Hair restoration is performed at the Weiss Skin Institute under local anesthesia. Hair transplant sessions may involve the movement of thousands of tiny follicular unit grafts over the course of 4-6 hours as patients rest comfortably, often sleeping or watching television.
Modern hair transplantation allows patients to leave the office with only a hat and headband and they are able to shower and shampoo their hair the day after surgery. After the procedure there is only some discomfort and minimal to no bleeding.
The process involves removing a thin strip of hair from the back and/or sides of the scalp. That area is sewn closed and the hair from above the incision covers the area so that it is not visible. The donor strip is placed under a series of special dissecting microscopes where the individual follicular units are dissected into tiny grafts.
Minor incisions with a very fine needle are then made in the bald scalp where the grafts are to be inserted. The depth, angle, and distribution of these recipient sites are a critical aspect if the results are to look natural. The proper placement of the grafts is the unique art and skill of the experienced hair transplant surgeon.