We use two treatments to treat hair loss:
During your initial consultation we will discuss both options with you, and a specialist surgeon will recommend the best treatment for you and your needs.
Follicular Unit Extraction is a hair transplant technique that uses a small circular punch to extract units of hair follicles from an area of dense hair growth to an area of baldness. The procedure is very different from the old-school ‘strip’ or FUT surgery, where individual hairs are extracted directly from the donor area and replanted elsewhere on the scalp.
FUE is suitable for people who suffer from permanent, irreversible hair loss. Maybe creams and potions haven’t worked for you. Your surgeon will determine whether this treatment or FUT is more suitable for your circumstances.
In most cases FUE takes significantly less time to heal than FUT. Because only individual follicles are removed, the process leaves very small puncture scars almost invisible to the naked eye. People who want to avoid a scar line usually choose this method.
Follicular Unit Transplantation ( FUT) involves removing strips of skin from the patient and cutting them into grafts placed carefully to give you a full, natural effect. Because the wound is prepared so the hair follicles on the edge of the incision can grow hair through the scar and over the donor area, the scar line is almost invisible.
We’ll shave your head first. The surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and a light sedative, and usually takes up to eight hours. But it depends on the number of grafts you need.
You might feel some discomfort after the procedure, which you can manage with painkillers. Your new hair will begin to grow and you’ll see the results gradually appearing within three to six months. In some cases you might benefit from a second, smaller surgery. Your surgeon will advise you.
FUE generally has a quicker recovery time, as well as less post-operative discomfort than FUT.
Whichever procedure you choose, we recommend you take a week to recover. You’ll need to wear a clean cap for the first week, to protect your head while your transplant settles in. We will advise you about when you can start washing your hair, and whether you need a special shampoo or topical treatments.
The results are permanent in the places new hair has been transplanted. But male pattern baldness is an ongoing condition, and in most cases you’ll need to maintain the effect with more transplants from other areas that are shedding hair. You might also like to carry out preventative measures like PRP, prescribed medicines like Finesteride, or topical treatments like Minoxidil.