VIDEO no.3 (3 of 5). Day of Surgery at HRBR (Hair Restoration Blackrock). http://www.hrbr.ie http://www.hrbr.co.uk
It’s surgery day for HRBR patient Mark Berry. Time for Mark to have his long awaited hair transplant.
The day of the actual procedure begins early and Mark is picked up from his home at 7.30am. HRBR supplies a discreet and private chauffeur service for any surgical patient that requires it. It’s one less thing for them to worry about and ensures that they arrive relaxed and on time. The anticipation of the surgery day can sometimes lower blood sugar levels so Mark has been encouraged to eat a good breakfast which will counter this.
Once at the clinic he is shown to a private room which will be his for the day. To help make him more comfortable each room has a TV and entertainment system and complimentary wifi.
While he gets settled, the team gathers in the conference room to discuss his case.
There will be a team of over 20 people solely dedicated to Mark’s procedure so the lead surgeons present his medical history and go through the plans for the day. They also discuss the number of hair grafts they are likely to transplant throughout the day.
After the meeting the surgeons and nursing staff chat to Mark about what to expect from the day ahead. He is also asked to sign a consent form and given his pre-meds.
Mark is then brought into the photography room. The team have already done preliminary design work but it is now that it all comes together to be fine-tuned and agreed. The whole team is involved with this process and nothing will be decided without Mark’s agreement.
Once the design has been agreed the donor area is prepared.
Mark is then taken into the theatre where the first half of the donor hair will be removed.
The donor strip is a long narrow strip taken from the area of permanent hair that’s unaffected by the balding process. The procedure requires only a local anesthetic so although slightly sedated, Mark is awake the whole time.
The strip is removed in two halves – one in the morning and one after lunch. This means that the hair grafts are out of the body for the shortest time possible.
While Mark is finishing up in theatre the donor hair is taken into the adjoining lab where it is first divided into strips – a process known as ‘slivering’ – and then finally separated into individual ‘grafts’, ready for transplantation. Each graft may contain between one and four hairs.
A team of highly-skilled nurses and technicians will spend the whole day preparing and co-ordinating the grafts. The high quality microscopes used for this purpose, uniquely by HRBR, have set an industrial gold standard.
Mark is then brought into the planting room where the actual transplant will take place. A good transplant should be unnoticeable so there’s a special emphasis on the design of the hairline as it’s this area that is most visible. The team begin making the hundreds of miniature incisions that will receive the grafts. All these incisions are made randomly but in very specific directions to create a truly natural look. Despite the fact that he’s undergoing surgery he is not in any pain and will be able to kick back and watch a movie or two.
Immediately after lunch the second strip is removed and once it’s done, Mark returns to the planting room for the remainder of the afternoon. Planting is a slow and exacting process for all concerned requiring a high level of concentration and manual dexterity and it’s this attention to detail that has made HRBR the leading clinic in its field.
It’s been a long day but before Mark leaves he’s given some post-op advice and a take-home kit to assist him in caring for the newly transplanted grafts in the initial few days.