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FUE hair transplant – the most frequently asked questions

As 2018 begins, people start to reflect on ways to improve themselves in the new year, or think about finally realising their goals and ambitions. For some, treating their hair loss is of significant consideration.

The FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant has become increasingly popular and talked about as a solution for hair loss. John Thomson, Alex Beattie, Joe Swash and Jake Quickenden are just a few of the celebrities recently opening up about undergoing the procedure, helping destigmatise the treatment and inspire others.

A significant decision, considering an FUE hair transplant requires research and careful selection of an FUE qualified surgeon. The Private Clinic answer frequently asked questions about FUE to get you started. Helping you to feel confident in their responses, The Private Clinic’s Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration surgeons represent some of the most reputable worldwide, with extensive experience treating Male Pattern Baldness with FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant .

How much does it cost?

The cost of an FUE hair transplant is commonly on a case-by-case basis, due to each patient having different needs. Therefore, a consultation and scalp assessment is required for an exact quotation. Surgeons can range in the factor they choose to price by. Some charge per number of hairs, grafts or area size, while some charge per number of sessions or hours needed.

At The Private Clinic, they price by how many hairs are required in the treatment area, charging approximately £2.50 per hair. Although the majority of clinics work by graft, they choose to work by hair, being the only way of guaranteeing the most robust follicles are transplanted.

Am I suitable?             

Sufficient hair on another area of the scalp or body, for donation to the treatment area, is required to ensure the procedures success. Perfect grafting material, the strongest and thickest hair is usually found on the sides and back of the head, making those with hair growth here the best candidates. For those with a limited donor area, improvements are still possible.

If your hair loss is at an early stage, an expert Trichologist, such as those from The Private Clinic, can assess your degree of hair loss and suggest next steps. They may find that supplements or medication are a better solution.

What can I expect 6 months post procedure?

After six months, the full results of your FUE hair transplant are typically visible. Although, this is not the case for everyone. Some find their results are still developing at this stage and require up to a year to see the final results.

How much swelling should I expect post-op?

Immediately post procedure you may experience minimal swelling in the treatment area. After approximately two to four days this will settle. You’re also likely to experience some slight redness, taking between 7-14 days to subside.

What’s the downtime?

After the procedure, you can return home immediately. It is recommended you take a week off work however, while experiencing swelling and redness. Although, some Private Clinic patients choose to take a few days or up to two weeks off.

Do you always need to shave your head first?

For Standard FUE Hair Transplant procedures you must shave the treatment area as well as the donor area at the sides and back of the scalp. Therefore, most of the patients at The Private Clinic shave their head completely.

In some cases, patients are eligible for a micro Unshaven FUE hair transplant, which does not require shaving or trimming pre-procedure. Although, this must be discussed at your consultation with your surgeon.

The Private Clinic represent one of the leading clinics for FUE hair transplants in the UK. For more information about the procedure or to book a consultation with an expert Hair Transplant and Hair Restoration surgeon call 0333 920 9135.

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