I remained awake for all three procedures. The only (slightly) painful part of the procedure were the injections to numb the donor and recipient sites but it was not excessively painful and I enjoyed talking with Dr. Rassman and the technicians who performed the preparation and placement of the grafts.
After the procedures, I had very minimal swelling for about one week which was easily covered by my hair. There was no post operative pain and I was able to return to work, exercise, etc. the following day.
A large number of my grafts seemed to grow from the time of placement. They say that they will fall out and begin to grow several months after the procedure. I can already see hair that appears to be approximately 1"+ in the most recently grafted area (3 1/2 months ago). This was true following the past two procedures as well and I expect the area to gain more nor growth as the more dormant grafts sprout.
I am so glad that I have had these procedures. My hair looks great and it is a great confidence booster to look in the mirror and see my hair look the way I expect it to look. It has regained its wave in the transplanted areas and matches the surrounding hair. Dr. Rassman takes great care to place the hair in the correct direction and configuration for your face and scalp so that it looks natural.
On a different note... Two of the technicians told me that they had their eyebrows grafted. They looked absolutely beautiful. Just saying...
I hope that I will be able to stay in touch with everyone at NHI. They have gained a special place in my life.