Becosmetic is one of the UK's leading Hair Transplant Clinics. We are led by our Medical Director and lead Surgeon, Dr H Nurein who specialises in both FUE and FUT hair transplant procedures.
2) What is Hair Transplant Surgery?
It is a minor surgical procedure that relocates hair from one part of the scalp to another. In other words, the hair is moved from the part of the scalp where hair is not susceptible to being lost through genetic baldness (normally the back and sides of the head). This hair is then implanted into the area of the scalp where the hair loss has taken place (normally the front, top and crown of the head).
3) What is difference between FUE and FUT? How do I decide between the two?
FUE ( Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT ( Follicular Unit Transplantation) are the two primary methods for hair transplant procedure. They differ in the way hair is extracted from the donor area.
The FUT procedure also known as strip surgery, involves removing a small strip of tissue from the back of the head (donor area) from which hair follicles will be extracted.These hair follicles are then skilfully transplanted into the balding area typically the front and top of the head. FUT typically allows the greatest number of grafts to be transplanted in a single session which can be especially useful in cases where there is advanced hair loss. FUT extraction does result in a linear scar at the back of the scalp however at Becosmetic we adopt a technique called Tricophytic Closure which is a process of closing the donor wound to help minimise scarring.
In an FUE hair procedure, each follicular unit is individually taken directly from the donor area with no strip of tissue being removed. The hair follicles are extracted in a controlled selective manner from the donor site and the result is less visible change to the patient scalp, so closely cropped hairstyles are not a restriction.
This is the main difference between FUE & FUT, also since follicles are removed individually or via a strip, there can be a difference to the number of follicles harvested during a typical session between each method. FUE is constantly evolving and what was once utilized for only the smaller hair transplant cases has now become commonly used for larger cases.
4) Will the transplanted hair last forever?
Yes. So long as the hair that has been extracted has come from the permanent donor area.
5) Will a Hair transplant procedure hurt?
Usually the sting from the initial anaesthetic injection is the most painful part of the surgery. We all have different pain thresholds and your Surgeon takes this into consideration during your procedure.
6) Are there any complications or risks with Hair Transplantation surgery?
As with all surgery, there are possible risks and potential complications. In hair transplant surgery these are rare but may include ingrowing hairs, swelling, cysts, scarring, bleeding, pain, and infection.
7) How many hair grafts will I need?
This depends on the degree of baldness, age, family history, hair type and your expectation. All this will be discussed with the surgeon during your consultation.
8) Will my Hair Transplant results look completely natural?
This is achievable and should be the aim of all hair transplants, however cosmetic results are also dependent on the skill and artistry of your specific surgeon.
9) What is the Pain/recovery/healing time?
Some patients report higher levels of discomfort with the FUT procedure, compared to FUE. This is due to potential swelling in the area where the strip of tissue was removed. Both FUE and FUT methods have a very manageable recovery time and painkillers can be prescribed by your surgeon if needed. Hair Transplants are outpatient surgical procedures with some patients going back to work as soon as the very next day.
10) When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?
Usually within 6-12 months for visible improvement although the new grafts will have begun growing earlier.
11) What is the guarantee that the implanted hair will grow? Why are they not also influenced by hormones like other hair?
There can be no guarantees as we are all different, but it works for most of us because the transplanted hair is taken from an area of the head (the donor area) which is permanent not affected by DHT, Dihydrotestosterone.
12) Can hair be taken from another area of the body if there is not enough hair on the head?
Yes, but only as a last resort when scalp hair is depleted.
13) Can it be done for eyebrows, moustache, beard, eyelashes or other body areas?
Yes. Hair can be transplanted to any area of the face or body.
14) What precautions should I take before & after Hair Transplantation Surgery?
It is advised to massage the scalp (the donor area) twice daily at least 6 weeks PRIOR to surgery as this helps to increase elasticity of the scalp. It is important to inform your surgeon of any change in your medical condition and/or medication you may be taking. Alcohol should be avoided 1-2 weeks before your procedure and smoking cessation is always recommended. Your surgeon will have discussed your suitability and medication precaution in advance.
15) What does a hair transplant cost?
This depends on the number of grafts proposed and method of extraction.
16) When receiving a quote, what is the difference between hair and graft numbers?
Hair grows as follicular units known as grafts and generally contain 1-3 hairs.
17) How do I start my hair transplant journey?
Book a consultation today and begin your journey to a fuller head of hair with Becosmetic. During your initial consultation the surgeon will determine which transplant procedure is most suitable for you based on your expectation and other factors including size of thinning area, quality and quantity of your individual donor hair.