Transplanted hair behaves in a similar way to the hair from where it was removed. The hair in the donor area is genetically different to the balding hair, in that it doesn’t fall. If the procedure is done correctly and on the right candidate, it will last a lifetime for most people. We simply transfer existing permanent hair to the thinning or balding areas of the scalp. Sometimes, as one gets well into older age, one may experience some hair thinning throughout the donor area (the back and sides). If this happens, then the transplanted hair will follow the same pattern.
Can anybody have FUE?
Yes. There are some exceptions nonetheless. Haemophiliacs and people with significant or relevant medical conditions, or those with very poor or no donor area at all are not candidates for surgery. In some cases, although physically possible to have a transplant, the surgeon may advise against it for a variety of reasons, such as being too young, future hair loss considerations or having extremely high expectations. We'll go in further detail if these factors do apply to you.
Is the procedure painful?
Hair transplants are performed under local anaesthesia. You will experience a slight discomfort-if any- when the anaesthetic is initially applied. Other parts of the procedure are generally pain-free. During the hair transplant procedure, you may choose to watch TV, listen to music, or even take a nap. Short breaks as well as a longer lunch break are given throughout the day. We'll make sure you're as comfortable as possible. Patients may experience some discomfort for few days after the operation, but that is easily controlled with the supplied medication.
Does FUE leave scars?
FUE Hair Transplants do leave scars. However, these scars are tiny dot marks scattered throughout the back and sides of the scalp. They will only be detected by thorough expert medical examination. When all the FUE scar sites heal, you will more likely be able to have a no. 1 or even a shaved hair cut.
Does it look natural?
Yes. Carefully and skillfully performed FUE procedures look very natural. The use of single hair follicular unit grafts, a natural-looking, irregular hairline is achievable. It is almost impossible for a person or even a hairdresser to detect.
Is there any bandaging or dressing after the procedure?
Not usually. Some individuals tend to require some pressure dressing for few hours after the procedure. This is not usually a common occurrence.
Will it show that I had surgery? Do I need time off work?
For most people, time off work will not be necessary. We do however ask you tto stay off exerting work or heavy exercise for few weeks. Please remember that the majority of FUE transplant procedures require a full shave of the entire donor area. This may affect how soon you would like to go back to work from a cosmetic point of view. Most people arrange surgery prior to their time off work. You will ofcourse, be able to wear a hat immediately after surgery should you wish to.
When will I notice any growth from my new hair?
New hair growth will only start after three to four months. However, it will take at least six to eight months for the new hair to make any significant difference to your appearance. A full result may take as long as 12 to 14 months to be achieved.
How many procedures will it take before I achieve what I’m looking for?
To achieve a reasonable density, most people will require one to two procedures per bald area. This is mainly influenced by the degree of hair loss, the extent of future hair loss and ofcourse, the financial and physical ability to undergo further surgeries. Moreover, the donor area of the scalp is a limited resource. We will need to estimate how many grafts are available in your donor area. The aim is to achieve natural results that we’re all happy with
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. With extensive baldness, the most important achievement will be to restore frontal scalp hair and the hairline to create a frame around the face. It’s important to remember that hair transplant surgery is about eliminating 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 in your early twenties with a very early stage of hair loss and a family history of significant baldness. By having surgery at this early stage, you could end up having a good short-term result, but an unsatisfactory long-term result. This is why it is extremely important for us to work with a long-term plan in mind. We don’t want you having to chase your bald spots as you grow older.
Is FUE expensive?
FUE is slightly more expensive than strip FUT, as it usually is more time cosuming and requires more intricate work by the surgeon and the operating team. Nonetheless, hair transplantation is cost-effective when compared to alternative treatments. Most importantly, there are no other expenses involved afterwards. For the best estimate of what this procedure might cost, we highly recommend arranging a consultation at our clinic.
Is there any danger involved?
No. FUE is a minor cosmetic surgery and one of the safest and most popular procedures performed today. It is carried under local anesthesia in our calm and well equipped facility.
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 advise washing your hair soon after surgery (after 24 hours) in order to keep the scalp clean. We usually bring all our clients back -the morning after surgery- for their first hair wash.
Will someone be following up my progress after surgery?
Yes. We usually follow up all of our clients on a 4 monthly basis. This is in order to assess the different phases of hair growth. We do take photographs at each follow up so that we can all see and compare the progress taking place. Should clients find it difficult to come back every 4 months, we can arrange for some sort of online consultation, whereby we can discuss your progress and send us updated photopgraphs of yourself.
I want to go ahead but how do I choose the right doctor or clinic?
It is very important to make a wise decision prior to proceeding. You should never feel pressured having any elective or cosmetic procedure. A consultation with us should provide you with all the relevant details in order for you to make an informed decision.