A hair transplant can be carried out in two ways. Strip harvesting involves taking a strip of ‘donor’ hair from one part of the body, usually the back of the head and after this strip is cut into small pieces of tissue grafts it is transplanted back into the thinning area. Follicular Unit Extraction involves removing follicles of hair using small punches. The follicles are then transplanted back into the desired area.
Results are not immediate as the hair needs time to grow but once a few months have passed you should be able to see previously bald and thinning areas come back to life with a good amount of hair growth.
The price will depend on the technique used and the number of grafts made. One thousand grafts using the strip technique will cost around £3,480 and using the Follicular Unit Extraction technique will cost £4,150. The more grafts you have done, the unit price will decrease slightly.
Most transplanted hair should last a lifetime. The results are perfectly natural and look the same as a natural hairline. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.
Strip harvesting is carried out under local anaesthesia and will leave a linear scar in the donor area. Recovery takes about two weeks and you will need to return to have stitches removed. Follicular Unit Extraction also involves local anaesthesia but as only small single follicles are removed and not a large piece of tissue, there are no visible scars and no stitches to be removed. Recovery takes about seven days.
If you are considering having a hair transplant do carry out thorough research as all surgery should be carefully considered. Cosmeticsurgery.co.uk is one of the best in the field of hair transplants. Consultations can be booked via the website.
Once the preserve of only the rich and famous, having a hair transplant is now a realistic, attainable and affordable solution for many. Here we aim to clear up some of the myths about hair transplantation and answer most of the common questions you may have.
What is a hair transplant?
The basic surgery is the same, regardless of the size of the problem. A strip of hair is taken from the back of the head and the follicles (hair roots) separated and ‘harvested’ for re-planting individually into the area where hair-loss has occurred. More recently, this technique has been further refined to provide the option of extracting individual follicles with a ‘punch’ that does not damage the surrounding area. Follicular Unit Extraction, or FUE is more specialised and a more expensive method of hair transplantation.
Doesn’t this hair removal cause scarring or bald-patches?
No. The wound caused at the back of the head is carefully sewn up and no patch is visible. There may be very slight scarring, but this is covered by hair. With the FUE method, no scarring occurs.
Does the transplanted hair stay the same length?
No. The hairs fall out of the follicles after a few days, but then new hair will naturally re-grow from them. This hair will last as long as it would have if it were left to grow in its original position.
Isn’t a hair transplant a painful procedure?
It is a long operation normally performed under local anaesthetic. There is usually redness and swelling after the operation. Oral pain relief is often sufficient to tackle any pain felt afterwards. You should plan to take some time off work to allow recovery.
Wouldn’t people be able to tell I’d had a hair transplant?
A good hair transplant will be virtually indistinguishable from natural hair growth and because it is your own hair, will match the rest of your hair perfectly. Patients who opt for the FUE method find that their results are so natural and so quick, they can even crop the hair short.
Would I be suitable for a hair transplant?
Typically, if you are in reasonably good health and are convinced that a hair transplant will benefit you, then it would be worth booking an initial consultation. A lack of remaining scalp hair does not necessarily rule out a transplant.
Can I really afford a hair transplant?
Most surgeons will not advertise a ‘price list’ for the operations they undertake, because every patient and circumstance is different. Different surgeons charge different rates and the prices can also vary depending on where the surgery is undertaken. Typically, a hair transplant can cost between £2,500 and £5,000.
What about a cheap hair transplant?
You should think very carefully before undertaking any cosmetic surgery. The surgeon should be a member of an appropriate professional body and it should be possible to check that their qualifications are genuine. Aftercare is of vital importance and your GP should be made aware that you are about to have the surgery. The surgeon should check your medical history and should meet with you in advance of the procedure to discuss your needs. You should ask yourself whether saving a little money is worth the extra worry and potential risk of not achieving the results you desire.
So where do I go from here?
Find yourself an accredited surgeon and book a consultation. Ask to see examples of their work and if possible, talk to previous patients. Get a quote for the transplant and take your time to make the right choice for you.