The first stage of the operation is concerned with establishing the perfect donor area, which is located in non-balding sections either at the back or sides of the head. A strip of hair bearing skin, the size of which varies depending on the bald area to be covered but which generally results in between 400 – 800 grafts, is then removed from the donor area. Once this has bee done the area is closed with fine stitches that produce an equally fine hairline scar.
A number of very tiny incisions equal to the number of prepared hair grafts are then made in the bald area of the patient’s scalp and the hair grafts transplanted at a ratio of one graft to one incision. Great care is taken to ensure that the incisions are placed in such a way as to create an extremely natural appearance. The natural appearance is further enhanced by the use of single grafts only along the hairline and bigger grafts at the back of the head for the purpose of creating hair density in this area.
The length of the procedure is of course dependant on the size of the area to be covered however it usually takes between two to five hours although some exceptionally long procedures have been known to last as much as seven hours.