Getting a hair transplant is becoming an increasingly popular solution for people who have experienced hair loss or are looking to acquire a more attractive hairline. If you’re thinking about undergoing a hair transplant, it is only natural that you will have some questions about the procedure, stages, and how long the process will take. This is why we advise booking a free consultation with us to gather all the information you require. In summary, a procedure at KSL Clinic is completed in one day at our clinics in Manchester and Kent.
So how long will the hair transplant take on the day? We’ve outlined the phases of a hair transplant and how long each phase is likely to take. Firstly, the process takes a full day so make sure you’ve factored this in to your plans.
Extraction – The Donor Area
The first stage of the hair transplant process is the extraction phase of the hair follicles that will be implanted into the desired areas. Usually, the most preferred place for harvesting the donor hairs are at the back and sides of the head.
After finding the most suitable area, the donor area will be trimmed for the extraction to take place. To ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure, it is carried out under local anaesthesia.
Next, the hair follicles are harvested from the donor area and are then cleaned and sorted, ready for the next phase of the transplant. This may take a few hours.
Incisions – The Transplant Area
After the first phase, the surgeon will create incisions for the transplant area. The surgeon will proceed to numb the recipient area to make the process comfortable and painless.
This stage is very precise, as the tiny holes created need to be expertly created to allow the hair the best chance of survival and for the hairs to grow in the correct direction. The holes will also dictate where the hair grows and in turn, how you style your hair.
This can take a couple of hours.
Implantation – The Transplant Area
This is perhaps the longest part of the transplant where the hair is then implanted into the incisions, created at a specific angle to allow the hair to grow in the correct direction. At this point, you’ll be in an upright position so you’ll be able to watch Netflix which will soon pass the time! This may take several hours and will last until the end of the day.
So How Long Does a Hair Transplant Take?
So, how long does a hair transplant take? The time taken very much depends on how many grafts are required and taken. The procedure is completed in one day, typically lasting 6 – 8 hours long.
The recovery period at KSL Clinic is two weeks. Right after the procedure, the surgeon will advise you how to treat both the donor and recipient areas. KSL Clinic will provide a two week after-care programme: day-by-day instructions and all the after-care products provided.
You should also ensure that you follow and adhere to all instructions given by us. We don’t typically expect to see any hair growth between 3 – 6 months, however, plenty of our patients have seen early results during this period!