An experienced hair transplant team can place an average of 500–1500 grafts, over a period of takes three to 6 hours. After the last graft is placed, a dressing is applied to protect the grafts while they heal overnight. Patients return home and may resume regular activities, but should avoid heavy exercise for 3–4 days. A short course of prednisone to prevent frontal edema and extra strength acetaminophen can be used as needed during the first few days after the procedure if there is any discomfort or headache. The day after the procedure, the dressing is removed at home by the patient. The patient should feel well and should be encouraged to shower. This will help remove hemorrhagic perifollicular crusting. Most of our patients with existing hair elect to do the procedure at the end of a work week, so they have the weekend to convalesce. Sutures or staples are removed in 7–10 days. Transplanted hair begins to grow 3–6 months after the procedure and the full cosmetic impact occurs approximately 1 year after the surgery (Figures 76–8, 76–9, 76–10, 76–11, 76–12, and 76–13).