Hair transplant surgery involves moving scalp hair and hair follicles from an area with a lot of hair to an area with thinning hair or baldness. Single strands of hair, multiple strands of hair, or long and thin strips containing 30 to 40 strands of hair may be transplanted.
Using micro-punches, follicular units of hair are harvested, typically from the areas of scalp with abundance of hair and then transplanted into the bald areas. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and supplemented with use of sedative pills. You will be given a light head bandage so that the freshly transplanted hair follicles are not disturbed.
After hair transplant surgery, your scalp may be very tender. You may need to take pain medications for several days. Your surgeon will have you wear a surgical dressing over the scalp for at least a day or two. Your surgeon may also prescribe an antibiotic and/or anti-inflammatory drug to be taken for several days following surgery. Most people are able to return to work two to five days after surgery.