Hair transplant FAQs
Q. How long will the procedure take?
A: The procedure can take from a few hours to a whole day, but it does depend on the size of the hair graft needed to treat the area of hair loss. As all patients have different circumstances with varied health profiles, your surgeon will discuss which approach will work best for you.
Q. Will I have to stay overnight?
A: Generally, this is a day care procedure so you can go home on the same day
Q. Will I need another procedure?
A: It is always possible that your hair may not grow as much as you want it to grow, usually in small areas – in this case we can offer a second procedure but usually the results are positive
Q. How many grafts will I need?
A: The number of grafts required depends on the area of the hair loss; this can range from a few hundred to a few thousand. Furthermore, it also depends on the donor hair and how much is available to graft from.
Q. Where will the hair be taken from?
A: Hair is usually taken from the back of the head to the side above your ear, but it does depend what the hair looks like and amount of donor hair.
Q. What anaesthetic will be used?
A: Local anaesthetic is used for your surgery. We also recommend a mild painkiller post surgery to limit further post-operation pain during the recovery period.
Q. Can you explain what the FUT procedure is?
A: A FUT or “Strip procedure” is considered the most reliable and traditional procedure where we take a buck of your hair before closing the wound with stitches. The strip is dissected by a group of highly skilled technicians into smaller grafts. These smaller units or grafts are then transplanted into the area of hair loss.
Q. Can you explain what the FUE procedure is?
A: A FUE procedure involves collecting follicles from the back of the head using a specialised punch and then expertly transplanting into the area of hair loss. The method of how the follicles are extracted from the donor site is what differs a FUE treatment from a FUT procedure.
Q. Will my hair be as thick as it is now?
A: We can never put the same number of hair grafts back that you had before, but our aim is to provide a natural look and increased density of hair follicles.
Q. How will I look after the procedure?
A: The recommendation for how you look after your hair differs for every person but we do advise to avoid touching your hair or washing it for 48h after your surgery.
Q. When can I go back to work?
A: We advise patients to take 1 week off work post-surgery to help protect the hair follicles and get a better recovery.
Q. Will it be obvious I’ve had the procedure?
A: How obvious it will be after the procedure depends on what your hair was like before. We advise those with longer hair to maintain a longer hair length so that they can hide their donor hair and recipient sites for longer during recovery.
Q. When will I see the final results?
A: We advise that results can take about a year. Hair follicles should grow within 4 months, a hairline should be clearly visible at 6 months and by 12 months you should see significant hair density.
Q. What will the scar be like?
A: With FUT we expect the scar to appear as a fine line or with a minor stretchmark. It can vary from 1mm thickness to a few mm wide.
Q. Will the procedure be painful?
A: The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia. You can expect to experience tiredness and some discomfort following surgery.