Hair Transplant FAQ

Are all patients suitable for hair transplants?

In our experience, nearly all patients are suitable for hair transplantation. If there are any altercations, then this would be raised with the patient beforehand to ensure optimum safety.

Is FUE/DHI permanent?

Transplanted or donor hair behaves like normal hair therefore, it will last a lifetime for most people if cared for and the procedure is carried out correctly.

Why am I losing my hair?

There are many factors that can cause hair loss in both men and females. The most common cause of hair loss in males is due to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone shrinks the hair follicles located on top of the head and causes hair loss in that area. There are however other causes of hair loss such as age, alopecia, cancer treatment, lifestyle, and hair care.

Is it going to hurt?

The majority of patients are comfortable during and after their hair transplant surgery as they are under anesthetics to relieve any discomfort. Initially when the anaesthetic is administered the patient will experience some discomfort but once the medicine starts to work, the patient does not feel any pain.

Will I have any scars?

When performed by skilled surgeons, patients should not get any scars from the procedure as the art of a hair transplant is to hide the scars. The donor site may have fine scars, but scarring can vary from person to person.

Will my hair transplantation look natural?

Most cases of hair transplantation are undetectable as the results aim to be as natural as possible.

When will I see growth from my hair transplant?

Hair growth depends on the individual and differs from patient to patient but, within 6 months patients should see around an inch of healthy hair growth.

Is it possible to transplant hairs from someone else?

Unfortunately, this is not possible as this would be very dangerous because your body would reject the foreign tissues and would result in scarring and infection.

Will I need to take time off work after my surgery?

This varies from individual to individual and is dependent on the type of work you do. If your job is not physically strenuous, generally, and medically you can return to work with no issues after a couple of days, otherwise return after 7 days. From a cosmetic aspect if you do not have enough hair to cover the donor site or are concerned about what people may say, then it is best you return to work when you are comfortable. With hair transplants, you can wear a hat or cap immediately after surgery. The sun will not damage your grafts however, your skin may be sensitive and to avoid further damage from sunburn, a hat is recommended.

What are the side effects?

FUE is a very gentle procedure compared to other procedures therefore, minimising trauma to the scalp and reducing the risks of any major side effects. As mentioned, medication is provided during aftercare to ensure risks are minimized however, medication is 100% predictable. What works for one person may not work for the other therefore, some patients may suffer some side effects. Some patients may experience swelling post-surgery which usually disappears in a few days. Furthermore, as growth is individual, some patients may experience slower growth rates than others.