Until recently, hair transplant procedures have been difficult to carry out and have not been always successful. Older hair transplant techniques, such as the Strip Surgery procedure, leave scarring and may not produce the natural results that either patient or practitioner hope for.
Our specialist hair transplant surgeons Dr. Raghu Reddy and Dr. Kouremada Zioga offer the most advanced, minimally invasive Hair Transplant methodologies and techniques available today.
We are one of the the very few clinics able to treat Afro Caribbean hair loss, as well as eyebrows and facial hair.
Up to 50% of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss by the time they reach 50. And for many, hair loss will occur far earlier, whilst they are in their 20s, 30s or even late teens.
Hair loss is often about much more than a receding hair line. It can deeply affect an individual’s confidence and self esteem, and becomes the first thing they see when they look in the mirror.
There are two products that have are FDA approved for the management and prevention of hair loss – read about them here. However, once thinning has occurred and the hair permanently lost, the only effective option to regain the hair is through a transplant procedure.
The FUE Hair Transplant Treatment
Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from a donor area on the scalp, usually at the back of the head where the hair is plentiful, and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas.
The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic, so there is no scarring and the results are permanent.
Advantages of FUE Hair Transplant
- More natural looking results with denser packing
- The FUE Hair Transplant technique is minimally invasive and carried out under local anaesthetic
- There are no scalpels, stitches or scarring
- The hair is implanted in the direction that matches the surrounding hair growth to ensure totally natural looking results
- It is possible to perform the procedure without having to shave the head
- Only strong, healthy, follicles are selected for transplant
- Fast recovery period
- Previous scars can be corrected
The FUE Hair Transplant Results
You will be able to see the outline of your new hair line immediately after treatment. Six – nine months later, the transplanted hair will have re-grown fully and the bald patch or receding hair line will have disappeared. The results are totally natural looking and permanent.
You can leave the clinic immediately after treatment. Healing takes approximately 5-7 days, after which point any redness or slight swelling in the treatment area will have subsided.
Our Medical Team
Dr. Raghu Reddy is one of the most sought after hair transplant specialists in the UK. He has spent years perfecting the advanced method of FUE hair transplant to ensure better results and minimal downtime. He is the leading authority on FUE hair transplant procedures in the UK and has successfully helped many men get the results they hoped for. He can also correct the problems and scarring caused by previous hair transplant treatments. Dr Reddy’s meticulous attention to detail comes from his personal experience in dealing with hair loss and his desire to achieve the best possible results for each and every patient.
Dr. Kouremada Zioga is one of the most experienced FUE hair transplant surgeons, having carried out over 2,000 procedures to date. She has worked extensively throughout Europe and has treated many high profile patients from across Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Kouremada Zioga performs the most advanced form of FUE and is meticulous in achieving the very best, most natural looking results for her patients. She has also perfected the method of transplanting without the need to shave the donor area, offering that option when suitable, and making it easier for a patient’s treatment to go undetected. Her experience in reparative treatments to scarred areas, particularly resulting from the Strip Hair Transplant procedure, is extensive, with highly successful results.
Both Dr. Kouremada Zioga and Dr. Reddy perform hair restoration on the face, including on the beard, mustache and eyebrows, and are able to perform some hair transplants using body hair.
Some of your questions answered
Hair loss occurs when hair follicles that have previously produced healthy hairs begin to produce shorter, thinner, more brittle hairs with weaker shafts. This process is known as miniaturisation. Eventually, these follicles produce only fine, almost invisible short hairs, or in the worst case the hairs die out altogether. The most common cause in men is male patterned baldness.
Male patterned baldness is related to three interdependent factors:
1. Genes. A predisposition to hair loss can be passed on by either parent. The common misconception that the genes on the maternal side have a greater impact is not the case. Having the gene does not necessarily mean you will go bald; for example, a man whose father is severely bald may not follow suit, but the chances are higher.
2. Hormones. The hormone directly involved in hair loss is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT decreases the length of the growing cycle so that with each new cycle the hair shaft becomes progressively smaller.
3. Age. Genes and hormones are not enough by themselves to cause baldness. Hair loss occurs when the susceptible follicles are exposed to DHT over a period of time. However, the age at which this process starts differs from person to person..
The most common type of baldness is male pattern baldness, which occurs in stages. However, there is no definite time line for how this type of baldness progresses. You may notice that your hair has begun to thin quite noticeably in a short space of time, and then you might stay at that level of baldness for a long time before the next stage becomes obvious.
The best way of assessing how much hair you have lost and how rapidly you are losing it is by comparing photographs of you now to photos taken a few years ago.
The Norwood classification is an internationally recognised method of plotting the stages of hair loss in men. Below is a simplified version of the Norwood classification:
The first tell-tale sign of the onset of Male Pattern Baldness is the frontal recessions in the hairline.
Over time these recessions become larger and much more noticeable, and the hairline moves further back.
At the same time as the recessions taking place, a thinning area may also appear on the crown and will gradually increase in size.
The final stage of Male Pattern Baldness is when the hair is lost completely from the crown and frontal region, leaving the familiar horse shoe shape.
For a hair transplant to be successful, enough hair must be available to be ‘donated’ from another part of the scalp or body. The hair at the back and sides of the scalp is usually thicker, stronger and more densely packed, and therefore makes ideal grafting material. The best candidates therefore retain some degree of hair growth at the back and sides of the scalp. However improvements can be made even with a limited donor area.
With the use of special magnifying apparatus, your hair transplant doctor can measure the degrees of hair loss in various areas of your scalp and pinpoint the suitable donor areas.
Read more about the role age plays in suitability here.
Most FUE transplants can be completed in one day. In some cases, where lots of hairs are being transplanted, this can span to two days.
On the day of treatment, the patient arrives at the clinic in the morning and the donor area is usually shaved. This allows easier access to the roots and individual follicles.
Local anaesthetic is then injected in to the donor area to completely numb it. This ensures that the patient doesn’t feel any pain throughout the course of the treatment. Once the local anaesthetic has taken affect, a special punch, less than 1mm in diameter, is used to remove the hair follicles directly from the scalp, one by one. We can safely extract up to 7,000 hairs in one day, whereas with previous generations of FUE it was only possible to extract 2,500 hairs.
The treatment area is then numbed with local anaesthetic, and the hair that has been extracted will be replanted using miniscule instruments and meticulous attention to detail on the part of the doctor. Each hair is replanted in the same direction as the surrounding hair to ensure a totally natural result.
When all the donor hairs have been transplanted the treatment is complete.
The FUE hair transplant technique is not painful. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area before treatment commences and therefore the patient doesn’t feel anything during the procedure other than a slight rubbing sensation. There will be some slight redness immediately following treatment but this will subside after a couple of days.
Compare this to the strip technique where healing can take up to 30 days and requires very strict post-operative care, and it is clear why so many people are now choosing FUE over the strip method.
The length of the treatment depends on the number of hairs needed. Usually treatments take no more than a day to complete, however when a very large number of hairs are being transplanted, the patient may wish to split the transplant across two days.
Patients will be able to see the outline of their new hairline immediately following treatment and the hair will start to grow as normal right away. It is perfectly normal for the transplanted hair to shed again a few weeks after treatment, but after that initial shedding it will grow back strong and healthy and will remain permanently. Results will start to be seen about four – six weeks after treatment with full results being seen after approximately six months.
Results with our FUE treatments are permanent.
As the placement incisions are so small, the risk of post-operative infection is very low. You will likely experience some redness and maybe some slight swelling in the treatment area immediately after treatment, but this will subside after two to four days.