post-op, but most patients will be able to go back to work within the first week and resume full activity, including exercise, after only one week. In most cases, after 7 to 10 days, any evidence of a hair transplant is undetectable by anyone until months later when they start to notice your fuller, natural-looking head of hair.