What Happens During a Microsurgery FUE Hair Transplant?

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So, you’re considering having a microsurgery hair transplant in Manchester but have no idea what to expect? Perhaps you’ve already scheduled your procedure and are now counting down the days until it’s over. Even if you’ve done your homework and believe you’re prepared, approaching the procedure with trepidation is natural.

Here at Gro, many of our patients like Andy, Ben and William who have recorded their hair transplant journies before, during and after are surprised to find out how little discomfort they experience throughout the surgery day. However, knowledge is a tremendous advantage. Being as knowledgeable as possible before having surgery can undoubtedly assist to reduce anxiety.

In this article, we go over what the day of a microsurgery hair transplant looks like here at Gro Manchester, step by step. But first, let’s look at how the Gro hair transplant technique works.

The Gro microsurgery hair restoration technique explained

At Gro Clinics, the hair transplant technique we use is Micro-FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), a technique Gro doctors have refined to give our patients only the most natural-looking and high-quality outcome.

The Micro-FUE technique doesn’t involve any cutting into the skin, as the hairs are extracted one by one with a specialised tool that only punches with a diameter of 1mm or less. The technique is minimally invasive to the scalp tissue in the donor site.

Gro is also one of the only hair restoration clinics in the UK to store the hair follicles in a growth solution called HypoThermosolTM, often used for organ transplants. This helps Gro achieve industry-leading survival rates for hair follicles, at nearly a 100%.

Lastly, the hairs are directly implanted with another specialised implanter tool that gives the Gro doctor full control over the depth, direction and angle of the implantation. There is an art to hair transplants, and our surgeons are highly trained in creating a natural look.

Most Gro surgeries are done in a single day, but some very extensive procedures may take 2 days. Typically, hair transplantation surgery lasts between 6-12 hours.

To recap, here’s how Gro microsurgery transplants are different:

  • Always done by a certified doctor, not a robot or a technician
  • Least invasive extraction technique using specialist tools
  • Hair follicles are stored in HypoThermosolTM, giving us industry-leading follicle survival rates
  • The delicate implantation tool gives the doctor full control over the depth, direction and angle of the implantation for 100% guaranteed natural results

Now, let’s move on to what the big day itself looks like!

The Day of the Microsurgery

1. Meeting the team

On the day of your surgery, our team will greet you at the clinic. A nurse will begin a pre-procedure talk with you most likely beginning at 7:30 a.m. Each Gro hair transplant is performed by a doctor, so before the surgery you will get the opportunity to meet your doctor to discuss the surgery and ask any questions.

2. Preparation for the surgery

Before surgery begins, you will change into surgical garments provided by Gro and depending on the number of hairs to be transplanted and the location, your hair may need to be shaved. This ensures the handling of follicles is kept to an absolute minimum. Then, the doctor will mark out the treatment area on your scalp for your approval.

designing a new hairline

3. Local anaesthetic

Before hairs are extracted a local anaesthetic is injected into your scalp to make it completely numb. This is a medication that blocks the sensation of pain, without the loss of consciousness. The initial pricks from the local anaesthetic are often the only discomfort patients feel during the entire procedure!

4. The extraction phase

The extraction phase is when the surgeon extracts the number of grafts required for the procedure from the back or sides of your head. These areas of the scalp rarely go bald, so the hair follicles are considered to be resistant to balding.

You will be lying face-down during the extraction phase, similar to how you lie face-down on a massage bed. A very fine, specialised extraction tool (no scalpel, therefore no stitches) is used to extract the follicles to minimise damage to the follicles and the scalp. There is no incision or visible scarring with this method..

The doctor carefully removes the follicles individually, and they are then placed in a HypoThermosolTM growth solution until they are implanted. This preservative solution, which is commonly used in organ transplants, helps us to achieve a nearly 100% survival rate for the follicles.

During the extraction phase, you may listen to your preferred music.

Hear from Ben during his hair transplant

5. Lunch break

You can take a lunch break following the extraction process. The clinic will offer you snacks, lunch and a drink before the implantation process begins.

6. The implantation phase

The next phase is the implantation phase. A specialised implanter tool is used by the doctor to implant each graft, by hand. The specialised implanter tool, along with the extensive experience and expertise of the doctor, allows for every hair to be implanted at the correct depth, angle and direction. The hair blends seamlessly with the hair around it, resulting in a completely natural look, guaranteed.

Since you’ll be laying on your back for the implantation stage, you can watch a movie, a show, or even catch up on your emails. In the surgery we have Netflix available for you to choose something to watch from or you can listen to your choice of music.

7. Procedure finishes

Once the procedure is complete, the donor site will be bandaged and you’ll have your post-operation discussion with the nurse, who will go over your post-operation care routine. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your recovery. You will be given a take-home bag with detailed care instructions as well as all your medications.

8. Post-operation care

And just like that, it’s all over and you’re ready to go home and start your recovery! It is best to re-read the post-operation care instructions and make sure you follow them carefully to ensure you don’t dislodge the newly implanted follicles, getting the best possible results from your hair transplant.

Hear from Andy at the end of his hair transplant

What Happens Next?

Following the postoperative routine is critical after surgery. Depending on the type of work you do, you may be able to return to work the following day, but most people choose to take some time off. Most of our patients take a week off so that they can recover fully before going back to work.

You will start noticing an improvement in hair growth within 3-4 months, but the complete results can take up to a year.

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A Gro hair transplant using the refined microsurgery technique offers a safe, permanent and completely natural solution to hair loss.

We have helped thousands of men and women restore a full head of hair with a result that lasts for life. To ask any questions or to have your hair loss diagnosed, book a hair loss diagnosis consultation with a hair growth specialist at Gro Manchester. Simply click on one of the buttons below to book a consultation or ask a question. Alternatively, you can call us on 0161 839 3769.

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