Hair transplants, which result in a head of hair that is fuller and thicker, are becoming an increasingly popular method for men to battle male pattern baldness. More than half of all men over the age of 50 will have some degree of hair loss, and hair transplants are the only method of hair restoration that can guarantee long-lasting results.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Hair Transplants?
The best candidates for hair transplant surgery are:
- Men whose male pattern baldness has advanced to a Norwood Scale class of 3 or above, or who have been experiencing hair loss for more than 5 years.
- Men who go into the procedure with reasonable expectations and who are aware that their hair loss can continue to worsen after the procedure, even though they are taking prescription medicine to try to halt this worsening.
- Men who have been balding for many years, whose pattern has stabilised, and who want to add hair for a more youthful look.
- Those who have lost their hair due to injuries or burns.
- Men and women who have had hair loss as a result of various cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts.
Type of Hair Transplant
Hair transplant for men is performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, so you will be awake but pain-free. There are 2 types of hair transplants.
- From the back of your head, a little strip of skin with hair is taken and divided into pieces comprising one to four hairs individually (hair grafts).
- The grafts are implanted into the scalp through microscopic incisions.
- The area where the hairs are extracted is stitched up.
- You will have a scar on the back of your head, but unless you have extremely short hair, it should not be noticeable.
- It is not necessary to shave the head; just the region where the skin is removed is trimmed.
- The back of the head is shaved.
- Individual hairs are removed one at a time (grafts).
- The grafts are inserted into the scalp using very small incisions.
- You will have a significant number of extremely few scars, but they won’t be easy to see.
The hair transplant procedure typically takes one day, and you should not be required to remain in the clinic overnight.
Discover What to Expect from Your Hair Transplant
Each and every hair transplant requires a wide range of methods, including a pre-op consultation, the removal and preservation of grafts, the actual implantation, and post-operative care. This whole process typically takes anything from six to nine hours to complete. Read on to learn more about the FUE hair transplant procedure that we do at Zestige Clinic in Harley Street.
Stage 1: Consultation
At the commencement of a hair transplantation procedure, patients sit down with the team for an individual hair restoration consultation. It is essential to evaluate each case carefully and establish the appropriate amount and positioning of grafts to be implanted. Now is the time to discuss and ask questions about the anticipated findings. Then, we continue with the required pre-operative testing and other preparations.
Stage 2: Donor Graft Extraction
During this stage, the surgeon extracts donor grafts from the patient’s donor region using a specialised instrument. In the majority of cases, donor grafts are harvested from the back and sides of the scalp; however, in certain instances, different donor locations are used. During an Advanced FUE operation, grafts are harvested one by one at all times. This method of extraction does not result in a lengthy scar on the donor site.
Stage 3: Graft Preservation
As grafts are retrieved, our staff actively preserves them for further implantation. Once a graft has been retrieved from the donor region, it is cleaned, sorted according to the number of hairs it contains, and immersed in an active plasma solution that maximises survival. The graft-containing Petri plates are refrigerated until insertion.
Stage 4: Implantation
Your surgeon will make a small incision using a microsurgical needle in the recipient’s skin (the area that is going to receive the grafts). Next, the grafts are implanted at an angle and density that mimic the patient’s natural hair. This is done so that the resulting pattern would seem as realistic as possible when applied to hair. Every one of our specialists is well-versed in placing grafts such that they seem like they were always a part of your original hair.
Stage 5: Post-Op Care
After the primary phases of a hair transplant have been finished, it is crucial to keep to the proper aftercare protocols. This involves cleansing the donor and implantation sites and preserving the transplanted grafts from exposure to the weather, excessive rubbing, impacts, and direct sunlight. A day following the hair transplant, the surgeon will arrange a follow-up appointment to assess the patient’s recovery.
Why Choose Zestige Clinic for Hair Transplant
- We are one of the most well-regarded clinics offering the best hair transplant in London.
- Free consultation with a specialised surgeon to evaluate your specific needs about hair loss and hair transplant surgery.
- Over one hundred of our previous customers have provided us with very positive feedback.
- Our dermatologists and surgeons have years of experience in the area of hair restoration.
- Unrivalled in the industry, our patient experience will make sure you are relaxed and content during the whole procedure.
- You can depend on us at all times for outstanding aftercare assistance and direction.
- Flexible payment plans with o% APR up to 24 months.
- Personalised aftercare service and further follow-ups.
Are Hair Transplants Natural-Looking?
Generally, hair transplants seem realistic since donor parts of the head are covered with actual human hair. Real hair and a large number of donor implants contribute to a natural look. A successful hair transplant can be undetected upon careful scrutiny, for example even by a hairdresser.
What is the Best Method of Hair Transplantation for me?
Because each case is different, your surgeon will talk to you about the type of hair transplant that is most suited for you and explain why they made that recommendation. In addition, we will provide you with follow-up consultations to verify that you are completely content with the outcomes that were achieved.
How Long is the Recovery After the Transplant?
To lessen the likelihood of persistent scarring, your surgeon may recommend limiting your physical activity for the first month. Most bandages may be removed between two and five days after surgery, although patients should be cautious not to touch the grafts during this time.
When Can I Wash My Hair After Having a Hair Transplant?
By day 6, you should be allowed to gently hand-wash your hair, and after ten to fourteen days, any remaining non-dissolvable sutures may be removed at the clinic.
Once My Hair Stops Falling Out, How Long Before it Grows Back?
Some of the transplanted hair may fall out a few weeks later, but new hair should start growing in about 6 months. The full effects should be seen within 12 to 18 months.
Do I Need Time Off After the Surgery?
Patients often return to work within days. Although some want to take their time. It is highly recommended that you take a few days off to ensure that you get enough rest and give your body time to recover.