The recovery depends on different factors, and it can vary from patient to patient. Patients are usually able to recover within 7 to 14 days after surgery, while others might have the pink effect on their scalp after 2 months of the surgery.
Hair transplant should only be performed by a qualified surgeon. The medications used at time of the procedure needs to be at the correct dose in order to avoid and minimise the risk of any complications. As in any other kind of surgical procedure, FUE procedure also carry a number of risks which will be fully informed to our service users, before undergoing any treatment at AHI. In order to minimise any risks, we follow strict policies and protocols.
Rogaine shows different results for different patients; it has been reported If you stop using Regaine (minoxidil) it will not affect your transplanted hairs, but the non-transplanted hairs will start falling on cessation of Rogaine.
Hair growth varies from person to person therefore it can be very difficult to give a timeline as to when new hair will be noticeable. One can see early hair growth in the first 3 – 6 months, but usually it can take anywhere from 12 – 18 months to see good results.
It is normal to see scabs in the first 4 to 6 weeks after procedure. You may notice in the morning some blood spots on your pillow where your head has been resting, there should be no reason to be concerned as this is normal. If you notice hair roots or experience bleeding, then you should contact our doctor. You can take a shower in Lukewarm water and use some vitamin E to recover the scabs.
It is advised NOT to rub towel to dry your hair for the first 12-14 days after implantation.
The amount of donor’s hair available is a major factor in deciding the number of surgeries that you may require to get good density. Only a few people get it all done in the first surgery while a lot of other people might need further treatment. Your doctor can guide you better about this.
Shock loss is an after effect of the surgery; you will start noticing after several weeks of the surgery. This can happen due to the surgical procedure rather than anything else. It usually affects the area of implanted hair or the nearby hair follicles with in the first 3 -4 months of transplant procedure. Not every patient goes through the shock loss but those who do, have got nothing to worry about as it is temporary, and you will be healing soon.
There are many stories about how hair transplant surgeries went wrong and damaged the patient’s head. This not only causes great difficulty in any further hair restoration surgery but also affects patients mental well being. There are major 3 factors, which can affect your hair growth:
Clinical matters: While you are operating on a person’s head, it is important to take the grafts out and place them back in time.
After Surgery: It is not always a surgeon’s fault of spoiling your grafts, but a patient can be responsible for this too. If you do not take care of your grafts for the first 2 weeks, your hair growth might be affected. We will discuss with you in details about how to look after the newly transplanted hair grafts, at time of consultaion and after the procedure,
X-Factor: Even after taking so much care of your hair and choosing the right surgeon, your hair growth might be affected. There can be multiple reasons behind that such as your other health conditions: diabetes, blood pressure, smoking habits, etc.
Smoking may become harmful to you and to your hair grafts after transplant surgery. A lot of people experience less hair growth because they smoke. After a transplant procedure, new blood vessel form to supply blood to the newly transplanted hair follicles which can be seriously affected by smoking. Newly implanted grafts need to have good blood supply to get nutrients it needs to survice and grow but smoking can immensly effects the development of new blood vessels around the newly transplanted grafts which can result in poor results post transplant procedure. Smoking also delays the heeling process.
This is a commonly asked question and the answer is YES. A lot of women experience losing hair after they become pregnant or after they start having some hormonal changes.
Hair normally returns from regrow phase once pregnancy is over.
It is normal to experience all these symptoms after a hair transplant surgery. A lot of people can pimples while others can have red scalp and it can be very itchy at times. This is usually due to new hair growth. With time pimples will get better and disappear without any treatment. Please do not pop your pimples. Pimples may not affect the hair growth, but popping can cause some hygienic issues or in some cases unwanted infections.
Pain can vary depending on individual person. Local anaesthetic is applied to reduce any discomfort at the time of the procedure.
If you have a form of a typical male pattern hair loss, then you are suitable for this procedure. It also depends if you have enough hair on the sides and back of head. Other types of hair loss that can also be treated by hair transplantation include scars from accidents, scalp surgery scars, burns or chemical damage, traction alopecia from tight braiding. There are other conditions that may also be suitable and if in doubt its best to seek an opinion from a hair loss specialist doctor.
Hair loss caused by conditions that are on-going or leave scarring eg CCCA (central centrifgal cicatricial alopecia), FFA (frontal fibrosing alopecia), type of hair loss which can happen repeatedly such as Alopecia Areata, hair loss due to thyroid disease, diabetes, anaemia, hair-pulling (trichotillomania), drug induced hair loss and post pregnancy hair loss to name a few, are NOT suitable for hair transplant procedures. In addition, to get a satisfactory long-lasting result, it is desirable that the hair loss has stabilised before considering hair transplantation e.g. patients with a very early stage of male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss, who may be directed to other treatments such as minoxidil or hormonal treatments rather than transplantation.
People with complex medical or surgical history or people who are Insulin Dependent, takes blood thinning medication such as Aspirn/Clopidogrel/Warfarin or NOACs, might also NOT be suitable candidates, so must book for an initial telephone consultation with our doctor to have full assessment to decide, if you are suitable for FUE procedure at our Clinic.
From a physical fitness point of view most people feel well the day after surgery with only some mild discomfort. However, mild swelling might still be visible for few days and tiny scabs can be visible for upto 2 or more weeks. Once the scabs fall off there is then nothing visible until new hairs start to grow at 3-4 months. For the first 2 weeks after surgery you should not carry out any strenuous physical activity nor work in any dusty or dirty environments.
Hair Transplant is considered as a cosmetic treatment, so, it is not offered by the NHS. Exceptions are sometimes made in cases of scalp or facial injuries/burns.
British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery
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