The Surgery Procedure
The surgery itself usually does not require general anesthesia, only a local to numb the scalp. If you’re nervous, a mild sedative can help you relax. The whole thing takes only 4-8 hours, depending on the extent of the work required. If your case is really extensive, you may need to go back the next day.
Your dermatologist will remove healthy hairs in one of two ways. The first way is to cut a strip of skin with healthy hairs attached. The second is to remove individual hairs. The latter option provides a more natural finished look, but it takes more time. The first option does leave behind a long narrow scar, but it shouldn’t be visible unless you favor really short haircuts.
Next, the surgeon and technicians work together to prep both the removed hairs and your scalp for the transplant. You may then have 2-3 technicians working together to implant the hairs in their target areas. When the surgery is complete, your scalp is wrapped and you will receive at-home care instructions.