FUE Hair Transplant FAQS
FUE Hair Transplants have become increasingly popular, they are spoken about a lot more and information about them is much easier to find which is ideal for potential patients to become more informed about the procedure.
We have put together a selection of our most frequently asked questions to help you make a more informed decision.
Am I suitable for a FUE Hair Transplant?
Before booking in for a FUE Hair Transplant you will need to come in for a consultation with a patient advisor or a hair transplant surgeon. This is where we are able to determine if you are suitable for the procedure or not. The main factors that decide your suitability come down to age, history of hair loss, and the type of hair loss.
How many procedures will I need?
We always advise our patients that they may need more than one FUE Hair Transplant in their lifetime. This just comes down to changes in the future – it is not like a skin treatment where you may need more than one to see a difference. You will get results from a single treatment and you may not need another procedure until 10 years later, if at all.
Will I see instant results?
Although you will see a difference when you leave the clinic the final result can take up to a year. You will have some shedding after 3-6 weeks and then your hair will re-grow for a further 2-4 months. At 6 months you will notice a difference but your final results will take 12 months.
Will everyone be able to tell I have had the procedure?
Many patients undergoing a hair transplant are able to keep their procedure confidential with some strategic planning. We can work with you to create this plan which often includes you getting your hair cut short in the months before your procedure which makes the short hair required post-procedure is of no surprise to friends, family and co-workers. In some cases we may be able to offer you an Unshaven Hair Transplant which does not require you to shave your head, your suitability for this will need to be discussed at your initial consultation.
Will the procedure hurt?
You should not feel pain during the procedure. You will have a local anaesthetic injection at the start which will numb your head. You may have some feelings of pulling or tugging of the scalp but you should not feel pain. It is important however to expect some mild pain or discomfort after the procedure once the anaesthetic wears off but this will only be for a short time and you will be provided with painkillers.
What should I wear?
We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes as you will be sat and or laid down for the majority of the day. It is best that you wear a loose fitting top or loose button shirt. This is so you are easily able to remove it after the procedure without rubbing tight against the donor and newly transplanted hair areas of your head.
Should I bring a book/tablet to keep me entertained?
It is not a short procedure so we do recommend that our patients bring something to keep them entertained. Patients in the past have brought with them tablets that have movies or TV series to watch or some prefer to just listen to music. The majority of our clinics will have a TV screen but patients tend to prefer being able to control what they watch.
How long will the procedure take?
The length of the procedure will depend on how many hairs are required. Procedures generally take between 6-8 hours which will be a day spent in the clinic but sometimes if there are a larger number of hairs that need to be transplanted then we may suggest the treatment taking place over 2 days for the comfort of the patient.
How soon will I see the results?
Once the procedure is finished you will be able to see a visible different to your hairline at least. You will then need to be patient whilst you go through the recovery stages. Final results can take up to a year but you should be able to start seeing the results from 6 months.
How should I look after my new hair?
It is important to take care the first three days following your procedure. You must not touch the new grafts and this includes with your fingers and with a hat or helmet. You will be provided with a spray on solution that will need to be sprayed onto the area every half hour for the first three days. Your surgeon will run through your full aftercare advice after your procedure.
When will I be able to return to work?
You should be fine to return to work relatively quickly but many patients choose not too as your head will still be red for a few days after the procedure. We recommend a week, just to allow you to recover well and follow the aftercare advice accurately but ultimately it is your own choice and whatever you feel comfortable with.
Will I have scarring?
An FUE Hair Transplant leaves you with little to no scarring compared to the older FUT Strip Hair Transplant. The hair is extracted using a small punch method which will leave some micro small white dotted scars in your donor area but this will only be noticed if you keep this area of your head closely shaven. These scars do fade leaving you with a natural looking result.
The Private Clinic
The Private Clinic’s Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration surgeons have the most extensive experience in treating Male Pattern Baldness with the minimally-invasive, no visible scarring, no stitch technique known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplantation.
Hair transplant treatments are available at The Private Clinic London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Northampton. However, we offer hair transplant consultations across our clinics in the UK.