39.2% of men in the UK are suffering from baldness worldwide. Have you also lost your confidence in your hair? After experimenting with all the different methods, you have decided to have a hair transplant.A hair transplant is a complicated surgery, and many questions arise in mind. And there is nothing to feel bad about it.
I have tried to answer as many questions as possible in this blog to help you. Let’s dive in, get all the information and solve all your dilemmas.
1. How long do hair transplants last?
After the hair transplant, your growth will become apparent in a few months. After one year following the procedure, your hair will be fully grown. The effects of a hair transplant are long-lasting after a year. Your newly transplanted hair won’t fall out. However, the lasting of transplanted hair varies depending on the individual.
2. Is it risky to have a hair transplant?
Like every surgery, a hair transplant also has some risks. But the risk associated with it is minimal. You might have complications after the surgery, like infection, itching, wound dehiscence or skin necrosis. But there is nothing major to worry about.
3. What is the best age for a hair transplant?
The best age to have a hair transplant is more than 25 years. However, the minimum age is 25 because the hair loss is only complete after this age. Additionally, Older men above 65 can expect excellent results from hair transplant surgery. You can have a hair transplant regardless of age if your surgeon recommends you have one.
4. What is a hair transplant cost?
The cost of a hair transplant varies depending on the amount of hair loss you have. The minimum charge is £4,000 for 1,000 grafts. It also depends upon the hair transplantation technique adopted. Most hair transplant clinics provide finance options for the ease of patients. But it entirely depends upon the clinic. Every hair transplant clinic has different charges for different number of grafts.
5. What do I need to do before my surgery?
It would help if you were well-prepared before your surgery. Mentally prepare yourself entirely before the surgery. You should stop smoking, keep your hair healthy, stay away from direct sunlight, talk to your consultant before taking any medications, do not cut your hair, and give your head a regular massage. And follow all the instructions your hair transplant surgeon gave you.
6. What qualifications should my surgeon have?
Your hair transplant surgeon must have a degree recognised by GMC (General Medical Council). A two-year foundation program of general training and core training in hair transplant specialists is what you should look for. A surgeon with this qualification can be considered a professional surgeon. Knowing the qualifications of your surgeon is essential before the actual surgery. An unexperienced surgeon can give you some complications later.
7. How much recovery time is needed?
After the hair transplant surgery, it is normal to have swelling or infection in the wounded area. You need approximately 72 hours for the recovery. However, we suggest you rest completely until your surgeon recommends you have. Otherwise, it might give you complications while recovering. Your wounds may take more than the usual time to heal.
8. Can I see any patient testimonials?
Yes, you can see the patient’s testimonial. You can ask the hair transplant clinic or your surgeon to show you some before and after results of the patient whom your surgeon has treated. If the surgeon declines to show you testimonials, take a step back and get a consultation from another consultant.
9. How long will it take to see the results of my transplant?
The hair transplant procedure is not the one that can give you results in one night. It takes time. In the initial three months, you can expect to see the growth of hairs. The entire hair growth can be seen nearly a year after the hair transplant surgery. Have patience and trust in your surgeon for better results.
- Do I need a second hair transplant?
Once your hair transplant is done, you rarely need a second hair transplant. If you get a hair transplant at a young age and in later years, you tend to lose other hair. In that case, you may need to have another hair transplant. Although, it is dependent on the individual and the surgeon. You might suffer various side effects if you do not take appropriate care.
- Am I an ideal candidate for hair transplant surgery?
Any person losing confidence due to their hair loss problem is an excellent candidate for surgery. It would help if you also had sufficient hair loss, a suitable donor area, a healthy scalp, good general health, and realistic expectations. You can contact the top surgeons in London, or wherever you are situated, for a good consultation.
- Will People Notice That I Have Had A Hair Transplant?
Nobody will be able to tell that you had a hair transplant after your hair has grown out completely. However, if the surgery is not performed carefully, then it can lead to unexpected results.
- Between FUE or FUT transplant, which one is more ideal for me?
In FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction), individual follicles are taken and transplanted to the affected area of the scalp. While in FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), a strip of follicles is taken and transplanted to the affected area. Most people prefer FUE over FUT. Your surgeon will advise which surgery you should opt for according to your hair loss.
I hope these answers help you in eliminating your dilemmas. Asking a lot of questions is a good thing. Even if it is a silly question, the hair transplantation surgeon would be more than happy to answer all your questions.
Remember, this decision is going to impact your life. You are going to get your confidence back. If you have any other questions in your mind, your surgeon will definitely help you out.