Ninety percent of hair grows for 1,000 days (anagen cycle) and ten percent of hair rests for 100 days (telogen cycle). When donor grafts are dissected and placed in the recipient site, the newly grafted follicles go into the resting cycle and remain dormant until eight to ten weeks later when they begin to grow.
Hair growth varies from one-quarter to one-half inch per month. As hair grows in length, it also grows in diameter. Since follicles are cycled at different times so hair growth goes through numerous spurts, and the results are gradual and very natural.
Lasers do not yield better results. A laser simply vaporizes tissue and is only used to make grafts sites in patients who are extensively bald. All other phases of the procedure remain the same, and grafts are not harvested, dissected, nor are they placed with the aid of a laser. In conclusion, lasers are excellent for many surgical procedures, and some day may have a place in hair transplantation, but they are not the standard method of care in this field today.
For about three days, it will look like you have sunburn, and after and after that only half-inch hair will be visible.
The local anesthesia is about as painful as getting your gums numbed at a dentist office. Post-operatively, you will feel tightness in the donor site, and it will get less tight each day.
Regardless of what type of procedure, there is a post transplant shock that affects about 10% of the existing hair in the recipient site. This shocked hair simply goes into the telogen (resting cycle) for two to three months before resuming normal growth patterns.
A follicular unit micro graft is dissected with the aid of a microscope, which enables the technician to remove all unnecessary tissue while maintaining the integrity of the follicles. The less tissue on the micro grafts the closer they can be placed and the more natural the result in fewer sessions.
Yes, if large number’s of FU’s are used in a specific area you can achieve both naturalness and density. Density and naturalness often become confused. The concept of using larger grafts to achieve density is an older one disproved by a density study done by Dr Limmer. Larger grafts have more tissue and must be placed farther apart; therefore the appearance of naturalness is lost, where FU’s can be densely placed thus providing naturalness and density.