The Importance Of Seeing Your Hair Transplant Surgeon

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We wanted to write a short piece on why it is so important to see you hair transplant surgeon regularly- before, during and after your operation. At The Treatment Rooms London we are seeing more and more patients asking us for help when it comes to fixing a previous hair transplant or advice about aftercare. In almost all cases, the patient had barely seen their hair transplant surgeon and in some cases didn’t know what their name was! This is particularly worrying. So who is your hair transplant surgeon? Why is it important to see them? Find out in this blog!

Why Do You Need A Hair Transplant Surgeon?

If you are suffering from hair loss you might be wondering what is the cause and what is the best treatment for you? The causes of hair loss are explored in earlier blogs that you can click on below:

Treating hair loss can be tricky and requires specialist knowledge. Sometimes you might ring a hair loss clinic and get booked into see someone who is not a hair transplant Surgeon or Doctor. In most cases this person is not medically qualified to diagnose and manage your hair loss. In reality you need to be seen by a GMC registered Doctor or Surgeon, or a trichologist.

Furthermore, your Doctor or Surgeon needs to have a specialist interest in hair loss and hair restoration surgery if they are going to advise you about having a hair transplant. They are best placed to know how suitable you are for a hair transplant. We have written a lot about what you need to consider when choosing to have a transplant. You can click the two links below to find out more:

Once you have decided to have a hair transplant you then need your hair transplant surgeon to plan your operation and your new hair. They will need to account for any future hair loss and ideally you need a hair transplant surgeon to do this. Their training and experience is important to ensuring your hair is cared for not only now but for the future too.

This means that if you decide to undergo your treatment with your Surgeon, you both have come to a mutually agreed treatment goal. This is important as you can feel at ease knowing your Surgeon is operating to achieve a result you have agreed on and will be happy with.

What Happens If You Don’t See A Hair Transplant Surgeon?

At our clinic we have heard from many patients asking for help. They may have had their hair transplant abroad or in the UK but often they complain of the following problems:

  • Too much hair taken out from the back of their head
  • Poor hairline design
  • Poor hair density following a hair transplant
  • Large scars
  • Skin necrosis
  • No hair growth 1 year after hair transplantation

A recurring theme is that they haven’t had a consultation with a Doctor or Surgeon who is carrying out the procedure. This has some main consequences:

  • You may not get treated by a surgeon at all but a hair transplant technical assistant with poor surgical technique
  • Your hair transplant surgeon doesn’t know you and is not familiar with your concerns e.g. pain, recovery, bleeding
  • Your surgeon doesn’t know how many hairs to take out or takes out too many
  • You may be given a hair transplant that is not what you expected- hence a result you will not be happy with

During your consultation you need to address your concerns around surgery and what your expectations are following hair growth. But you shouldn’t overlook the problem of losing more hair behind or around your hair transplant. Stopping your hair loss is as important as undergoing the hair transplant procedure. You might be able to obtain a head of hair following your hair transplant, but if you don’t take steps to prevent further hair loss, your transplant is rendered useless.

What is the right clinic for me?

In the UK, you need to be seen in a hair transplant clinic that is CQC registered. This is a legal requirement. Your surgeon should be GMC registered and they should be carrying out your operation.

Interested in booking a consultation?

If you are interested in knowing more or discussing your treatment options with our hair transplant surgeons please contact us. You can use the link below and fill out an enquiry form. One of our team members will contact you shortly.

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Does FUE Hair Transplant Surgery Leave Scars?

skin necrosis after attending unregulated hair transplant clinic

Does FUE hair transplant surgery leave scars? This is a common question asked by many patients who visit us. In this blog we explain the answer to this common concern.

Can having a FUE Hair Transplant leave scars?

FUE hair transplant surgery does leave scars at the back and sides of your head.  These scars occur in the donor area of your scalp- the area where hair follicles have been taken out.

Why does an FUE hair transplant leave scars?

FUE (follicular unit excision) hair transplant surgery involves taking each individual hair follicle and re-implanting it into areas of balding. In order to take out a hair follicle our surgeons need to cut around each hair using a small punch (0.8mm-1mm). This area of the scalp then heals in 2-3 weeks, creating small 0.8mm-1mm sized scars in the places where hair follicles have been taken out.

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Is it possible to have no scars?

It is NOT possible to have no scar formation during an FUE hair transplant. The process must involve cutting around each hair follicle individually. Because of this, having scars is unavoidable. However a core principle of FUE hair transplant surgery is the ability of the surgeon to conceal these scars. This means you won’t see the scars that form unless you cut your hair very short.

Hiding scars in FUE hair transplant surgery

One of the main benefits of FUE hair transplant surgery over FUT (strip) hair transplant surgery is that it is easier to conceal your scars. As the scars formed in FUE hair transplants are very small (0.8mm-1mm) it means they can be hidden by surrounding hair. One of the main factors your surgeon will need to keep in mind is not to take out too many hairs from the back of your head. Leaving plenty of hair at the back of your head will allow for any remaining hairs to grow and cover any scars.

If you wanted to cut your hair down to a grade 0 or 1, these scars may become visible as the surrounding hairs aren’t long enough to cover them. It is important to discuss this with your surgeon before your surgery. You must be aware that you will have to keep you hair longer than a grade 1 at the back of your head after FUE hair transplant surgery.

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1 week after hair transplant surgery- you can see the small dot scars are no longer visible as hairs have grown to conceal them

Can I treat these scars?

If you want to cut your hair to a grade 0 or 1 and have a hair transplant you can conceal small dot scars. You can undergo scalp micropigmentation (a form of medical tattooing) to the small scars. The aim of the treatment would be to colour the scars a similar tone to your hair colour. This would help conceal any scars by blending the contrasting scar and hair colours together.

What can go wrong?

At The Treatment Rooms London we often see patients who want a poor hair transplant result fixed by us. They often complain of large visible areas of scars at the back of the head. The main reasons why their scars are more visible than patients who have undergone a hair transplant at our clinic are:

  1. Too many hairs have been extracted from the back of the head- this means scars cannot be concealed by remaining hair
  2. The surgeon did not spread out the extraction of hair follicles. This means too many hair follicles in a small area have been taken out- leaving patchy areas of no hairs

Examples of the above are shown in the picture below:

skin necrosis after attending unregulated hair transplant clinic
On the right you can see a band of thin hair where the surgeon has taken out too many hairs

 

Is an FUE hair transplant permanent?

As we age our hair tends to become thinner and we may also suffer from bald patches. This can happen to men and women of any age, and can obviously cause embarrassment and issues related to body confidence. This can then cause low self-esteem and mental health problems. So hair loss should be taken seriously.

One solution to tackle hair loss is the FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) hair transplant. What many people are concerned about is just how long this treatment will last and if the hair transplant is permanent? Below we explore exactly what an FUE hair transplant is, and we address the question -‘is a hair transplant permanent?’.

What is an FUE hair transplant?

An FUE hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of hair follicles from the scalp and then the subsequent transplanting of these hair follicles to areas of the scalp where hair loss has occurred. Hair follicles are usually removed from the sides of the head or from the back of the head.

These follicles will at first grow fine hair that will then fall out- this is normal. It will then take around ten to fifteen months for new hair to grow which will be thicker and resemble your natural hair.

So, is having an FUE hair transplant a permanent solution to hair loss?

The good news is that an FUE hair transplant is indeed a permanent solution for hair loss. This is because the transplanted follicle should continue to grow new hair for the rest of its life. You don’t need to treat it any differently to your normal hair. Just wash and style your hair as normal.

What may happen is that other hair loss can occur from other areas of the scalp. This can give the impression that the transplanted follicles have failed. For this reason you need to think carefully about when you have a hair transplant and what you can do to prevent hair loss.

When you may need another FUE hair transplant treatment

You may have heard of people having more than one FUE treatment session, and this isn’t uncommon. This is not because the transplanted hair is not permanent, but rather due to the fact that natural hair loss occurs. If this does happen to you, then it possible to carry out another FUE transplant, but the selection of hair will be limited because you cannot use transplant hair. More than two treatments is not usually recommended.

If you would like to know more about FUE hair transplant for hair loss, then please do get in touch with us today.

Ben Stokes’ hair transplant

Ben Stokes’ hair transplant has been making the news recently after the famous English cricketer has been rumoured to have undergone a hair transplant procedure. Having had a long and storied history with the team, Stokes may have chosen the procedure as part of a new fitness regime. This saw him successfully revamp his image and reclaim the youthful energy he was once known for as a young and hungry professional cricketer.

What is a follicular unit excision (FUE) hair transplant?

The procedure he chose to undergo was a follicular unit excision (FUE) treatment, which combines efficiency, effectiveness, and minimal surgery; ensuring that his recovery time and game-impacting discomfort would be kept to a minimum. The procedure is perfect for those with a busy schedule and desire for self-improvement, letting you seek out the hair you want without having to compromise your timetable.

Carrying out the process at the Treatment Rooms in London means that you can be guaranteed of the highest standards of service and a comprehensive support program to ensure that your initial consultation, procedure, and time spent in recovery are of the highest possible quality.

The FUE process involves the removal of hairs at the side and back of the head – which are normally not affected by the natural balding process – and transplanting them to the affected areas on your scalp. This is non-invasive and involves a local anaesthetic and skilled surgery to relocate your chosen follicles. This is quick, painless, and precise; minimising any complications that can occur from more demanding procedures.

From the first meeting, our highly skilled surgical teams will work with you to create a transplant plan, timeline, and recovery routine that fits your requirements and your current schedule.

Our advice for FUE hair transplant surgery

If you’re looking to target a specific area, seek out a general course of treatment, or are unsure about how to proceed, our team will work with you to tailor your plan to suit your needs. This includes a free initial consultation to look at your proposed donor area and determine how best to complete the procedure. This is followed by a 10-day check to your scalp before your procedure to ensure you are ready for surgery, and your choice of entertainment on the day to help pass the time while our surgeons complete the process.

If you want to find out what can be achieved with FUE, we hope you do not hesitate to get in touch with us today and book an appointment with one of our surgeons to let us know exactly what you need to get the hairline you want.

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What type of hair transplant has David Silva had?

Hailed by Manchester City supporters for his many goals and assists during an illustrious nine-year career, David Silva is less associated with glam and style than raw footballing prowess. However, this didn’t stop City fans reacting in shock when Silva emerged at the start of the 2017/18 season without his trademark mane, adopting instead a rather unfamiliar bald head. This was, of course, merely a fresh start before beginning his hair transplant journey. In the following months, David Silva made great strides towards a return to his long hair but crucially, without the receding hairline he once sported. For David Silva, hair transplant surgery was a great option. As FUE hair transplant surgeons here at The Treatment Rooms London, we’re able to blow the lid on David Silva’s hair transplant secrets, and no, you don’t have to shave your head first!

What hair transplant treatment has David Silva had?

Based in South London, we at the Treatment Rooms London are highly skilled in providing an FUE hair transplant service, which has worked miracles for not only Premier League footballers but anyone pursuing a fuller head of hair. Although David Silva was known for his mop-like hair-do, he was one of many men who are concerned about their receding hairline behind the droopy fringe. An FUE (Follicular Unit Excision) hair transplant provides the answer for both men and women looking to rejuvenate their hair.

How exactly does FUE hair transplant work?

FUE surgery involves relocating hair follicles from areas unaffected by hair loss to balding areas. Typically, hairs are taken from the side of the head and the back of it and are most commonly sent to either the front portion of the hair or the crown. The Treatment Rooms London is a clinic specialising in this procedure which will lead to these new, implanted hairs growing over the next year, gradually growing in thickness.

Do I have to shave my head as David Silva did?

It is easier for women to have a hair transplant without shaving their head, as the transplant at the back of the head is easily concealed by the hair above. For men, the back and sides of the head will usually need to be shaved in order to extract the hair. It is optional whether to leave the hair on the top or go down the route David Silva did and take an entirely fresh start! Your hair transplant surgeon will be able to discuss this with you and tailor your transplant plan to what works for you.

Our advice on FUE hair transplant surgery

Much has remained the same with David Silva over the last two years, helping his team and winning trophies, but his revitalised, youthful head of hair has not gone unnoticed. If you want a similar fresh start, this treatment could be for you. We always advise you to consider your options carefully, you can book in with a doctor for advice and contact us if you would like any further information!

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