What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure in which hair follicles are transferred from the back or sides of the head where hair is in surplus (“the donor area”) to an area where hair is needed because it is thinning or bald (“the recipient area”).
Hair transplant surgery has been carried out since the 1970’s and has evolved and improved significantly since. Nowadays, individual follicles can be transferred which means that the results are very natural and pleasing and the scars very hard to detect.
Which conditions can be treated with a hair transplant?
Hair transplants are most commonly used to treat thinning or bald areas due to Androgenic Alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is also called Pattern hair loss and is a condition which affects both males and females. Both males and females with pattern hair loss may be eligible for hair transplant surgery.
Other disorders causing hair loss including scarring alopecia , scars following surgery or trauma, and burns can also be treated by hair transplantation.
What is the difference between FUT and FUE hair transplant?
FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant involves removing a strip of skin at the back of the head, and carefully separating this into individual hair follicles which are then planted back into the areas which are thinning. The result is a fine straight line scar at the back of the head. This method is most suitable for those with very advanced hair loss and loose scalp skin.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction involves taking a hair follicle out one at a time, and planting this back in the area which has thinning. This method is more suitable for those with early hair loss of if the scalp skin is very tight. The result is tiny dot like scars from where the follicles are obtained, which blend into the surrounding skin and are usually well camouflaged. FUE is more time consuming and is therefore more costly than FUE.
How many hair follicles will I need to have transplanted?
This is best determined during a consultation where the size of the area which requires hair transplantation can be assessed. This is an important determining factor on how many follicles will be required at transplantation.
Other variables will influence the number required including the degree of hair loss which has occurred, how fine or thick the hair is, how curly or straight the hair is and importantly, how you want the final result to look.
How long does the procedure take and when I can I go back to work?
This will depend on the number of hair follicles that need to be transplanted. The average time required is about 6 hours, though FUE tends to take longer than FUE. We recommend taking at least two weeks off work to recover.
Hair transplantation at Belgravia Dermatology
We offer diagnosis and treatment for hair loss, including both FUT and FUE hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic and takes 4 to 8 hours depending on the numbers of hair follicles which are transplanted
Your suitability for hair transplantation and the costs will be provided at the consultation
“Using latest techniques, individual follicles can be transferred which means that the results are very natural and pleasing.”