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What is the success rate of hair transplants?

A hair transplant requires genetically strong and healthy hair. Traditionally found around the back and sides of the head. Commonly known as the donor area or safe zone. As a result, these hairs are immune from genetic hair loss. Also known as male and female pattern baldness. It is important to note. Alternate hair loss conditions can affect hair growth in the “safe area”. For example traction alopecia or chemical damage. That aside, hair can be successfully removed from the donor safe zone. Consequently transferred to areas of hair loss. Success relies on a number of important factors. Paramount is the experience and competence of the registered surgeon performing the hair transplant. Performed to a high standard a hair transplant will grow and look natural.

Can the donor’s hair be taken for somebody else?

A common hair transplant faq´s myth. The simple answer is no. Using someone else’s hair for a hair transplant is not an option. The hair used must be your DNA match. Be it scalp or body donor hair. This reduces any need for anti rejection drugs.

Do hair transplants look natural?

One of the most important aspects of a hair transplant result. The skills of the surgeon will dictate how natural a hair transplant result is achieved. As a result, a mix of surgical and artistic qualities are required. To create a head of hair that mimics nature.

What is the importance of follicular units?

Follicular units (FU) are groups of hairs. Natural “bunches” of hairs. One to four hairs per group. The sides of the head have more one and two hair units. With more of the larger three and four hair units found around the back. Follicular units are now the standard for hair transplantation today. The removal and distribution of the units to recreate the natural appearance of a head of hair.

Will I have a full head of hair?

A hair transplant cannot replace like for like hair lost, that is impossible. As a result, a hair transplant has to create the illusion of fullness especially when treating advanced stages of hair loss. This is achieved by the careful distribution of the hair follicles to block to scalp being visible. When this is achieved the look of a good head of hair is the result. A hair transplant can be a good option for minor to advanced hair loss stages on the right candidate.

Do hair transplants last?

For a hair transplant to work the hair used must be genetically healthy and strong. The hair in the donor area must be within a safe zone to ensure when moved they will continue to regrow as normal. When performed to the highest standard the hair growth will mimic that f the hair around the back and sides and grow over the individual’s life.

What care would I receive after restoration surgery?

Patients all receive individual attention in relation to their desires and the nature of the operations they require. Light head cover can be worn immediately. Any numbness around the recipient sites will diminish in 3 months and the donor hair will shed to be replaced by new growth in 14-28 days and hair growth commences in 3-4 months.

How many sessions are generally required?

Everyone will be treated in accordance to their needs, requirements and personal budgets to provide the fullest most relevant service possible. There are many variables which need to be taken into consideration including hair types, levels of confidence and desired expectations and outcomes which are best dealt with through individual consultancy and discussion.

How many hair transplants are possible to have?

Male pattern baldness is progressive. especially when it starts at an earlier age in the early 20´s for example. Planning your hair restoration is an important aspect to a successful hair restoration result. Deciding on the best technique, FUE or FUT and when to commence your hair restoration.

Is there an age limit?

The recommended procedure works best for men above the age of 21. Ideally the hair loss pattern needs to be obvious. Undergoing a hair transplant too soon can result in an unnatural hair growth pattern. The donor can be limited reducing the coverage that can be achieved.

Can I have a hair transplant if I have a medical condition?

Final decisions as to whether to undertake surgical procedures rest with the surgeon. Full disclosure is required regarding pre-existing medical conditions.

How long does hair transplant surgery take?

On average a hair transplant is a day procedure. They can take between four to eight hours per session. This depends on the technique and the number of grafts r hair follicles used. The patient is kept comfortable throughout the procedure with little to no discomfort.

Is the procedure painful?

A hair transplant is performed under a local anaesthesia and mild sedative. There should be little to no discomfort during the procedure with either FUT or FUE techniques. You are awake throughout your procedure and can take breaks to eat and rest from time to time.

What are the risks involved?

Regardless if using the FUE or FUT techniques a hair transplant is a minor cosmetic surgical procedure. All care and attention is on the patient’s well-being, before, during and after. Performed by a certified board registered surgeon the Hair Dr is confident in our hair restoration qualifications and quality.

Will I need to wear a bandage after?

Bandages are kept to a minimum, and not routinely used. A light dressing is often preferred to reduce any slight bleeding and aid the healing process.

Do I need time off work?

Hair transplant patients can return to work very soon. It can depend on the working environment. But medically there is nothing to stop you returning to work above the normal healing process almost immediately. Many will arrange their hair transplant around a holiday or season to give themselves a short break. Cosmetically it is possible to wear a hat to hide any signs of the transplant in the first days after.

Are there any restrictions to sporting activities after the procedure?

Most patients can resume their favourite sports within a week or so. Largely dependent on how aggressive the activity may be. This will differ between the technique used. FUE has a faster recovery time compared to FUT. With less restrictions of sporting activities.

What is the timescale before the new hair is noticeable?

After the initial healing cycle when the hair falls out the hair follicles enter a resting phase. Regrowth commences for most around three to four months later. Over the next twelve to eighteen months more hair grows and matures until the full result is achieved. time frames may differ for repair patients when dealing with scarring or impaired skin.

What is the expense involved in hair transplants?

The cost will vary from person to person. As a result, a personal consultation is always recommended. An assessment made by a registered and qualified surgeon. The cost can vary depending on a number of factors. For example, the technique used and the number of grafts placed. Hence the important of a consultation. To provide all the details. From the best technique, to graft numbers an ultimately resulting in the cost.

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