Hair Transplant Surgery is a big step for most people and we understand that you may have many questions with regards to the procedure. Below is a list of the most common questions we get asked by people thinking about having a hair transplant.
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Is Follicular Unit Transplantation permanent?
Transplanted hair behaves in a similar way to the hair where it was taken from. It will last a lifetime for most people or at least into old age when the procedure is done correctly. Elite Hair Restoration surgeons simply re-distribute existing permanent hair to your thin areas.
Does it look natural?
Yes. Elite Hair Restoration surgeons carefully and artistically perform Follicular Unit Hair Transplants to look very natural, and with single hair follicular unit grafts a natural-looking hairline is attainable. It is almost impossible for someone who doesn't know you to detect the surgery.
Does Follicular Unit Transplantation leave scars?
The art of a hair transplant is to conceal the scars. When performed by skilled surgeons, Follicular Unit Hair Transplants will only be detected by thorough expert medical examination. The donor site however will have a very fine scar completely hidden by your hair. The technique of trichophytic closure is now rendering donor scars extremely difficult to detect even with no covering hair. Having said that, we always recommend growing the hair at the back of the head to help conceal the area. Patients should refrain from shaving the back of the head because healing and scarring can vary from person to person.
Will I regain a full head of hair?
We are only redistributing your existing permanent hair to your thin or bald areas. We are not creating new hair. Having said that, in expert hands the limited donor hair available can be used to create the illusion of a lot more hair in people with significant hair loss. In extensive baldness, the most important achievement will be to restore frontal scalp hair and the hairline to create a frame around the face. This will improve how you look to yourself and to others.
What is the difference between Strip and FUE hair transplant surgery?
The only difference in the 2 treatments is the way in which the hair is extracted from the back of the scalp. The implantation process is the same. Strip procedure requires the harvesting of a strip of scalp from the donor area. The strip is only 1 millimetre in diameter and is removed using a small scalpel. The strip is placed under a microscope and divided into grafts containing 1 or 2 hairs. Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a process that utilises a small punch tool that removes hairs from the donor sites. The tool removes grafts that contain either 1 or 2 hairs. FUE procedures use a much larger donor area than strip procedures.
The punch tool will likely be used across a large area of the scalp to extract healthy hairs. Both procedures insert 1 or 2 hairs at a time into tiny incisions. Some patients find that the incision sites for strip procedures are somewhat larger and more noticeable than that of FUE procedures. Both procedures require incisions that are less than 1 millimetre in diameter.
Which procedure is better for significant Hair Loss?
Strip procedures are beneficial to those who have large areas of balding. This is because a much larger number of grafts can be harvested per hair transplant session. Individuals, who wish to keep their hair shorter than 2 centimetres, may prefer FUE procedures (Wayne Rooney). These procedures have less scaring than strip procedures because they do not require a large harvest site. The surgical team will help patients determine which procedure is best.
What are the disadvantages of hair transplant surgery?
The vast majority of patients find that hair transplant procedures are extremely successful. The surgical team will help patients maintain realistic expectations, which is the key to avoiding disappointment. It is impossible to create a thick, full head of hair in an individual who has experienced a large area of balding. Realistic expectations and following the guidelines of the surgical team should ensure a successful hair transplant experience.
There are a number of disadvantages to hair transplant surgeries. It's important that all patients weigh the risks of hair transplant procedures against the benefits. Ultimately, there is little to no medical risk associated with the surgeries. This means that while disadvantages do exist, they are generally not negative enough for patients to refuse the procedures.
Bleeding or Infection. Patients who follow the advice and recommendations of the surgical team are unlikely to experience either of these medical risks. However, if an infection or excess bleeding does occur, simple treatment options are available
Nerve Damage. This nerve damage is most common in surgeries which remove a portion of the scalp
Scarring is another potential disadvantage of hair transplant procedures. Although scarring is usually minimal, there is always the chance of improper healing or noticeable scars. The scars associated with FUE procedures are small dots or bumps at follicular insertion sites. FUT procedures usually result in thin, unnoticeable scars at the follicular insertion sites and a 1 millimetre scar at the donor site. These scars are generally invisible, but may become visible if patients choose to shave the hair
Hair Loss can be experienced after transplant surgeries in the rarest of cases. Sometimes this is simply shedding, which means that the hair will grow back in a month or two. It is possible, however, for a small to large percentage of transplanted hairs to die and fall out. The risks associated with strip procedures are extremely low, just 2%-5% of transplanted hairs do not survive the procedure. FUE procedures are far more likely to result in the death of previously healthy hairs, but most procedures will only result in the death of about 10% of the transplanted hairs
Decreased sensitivity is another possible side effect within the first few months after surgery. Most patients regain full sensation in the scalp within one year of the surgery.
Patients may also experience crusting around the grafted follicles. This is completely normal and the crusts will fall off on their own around a week after surgery. It is important that patients refrain from picking at the crusted area. Picking could result in the removal of grafts.
How long does the hair last after hair transplant surgery?
The follicles that are transplanted during the surgical procedure will last for the lifetime of the patient. These hairs are genetically resistant to balding, which means they will never fall out. Some patients, however, may not experience hair growth for up to sixth months following the hair transplant procedures. Additionally, some patients may experience initial hair loss due to the transplantation process. These hairs will grow back in 2-6 months. Once the hair begins to grow normally, it will continue to do so for the patient's lifetime.
Does hair transplant surgery hurt?
No. Patients undergoing hair transplant surgeries are given local anaesthetics during the hair transplant procedures. Most patients do not report any pain during the procedure; however, there may be slight discomfort during hair insertion and extraction. After the procedure, patients will experience some minor soreness and numbness. The majority of patients find that the surgery and recovery are far less painful than they expected. It is advised that patients wear shirts that can be unbuttoned on the day of the surgery and for a few days afterwards. This is to avoid accidentally rubbing the scalp, which may cause pain or discomfort the first few days after surgery.
Does FUT hurt more than FUE?
FUT procedures and other cosmetic surgeries that cut or remove portions of the scalp, will result in more pain and tenderness than less invasive surgeries. Ultimately, the recovery time of hair transplant surgeries is short and relatively pain free.
Should I have my hair cut before hair transplant surgery?
It is not necessary for the hair to be cut prior to the transplant surgery. FUT surgeries require the removal of a small strip from the scalp. If patients wish to hide this scar, the hairs surrounding the donor site must be at least 2 centimetres in length. Will the Surgeon cut my Hair on the day of the procedure? Generally the hair transplant surgeons will cut or shave the hair during the transplant procedure. However with FUE the patient has a no1 cut all over.
How long does my hair need to be for a Hair Transplant?
It is best to leave your Hair as the surgeon will trim the area he needs to use for the Transplant procedure.
Will I get medication to take home following the surgery?
Yes, it is important that patients take the full dose of the medications prescribed by the surgical team. Even if patients are not experiencing pain or swelling, they must take the full dosage of medication.
Can I carry on using my Minoxidil and or Propecia Medication?
Patients may begin or continue taking minoxidil about five days following the surgery. Propecia can usually be taken before, after, and during the surgical procedure.
Post Surgery & Aftercare
When will I notice any growth from my new hair
The initial hair that is transplanted will normally fall out within the 1st 8 weeks and the new hair growth will break through after 3 months after the procedure. This is something called 'Shock Loss' and is quite common. However, it can take up to 6-8 months for the new hair to make a significant cosmetic difference to your appearance. Hair continues to mature for over 12 months after surgery. We will monitor the progress at your aftercare appointments at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years - although we have an Open Door Policy and welcome you to come back as regularly as you wish not to mention 24 hour contact with your Patient Advisor.
Will I need time off work after my surgery?
This depends on your type of work. If you don't have a physical or strenuous job, medically you can generally go back to work after around 7 days, otherwise return after 14 days. The other consideration is from a cosmetic view relating to scabs on the recipient area. If you do not have sufficient hair to cover the donor site or if you are very concerned about anyone knowing, then it's probably best to have your surgery just before a fortnight holiday or so. You will be able to wear a hat immediately after surgery. The sun can dry out your grafts if you over expose your scalp, your scalp will still be numb you need to wear a hat to avoid sunburn to your scalp and use a factor 50 mist is advisable.
Are there any bandages after the procedure?
No. There is no need for bandages after modern hair transplantation. A small dressing may be applied to the back of the head where the hairs have been taken from. This may be required to stay on for up to 24 hours. We advise this is removed the morning following surgery but can be worn a little longer for 24 hours from discharge but should be removed at the 24 hour stage.
How long will it take before I achieve what I'm looking for?
Elite's hair transplants will generally restore 25-35% of the original density in the treated area of the scalp after one operation. For most this is sufficient to give good hair coverage. It is generally not possible to achieve greater than 50% density even after a 2nd treatment.
Is there any special aftercare following hair transplant surgery?
It is extremely important to follow the aftercare instrctions following the hair transplant surgery. During the first night following the surgery, the grafts are still sensitive and could fall out of the incisions if touched or manipulated. Avoid pulling shirts over the head. Do not brush, comb, rub, or even touch the transplanted hair for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Patients should sleep in an upright position the first three nights following the procedure. This will avoid accidentally rubbing or shifting the grafts. The surgical team will provide each patient with a bottle of lotion. This lotion should be sprayed on the transplanted hair every 30 minutes for the first night following surgery. It is important that patients wait at least a week before taking a shower. The force of the water could cause the grafts to shift or fall out.
When can I wash my Hair following a Transplant?
Patients must wait 48 hours at least before shampooing their hair. A mixture of water and ph-based shampoo should be gently worked into the hair and scalp. Water can be gently poured from a receptacle over the patient's head, but faucets and showers should be strictly avoided. If a portion of the scalp was removed during the hair transplant procedure, it is important to clean the incision every day. This can be achieved by firmly rubbing the scar or by using a small cleaning brush. Washing the incision helps prevent crusting, which can result in a longer recovery time and increased scaring. Additionally, antibiotic cream should be applied to the scar twice a day for the first week following the procedure. This cream will help prevent scaring and infections.
When can I go back to work or the gym following my Hair Transplant Surgery?
Physical activity should be avoided as much as possible in the first week following surgery. This includes refraining from sexual activity and rapid movements of the head. Patients should not bend forward, shake their head, or blow their nose too strongly. These activities could result in the loosening of the grafts.
Can I go the pub and drink alcohol after my procedure?
Patients must abstain from alcohol for at least 7 days following the surgery and avoid sun exposure for as long as the insertion sites remain red and raw.
What can I expect to see initially following the surgery?
There are a few issues that may arise in the days or weeks following the hair transplant procedure. Swelling commonly occurs in the first few days after surgery. Ice can be applied to the forehead, but should not touch the grafted area. Icing the grafted area could result in the death of the grafted hairs. Ice can be applied to the donor area at the back of the head if necessary.
Bleeding can occur as a result of the surgical procedure. Patients are advised to apply pressure to bleeding areas with a compress of clean linen. Patients will need to return to the surgical site to have their stitches removed about two weeks after the surgery. The surgical team will check the healing progress to ensure a healthy recovery process.
Suitability for Treatments
Can anybody have a Follicular Unit Transplant?
Yes, except for haemophiliacs and people with significant or relevant medical conditions. Sometimes, although physically you can have a transplant, the surgeon may advise against it for a variety of reasons including your young age, future hair loss considerations, high expectations, etc. All of our patients must go through a detailed Medical Consultation and Questionnaire in order to be accepted as an Elite Hair Restoration patient.
Is age a limiting factor?
There is no upper age limit if a person is in good health. Lower age limit is very much dependant on the degree of hair loss. Generally speaking, Elite Hair Restoration do not consider hair transplant surgery if you're less than 25 years of age, at a very early stage of hair loss and have a family history of advanced hair loss.
Is the surgery expensive?
This is a very subjective question but not when compared to alternative treatments on the market. Of course there is a cost involved, but the naturalness of growing your own hair makes hair transplants much more cost effective. Elite Hair Restoration offer a very simple pricing structure of £'s per Graft for FUT and FUE to keep it as simple as possible.
Remember that there are no other expenses involved on ongoing basis. You will no longer need or require Cover Up Sprays, lotions or chemicals to buy continually. No wigs or hairpieces to be continually maintained serviced and replaced. So in the long run, hair transplants are not only the most natural solution but they can also be the cheapest long term solution.
Although a rough estimate of cost can be given from good photos, the cost in detail can only be worked out after examining your scalp and assessing your hair loss at the medical consultation with one of Elite Hair Restorations qualified surgeons. Treatments start from £2500 & Finance is available - for more information click FINANCE OPTIONS
Eyebrow Transplant Surgery?
Is It a Difficult Operation? How Many Hours Does It Take?
Eyebrow transplantation is not a difficult and long-term operation. Under appropriate conditions, it takes only a few hours under local anesthesia. You can stand up soon after the operation and continue your daily life.
How Long Does It Take to Recover After the Operation?
The recovery period is also very short. There are some points you should be aware of for just 1 week. There may be crusting in the planted area for a short time. However, these uncomfortable crusts disappear in a short time. For 1-2 weeks, the following is very important for you do not swim, avoid heat such as Sauna, no Gym or Sport.
How Much Does Eyebrow Transplant Cost?
The most wondered thing about eyebrow transplantation is the prices. Eyebrow transplantation prices depend on the number of hair follicles that will be transplanted.
Transplantation may be a bit more costly if eyebrow hair loss is intense and too many hair follicles are to be transplanted. However, if there is no need for too much hair follicles, this process is much shorter and less costly. Prices Start From £2,500
Does Microblading and Eyebrow Tattoo Effect the Treatment?
In general, tattooing or microblading the brows would not be recommend immediately before or after eyebrow transplant. Once the recipient sites have healed and the grafts have started to grow, it would be safe to proceed, but you may want to wait a minimum of 9-12 months to see the full effect of the eyebrow transplant in order to be able to have the tattooing or microblading done properly. If the tattooing or microblading is performed too soon, the hair that grows in and matures later may negatively affect the shape and look of the brows. Ideally we would advise not to have further tattooing performed if you have undergone surgery.
Questions From Hair Transplant Clients:
How long will a hair transplant last?
Generally a hair transplant will last for your entire lifetime. They are designed to be permanent and rarely do people need them re doing. You will be able to see the shape of your new and better hairline immediately after your doctor completes your hair transplant.
Is hair transplant permanent
Is hair transplant permanent?
Hair transplants are a treatment option for hair that is visibly thinning. The results of a hair transplant are considered permanent because you cannot undo them. However, that doesn't mean that the way your hair transplant looks after it heals is the way that it will look for the rest of your life.
Are hair transplant safe?
A hair transplant is generally a safe procedure, but as with any type of operation there's always a small risk of: bleeding. infection. an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic.
Which age is best for Hair Transplant?
Although hair transplants can be carried out on anyone above the age of 18, it is advisable not to have a transplant until the age of 25+. Younger men may not be the best candidates since their hair loss pattern may not yet fully be determined
Is hair transplant 100% successful?
Graft survival rates following a hair transplant are between 90-95%. This essentially means that hair that's transplanted from the donor area into the recipient area should remain in good condition.
Is hair transplant painful?
A hair transplant is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation, which means you'll be awake but will not feel any pain.
Can hair transplants fail?
Although professional hair transplant clinics have a success rate of more than 95%, the risk of failure in a hair restoration surgery is not zero. You need to note that the risk increases if a less experienced or unqualified medical team performs the operation.
Can you lose transplanted hairs?
After a few weeks: the transplanted hair will often fall out, and later start to grow back. After 6 months: new hair will usually start to appear. After 12 to 18 months: the full results should be seen.
How can I sleep after hair transplant surgery?
After a hair transplant, you need to sleep on your back, facing up. You sleep with your head on a neck pillow to help keep your head elevated in the correct position. Avoid tossing and turning or sleeping on your stomach.
Can I wear a hat after hair transplant surgery?
After 7 to 10 days, wearing a hat is considered safe. However, experts recommend not to use any tools that pressure your scalp at least 3 months after a hair transplant. Your surgeon will recommend you to wait at least 10 days before you wear hats.
Who is not suitable for hair transplant surgery?
A person with extensive hair loss is generally considered unsuitable for hair restoration surgery due to a lack of good quality donor follicles to cover the balding area.
Which is better, hair transplant or a wig?
It is very clear that undergoing a hair transplant treatment is a better and safer option than wearing a wig. With the advancement in technology it is no longer difficult, painful or challenging to find a permanent solution for hair loss.
Why do people avoid hair transplants?
Having a hair transplant when you're too young can lead to unnatural growth as you get older and your thinning hair pattern worsens. Likewise, if you have a history of extensive baldness, there may not be much that a transplant can do to help.
What type of hair transplant is best?
FUE hair transplantation is the more preferred procedure because it promises better results, less pain/discomfort, no scarring and more effect.
What is the future of hair transplant surgery?
Surgeons can do extraction using vacuum assisted devices . There's a robotic device also which is undergoing upgradation where they will be able to do an automated extraction and implantation of the grafts without human involvement.
Who is the best candidate for a hair transplant?
The best candidates for hair transplants are those who suffer from male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. This is a genetic condition that typically affects parts of the scalp not all of it, which leaves patients with a good level of donor hair follicles.
How many times can you have a hair transplant surgery?
The vast majority of patients (96.8%) achieve the look they want after 1 or 2 procedures.
What is the safest hair transplant?
It can be said that the most obvious advantages of FUE hair transplantation are faster recovery time and less discomfort since there are no stitches. For this reason, FUE hair transplantation is the more preferred procedure because it promises good results, less pain/discomfort & less scarring.
What is the failure rate of a hair transplant?
Graft survival rates following a hair transplant are between 90-95%. This essentially means that hair that's transplanted from the donor area into the recipient area should remain in good condition.
Is transplanted hair like normal hair?
For all intents and purposes, once the transplanted hair graft has fully healed and grown (which is about 1 year), it should behave the same as and have the same properties as regular hair from the back of the scalp.
Is transplanted hair strong?
As far as your body is concerned, it should have exactly the same pull-out strength as normal hair, and will not be more fragile. It will, however, be resistant to hereditary hair loss, which is exactly what you want.
How long does hair transplant take to grow?
Most patients see results between six and nine months after surgery. For some patients, it takes 12 months. It's important to know that between two and eight weeks after the surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out.
Does donor hair grow back?
Well, the short answer would be 'no'. Since entire hair follicles and the surrounding cells are completely removed from beneath the scalp surface, hair re-growth in the donor site is not at all possible. Hair re-growth will only take place in areas in the donor site where the hair follicles were not fully removed.
How much pain is normal after a hair transplant?
Hair transplantation pain often lasts a few days. For the next few days, you might feel a little uneasy. However, it is uncommon to experience pain for more than 3-4 days. Pain medicines given by the doctor might be used after the hair transplant process to help with the pain.
Can hair grow back without a hair transplant?
As you age, some follicles stop producing hair. This is referred to as hereditary hair loss, pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss is typically permanent, which means that the hair will not grow back.
Does transplanted hair go grey?
Hair transplant surgery will not alter the color of your hair. In rare cases, the procedure may stimulate premature greying some of the transplanted hair but will not affect its overall health or lifespan. Once the donor area starts to grey, the recipient area will eventually follow suit.
Can I walk after a hair transplant?
Patients can exercise 7-14 days after their hair transplant. After 14 days patients can perform light exercises which don't make them sweat, e.g. walking, light cycle ride. After 30 days patients can perform heavy exercise that makes them strain and sweat e.g. weightlifting.
Are grafts secure after 7 days?
It takes 5-10 days for your grafts to become secure after your hair transplants. It's very important that you take care of your graft while they heal. Generally, after a hair transplant, newly implanted grafts take around 5-10 days to become secure.
How long after hair transplant can I shower?
Patients can immediately bathe after a hair transplant procedure but should keep their scalp dry. After 48 hours they can gently wash the transplanted areas but should not allow shower water to directly hit the new grafts. After one week, patients may shower and wash their hair normally.
Do I need to shave my head for hair transplant surgery?
The answer is no. Shaving your entire head makes the process a bit easier but it's not necessary to achieve a successful hair transplant. You may fade the shaved sides up to an inch of length on top to still allow you to keep a hair style.
Are hair transplants worth it?
Most people who have gotten a hair transplant would say that it's worth it. Hair transplants are the only permanent solution to permanent hair loss. Minoxidil and finasteride have FDA approval for treating hair loss, but you have to keep applying them to see the results.
How long after surgery does it take for my head to look normal?
It can take 4 to 8 weeks to recover from surgery. Your cuts (incisions) may be sore for about 5 days after surgery. Your scalp may swell with fluid. You may also have numbness and shooting pains near your wound.
Do hair transplants work on all hair types?
Hair transplants can usually be conducted on all hair types, including curly, wavy, and Afro hair textures. But traditionally it's more difficult to perform certain types of hair transplant on people with tight curls without damaging the hair bulb.
What is the fastest hair transplant method?
With no scalpel or stitches used in the treatment, the recovery process after an FUE transplant is quick, with many people getting back to their daily activities within a couple of days. The procedure itself only takes about 8 hours.
Can transplanted hair grow long?
Yes, it is possible for a patient who had a hair transplant to allow the hair to grow to a length where a ponytail could be worn. The only thing that really determines how long the hair will grow after hair transplantation is how long the patient decides to wait before he or she has a hair cut.
How many sittings are required for a hair transplant?
In summary, depending on the patient's health status, it is possible to plant 3000 grafts in a single session. It is also possible to perform hair transplantation by dividing 3000 grafts into 2 sessions. Healing of the donor area generally takes 8-12 months.
Can I scratch my head after hair transplant?
You should definitely not scratch the recipient area as the first 20 days are essential for recovery. You can damage the transplanted hair if you scratch. You can gently scratch the donor area (the back of the head).
Does hair transplant scar your head?
With FUE there are no strip removal or stitches, resulting in limited dot scarring. In contrast, FUT hair transplant surgery requires a long strip of tissue to be removed from the back of the head. A long but thin linear scar about 1 – 2 millimeters wide will be left behind.
Is hair transplant visible?
Advanced hair transplant procedures such as FUT & FUE can be harder to spot. The surgery should be hardly noticeable in 14 – 21 days and virtually undetectable after 6 – 7 weeks post procedure. The truth is hair loss is very common in men and no man should be embarrassed to seek treatment.
What is the success rate of hair transplant surgery?
Clinical studies show that about 85-95% of all implanted grafts easily grow in the transplanted area. This high percentage indicates that hair transplants are generally very successful. Some patients fear that, like other transplants, there will be a phenomenon of rejection called a graft.
Do most hair transplant fail?
In non professional clinics the failure rate can be as high at 30%, in a CQC Registered UK Clinic with aGMC Registered Surgeon performing FUT or FUE Surgery with a team of highky trained and experience technicians with comprehensive aftercare the failure rate is between 1-2%.
Do hair transplants look fake?
Generally, hair transplants are natural looking as they use real human hair form donor areas of the head. The real hair and high volume of donor implants helps create a natural appearance
Can I work the day after my hair transplant?
Recovery. Most people are able to return to work about 7 days after having a hair transplant. You need to be very careful with your transplanted hair for the first 2 weeks after your operation. The grafts will not be secure.
Can you do a hair transplant twice?
There really is no limit on the number of procedures a person can have; rather, the limit is on the total number of grafts. Generally, the maximum number of grafts recommended for transplants is about 5,000 grafts for most patients. But the number of grafts done per procedure is up to you!
When can I go to the gym after a hair transplant?
Patients can exercise 30 days after their hair transplant. After 14 days patients can perform light exercises which don't make them sweat, e.g. walking, light cycle ride. After 30 days patients can perform heavy exercise that makes them strain and sweat e.g. weightlifting.
Can I drive after a hair transplant?
You are allowed to go home 30 minutes after a hair transplant, but we recommend avoiding driving for 24 hours after surgery.