Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to shave my whole head for the procedure?
For an FUE procedure, you need to shave the back and sides to a 0.5 grade. The recipient areas (front, mid and crown) can be kept at your normal length. We do advise to have it cut and styled before surgery as some patients like to cover up the grafts, particularly if they have the front hair line reconstructed. We advise not to have a hair cut for 1 month post surgery. If you have the FUT (Strip method) it is better to leave your hair long around the back so we can hide the stitches. You won’t need to shave the recipient areas.
What am I to expect in terms of aftercare?
Please see the following page (Post op care instructions) for more information.
Is it painful to undergo a hair transplant?
Our surgeons and technicians are highly experienced and skilled. As the procedure is carried out using local anaesthetic, you should not feel any pain. It may be a bit sore post surgery once the local anaesthetic has worn off. Generally, most patients manage to just take paracetamol or ibuprofen if they are feeling sore and tender.
Is a hair transplant successful?
There are some factors which can cause a hair transplant to be unsuccessful and this can be caused by lack of care post procedure. We give clear and thorough instructions on how to care for your newly transplanted grafts. It is important that you follow the instructions to achieve the best results possible. We do also suggest looking into hair loss preventatives such as Propecia and also Minoxodil as this can benefit a transplant and also reduce the chances of shock loss. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Propecia is effective in treating male pattern hair loss. It can also help stimulate growth, particularly if there are existing hairs that are thinning. We do our best to help you achieve the result which meets your expectations. To ensure that your grafts are of good quality prior to planting, our skilled technicians inspect each follicular unit under a microscope.
Is there a certain age?
Generally, we advise to wait until you are 25 years of age to have a hair transplant. We also advise to consider taking Propecia before having a transplant as it can help slow down the hair loss. There is however no particular age and we have performed hair transplants on 18 -80-year olds.
When should I see the full result?
The full result is usually reviewed at 12 months post-surgery. You can also expect further improvements up to 24 months post-surgery as the hair texture can get stronger and denser.
When can I return to work?
Most people can return to work within a few days post-surgery. It does depend on the type of work you do. If you work in construction where a lot of lifting is required, we would advise not to do that for 2 weeks. Hard hats cannot be worn for at least 7-10 days post-surgery. You are safe to wear a loose fitted baseball cap after surgery providing care is taken when removing and putting it on.
Is it normal to have an itchy scalp after the procedure?
Yes, this is perfectly normal. For the first few days post-surgery, you will need to use the saline spray we provide you with. This should help ease the itchiness. It’s important that you do not touch or scratch the grafts for the first 5 days post-surgery as you could dislodge or damage them.
When can I wash my hair after the procedure?
We provide you with aftercare instructions post-surgery. 3 days post-surgery you can get your hair wet but no shampoo or any pressure should be applied to the grafts. 4 days post-surgery, you may apply a small bit of shampoo around the donor area and some on the grafts, its important that you do not apply any pressure, massage or rub the grafts when washing your hair. Once you have started to wash your hair with shampoo, we advise to be gentle for the first 7 days. After that, you can then start to gently massage the areas to help remove the scabs.
When will I see growth?
It does vary from person to person, but you should see some growth at 6 months. The full result is expected at 12 months. We always keep in touch with our patients to monitor progress. Patients receive an email at 3,6,9,12 months post-surgery to request photos or a follow up appointment.