AHI Clinic

FUE Hair Transplant

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FAQ'S

Most common FAQ'S of FUE Hair Transplant

The recovery depends on different factors, and it can vary for each patient.  Patients are normally able to go back to their usual routine 7 to 14 days after surgery, while others may have the pink effect on their scalp even after 2 months of the surgery.

Hair transplant should only be performed  by a qualified surgeon. The medications used at the time of the procedure needs to be of the correct dose in order to avoid and minimise the risk of  any complications.  As is the case with all surgical procedures, FUE procedure also carries a number of risks which  will be discussed during the consultation, before any treatment is carried out.  To minimise any risks, we follow strict policies, procedures and protocols.

Regaine is a FDA approved treatment for hair loss, as is the case with any treatment the results can vary for each patient.  It has been reported if you stop using Regaine (minoxidil) it will not affect your transplanted hairs, but the non-transplanted hairs will start to fall.

Hair growth varies from person to person therefore it can be very difficult to give a timeline as to when new hair will be noticeable. One can see early hair growth in the first 4 – 6 months, but usually it can take anywhere from 12 – 18 months to see good results.

It is very normal to see scabs in the first 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. You may also notice some blood spots on the pillow the following morning after surgery.  There should be no reason to be concerned as this is perfectly normal.  If you notice hair roots or experience bleeding, then you should contact our doctor.  

It is advised that you do NOT rub a towel to dry your hair or do anything abbrasive for the first 28 days after implantation.

The amount of available donor hair is a major factor to determine the number of grafts that can be safely taken out, if the area of hair loss is large, then it can prove difficult to achieve good hair density in a single surgery.  Only a few people who have a small area of hair loss can achieve good density after a single transplant surgery.  Please contact us and our doctor can advise you about this.

Shock loss is an after effect of the surgery, which you will start to notice after 3-6 weeks of the procedure.  This means that all of the transplanted hair and sometimes natural hair around the transplanted area, will also fall off  between 3-8 weeks after the surgery, this is normal.  What is most important is that the hair root which has been implanted remains safely in place beneath the skin, in its original position, and usually starts to re-grow after 3-4 months of the surgery.   This happens because each hair follicle is reacclimitising to its new position on the head.  

There are many stories about unsuccessful hair transplant surgeries. This not only causes great difficulty in any further hair restoration surgery but also affects a patients mental well being. 

There are 3 major factors, which can affect hair growth:

Clinical matters: During the surgery, it is important to take great care of the grafts.  It is therefore crucial that the surgery is well planned and executed by an experienced and qualified surgeon.

After Surgery: It is the patients responsibility to follow the after care plan strictly.  Failure to do so will affect your hair growth.   We will discuss a detailed care plan with you, about how to look after the newly transplanted hair grafts, during your consultation and after the procedure.

Other: Despite caring for your hair and choosing the right surgeon, your hair growth might still be affected. There can be multiple reasons the transplant not to be successful, such as underlying health conditions: diabetes, skin and scalp disorders, blood pressure, smoking, etc.

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Smoking is very harmful to you and to your hair grafts after transplant surgery.  A lot of patients may experience poor hair growth due to smoking.  After a transplant procedure, new blood vessel form to supply blood to the newly transplanted hair follicles which can be seriously affected by smoking.  Newly implanted grafts need to have a good blood supply to get the nutrients it needs to survive, however smoking can  immensly effect the development of new blood vessels around the newly transplanted grafts.  Smoking also delays the skin healing process.

This is a commonly asked question and the answer is YES. A lot of women experience hair loss after  pregnancy or after experiencing hormonal changes, during menopause.

It is normal to experience these symptoms after a hair transplant surgery.  Some patients may develop pimples while others can experience redness, which can be itchy.  Pimples may not affect the hair growth, but popping can cause some hygienic issues or in some cases unwanted infections.  If you develop redness and itching please contact our doctor.

Pain can vary for each patient.  Local anaesthetic is administered which does sting at the start of the procedure.  After a few minutes the area becomes numb and there is very minimal discomfort.   Sometimes patients become so comfortable that they can even fall asleep.

If you have a form of a typical male pattern hair loss, then you are suitable for this procedure.  The patient must have good numbers of hair on the sides and the back of their head, to undergo hair transplant procedures.  Other types of hair loss that can also be treated by hair transplantation include scars from accidents, scalp surgery scars, burns or chemical damage and traction alopecia from tight braiding.  There are other conditions that may also be suitable and if in doubt its best to seek an opinion from our doctor.

Hair loss caused by conditions that are on-going or leave scarring eg CCCA (central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia), FFA (frontal fibrosing alopecia), type of hair loss which can happen repeatedly such as Alopecia Areata,  hair loss due to  thyroid disease, diabetes, anaemia, hair-pulling (trichotillomania), drug induced hair loss and post pregnancy hair loss to name a few, are not suitable for hair transplant procedures. In addition, to get a satisfactory long-lasting result, it is desirable that the hair loss has stabilised before considering hair transplantation e.g. patients with a very early stage of  male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss, who  may be directed to other treatments such as minoxidil or hormonal treatments rather than transplantation.

People with complex medical or surgical history or people who are Insulin Dependent, take blood thinning medication such as Aspirn/Clopidogrel/Warfarin or NOACs,  might also not be suitable patients, you are advised to book an initial  telephone consultation with our doctor for a full assessment.

From a physical fitness perspective most patients feel well the day after surgery with only some mild discomfort.  However, mild swelling might still be visible for a few days and tiny scabs can be visible for upto 2 or more weeks.  Once the scabs fall off there is then usually nothing visible until new hairs start to grow at 3-4 months.  For the first 2 weeks after surgery you should not carry out any strenuous physical activity nor work in any dusty or dirty environments.

Hair transplant is considered a cosmetic treatment, so it is not offered by the NHS.  Exceptions are sometimes made in cases of scalp or facial injuries/burns.