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Hair Transplant at Harley Medical
There are two methods our surgeons use to achieve hair restoration. Both use ‘donor hair’ follicles extracted from your own scalp, under a local anaesthetic.
FOLLICULAR UNIT TRANSPLANTATION
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves a surgeon extracting the donor hair as a strip of follicles. The extracted follicles are then replaced in the desired area, the donor site is then closed using sutures.
FOLLICULAR UNIT EXTRACTION
The second option is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). In this method, the follicles are removed from the donor area one by one, and then implanted in the desired area individually.
Both methods are carried out in a clinical environment, by a team of experts who will ensure you are kept as safe and comfortable as possible.
What to expect from the Procedure
Before we book you in for a Hair Transplant Surgery, you will meet with the Hair Transplant Coordinator. They will discuss the journey, answer any initial questions you may have and take the swabs for the Fagron TrichoTest™ Profiling. Once the results are received we will invite you to a consultation with a Surgeon.
During the consultation, the surgeon will:
Determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery by carrying out a TrichoTest™
Discuss the procedure itself; what will happen during the operation.
Discuss your expectations of the Surgery and what kind of results you are likely to achieve.
What is a Fagron TrichoTest™?
Fagron TrichoTest is a genetic test and software solution developed to support healthcare professionals in personalising treatment for hair loss. It combines the analysis of genetic variations, lifestyle factors and literature related to hair loss treatment. It suggests individualised treatment options through topical, oral or surgical solutions.
How does Fagron TrichoTest™ work?
TrichoTest™ analyses 3 polymorphisms within 16 DNA mutations (SNPs), analysing a total of 48 genetic variations. Detecting SNPs facilitates the understanding of specific characteristics of the metabolism of a patient that are related to hair loss. All SNPs used in TrichoTest have been scientifically validated from population studies presenting a significative global incidence.
What is the process?
The quantity of DNA required for the analysis is obtained with an oral swab, it is a simple procedure that can be carried out in a clinician's office.
You will be asked to fill out a consent form that will allow Fagron Genomics the permission to analyse the DNA sample.
Visit our Clinic and meet a coordinator who will outline your journey as a patient and begin by taking a mouth swab(s) for the TrichoTest™ profiling.
Once the results are back you will meet the doctor and you will discuss a treatment plan based on the outcome of the TrichoTest™ Model.
As a patient you will attend a pre-operation appointment to ensure you are fit and well, then the surgery will be scheduled.
On the day of the Surgery you will attend a hospital for treatment, the Doctor will undertake the procedure as a day case and you will be able to return home.
After surgery, it will take some time for your scalp to heal. How long this takes will depend on a number of factors, including the amount of hair you have had transplanted, your age, health and skin type – and how well you follow the aftercare procedure. Below is an overview of what to expect after your surgery:
Immediately after surgery:
You will not be able to drive home after surgery, so you should arrange for a lift. The anaesthetic will start to wear off about eight hours after the procedure and you will begin to experience some mild discomfort. You will probably be prescribed painkillers by your doctor and told to avoid alcohol and operating heavy machinery/driving for 24 hours.
You might be required to sleep sitting up during the 24 hours after surgery in order to avoid rubbing the treated area, as this could affect the final result.
Caring for your grafts:
You will notice some crusting and scabbing on your scalp in the days and weeks following your treatment. These should begin to fall off after 1-3 three weeks. It’s important that the skin is kept clean and moist during this time, so your surgeon will provide you with personalised aftercare advice with this in mind.
For 48 hours after surgery you should avoid:
Bending over to the floor
Sleeping on the treated area
Rubbing, scratching or bumping your scalp
Washing your scalp
For 2 weeks after surgery you should avoid:
Any strenuous activity or exercise
Taking aspirin or ibuprofen & products containing these
Using hair products or cosmetics
Eating spicy food
12 Months after surgery:
To ensure you are happy with your results, the surgeon will carry out a post-operative review 12 months after treatment, to assess your regrowth.
The tiny hair that is transplanted during surgery normally falls out within one week. After this, the hair will grow normally from the root and you will begin to see noticeable results from approximately 12 weeks after treatment. If the surgeon is transplanting into a thinning area, this can occasionally cause temporary shedding of some existing nearby hair shafts - but these will regrow.
You might notice that the transplanted hair is slightly frizzy in texture, but the follicles should settle down and start making better quality hair fibre after about 14 months.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After about two weeks, you should be able to resume your normal day-to-day activities. But, there are important aftercare protocols in place immediately after surgery which must be followed to avoid infection and complications.
You might want to wear a hat after surgery to cover the grafts from view while they heal, but it’s best not to wear a hat if possible, as your skin will heal more quickly if it’s exposed to the air. If you feel you must cover up, a loose baseball cap, or a hat with holes to allow the skin to breathe, is best.
Yes, women as well as men can have hair transplant surgery at Harley – up to the age of 70.
As it is difficult to predict the pattern and speed of hair loss for any particular person, there is a chance you might still experience some hair loss after surgery – but from your existing, natural hair. This means you may require a number of treatments to achieve a full head of hair. However, the hair that has been transplanted should continue to grow normally.
As with any type of surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection or scarring with hair transplant surgery. There is also the chance that the results may not be as you’d hoped or that you continue to experience hair loss after surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you at length during your consultation.
It’s likely that you will need to take some time off work to recover and to avoid infection. You won’t be able to drive immediately after surgery and should avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks, so this may impact your ability to carry out your job for a while. Your surgeon will be able to provide more personalised advice.
The scabbing and crusting will begin to drop off after a couple of weeks, but you won’t see any visible hair regrowth until at least 12 weeks after surgery. You are likely to experience some swelling and pain in the days following treatment, but recovery time varies from patient to patient, so speak to your surgeon for more personalised advice.