Advancements in hair transplant techniques have meant that patients suffering from male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) and thinning hair can reverse the process of this and enjoy a healthy, fuller head of natural-looking hair. The techniques available today are so refined that even someone closely inspecting your scalp will not be not able to tell a procedure has been performed.
What kind of people are eligible for a hair transplant?Although with any form of surgery not everyone is a suitable patient, most people suffering from some form of hair loss can be eligible:
- Men or woman with noticeably thinning hair
- Men or woman experiencing or suffering pattern baldness or hair loss
- Men or woman with a reduced or deteriorating hair line
- People who want to thicken their existing hair in areas
Risks of Surgery
We make a point of informing every potential patient that, as with every form of surgery, there can be potential complications. Thankfully our experience in hair transplants means these are very rare and kept to an absolute minimum. Some of the well-known complications can be:
- The risk of infection
- Itching or swelling on the donor/transplanted areas
- Ingrown hairs
- Unsatisfactory growth
- Pronounced scarring
The route to a new head or hair is not as complex as you may initially think. After your consultation and assuming you have been approved as a suitable candidate our surgeon will greet you on the day of your procedure and discuss exactly what to expect over the next 5-8 hours.
Once the surgeon and his team of technicians have marked the outline of your hairline, the procedure can begin. The only discomfort you may potentially feel during your time is while the technicians prepare the donor and recipient area using local anaesthetic.
Using advanced microscopes, they will extract hair follicles (grafts) from either the back or side of your head (donor area). Depending on the number of grafts you are having transplanted, this period is more "boring" for the patient than anything. Once follicles have been extracted the surgeons team of skilled technicians meticulously prepare each hair individually for implantation. Our surgeon will then implant the hair extracted making sure that the hair flows in a nature manner and also that optimum density is achieved.
After all grafts have been implanted you will have the back of your head fitted with a small dressing, and our surgeon will outline the dos and don’ts over the coming week. Although the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic we recommend you do not drive and this is why we offer our private chauffeur driven service to get you home comfortably.
How soon can I get a hair transplant?
We recommend that you do not wait until you are completely bald, or until your hair has thinned to an extreme state. Indeed, the majority of patients take a pro-active approach and although it can seem initially daunting at first, arranging a consultation and addressing the problem sooner rather than later is good practice. It is commonly known that medicines such as Propecia/Finasteride and minoxidil (Rogaine) can help improve the results of a procedure. All our patients are tailored a package to their individual needs and this can include home visits, transport home post-procedure, supply of medication and many other services.