Hair transplant procedures work by taking hair follicles from a ‘donor area’ – usually the back and sides of the head. The hair that is harvested is genetically resistant to balding. These follicles are then transplanted onto areas of the head – or other parts of the body – where the hair is thinning.
While it’s totally normal and natural to lose hair in the shower or when brushing, it’s advisable to look out for unusual levels of hair loss. The best way to do so is to be aware of any changes, such as whether your scalp becomes visible due to thinning hair or if your hairline appears to be receding. Losing hair very rapidly or in clumps may be the sign of a specific illness or extreme stress levels. In this case, we advise you seek advice from our experts at Rejuvenate Hair Clinics. We can assess whether your hair loss can be treated by us or requires assistance from an alternative medical professional.
This ultimately depends on the level of hair loss, as well as the predicted degree of future hair loss. It also depends on the density of the individual’s natural hair. The Norwood Classification is an industry standard that can be used to estimate the number of follicle unit transfers for each individual. However, this is only a rough guide and we have a free initial consultation with every potential client to make an full and accurate individual assessment. We use intelligent coverage and customised techniques to create the most natural appearance with the level of donor hair available.
The cost will depend entirely on the type of treatment chosen, the level of hair loss and the number of grafts needed. We will discuss prices and options at your free initial consultation.
In a word, no. We use local anaesthetic to numb both the donor areas and the implantation site. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness during or after the treatment for up to 48 hours. This can be easily treated with over-the-counter medication. We have a full aftercare procedure (see below) and will offer patients appropriate medication if it is deemed necessary. Our team is highly experienced and we will do everything we can to ensure you have a relaxed experience with us.
The length usually depends on the number of grafts that need to be processed. We aim to make the procedure as convenient and comfortable for all our patients, with almost all surgeries completed within just a few hours. This will be discussed at your initial consultation, when your surgeon will be able to offer a far more accurate estimate. In the vast majority of cases, just one procedure is needed. However, those with advanced hair loss may benefit from a follow-up treatment.
Our team will supply full instructions and guidance on aftercare, such as offering on advice on how/when to wash your hair and whether you can take part in strenuous exercise immediately after surgery. Most patients find themselves back in their daily routine just two days after surgery.
As always, the results vary by individual but the new hair will initially appear very short and some of the transplanted grafts may fall out in the fortnight following the procedure – an entirely normal reaction known as “shock loss”. Once the process begins, hair will grow at the usual average rate within approximately two months and appear thicker and fuller as time progresses. New, transplanted hair can usually be seen within four to eight weeks and the full results develop up to a year after the procedure.
We have some great news for you. In almost all hair transplant cases, the effects last for the rest of your life. This is because the hair that has been transplanted from the donor site is immune to genetic baldness – a term called ‘donor dominance’. A very small number of patients experience mild hair loss in later life, such as those with certain medical conditions.
The vast majority of people who want a hair transplant will be suitable for the procedure. Hair loss is a condition that affects those of all ages and we have treated clients from their early 20s to their late 70s with varying degrees of hair loss. We take a full medical history at your initial consultation, to discuss any specific concerns and allow patients to detail any pre-existing medical conditions. This allows our team to assess your suitability and the best options available to you.
Our initial consultation covers all the key questions, including your suitability for surgical or medical procedures, and the best treatment for you. All of our treatments have different plus points – some patients prefer FUE as it is leaves no linear scarring while others prefer medical options, such as Minoxidil. Our expert surgeons will examine your hair and scalp to ascertain the exact level of hair restoration required as well as the hair type and donor density. We can then discuss your preferences to work out the best course of treatment.
The causes of alopecia depend on a number of factors. The most common cause is male/female pattern baldness – a genetic condition that is also known as androgenetic alopecia. Medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, lupus, PCOS, psoriasis and anaemia can also contribute to hair loss. Tight hairstyles can cause traction alopecia and certain medications, such as antidepressants, list hair loss as a side effect. Telogen effluvium takes place when the hair’s natural growth and resting phases are interrupted. This can be caused by pregnancy, major surgery, weight loss, or extreme stress.