Frequently Asked Questions
Check below some frequently asked questions we receive. If you cannot find answers, contact us with your questions through the contact form of the website.
FOR WHOM THE FOLLICULAR UNITS IMPLANT SURGERY IS INDICATED AND FROM WHAT AGE CAN IT BE PERFORMED?
The surgery is indicated for both men and women who have pattern baldness type - one that is hereditary, hormonal or has advanced age. The procedure can be done from the age of 18, as long as the patient has good clinical health. It is also indicated for those who have scars or loss of hair density post-accident or facial cranial surgeries.
HOW IS THE SURGERY DONE?
The surgery is done in an outpatient system, with local anesthesia, with time around 3 to 4 hours. The patient is discharged the same day as long as he is in favorable clinical conditions.
WILL I FEEL PAIN?
It is a practically painless surgery, and the patient may experience some discomfort in the donor region later in the afternoon. We recommend a pain reliever if needed.
HOW IS THE RECOVERY?
After the surgery, some patients may have mild edema on the forehead, rarely reaching the eyelids due to the infiltration of saline solution. This is applied to facilitate the implantation of the Follicular Units. Small crusts remain for a few days and will come off with the use of indicated shampoos.
WHEN CAN I RETURN WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES?
From the following day, the patient may return to mild activities. Moderate and intense physical exercises are recommended after 2 weeks. Football, tennis, golf, volleyball, and martial arts we recommend after 3 weeks. Pool with chlorine and sea water also after 3 weeks. The sun is very beneficial for implanted hair, however we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before your exposure.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GROW IMPLANTED HAIR?
Hair has a well established growth cycle. It begins its development during the first 3 weeks when they tend to fall, returning to grow permanently from 90 to 120 days. The result is perceived from the 7th month on, reaching the final result around 14 months.
WILL A SECOND SURGERY BE NECESSARY?
The implanted hair does not tend to fall while maintaining the same genetic characteristic of the donor area. What may occur is the fall of the original hair, given the progressive nature of baldness of many patients, and there may need a second stage after 3 or 4 years. Also in very extensive baldness or with very thin hair in the donor area may be indicated a new intervention.
WHAT IS THE BEST TECHNIQUE FOR MY CASE?
At the present time, two techniques can be used: the STRIP or FUT where we harvest the Follicular Units through a scalp strip of the posterior back of the neck, resulting in a discrete linear scar. The other, named FUE is performed through the mechanized extraction of the Follicular Units, resulting in small scars scarcely visible. Both are discrete and only appear when the hair is shaved. The FUE technique is best suited for smaller cases while STRIP allows a greater amount of implanted bulbs. In both techniques a localized shaving will be necessary, the preparation being performed by the surgeon on the day of surgery. The patient does not need to cut or shave the hair prior to the procedure.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION THAT I CAN GET WITH THIS SURGERY?
It will depend on several individual aspects, mainly the extent and progressive nature of your baldness. Patients must be in good clinical condition and have a good genetic quality donor area. It is important for the patient to take care of their implanted hair using good quality products that do not harm the scalp. From our experience, the results have been very satisfying, natural and boosting their self-esteem in both men and women.
CAN I HAVE A SIMULATION OF THE RESULT OR SEE PICTURES OF PATIENTS OPERATED BY THE CLINIC?
The Federal Council of Medicine and the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery do not allow us to simulate results in a virtual way because each patient has its own biological nature. Also, for ethical reasons, it is not allowed the dissemination of pre and post-operative patient images and results through the Internet. However, through face-to-face consultation at the clinic, you will be able to view photos of previously authorized results.
WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT OF THIS SURGERY?
It will depend on the technique to be used as well as the extent of baldness. For more information on the estimated cost, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment by phone: +55.51.3330-1177 in Porto Alegre.