Nowadays, the results with either technique are virtually identical. The main differences come down to balancing the linear scar of FUG with the increased resource-intensiveness (and therefore cost) and somewhat shorter recovery period of FUE. Dr. Alexander will discuss the various options with you and help you decide on the most suitable technique for your unique needs.
After the procedure, patients leave our office bandage-free. Antibiotics and medicine to reduce the chance of swelling are taken for the first three days after the procedure. Mild pain pills are only taken for the first night or two, if at all, to make sleeping more comfortable. Patients can typically return to work and most regular activities the very next day, with nearly zero downtime. You can (gently) wash your hair the day following surgery. Weight lifting, swimming, and strenuous exercise can be resumed after one to two weeks.
A LIFETIME OF HAIR GROWTH
Within 4 to 6 months, the transplanted hairs begin to grow. To help accelerate the growth of the transplants, most patients are placed on Minoxidil, to be applied nightly until the hairs begin to grow. In some patients, many of the hairs begin to grow immediately after transplantation, providing even more rapid results. The full effect of any hair transplant procedure is generally not realized for 12 – 18 months following the procedure. Once transplanted, these hairs will continue to grow for a lifetime.