How can you increase your chances of having a successful hair transplant? Many factors can influence the success rate of your hair transplant, from the surgeon and clinic to recovery and aftercare.
In this article, we’ll outline the elements that can affect the outcome of a hair transplant with the key tips being:
- Choosing the best hair transplant surgeon and clinic
- Attending an in-person consultation
- Preparation for your hair transplant
- Hair transplant recovery and aftercare
- Maintenance of your hair transplant
Choosing the best hair transplant surgeon and clinic
It’s important to carry out research before deciding where to have your hair transplant; this will allow you to choose the best hair transplant surgeon and clinic. So what should you look for that indicates a reputable clinic and surgeon?
When checking a surgeon’s credentials, ensure that they are experienced in the treatment area you are interested in – such as FUE hair transplant – and that they:
- Possess a licence to practice and are GMC registered
- Work within a CQC-registered clinic
- Have full medical membership of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery
Searching for the right clinic should centre on the treatments they provide, information on their surgeons, and patient hair transplant reviews. You can also check whether they offer a free consultation and can design a personal treatment plan. Look for ‘before and after’ photos on the clinic’s website, which showcase their past work and demonstrate that they can deliver desirable results.
Attending an in-person consultation
It is essential that you attend a consultation with your surgeon before having a hair transplant. A consultation is an initial meeting that you will attend at a clinic prior to having a hair transplant. It will give you the opportunity to meet the surgeon and their team, as well as see the clinic in person. Your consultation is also a chance for your surgeon to assess your suitability for a hair transplant, confirming that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the procedure. You’ll be able to discuss the price, how many hair grafts you will need, and ask any questions you may have relating to the procedure.
It will also allow your surgeon to put together a personal treatment plan based on your hair. You’ll also be talked through the hair transplant procedure, giving you peace of mind when starting your patient journey.
For more information, please read our comprehensive guide on how a hair transplant works.
Preparation for your hair transplant
Preparing correctly for your hair transplant can give you the best chances of success. So long as you follow the preparation instructions you’ll be given before the procedure, there is nothing to worry about. These instructions may include guidelines such as:
- Stop smoking for as long as possible before the procedure, as smoking can affect the healing process and the regrowth of the transplanted follicles
- Avoid medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and Aspirin, your surgeon will give you specific details of which medications you should avoid or can take
- Stop taking supplements such as vitamins and herbal remedies
Hair transplant recovery and aftercare
So what can you expect after a hair transplant? The recovery and aftercare process is central to getting the best results. After the procedure has finished, you will be prepared for your recovery and aftercare journey and given instructions to follow by your surgeon. You also might like to bear in mind the following tips:
- When going outside, avoid direct sunlight or wear a loose-fitting hooded top to protect your scalp and hairs from the elements for 2 weeks
- If you are given medications in your aftercare package, use them as instructed
- Get plenty of rest in the first four days after the procedure before resuming daily activities
- Don’t wash your hair for the first four days after the procedure
- Avoid scratching your scalp, even if it itches during the healing process. Itching is a natural part of healing, and you should allow the scabs to wash away without picking them
Maintenance of your hair transplant
During the recovery and aftercare process, it’s important to look after and maintain your newly implanted hair follicles. Here’s some advice for hair maintenance following a hair transplant:
- Use a baby shampoo for the first 2 weeks after your hair transplant
- Avoid your scalp being exposed to direct sunlight for the first 2 weeks after the procedure
- Avoid any strenuous exercise for the first two weeks after the procedure
- Wait for your transplanted hair to grow back before you start dyeing it
Any questions on hair transplant preparation or aftercare? Call the experts at The Treatment Rooms London on 020 8706 0076 or get in touch with us via our website.