Patients are pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to find out that hair transplantation methods have become virtually pain-free, thanks to new technological innovations. At Natural Restorations, we use the ARTAS® robotic FUE (follicular unit excision) tool for minimally invasive hair transplant treatments.
Local anesthesia injections are applied to the scalp in the focus area for extraction and hair transplantation. You will feel a minor discomfort during the injections, until the local anesthesia begins to take effect, after which the scalp and recipient area will become numb for the duration of the procedure.
Are There Any Complications?
Complications are exceedingly rare in FUE hair transplant procedures. Hair transplant with the FUE method is by far the least invasive approach to hair restoration, but it is not possible to predict if any post-operative complications may occur.
Complications and side-effects may include:
- Excessive Post-operative hypopigmentation at the donor sites.
- Shock loss
- Less than optimal graft survival
- Nerve pain
Graft survival can be influenced by a number of things. Some of these factors are under the doctor and technician’s control during the procedure. And some are under your control over the days and weeks to follow. We will discuss graft care in detail with you, as well as give you written instructions. Two things that adversely affect graft survival that are under the patient’s control are tobacco and marijuana. You’ll also need to prevent any physical or chemical harm by following our instructions and only using the shampoos that we send home with you.
Shock loss is more common for female patients undergoing FUE transplant procedures, to address thinning hair or balding. Loss of newly transplanted hair is a normal part of the process, but shock loss can be focused in a specific area with implanted hair loss above norms. Sometimes healthy follicles in close proximity to newly transplanted follicles, can be temporarily impacted by volume loss. The follicles are not damaged during shock loss and are only triggered to shed. The shed hair then regrows. This is similar to what some women experience after undergoing a major surgery.
These aspects will be discussed with our patients during their free consultation, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The Advantages of Hair Transplant Treatments Using ARTAS® FUE
ARTAS® is one of the most important leaps forward in terms of technology, natural results and patient care in hair restoration services. The Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) using ARTAS® provides:
- A less time intensive follicle harvesting procedure
- Increased accuracy for follicle extraction
- Lessened potential for a visibly noticeable scar vs. Strip (FUT)
ARTAS® allows our medical team to adjust the angle of hair elevation and site depth in accordance with the patient’s unique hair direction and growth pattern. The artificial intelligence (AI) software allows the physician to calculate and program average density and spacing, and the optimal total number of recipient sites on the scalp.
Recovery and Healing Time
After the hair extraction and transplant procedure, many patients without physically demanding jobs, return to work the next day. Patients leave the office with a prescription for pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort, or they can therapeutically take over-the-counter pain relief products to minimize inflammation. One to two days of discomfort after the procedure is average for most patients.
How Safe is FUE Hair Transplant?
Hair restoration procedures using the FUE method are very safe, when completed under a local anesthetic. The traditional method of FUT required the removal of a strip of the scalp skin (with hair follicles intact) and numerous stitches. With FUE, no stitches or scalpel are required for the procedure, and no intravenous or intra-muscular sedation is required.
Between three to five months following the hair transplant surgery, the transplanted follicles have fallen out and new hair follicles begin to grow in rapidly. Depending on the health, medical condition, age and other considerations, some patients may not achieve full regrowth until 12 months after the procedure.