Up to 50% of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss by the time they reach 50. And for many, hair loss will occur far earlier, whilst they are still in their 20s, 30s or even late teens.
If you’re considering a hair transplant, it’s only natural to have lots of questions for your surgeon
at your first consultation. You may be unsure of what to ask before hair transplants, or worried
about forgetting something important.
We understand that there is a lot of information to absorb when considering undergoing a Hair
Transplant procedure and so we have outlined some questions for you to ask your surgeon. We’ve also provided expert advice from our highly experienced Hair Transplant surgeons.
Ask the following questions before hair transplant surgery:
Am I a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery?
The first thing that your surgeon will assess is if you are a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery. Suitability is based upon a number of factors, including age, pre-existing health conditions and your hair itself. Even if you are not suitable for surgery, your surgeon may be able to recommend alternative therapies to help regain or slow the loss of your hair
Am I too young for a hair transplant?
Every case we are presented with is evaluated thoroughly on an individual basis, and there are several age-related factors that play a part in candidate suitability for a hair transplant procedure.
The main consideration for our surgeons is the current degree of hair loss and the future implications of the patient’s hair loss patterns. We do as much as we can to help preserve the hair and prevent further hair loss for our younger patients. We also monitor the patient’s hair loss over a period of time, allowing us to then decide the most suitable time for a hair transplant procedure, permanently restoring the lost hair. Find out more about the role age plays in Hair Transplant procedures.
Which is better: FUT or FUE hair restoration?
The first thing to determine is whether you are more suited to FUT Or FUE Hair Restoration procedures. FUT involves removing an entire strip of hair, faster results but longer recovery. FUE Hair Restoration involves removing and transplanting individual follicles, which offers patients less scarring and a speedy recovery.
How can you prepare for surgery?
Your surgeon is going to provide you with a specific list of instructions pertaining to preparing for
your surgery–follow them! Some surgeons may restrict alcohol intake leading up to the
transplant, while others may recommend a Vitamin C supplement to boost your immunity
system. Avoid cutting your hair and don’t use any styling products. Talk with loved ones about
setting up a relaxing, quiet place for your recovery in the days after your procedure, as well as a
ride to and from your surgery.
How long does it take?
A lot depends on whether you have FUE or FUT surgery, but typically, the procedure takes
several hours. Often the surgeon will split the process up into two parts, with a break for lunch.
As for your results, it is important to remember that this is not an immediate fix; you must allow
time for your transplanted hair to grow.
What is recovery like?
Make sure to give yourself time to recover. Surgery and FUT restoration requires a couple of
weeks to allow the skin time to heal properly. FUE procedures typically need around three to
four days recovery time.
Can I see any patient testimonials?
Patient testimonials and before and after pictures are a great way to get a feel of how other patients have found their hair transplant experience. Having multiple, positive reviews is a good sign that your surgeon is skilled and has many happy patients. Take a look at our patient testimonials for further information.
Will I need a second hair transplant?
Due to natural thinning of existing hair, you may require further hair transplants in the future. Your surgeon will be able to provide further information on this, and discuss potential treatments to slow or prevent hair loss in the future.
How much does a hair transplant cost?
At your first consultation, once your surgeon has been able to take a look at your hair, you’ll be able to get a quote for your surgery. Make sure to ask about any finance options that may be available to you, and when payment will be due.
Will the results look completely natural?
The phenomenal skills and techniques of our surgeons and their perfection of the FUE hair transplant method ensure that you will have the most natural looking results. The grafting techniques associated with the FUE method treats each hair follicle independently, so placement of the implanted hair can be managed, giving you natural looking, dense hair.
When will my hair start to grow?
You will be able to notice the difference immediately after the procedure is complete – you’ll see the outline of your new hair. However, it will take approximately 1 year for your hair to fully grow – you will notice daily progress as your hair grows.