You can expect a hair transplant to take between 4 and 8 hours. Most patients remain awake during the entire surgery and need only an anesthesia that makes the scalp numb. Some patients also take a mild sedative to help them relax. The surgery begins with your dermatologist and plastic surgeon removing the healthy hairs. To give you natural-looking results, your doctors may remove the healthy hairs by either cutting a strip of skin with healthy hairs from your scalp or removing individual hairs. The second option takes a lot more time, but avoids leaving a long, narrow scar on your scalp. This can be beneficial if you prefer close-shaven haircuts like buzz cuts. Before the surgeon can transplant the hairs, technicians need to prep the removed hairs and the surgeon must get your scalp ready for the transplant. Depending on the number of hairs to be transplanted, a doctor and 3 members of the hair transplant team may help place the healthy hairs into the area that needs hair. Once all the hairs have been transplanted, your scalp will be bandaged and you will be given instructions for at-home care.