Common Questions

What to expect the day of surgery

Video discussing the various aspects of surgery. Can use still photos of surgery as well

Narration: You've already had your consultation and even met with Dr. Koher, but now is your big day, the day you have your transplant session. It's normal to be a little nervous, but after letting you know step by step what will be happening on your big day should put you more at ease. Most clients who've experienced a transplant session at the Koher Center for Hair Restoration marvel at the end of the day at how easy it really was, but didn't know what to expect.

You arrive at The Koher Center about 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to go over some paperwork and to take care of any final financial transactions.

You are now taken to the surgical suite this point on you receive the full attention of the Koher Center's medical staff. Your blood pressure will be taken and you will be met by Dr. Koher who will prepare you for your session by trimming down the hair on the back of your head to remove the follicles needed for your transplant session. You then take some pre-surgery medications that are a combination of an antibiotic and something to help you relax throughout the day. You get to choose a movie to watch and pick out something for lunch next. One of the medical staff will then administer numbing medication in the area that Dr. Koher had previously trimmed. This is the same medication that you receive at your dentist's office and is usually tolerated very easily.

Once the area has been numbed, Dr. Koher surgically removes the donor strip. This has often been described as the worst part of the entire procedure, but with you being relaxed and feeling no discomfort, you'll probably end up joking and carrying on conversations with Dr. Koher and his staff like everyone else usually does. When this strip has been removed other staff members take this piece and begin to dissect it down into the individual grafts that that will used to give you your new growing head of hair. While this is going on Dr. Koher closes the area in back of your head, giving you a fine hairline scar that will never be seen.

Each one of you new hair grafts has to be made one at a time, so as you can imagine this can be a rather lengthy process. So while the staff is making your grafts, Dr. Koher will consult with you on where your hairline will be and making all of the sites where your new hair will be, and you have a chance to enjoy the lunch you ordered at the fabulous Kafe' Koher.

With lunch a thing of the past and all of your graft finished being dissected, it's now time for you to have your new, permanent hair inserted. As mentioned earlier, removing the hair was considered the worst part of the process, but you might find, as many others have stated in the past that sitting in the chair all day while each individually made graft is placed in the sites on your head, one at a time is worst part of the process, simply because it is the lengthiest part of your day, but with movies and television to watch and conversations with the staff placing your grafts, the day tends to go more quickly for you. You may even fall asleep while this is all going on.

With the day, and you session coming to an end, Dr. Koher checks over your transplants and places the final grafts in the places he feels will do you the most good. We will read over all the simple instructions you need to follow over the next few days to make things go more smoothly for you, and you're on your way home, it's just that easy.

Patient testimonial talking about the surgery….

Sometimes there is a bit of confusion on what the timeline should be for the healing and growth factor for a hair transplant.

The scalp is an area that is extremely vascular, meaning it has a very fast moving blood flow going through it, as any man knows when he cuts his face shaving, it bleeds very fast and seems like a great deal but it stops just as quickly and is usually healed up by the time he gets to work.

When a person leaves the Koher Center for Hair Restoration, the places we placed the transplanted hair have already begun to scab over, and the stitch area in back is dry to the touch. The transplanted area is healed and scab free in 8-10 days and the suture that nobody ever sees is dissolved in 2-3 weeks.

When hair is moved in a hair transplant procedure it is sometimes forced to go into a "resting phase" which is a period where it does not grow. This "resting phase" usually lasts for about 3 months, at which time your hair from your transplant starts to grow, and when it grows, it grows at your hairs normal rate of ¼ to ½ inch per month. You should start seeing some growth at 6 months. Your hair also grows in a staggered fashion, meaning that it doesn't grow out all at once, because if it all grew out at the same time, it would also fall out at the same time, so you'll still see the benefits of your hair transplant for 9 month to a full year after your session.

Recapping:

  • Scabs from surgery gone in 8-10 days.
  • Sutures from surgery dissolved in 2-3 weeks.
  • Growth of your new hair "starting" in 3 months following your session.
  • Visible growth within 6 months of your session.
  • Full growth from your session at 9 months to 1 year.

Video of Lisa Discussing post operative procedure

Photo's of Suture Line after surgery, one week out 2 weeks out, 6 weeks out…and same for grafted area