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How do I get started?
A photo-consultation is easiest way to get things started. Simply email us a few photos from different angles showing your current hair and we can go from there.
Alternatively, initial consultations also work well via Skype and can be arrange at a time in the day or evening to suit your schedule plus you can also arrange an appointment to see one of our experienced consultants in person if you prefer.
Will people be able to tell I have had a transplant?
Usually nobody be able to tell you have had a transplant. Through a combination of skill, technology and technique your new hairlines and coverage will be undetectable – It’s your own hair simply growing in different location after all.
How Long will it be before I see a difference?
The period between surgery and new hair growth is typically 2-3 months. Change will then happen gradually with around 15% of the hair growing between the 2nd and 4th month, while about 50-75% grows between the 5th and 9th months. It takes 6 to 12 to see a dramatic change. Hair continues to mature and grow in thickness for up to 18 months after surgery.
Are hair transplants painful?
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia so the minor inconvenience are a few initial, localised injections. Once the skin anesthetized, no other pain or discomfort is experienced during the procedure.
How will the transplanted area look after the procedure?
The donor and transplanted area will look like tiny cuts for the first 24 hours and will then quickly turn to scabs. These scabs will usually drop off within a week to ten days after the procedure and from this point on (depending on the size of the area transplanted) it is usually difficult for any one to notice a procedure has been performed. There is typically an element of redness in the transplanted regions that dissipates in the range of 2-4 weeks. In some patients, the procedure can leave small white dots (known as hypopigmentation) in the donor area where follicles have been removed. However, scarring is virtually undetectable, particularly if you maintain a centimeter or more hair length. It’s certainly not as a FUT linear strip scar.
How long should I take off work after an FUE transplant?
We recommend a client takes at least 3 full days off work after the procedure. Beyond this time, it’s simply a matter of personal choice since there will be some swelling and scabbing. Swelling can be reduced and potentially avoided with the use of ice packs but scabbing will be unavoidable for the first 7-10 days. A loose fitting hat may be worn from day 3/4 which will cover everything, but if wearing a hat is not an option for you, it might be better to take a week to ten days off work while the scabbing heals.
What is shedding (shock loss ) after surgery?
Some shedding (effluvium) is a rare occurrence with hair restorations and occurs in only around 5% of all cases. Shock loss is where there is a loss of natural hair (donor area or the recipient area) after the procedure. Shock hair loss is not specific to any one method and evident for both FUE and FUT (strip) procedures. More commonly it occurs in the recipient area. The cause of shock loss is normally from trauma and settles after several weeks or months.
What are the advantages of the FUE procedure?
There are a number of advantages to this procedure:
- Less invasive, faster and much less painful recovery – stitches not required.
- Unlike FUT (strip) procedure, does not leave a large linear scar in the donor area.
- Maximises the donor area for harvesting enabling our physicians to choose follicular groups yeilding high quality results.
- Grafts spend less time out of the body ensuring maximum success.
- Allows the possibility to harvest body or beard donor hair.
How is an FUT strip Transplant different from FUE?
FUT also involves removing follicular units one at a time and placing them into the recipient areas. FUE does not leave a linear scar on the back of the patient’s head.
Are there any medications that i need to avoid before my procedure?
Yes. You can find a list of these medications in our pre-op instructions. If you have additional questions regarding medications, please ask us.
Do I need to mention any medical condition I might have?
Yes, definitely, but don’t worry you will be asked the relevant questions during your consultancy.