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Is Hair Transplant Surgery permanent? Does it really work?
Transplanted hair behaves in a similar way to the hair from where it was taken. The hair in the donor area is genetically different to the balding hair, and therefore will not fall out in a similar pattern to previous balding. If the procedure is done correctly, it will last a lifetime for most people or at least well into old age. We simply re-distribute existing donor hair to your thinning areas. Sometimes as you get older, one may experience hair thinning throughout the donor area (the back and sides). If this happens, then the transplanted hair will follow the same pattern.
Does it look natural?
Yes. Carefully and skilfully performed FUE and strip FUT, should look very natural (see our before and after patient photos). It is almost impossible for a lay person or even a hairdresser to detect. (See our video examples).
Should I cut my hair before treatment?
No. We will do that for you if necessary. Once we have made our pre-op assessment on the day, the donor area will need to be shaved for FUE surgery and for surgery with ARTAS to allow the ARTAS robotic system to accurately visualise, track and harvest each grouping of hairs.
Is there any bandaging after the procedure?
Not routinely. However, because of the open holes at the back, sometimes a temporary dressing is needed if there is a risk of slight bleeding.
Will I need time off work after my surgery?
This mainly depends on whether you have sufficient hair to disguise the work you’ve had done. For some people, little or no time off work is required. However, if you do not have sufficient hair to cover, or if you are very concerned about anyone knowing, then it’s probably best to have your surgery just before a week’s holiday. You will be able to wear a hat immediately after surgery. The sun will not damage your grafts, but as your scalp will still be numb, you need to wear a hat to avoid the sun burning your scalp.
When will I notice any growth from my new hair?
New hair growth will only break through the skin at three to four months after the procedure. However, it will take at least six to eight months for the new hair to make any significant cosmetic difference to your appearance. Although a full result may take as long as 18 months to be achieved, most will attain this at 12 to 14 months. Sometimes, a result may take longer to show when working with scars or filling in a previously transplanted area.
How long does Hair Transplant Surgery take?
A single Hair Transplant Surgery usually takes from four to eight hours as determined by our team to achieve your hair restoration goals. You are seated during the process, and the surgeon and staff are there with you to maximise your comfort throughout the procedure.
How long will it take before I achieve what I’m looking for?
Our hair transplants will generally restore 25-30% of the original density in the treated area of the scalp after one operation. To achieve reasonable density, most people will require one to two procedures per bald area. The state of the rest of your hair will also be considered in determining how much density is suitable. The aim is to achieve a natural balance and style.
Will I regain a full head of hair?
Not literally. We are only redistributing your existing permanent hair to your thin or bald areas. We are not creating new hair, or implanting another person’s hair into your head. Having said that, in expert hands, the limited donor hair available can be used to create the illusion of a good head of hair, particularly when the person has significant hair loss. With 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. It’s important to remember that hair transplant surgery is about taking away the bald look rather than restoring the hair that you once had.
Is age a limiting factor?
There is no upper age limit if a person is in good health. Lower age limit is very much dependent on the degree of hair loss. Generally speaking, it is unwise to consider hair transplant surgery if you’re under 25 years of age, at a very early stage of hair loss and have a family history of significant baldness. By undertaking surgery at these points you could end up having a patchy result as your hair continues to recede or fall out and run out of hair to chase the loss and keep a balanced look. You will very likely need to have further surgery to fill in any gaps but with uncertainty as to how much further hair loss will take place.
Is there any danger involved?
No. FUT & FUE is minor cosmetic surgery and one of the safest and most popular procedures performed today. Our clinic environment provides you with skilled and experienced surgical and nursing staff and hospital standard equipment. We will care for you before and after your procedure – if you have any worries, you can contact us at any time.
Will I be able to play sport, wash and style my hair or do everyday things that involve my hair following a procedure?
Yes. You will be able to style or dye your hair as normal once you’ve got your full re-growth. We also offer a referral service for hairdressers in your area for styling tips and advice to make your hair look thicker. We advise washing your hair and scalp soon after surgery (after 24-48 hours) in order to keep the scalp clean. Once the healing phase is over you can go back to playing sports after a week.
OK, I want to go ahead but how do I choose the right doctor or clinic?
It is very important to make a wise decision and choose the right doctor or clinic for you. There are also industry bodies that you can contact or speak to for advice and help in searching out reputable surgeons. We would always advise researching any surgery and taking time to make your decision. You should never feel pressured into a procedure. Excellent and ethical surgeons will help you make an educated decision, not push you into it. The following guidelines can also help: • Ask to see people who have had hair transplant surgery at the clinic in question. • When reviewing photos and videos of patient examples, pay attention to detail and photo lighting conditions. The before photo should not be too bright and the after should not be too dark. Additionally, only the very top doctors will show extreme close-ups of their artistic hairline work for close scrutiny. • Full-time specialist doctors in this field are more likely to have gained experience to develop their technique. Make sure your surgeon has dedicated the whole, or at least the majority, of his practice to hair loss and hair transplant surgery. We highly recommend you only consider clinics wholly-owned by the surgeons. This should ensure that medical advice and decisions are not influenced by sales or businessmen. • Make sure your hair surgeon is up-to-date on the latest technology. Ask your surgeon if he/she regularly attends international meetings and seminars as part of his/her continuing education. At www.ishrs.org, it lists the number of ISHRS meetings attended by each member doctor. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a statement of the doctor’s commitment to the field and to the patient’s benefit by learning from peers. CME is also a compulsory requirement for all licensing boards and medical authorities. The ISHRS member listing makes a note of this and lists other qualifications as well. • Find out if the premises and the doctor are registered and, if so, their standing with the Care Quality Commission, England’s healthcare watchdog. It is illegal to operate, or give medical advice in the UK without proper registration with the Care Quality Commission. • Check your doctor’s registration status with the General Medical Council (GMC). It is illegal for a doctor to operate, or even offer consultations in the UK, without being licensed by the GMC. • Know what’s out there and visit, or talk to, a few clinics. Many places claim the best and latest treatments, but after browsing this website and other information you should be able to ask all the right and detailed questions. • Use the internet wisely. Although the internet is unregulated and contains a lot of hype, it can also serve as a valuable resource when reviewing independent websites. As well as our own website, put ‘Farjo’ in any search engine to find numerous references to our work, as well as press articles and recommendations by independent sites.
Frequently asked questions about FUE
Can anybody have FUE?
Yes, except for hemophiliacs and people with significant or relevant medical conditions or those with no donor area at all. Sometimes, although you can physically have a transplant, the surgeon may advise against it for a variety of reasons, including: being too young, future hair loss considerations or high expectations among other things. We’ll explain in detail if something like this is apparent with you
Is the FUE procedure painful?
FUE hair transplants are performed under local anaesthetic and donor and recipient sites are totally frozen and de-sensitised. You will experience a discomfort when the anaesthetic is initially applied. During the 2nd half of procedure, you may choose to watch TV or a DVD, listen to the radio or music, read a book, or you may want to take a nap. We’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Please keep in mind that you will be lying face down during the donor harvesting part of your FUE transplant. Some patients experience some discomfort one to three days after the operation, but that is easily controlled with supplied medication.
Does FUE leave scars?
The whole point of FUE is to avoid a linear scar in the donor area if this is deemed to be an issue. FUE Hair Transplants do leave scars but these are tiny dot-like marks scattered throughout the back and sides and will only be detected by thorough expert medical examination. When all is healed, FUE is more likely to enable you to have a no. 1 or even a shaved look, but due to healing variation we obviously cannot guarantee that.
Is FUE expensive?
It is more expensive than Strip FUT as it is more time-consuming for the surgeon. Generally speaking though, the naturalness of growing your own hair back makes all types of hair transplants cost-effective. Remember, there are no other expenses involved afterwards – there are no lotions or chemicals to buy, 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. We can provide a rough estimate of cost if we are supplied with good photos; however, a detailed price can only be worked out after examining your scalp and assessing your hair loss at consultation with one of the doctors.
Frequently Asked Questions About STRIP FUT
Can anybody have Strip FUT?
Yes, except for haemophiliacs and people with significant or relevant medical conditions or those with very poor or no donor area at all. Sometimes, although you can physically have a transplant, the surgeon may advise against it for a variety of reasons, including: being too young, future hair loss considerations or high expectations among other things. We’ll explain in detail if something like this is apparent with you.
Is the procedure painful?
Hair transplants are performed under local anaesthetic and donor and recipient sites are totally frozen and de-sensitised. You will experience a discomfort when the anaesthetic is initially applied. During the hair transplant procedure, you may choose to watch TV or a film, listen to the radio or music, or you may want to take a nap. We’ll make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Patients may experience some discomfort for a few days after the operation, but that is easily controlled with supplied medication.
Does Strip FUT leave scars?
The art of a hair transplant is to conceal the scar. 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 donor closure is now rendering donor scars very difficult to detect, even with a very short hair cut. Generally we recommend a no. 2 haircut as a minimum, because healing and scarring can vary from person to person.
Is Strip FUT expensive?
Not when compared to alternative treatments. Of course there is a cost involved, but the naturalness of growing your own hair back makes hair transplants much more cost effective. Remember, there are no other expenses involved afterwards – there are 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 most cost-effective. We can provide a rough estimate of cost from good photos; however, a detailed price can only be worked out after examining your scalp and assessing your hair loss at a consultation with one of the doctors.