Hello, everybody. It’s Dr. Vinay from Northwestern Hair. In today’s video, I want to walk you through what you’re going to expect during a hair transplantation or just the day of in general. We perform all our hair transplantations at our private clinic about three blocks from Northwestern Hospital. You’re able just to walk in, use the bathroom, whatever you like. It’s just really nice and private. When we meet, we’re just going to go through your basic consent process, and then we’ll head downstairs to get your hair cut. If you’re getting an FUE or micro FUE, we’re going to need to buzz down the back and sides of your head. We’re not going to touch the top. That length can stay pretty much to your liking. If we have a discreet FUE procedure, we’re not going to be doing any kind of haircut. We’re just going to do the transplantation with your full length of hair.
After we’re done with your haircut, we’re going to take some medications. One medication is just going to be an antibiotic, to kind of control the risk of infection, and the second medication is actually going to be a little bit of what we call a twilight sedative. It just kind of takes the edge off the day, almost to the point where just like you’re barely feeling a little drowsy. Then we’ll come into the transplantation room, and you’ll meet the rest of the transplantation team. You’re going to start in the morning with your face down, essentially on a massage table.
The first step is collecting your hair. In order to do that, we actually have to numb up the back of your head. This is about five minutes of discomfort that you’re going to feel. You’re going to feel some pokes and some burning sensation as the medication goes in, but as soon as it kicks in, you’re not going to feel anything for the rest of the morning. Depending on the number of grafts that we’re doing, you’ll probably be in that position from two to three-and-a-half hours.
Then as the afternoon comes, we’re actually going to sit up in a normal position. We’re going to order lunch from anywhere in the River North area, we’ll [inaudible 00:01:46] and we’ll take a break so we’re refreshed for the afternoon. In the afternoon, we’re going to now numb up the area we’re going to place hairs into. The same five minutes of discomfort, little pricks and a burn, but then once that’s in, you won’t feel anything the rest of the day.
Then we’re going to go ahead and make the insertion sites for your hairs. This is where we actually use a needle or a device to actually make the slits where the hair is going to go. This is actually a very important step. It determines the placement, angulation, and the density of the hairs, so there’s one person on our team that’s going to perform that entire part, to make sure that it’s nicely uniform across your entire scalp. After that, the procedure is pretty much determined. All we do is to place the grafts in. In our team, usually one to two people places the grafts depending on the number of hairs. And then we wrap your head up in a dressing, give you all your aftercare supplies, and send you home. You’ll be getting aftercare instructions by video every morning from us, to help you with your aftercare.
That’s pretty much it. Basically, extracting hairs, making sites for them, and put them back in is the very basic concept, but that kind of walks you through your entire day, and what to expect at Northwestern Hair.
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