Because SmartGraft™ FUE is minimally invasive and does not require the use of a scalpel or stitches, there is minimal post-operative pain. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 1 to 2 days. It is important to follow Dr. Orseck’s specific post-operative instructions to ensure effective and proper healing and hair growth.. On the first day following the procedure, small scabs the size of a pinhead surrounding the transplanted hair follicles will likely be visible. These scabs usually go away within 7 to 10 days. Patients should expect to see the donor site at the back of the head return to normal about 7 to 10 days after surgery. A few weeks after surgery, the transplanted follicles enter a resting phase that lasts for 3 to 4 months, and will fall out to make way for new, healthy hair. This is to be expected. The follicles are alive and healthy under the skin. At this point, most patients will look very much like they did prior to surgery until the new hairs begin to grow.
New Hair Growth
New hair growth begins about 3-4 months after the procedure. By 7 months, around 50% of the newly transplanted hair begins to grow, and by 9 months, close to 80% of the hair grafts will be growing. By 12-18 months, the areas where hair loss once occurred will be filled in with thicker and fuller hair, leaving patients excited about their results.