Everything you want to know about FUE hair transplants

Deciding to get a hair transplant is a major decision, with many different aspects to consider. At The Harley Street Hair Clinic, they specialise in the innovative FUE hair transplant procedure.

From the initial consultation right the way to after the procedure the Clinic receives a lot of different questions regarding hair transplants. Here, they go through some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the procedure.

What is a FUE hair transplant?

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and it is the modern technique for Hair Transplantation. Using a specialised extraction instrument, a highly experienced doctor extracts hair follicles from the donor area. These follicles are then transferred to the recipient area using a specialist micro surgical needle. In order to do so, the surgeon will puncture the area of the scalp that will receive the grafts. The grafts are inserted at an angle with a specific density. This is to make sure a natural and realistic hair pattern is achieved.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure that takes place at the Harley Street Hair Clinic, usually takes between 6-8 hours for a one-day session and 12-16 hours in total for a two-day session. The duration is dependent on the number of grafts required and your hair characteristics. The recipient will be updated regarding the number of grafts being transplanted during the surgical process and you’re welcome to ask any questions regarding your progress at any time.

What can I do during the transplantation?

Patients are provided with iPads to watch movies/documentaries, this is arguably more comfortable than reading a book. It is also possible to listen to music via your phone during the procedure. This is designed to make the procedure more enjoyable.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure itself is relatively painless as local anaesthesia is administered to minimise pain and discomfort. The FUE treatment itself leaves you with almost no post-surgical pain and discomfort.

What should I wear?

You are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing, ideally generous fitting trousers or tracksuit bottoms are recommended. It is important to wear a wide neck t-shirt or a buttoned shirt as these are easier to remove after the procedure has taken place.

Are there meal options during the procedure?

Various lunch options are available at the Clinic. Any dietary requirements should be sent by email 7 days prior to your transplantation date.

What happens directly after?

Each client will be advised of their own personalised after care programme which will involve taking a 4-day course of antibiotics to ensure the prevention of infection. A brand new baseball cap will be provided at the end of the procedure and it is strongly recommended that this be worn when going out in direct sunlight for the two weeks post procedure.

How long should I rest?

After the procedure, it is recommended that you take significant rest including not going back to work for between 7-14 days dependent on the size of the procedure and individual healing characteristics.

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