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Hair Transplantation is a very common procedure performed on men (and
increasingly women) in the United Kingdom.
Do I need a hair transplant?
If hair loss is a problem for you, then possibly. In a consultation, you will be
examined and investigated for any medical causes of hair loss, and treated
accordingly. If there are no correctable medical causes, we will discuss the options
for hair transplantation surgery and which one is right for you.
What is a hair follicle?
A hair follicle is an individual unit of containing between 1 to 3 hairs. These are the
units which are transplanted into the area of hair loss.
What are the different types?
There are two main types of hair transplantation. There is the Follicular Unit
Transplant (FUT) or the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). Both procedures are
performed under local anaesthesia over a few hours, with the patient awake
throughout the procedure.
In a FUT, a thin strip of skin is taken from the back of the scalp, with a small scar left
at the back of the head after sewing up. The individual follicles are extracted from the
removed skin flap under a microscope, and then individually implanted into the
recipient area.In a FUE, the individual follicles are usually taken from the back of the scalp through
a tiny drilling tool, and then individually transplanted into the recipient area. There is
no scar at the back of the head, but the back of the scalp will take a week or two to
Which one is right for me?
This depends on a range of factors but the main one is the length of the hair. If you
typically have your hair very short at the back, you may prefer an FUE (with minimal
scarring), if you like your hair longer then an FUT may be more to your liking. If you
don’t have suitable hair at the back of your scalp, then an FUE may be better as many other areas of the body (beard, back, body) can act as donor site. FUTs also
have a slightly higher success rate and are slightly cheaper for the client.
How many follicles / hairs do I need?
This is an important question. When you look at websites, make sure you
understand whether you are being quoted for number of hairs or number of follicles
(as a follicle typically contains between 2-3 hairs). The amount you need
transplanted depends on the amount of coverage you require.
How long will it take?
Once again, this depends on how many follicles there are to be transferred. We
would usually do up to 2000 follicles in a session (but with suitable notice we can do
up to 5000 follicles if needed). This may mean having two sessions but this doesn’t
affect the price, as we charge by the follicle.
What happens after the operation?
The patient is awake throughout the procedure and will be served refreshments and
even be able to watch a television programme or film of their choice. Some people
have even fallen asleep during the procedure.
Once the procedure has finished, we appropriately dress the head and ask people to
return for a follow up within 48 hours. We will give you some simple painkillers and
advice but apart from having a head bandage, it shouldn’t interfere with your life too
How long do the results last?
The results last a long time but depends on the individual. It is not unusual for the
result to last a few years, but occasionally in some individuals it can be shorter.