Q.Why am I losing my hair ?
A.The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness. This generally runs in families and if your family has a history of losing their hair early in life, there is a distinct possibility that you may do the same. It does not follow in every case of course, but it is more likely.
It is now known that a hormone called dihydrotestosterone has a direct bearing on hair loss. There are treatments available that can inhibit the effect of this hormone to help prevent further loss.
As we get older it is common to lose at least some hair. It is difficult to predict how much hair will be lost over time. Again take a look at your family to give you a likely guide.
Q.How much hair will I lose ?
A.It is difficult to say how much hair you will lose over time. For many men hair loss starts as a receding hairline, or the appearance of a bald spot on the crown. As the hair continues to thin out these balding areas join up. It can lead to what is known as full male pattern baldness where the only hair left is at the back and the sides. This can make you look much older than you actually are.
Q.Am I suitable for a hair transplant ?
A.Remember that the hair we use for the transplant is located at the back and sides of your head. We know that these hairs will continue to grow, even when transplanted into an area where hair has already fallen out.
Q.How is the treatment performed ?
A. Firstly the donor area ( the hair at the back of the head) is usually shaved. The Surgeon can then prepare the donor hair for transplanting.
To prepare the donor hairs the Doctor uses local anaesthetic to numb the area.
Follicles are harvested using a punch which is less than 1mm in diameter. In one session the Doctor can harvest literally thousands of hairs ready for transplanting into the balding or thinning areas of your head.
Before implanting your new hair follicles the Doctor applies local anaesthetic to the area where the grafts are going to be placed.
Q.Is it a Painful Procedure ?
A. Remember that with the FUE method you are not going to have a linear wound at the back of the head, so the recovery time is quicker.
Q.When will my hair start growing again ?
A. After the procedure you will be able to see the pattern of your new hair. For example, if we have created a new hair line for you then you will see where your new hair line starts. The tiny hairs in the grafts may fall out just after transplantation. Don’t worry about tis because you will see the new hair start to grow at around three months. After six to twelve months you will need to get it cut !
Q. What are the risks ?
A. As with any surgery there is a risk of infection. However it I fair to say that because the incisions are so tiny, the risk of infection is minimal. You should expect some swelling and bruising after the procedure. This is perfectly normal and will subside in a matter of days.
Q. What next ?
A. The first step when considering hair transplantation is to have a consultation with our Consultant Dermatologist. We do not charge for this consultation. It is entirely free of charge and without any obligation. Come along and see what can be achieved for you with FUE hair transplantation and we will take you through the whole procedure.
At the consultation you will also be given the cost. The cost depends on the number of grafts required and this can only be determined by the Surgeon after he has examined your scalp and discussed your requirements with you.