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Surgery Process Guide to Hair Transplant surgery

“Typically, men experiencing male pattern baldness will remain with a permanent wreath of hair surrounding the sides and the back of their head, this is where hair is harvested from for transplantation.” – American Hair loss.org 

After applying a local anaesthetic, your surgeon will remove a section of scalp with hair on (the donor area) and create many hundreds of grafts. These are then inserted into the area of the head with no, little or thinning hair. The length of surgery depends on the size of the graft, but is usually between three to eight hours. 


Your scalp is cleaned by the surgeon, before a local anaesthetic is injected to numb the small section of scalp that is going to be removed. 


The surgeon uses a scalpel to remove the strip of scalp.


The scalp is then sewn shut and immediately concealed by the hair surrounding it.


The surgeon then prepares the grafts: the strip of scalp is split into between 50 – 2,000 minuscule grafts that contain either an individual hair or a small cluster of around two or three hairs. The number of grafts made will depend on a number of factors including hair colour, quality, and the size of the transplantation area.


The area of scalp where the hair grafts will be placed is cleaned and numbed (with a local anaesthetic).


The surgeon then makes minuscule slits and holes with a needle and carefully plants each graft into a hole.

Complications / Negligence Signs

Slow, or poor regrowth of hair.


Excessive scarring around the donor area.

Surgical Risks

As this procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, there are several serious risks associated with it. However, these are rare. Complications can include;


Excessive bleeding

Nerve Injury


Ischemic necrosis (a restriction to the blood cells, causing a group of cells to die). 


Read the S.A.F.E. Choice Guide for key information, including advice and guidance on the things you need consider before deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery.  

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