What is FUE hair transplantation and how does it work?
The technique and process of FUE is explained in details here
What is FUE hair transplantation and how does it work?
The technique and process of FUE is explained in details here
How long will surgery take?
A typical session of between 1,500 to 4,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery. Upon arrival in the morning, a standard blood test will be taken and a physical consultation with the operating surgeon will take place whilst the blood results are processed. The surgery will then commence, a short break will be taken for lunch after which surgery will resume. Most patients will have their procedure completed by late afternoon and will then be transported back to their hotel for rest and recovery.
Are the results permanent?
Since the hair follicles that are transplanted to the balding areas are genetically resistant to going bald, they will continue to grow for a life time – just as if they had been left in the donor area; we are simply re-distributing your existing donor hair throughout your thinning areas.
Will it be painful?
Local anaesthesia is applied to the donor and recipient areas so that both areas are numb during the procedure. You will experience some discomfort when the anaesthetic is initially administered however once in effect you should feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. A mild relaxant is given just for comfort during the surgery. Most patients are very relaxed during the surgery, watching television, listening to music and even falling asleep. It is worth noting that you will be lying face down during part of your procedure whilst grafts are extracted from the donor area.
Some patients experience some mild discomfort one to three days after the operation, but that is easily controlled with supplied medication. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how minimal the discomfort from the surgical procedure is.
Will there be scarring?
The main advantage of FUE is that you will not be left with a large linear scar as you would be with an FUT procedure. FUE Hair Transplants do leave scars but they are very small dot-like marks which are scattered throughout the back and sides and which are not noticeable – only an expert would be able to see the scars upon medical examination. Once healed, it is possible for the vast majority of patients to have the hair shaved very short, down to a 0.5mm.
How many grafts will I need and what will it cost?
Unlike many other companies, we do not employ the use of a graft calculator. Such online tools are inaccurate and impersonal. We prefer to have your images assessed by one of our expert surgeons who will evaluate your individual case and provide you with a far more accurate assessment of your case. The amount of grafts you will need ultimately depends on your degree of hair loss, now and in the future, and on how full you desire your hair to be.
Once your case has been assessed (usually within 24 hours) you will receive your personal, tailor made quotation accompanied by your images which have been marked up by one of our specialist surgeons showing the plan for the procedure, drawn on your own scalp, the number of grafts to be implanted and at what density per cm2.
When will my hair start to grow?
In most cases it takes between three to four months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. Other factors which affect growth rate are also age, general heath, diet, and correct after-care etc. Some patients are what are called ‘slow growers’ where the hair can take up to 6 months to really start coming through. This is normal and again can be attributed to the factors listed above.
The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After 12-18 months a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a life time.
Will my hair look natural?
Hair transplantation, when done right, can be so natural that even your hair stylist will not know that you’ve had it done. To achieve natural results, the technology must be applied by experts who have the experience and knowledge to achieve the best result for each individual patient subjective of age, face shape, hair type, skin type, hair quality and of course patient expectations.
Unlike many other hair transplantation companies, we do not use general surgeons but employ a team of specialist hair transplantation surgeons. Hair type, hair loss, lifestyle etc are all variable factors which contribute to the success of a hair transplantation procedure. We strongly believe that using a specialist surgeon supported by a carefully selected, extensively trained surgical team is absolutely key to achieving great, natural results.
Will people notice I’ve had surgery? What can I say?
We appreciate that a lot of patients prefer to keep their operation secret. Many patients are able to keep their surgery confidential with some strategic planning. A short hair cut in the months before your operation will ensure that your post-op short hair is not a surprise to your friends, family and co-workers. Our patient liaisons are happy to help you plan your confidential recovery strategy.
Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days. Most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery. The donor area will have a pink and tender appearance for 5-7 days following the procedure. A short time off work immediately following your surgery will allow the majority of any redness or swelling to subside, you can also wear a hat if you prefer.
Do the medical team speak English?
We are a UK based company operated and run by UK owners and staff. This means that all correspondence you will have with us will be at this level and can feel confident in the knowledge that you may contact us at any time where you will be able to discuss your queries with ease. Our medical team speak good English as do our patient advocates, personal assistants, and all other staff who are on hand throughout the whole process to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Do I need to cut my hair before I come?
Before a FUE treatment your hair will be cut by one of our medical assistants so there is no need to have your hair cut beforehand.
Can I have the procedure without shaving my head?
Unshaven FUE is possible, however it is only so in certain cases. Those cases where the hairline is being lowered/restored without the need to work back within and behind the current line are the most suited to unshaven FUE. In most cases some work is required in and round the existing hair and in those cases, the best results are achieved when the scalp is shaved as the surgeon can densely pack the grafts in and around the native hair which is much more challenging when the hair is unshaven.
How is the graft plan decided?
During your pre-operative consultation the surgeon will measure, plot and draw the planned restoration line. During the procedure grafts taken in the extraction phase are placed in sterile containers in special liquid to ensure the grafts do not dry out, then separated into single, dual and multiple hair follicles. The specialist hair transplantation surgeon will then select the best and most angular appropriate follicular units for placement in each recipient site. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, the surgeon will implant the grafts in accordance with the natural pattern of the hair and in a manner which is aesthetically pleasing and correct in each individual case.
Single grafts are used for the front of the hairline to ensure a natural appearance in accordance with the natural single hair growth pattern of all hair lines. Extremely narrow incisions are made to the front hair line to accommodate the single grafts and to ensure that there is no visible scarring.
Double and triple and quadruple hair follicles are then strategically placed behind the hairline and for dense packing of the crown and vertex areas which may or may not already be covered with thinned native hair.
What is dense packing?
Where there is sufficient donor density, dense packing can be performed to restore very high density which is key to achieving a natural result. We measure hair density by the number of follicular units per cm2. This measurement various greatly across different ethnic groups. Caucasians have an average density of 90-120 follicular units per cm2. The density in other racial groups is generally slightly lower, and the lowest is found in those of African heritage.
When can I go back to work?
In theory it is not a problem to work after the surgery but in practice we recommend at least 1 week of inactivity to rest and recuperate.
What can I expect to see at 3 months after surgery?
This stage is often very difficult for the patient because there is not much activity and a lot of patience is required. Some of the transplanted hairs will begin to shed (this is normal) and patients are eager to see some growth. Generally 3 months onwards is the beginning of the growth period.
What can I expect to see at 6 months after surgery?
New hair growth is visible at this stage however mostly the hairs are still sparse and thin and will grow thicker and denser in the following months.
What can I expect to see at 9 months after surgery?
At this stage there should be quite some hair growth visible, but the maximum hair density has normally not been achieved. In the following months hair density should increase further.
When can I expect to see the final result?
The final result is generally visible between 12 and 18 months after surgery. Crown procedures are slower growing and usually a full 18 months must pass before we can see the
Do you offer any finance packages?
We don’t offer any payment plans or finance, we advise our patients to contact their bank to arrange a personal loan or alternatively a bank which offers finance for cosmetic procedures in particular.
Are there any complications or risks with hair transplantation surgery?
While a hair transplant is typically considered to be safe, as with any surgical procedure there are various risks that you’ll need to be aware of prior to undergoing the surgery:
Bleeding/Swelling – whilst the FUE method is relatively non-invasive, removal of the grafts will cause some minor bleeding and swelling during recovery.
Itching – this is a common side effect as the body heals itself during recovery. It is important not to scratch the scalp as this can lead to displacement of the grafts and the transfer of bacteria which can lead to infection.
Infection – this is very rare and is generally due to the patient’s failure to properly follow the pre-operative instructions however the issue is easily treated with a course of antibiotics prescribed by your Doctor.
Shock Loss – it is common for newly transplanted hair to suddenly fall out post-procedure. This is not something patients need to be concerned about. The hair alone has shed, whilst the graft below remains intact and will regrow hair following recovery. Some patients also experience shock loss within the donor area, but again in almost all cases this is temporary and just a side effect whilst the scalp recovers from the procedure.
Scalp Sensation – it is normal to experience a change or loss of scalp sensation during recovery. Numbness, tingling or a feeling of pressure is normal. For most patients normal scalp sensation returns within a few weeks of surgery. All patients heal differently and it can take up to 6 months for some patients although this is rare. The risk of permanent sensation change is extremely rare.
Grafts which fail to take – whilst our success rate is extremely high, we cannot guarantee that every single follicle implanted will successfully yield hair. There are a small number of cases where grafts will not take to the scalp and a repeat procedure may be required. In most cases there is an underlying biological factor and this is why, to limit this risk, we perform full blood work prior to your procedure to identify and limiting medical factors.
Is age a limiting factor?
If a person is in good health there is no upper age limit. In terms of lower limit, it is not recommended to have a hair transplant too young; that is to say during the very early stages of hair loss. We will consider each case individually taking into account variables such as age, health, family history of hair loss etc.
Do I need to stop taking Propecia before the surgery?
If you are already taking Propecia/Finesteride you may continue to take this.
Do I need to stop taking Minoxidil before the surgery?
You may continue using Rogaine/Minoxidil lotion until 3 days before the treatment and you may resume 2 weeks after the procedure.
Can I bring a companion with me?
Yes, we offer companion packages should you wish to bring somebody along with you. Just ask your patient liaison for details.