Will it look natural?
Yes, your transplanted hair will look just like a natural hairline. You will receive a transplant of your own hairs, which means they will match perfectly in colour, shape and direction compared to the surrounding area. And once the hair starts growing it will be impossible to distinguish which hairs have been transplanted and which have not. Most patients have felt confident getting on with life, without a hat, after just one week.
The surgical technique and skill of your surgeon is vital for an excellent result. You will be in the hands of an experienced surgeon.
How long does a hair transplant procedure take?
A typical session of between 1,500 to 3,000 grafts normally involves a full day of surgery on an out patient basis. Most patients will arrive in the morning and will have their procedure completed by late afternoon.
Do certain hairstyles cause hair loss?
Tight hairstyles such as extensions, braiding, and tight ponytails that place excessive tension on the scalp can cause a hair loss condition known as traction alopecia. Certain people are more susceptible to this type of hair loss. For instance, some people have sensitive hair follicles that are more easily traumatized than others.
Will the results be permanent?
The hair follicles that are transplanted are genetically-resistant against baldness so they will, in theory, continue to grow over your lifetime. However …
You’ll still notice hair loss on different areas of your head, and may choose to explore the option of another transplant procedure in the future.
How long before signs of growth are visible?
Hair growth is a slow process, even in a person who doesn’t experience hair loss. After you have the procedure, initial signs of growth can take anything from three to four months due to the hair’s natural growing cycle. Beyond that, it’s all gravy! As your hair starts to grow, the full effects will take around eight months. At one year post-op, you’ll see the full effect.
When can I come back to work?
Most patients can return to work within just 2 days following surgery. However, patients performing heavy jobs or those exposed to dust, rain and risk of head traumas should refrain from work for one week.
How much will it hurt?
Honestly, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised. When you read about the procedure, it seems a tad gruesome – but the fact is, there’s no pain with the surgery, just a little discomfort.
The discomfort comes from being in the chair for up to ten hours for the entire process to be completed, though you will get regular breaks.
Post-op, you might experience some mild pain but nothing that your standard painkillers can’t manage for a few days, just like with any minor surgical procedure.
When can I have a shower?
You can have your first shower 48 to 72 hours after your surgery. As part of post-surgery care, we will provide written instructions on how to do this.
When can I go back to my exercises?
All patients are advised to start stretching and light exercise 3-4 days after surgery; generally, all patients are back to their normal training within two weeks.
FUT VS FUE
FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION- FUT
FUT is one of the two hair transplant surgery options available if you’re in the midst of losing your hair and are open to taking the surgical route to address the problem. FUT stands for ‘Follicular Unit Transplantation’, and is the process whereby a strip containing multiple hair follicles is extracted (usually from the back of the head of neck area) and transplanted to a different area. There are lots of questions people will have when starting out with this process, so here’s the answers to five of the most commonly asked questions.
How long will FUT last?
If the transplant is successful and the strip takes to the new site, FUT can be a permanent solution. The donor site (the back of the head or neck) is recognised as being some of the most tenacious hair on the body, so will continue growing throughout your life. The main thing to be aware of is that although the strip (or strips) will continue growing, it does not mean that hair loss from other follicles won’t continue, so there may be need for further treatments to address continued hair fall from other areas.
Will the process leave scars from the donor area?
The surgeons who conduct these operations should be very skilled in the art of transplantation, so you should not expect to have any scarring in the transplantation site. The donor site however, will have a very small, thin scar where the tissues have been extracted from. This is usually something that can be covered by your remaining hair and will fade over time. Reading reviews of different surgeons before committing to one is advised, as you will get firsthand accounts of the aesthetic abilities of the surgeon for both the donor and the transplant areas from others who have undergone similar treatments.
Follicular Unitary Extraction (FUE)
The combination of all these advances has seen the rapid development of the most modern form of the treatment, FUE. Since it was first introduced, in Japan, 1988, FUE held the promise of significantly improved transplants. It differed significantly from its predecessors by removing a single follicular unit at a time, each unit containing between 1 and 4 hairs. Since the introduction of those early 1mm hollow needles things have come a very, very long way. In the hands of our skilled surgical team, tiny excision holes heal perfectly. Once removed the follicular units are prepared under a microscope before being precisely relocated in their desired position, the deliberate nature of that relocation leaves plenty of choice available to the client in terms of their desired look.
Is it right for me?
If you are interested in hair transplant surgery, the FUE harvesting method may be one of your primary considerations since it is advertised as a “no scar” surgery. While it’s true the FUE technique won’t leave you with a large linear scar, it can leave tiny round scars. If you shave your head, it’s possible these tiny scars could be noticeable. This can be especially problematic when large donations, more than 3,000 grafts, are required.
FUE is popular for people who want to wear their hair short, but FUE is often associated with a higher transection rate compared to a FUT, or strip, method of harvesting. Higher transection means more hair follicles are wasted.
FUE harvesting requires shaving the back and sides of your head for the surgery. This can be a problematic social issue if you don’t want anyone to notice you had surgery. A FUT surgery does not require one to shave their hair. If you have longer hair, the FUE procedure may not make sense since you would have to shave the donor area for the harvesting.
“Most FUE candidates choose the procedure so that they can wear their hair short since the tiny scars are not apparent,“ If this is not a concern for you, I would go with the strip technique since it can yield more hairs in one session and is less expensive.”
it’s recommended that people younger than 25 wait to have the procedure because they are likely to be early in the balding process and the final pattern of their hairline can still be unknown. This is only a general rule as you can be completely bald at the age of 20.
What is the recovery time?
You will need to be sure to properly care for your hair after the FUE transplant, but there isn’t a massive recovery process. You should experience little, if any, pain you can resume most normal activities three days after surgery. You may need to wait longer before resuming some activities like swimming.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions for washing and caring for your hair initially. You’ll need to closely follow those instructions to ensure the best result.
While the procedure won’t take a major toll on your body, you might still want to take a few days off work to recover and let your hair grow.
“Recovery is fast, but most patients are worried about their haircut as the hair needs to be shaved down to the skin in the donor area.” an Irvine, Calif., hair restoration surgeon, “It takes about 10 days for the donor zone to look fully healed.”
What results can I expect?
When done correctly a hair transplant will leave you with a natural look and a recovered hairline. When FUE is done with precision, not only will the surgeon fill in the troublesome area, but they will match the patterns of the existing hair in the recipient area.
The actual results will largely depend on the skill of your doctor, which is why it’s so important to make sure you find the right doctor from the start.
“Although using follicular units will ensure that individual grafts will look natural, the look of the overall restoration depends on the physician’s judgment in determining the angle, direction, and distribution of the implanted grafts, as these factors govern the overall aesthetic aspects of the hair transplant.”