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    Follicular Unit Extraction

    1. Do not take any Aspirin or any blood thinner or alcohol for 48 hours after surgery.
    2. Minor bleeding may occur from the donor site and/or recipient site. This can be controlled by applying gentle pressure on the affected site for less than 5-10 minutes with a clean cloth or gauze provided for you. Press gently, do not rub.
    3. No heavy lifting, strenuous activity (heavy lifting and intense workouts) or contact sports for 5 days.
    4. Do not wear any tight hat, hard hats or any material that could possibly rub off the graft. Only wear button down clothing.
    5. Sleep in upright position for two nights after procedure, either in lazy boy chair or pop up your head with two pillows. This will prevent swelling of the scalp. Do not sleep on your face.
    6. Swelling may occur on the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery. The swelling is part of normal healing process, and will disappear within 48 hours. Do not use any heat or hot compresses, as this will only intensify the swelling.
    7. Do not wash your head 4 days after surgery. On the 5th day, you can go under the shower without hitting the grafted site. You may put shampoo in a cup diluted in water and gently pour over your hair, DO NOT RUB. Rinse lightly in shower and do not let the full strength hit your head; it could dislodge the graft.
    8. Scabbing will develop over the recipient site after the procedure. The scabs will fall off naturally within 2 weeks. DO NOT PICK OR SCRATCH at these at any time, it can risks and alter the healing and possible pull off the grafts.
    9. Take all the medication as directed. Sutures have to be removed 10-12 post-op.
    10. Do not use any ointments or medicated shampoo unless instructed by the physician. This could affect the healing.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The good thing about hair transplant procedures is that it is designed to provide a permanent solution to patients who are suffering from hair loss. However, the success of the treatment weighs heavily on the care provider. Dr. Colin Hong is a trained and experienced hair transplant surgeon. He is committed to treating hair loss with the latest research and technology to ensure that optimal results are achieved.

    FUE hair transplant procedure gives you natural-looking results with a shorter recovery period. Dr. Colin Hong and his team have many years worth of knowledge and experience and can provide you with a customized transplantation.

    In the few months after the FUE procedure, shedding of your original hair will likely occur before the new hair will start to grow back at the transplanted site. This is normal and is only temporary. You will receive post-operative instructions from your surgeon to ensure optimal healing and care after the surgery. However, if you continue to experience hair loss, the hair at the transplanted site can also be affected.

    Since the entire hair follicle is removed and placed in a new location, it will likely not grow back in the old one. Most cases where there is a re-growth of hair is when hair follicles are not completely removed from your donor area. However, your surgeon will only harvest from areas where the effect of the removal of hair follicles is barely noticeable.

    FUE’s major advantage over other hair transplant procedures is that it does not leave noticeable scars on your scalp. Provided the procedure is performed by a hair transplant specialist, the result will likely be a natural-looking hair restoration without you worrying about any visible scars at all.

    Though FUE is minimally invasive, there may still be a bit of discomfort during the procedure. Usually this occurs during the administration of local anesthesia. However, we will provide measures to reduce this discomfort as much as possible, such as with the use of a mild sedative beforehand.

    Normally, the ideal age for an individual to undergo FUE is when the thinning of hair is not too advanced. There needs to be adequate hair density at the back of the scalp for follicles to be harvested for transplant. With significant hair loss and balding, there may not be enough hair for transplantation.

    Hair follicles collected from the head are ideal for transplantation back to the scalp. This is because the nature of hairs varies through different parts of our body. However, if there are no available hair follicles on the head of the patient, beard and chest hair can be used as a substitute for hair restoration on the area where the patient desires. Please speak with Dr. Hong to see if this is a possibility for you.

    Yes. FUE can be a complex procedure, but with the combination of advanced technology and the skill and expertise of Dr. Hong and his team, the surgery can be very successful. FUE is currently considered one of the most advanced and successful hair loss treatments. Dr. Hong has been performing FUE for many years, and is committed to helping patients regain their confidence.

    One of the main goals of FUE is to provide a permanent solution to individuals who are struggling with hair loss. If the procedure is performed by a qualified hair specialist and post-instructions are followed carefully, the chances of a permanent result will be high.