Hair replacement surgery can seem a little intimidating at first — after all, it’s got the word ‘surgery’ in it, and no one takes surgical procedures lightly. But knowing what will happen before, during, and after your surgical hair replacement and restoration surgery can go a long way toward easing your mind.

The first question you’ll want to ask yourself is, “Am I a good candidate for a hair transplant?”

Before your hair replacement surgery

First you’ll visit with one of Dr. Love’s professionals for a preoperative consultation. You’ll have a thorough review of your medical history, discussing allergies, medicines you use, and any other significant medical conditions. You’ll also learn the steps you’ll need to take to prepare yourself in the days before your hair replacement surgery.

Your hair transplant surgery

Hair restoration is an exacting procedure that usually takes about 3 to 4 hours. About 30 minutes to an hour before your surgical hair replacement, we’ll give you an oral sedative to calm you. Once that’s taken effect, we begin the procedure, which goes as follows:

  1. After giving your scalp a local anesthetic, we remove a small “donor area” of healthy hair from your scalp.
  2. We will stitch the spot where the donor area came from for quick healing. (The scar is well-hidden by the hair around it once it heals.)
  3. As Dr. Love’s team prepares the donor replacement hair, Dr. Love prepares your scalp to receive the hair transplants.
  4. Once the donor replacement hair is prepared, hair replacement surgeon Dr. Love begins implanting your new hair. This is the most time-consuming part of the procedure, but you’re free to talk, rest, or watch a video during this period.

That’s it! Pretty straightforward, really.

After your hair replacement surgery

First off, you’ll need to have someone drive you home after our hair replacement surgeon has discharged you, since you’ll still have some sedative in your system. If you don’t live in the Oklahoma City area, don’t worry — we’ll help you arrange for transportation.

You’ll be on oral antibiotics for five days after your surgical hair replacement. You’ll also have some light pain medication, which you can use in addition to Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). After 7 to 10 days, your scalp should be back to normal.


It takes some time for your transplanted hair to adjust to its new surroundings, but the results are well worth waiting for.

  • About 2 or 3 weeks after your hair restoration, your replacement hair will have grown somewhat. It will then “shed” as the follicles enter a sort of “rest period.” Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.
  • About 2 to 4 months after your procedure, you’ll start to see your transplanted hair re-growing. Woohoo! Hair!
  • About 12 months after your transplant, about 90% of your new hair will have grown back in.

Why Choose Us?

We’re confident you’ll find that hair replacement surgery is completely worth your while, and is more than worth your investment. Hundreds of happy customers have chosen Dr. Love for their hair replacement surgery because:

Contact Dr. Love’s office today to learn more and arrange a consultation with one of the most experienced hair replacement surgeons in the business!

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