Does a hair transplant honestly work?
Yes. Provided you are a suitable candidate, hair transplantation is extremely effective. The process involves re-planting hair follicles into a recipient area; blood then naturally supplies the follicles with nutrients to enable hair to grow back. This is a genetic and entirely natural process in which the result is a full head of your own hair. Every year, tens of thousands of UK individuals undergo a hair transplant.
What would an initial consultation involve?
We allow a full hour to discuss your expectations, questions and of course to outline all the solutions available to you.
How much is a consultation and how long will it last?
There is no charge for a consultation.
What should I bring to a consultation?
It’s helpful if you bring along a photograph of yourself before your hair loss so that we can accurately assess your aims and goals etc.
Are there any age barriers to getting a hair transplant?
We will consider candidates age 18 upwards – and there’s no upper age limit! Ideally the patient should be at least 25 years old so that the hair loss pattern has established.
What if I’m not a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery?
Please do not worry. Many people - for a variety of reasons - discover they are not a suitable candidate for surgery but this certainly does not mean the end of hair restoration options. Thanks to advances in technology, clients can also choose from custom-made hair systems specially designed and colour-matched to look and feel just as good as the real thing. Hair integration – a non-surgical procedure that blends real hair with your own – is also a very popular alternative for those with thinning hair. Please get in touch to explore all your options.
What can I expect on the day of surgery?
A welcome by our experienced team will be followed by an in-depth discussion and examination with Dr Shahmalak (hair transplant surgeon) will explain the procedure and plan your day.
How should I prep my hair for surgery?
It is best to avoid cutting your hair at least three weeks before surgery so that the donor hair is as flexible and abundant as possible. We normally ask that half an inch of growth is available for the transplant procedure. Your consultant will discuss in depth pre-surgery preparation but you should avoid using any hair gel or grooming products on the day of your transplant.
How long will surgery last for?
It depends on the extent of the agreed transplantation but, because it is such a precise and important operation, we generally allow for at least four – eight hours’ surgery time.
I have very fine hair – will this affect the success of a transplant?
No. It just means that more grafts are required to achieve your desired density and thickness.
How many grafts can you do during one operation?
Up to 3000 Grafts FUT or 3000 Grafts FUE over 2 days.
Does hair transplantation hurt?
Like any minor surgical procedure, mild discomfort can be expected post-operation as the tiny incisions heal. However, the actual procedure doesn’t hurt as it is performed under local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort and pain.
Can hair be implanted into scar tissue?
The extent of the scarring will need to be assessed but, generally-speaking, yes. Dr Shahmalak specialises in a procedure that allows for repeated hair transplantation on scar tissue.
Can another person provide donor hair?
This is a common question and unfortunately the answer is no as your body will reject any hair that is not an exact genetic match.
What will my scalp look like?
With FUE, incisions are so tiny that there is virtually no visible scarring. The procedure however will leave a linear scar at the back of the head which can be concealed with 1cm length hair. Immediately after surgery, a bandage should be worn overnight; small scabs may then appear for 4-10 days post-surgery but this is completely normal as the incisions heal.
How soon can I expect newly implanted hair to grow?
It is important to be aware that donor hair will shed within 2-4 weeks of surgery. This is perfectly normal and hair growth will resume after 4 months. You will really see the shape and impact of your ‘new’ hair after about six months. We always ask our patients to be patient!
What length of recovery period can I expect?
You should rest for approximately 5-10 days after your surgery but individual cases vary. Please discuss this with your surgeon. You should not undertake strenuous exercise within this period and avoid swimming for 14 days after surgery.
Will you monitor the results of my hair transplant?
Yes. We believe it is vital to monitor the progress of every hair transplant candidate for at least 6 months. Follow-up sessions also allow both the surgeon and candidate to discuss the long-term after care.
How long will my hair transplant last for?
Transplanted hairs are for life, natural hairs are more likely to continue to shed. This will be discussed by the surgeon and of course good care and a healthy lifestyle will also help preserve hair.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
- 1st Consultation is free of charge (and should be cancelled with 24 hours’ notice).
- 2nd Consultation (if needed) is £75
- Booking surgery: deposit is £500 to secure surgery date. The balance is due at least 48 hours before surgery.
In cases where a patient reschedules their booked date for surgery, and provides 14 days or more notice to cancel or reschedule, an administration fee of £75 will apply.
In cases where a patient reschedules their booked date for surgery, and provides 13 days to 4 days’ notice, an administration fee of £250 will apply.
Unfortunately, if you cancel or change or change your surgery within 2 days of your appointment, we will charge or retain the full value of the surgery as invoiced.
These fees will be added to the total operation fee and will be payable prior to surgery.