Our Surgeons at The Treatment Rooms London are regarded as some of the leading ones in the UK. All patients see a Surgeon straight away in our clinic and they often get asked some common questions about hair transplant surgery. Here are the top 10 most commonly asked questions and our answers to them.
1. How much does a hair transplant cost?
The cost of a hair transplant at The Treatment Rooms London starts from £2000. The final price is dependant on a wide range of variables, with the main factor being how many grafts are required to be transplanted. Our Surgeons are able to provide FUE hair transplant surgery to most patients who are candidates for surgery. This technique involves transplanting each hair individually from the back and sides of the scalp to an area of thinning and balding.
2. Is a hair transplant painful?
A hair transplant should not be painful after you have had some initial injections that numb the head. These injections are placed into the donor area (typically the back and sides of your head) and into the recipient area (the area you are relocating hairs to). Initially these injections can be painful. Once your head becomes numb you shouldn’t feel pain during the process of surgery. Most patients are able to relax in clinic listening to podcasts or music and even watching some TV with little to no discomfort.
After your hair transplant it is unlikely that you will be suffering from pain. If you do have any areas that are causing you pain, these are easily managed with Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.
3. Will a hair transplant leave scars?
An FUE hair transplant will leave small dot-like scars at the back and sides of your head where hairs have been taken out. They are generally <0.9mm in size and easily concealed when you hair is grown to a grade 1 or 2.
4. Will I lose more hair after a hair transplant?
Depending on your age and personal history of hair loss you may lose more hair after a hair transplant. If you are younger than 27 years old, there is a risk that you lose more hair after having a hair transplant. Therefore, we advise these patients to wait before considering the treatment.
If you are older than 27 and have a significant history of hair loss we advise you consider hair loss medications like Finasteride or Minoxidil before having an FUE hair transplant. If you are older than 27 and have no significant history of hair loss you may be able to have a hair transplant and this is best discussed with our hair transplant surgeons.
5. When can I go back to work after a hair transplant?
You can go back to work after 5 days have passed following your transplant. Depending on your job you may want to wait a little longer. If you are working from home, you will be able to work from home 1 day after your procedure. Going back to work after your hair transplant can be a tricky topic and this is best addressed with your hair transplant surgeon as everybody’s work situation is different.
6. How long does it take for a hair transplant to grow?
It takes approximately 8-12 months for a hair transplant to grow and for the full results to be seen. Initially, the hairs that are implanted will shed for 1-3 months before starting to grow. This is partly the reason why it takes so long for a hair transplant result to grow through.
7. Will I need a second hair transplant?
If you have a personal history of hair loss that is not stabilised on hair loss medications like Finasteride/ Minoxidil then it is likely that you will require a second hair transplant. It is important to consider a holistic medical approach to hair loss and not just surgery when it comes to managing balding or thinning.
If you have stabilised your hair loss or if you are older than 27 with no personal history of hair loss then it is unlikely you will require a second hair transplant.
8. How long does a hair transplant last for?
A hair transplant tends to last over 20 years and potentially permanently. This is because the hairs that are transplanted in an FUE hair transplant are relocated using hairs that are resistant to the balding process. As a result, when they are transplanted to a new location they grow unaffected by the balding process.
9. When can I exercise after a hair transplant?
You can exercise after 2 weeks have passed following your hair transplant. This is to ensure you don’t sweat or strain which could affect your recovery and hair transplant result. If you want to play football or rugby then you ought to wait 4 weeks before taking part in those activities.
10. Can I go on holiday after a hair transplant?
You can go on holiday after 7 days have passed following your hair transplant. There are a few things you will need to be aware of. You won’t be able to swim in the sea and swimming pool until 2 weeks have passed after your surgery. You will need to wear a cap every time you go out into the sun too.
Interested in having a hair transplant?
All patients are initially seen by our Surgeons at The Treatment Rooms London. That way they can have their questions answered by someone who is qualified to do so. Book your free hair transplant consultation today.