Flocking is not a spur for you. Indeed, it’s very hard to hear someone who has had hair transplant surgery say something to the effect that they’ve been thinking about doing it for years before they finally decide to do it. It is common.
There are many reasons for this kind of hesitation. One of them is undoubtedly a fear of the unknown. Unless you know someone who has experienced it, it can be a terrifying outlook with many unanswered questions. How long does it take to recover from surgery? Will scars remain? Above all, when does my new hair look good?
This article answers these and a few other questions. Continue reading!
Types of flocking
There are two main types of flocking. These are hair follicle unit transplantation (FUT) and hair follicle unit extraction (FUE) methods. The FUT method has existed for decades and was considered a revolution in transplant surgery when it first appeared. It involves removing a strip of skin with hair follicles from the client’s donor site, which is usually the back of the head.
Hair follicles are removed from this skin, individually punctured in the scalp to contain the hair follicles, and then embedded in the bald area. The downsides of the FUT method are the scarring on the back of the head and the intensive postoperative care required.
FUE surgery does not require removing a piece of skin from the donor site. Instead, individual follicles are harvested and transplanted into the bald area. This reduces residual scarring and the number of postoperative care hours required. For these reasons, FUE hair transplant surgery has become an excellent method of hair transplantation.
Hair transplant surgery, no matter what type of surgery you choose, is non-invasive and is performed under local anesthesia. You may feel a pull on your scalp during surgery, but it is not painful. Then there may be some local pain when the anesthetic wears out, but you will be given painkillers to take home with you.
Rest and recovery should take several days after surgery. Many people return to work within a few days, but if this is an option, surgeons are advised to book a vacation. As with any surgery, sleep and rest are an important part of the recovery process.
The reputable clinic has an aftercare plan and you’ll be back home with everything you need. It contains a list of things to do and activities to avoid. For example, if you follow the FUE procedure, strenuous exercise will be off the menu for the first 7 days. If you receive FUT treatment, you should stop training in the gym and avoid excessive exercise for at least two weeks after surgery. This is to avoid damaging the scar on the neck. Swimming pools are also off limits for at least two weeks, as chlorine in the water is not suitable for the healing process.
You will not be able to take a shower on the day of surgery. You can do that the next day, but only if you’re confident that you can keep the top of your head out of the water. If you are careful not to disturb the grafted part, you can wash your hair from the 3rd day. The reputable clinic provides the saline and soft cloth used for this.
Scheduled follow-ups 3 and 6 months after the procedure allow the surgeon to monitor the healing process and new growth.
When can you see your new hair?
Care should be taken even after the scab has fallen and healed due to surgery. The new follicle is still a bed and takes a few months to fully settle. If you notice hair loss months after surgery, don’t worry. This is perfectly normal and indicates that a normal hair growth pattern has begun.
It can take up to 3 months for newly transplanted hair follicles to begin to show significant growth. Hair should grow fully between 10 and 12 months. Trimming may be required to make the hair uniform in length.
Anyone who expects immediate results from flocking can be disappointed. FUE transplants provide a long-term solution consisting of your own natural hair, but keep in mind that hair does not grow overnight. It can take a year to get the best results. Manage your expectations. This is a marathon, not a sprint!
If you are considering flocking, consult a Vinci Hair Clinic specialist. We offer free, non-obligatory consultations to all new clients. All you need to do is get in touch with us and book an appointment!