Hair transplants are becoming more and more popular because they are more accessible today than they were 10 years ago. Technology has made the procedures much more accurate and efficient, minimizing the recovery time for patients.
Despite the progression within the industry and the natural, consistent results you can see in case of studies from hair transplant London clinics, many people considering the procedures still have so many questions. This guide is all you need to know about hair transplants before you book your consultation or prior to the surgery date.
How Long Until You Can See Results?
Results for hair transplants vary. However, for all standard FUE hair transplants, patients can expect to wait 12 months to see the full extent of the regrowth. Clinics claim 12 months to ensure that the transplanted hairs have had ample time to recover and grow in, but your hair will start to grow back immediately.
Quite often, the process of the hair transplant will cause trauma to the scalp, causing hair, not in the donor area or the transplanted area to shed. This is very normal and nothing to worry about. Patients can expect to get an idea of results within 6 weeks. If the hairline has been reconstructed and brought forward, this will be visible almost immediately.
Will I Need More Than One Session?
For patients that have thinner hair, the bald or target area might not be transplanted in just one session. This will be because the donor’s hair is not sufficient to naturally cover the desired area. It is always the patient’s decision as to whether they want more than one hair transplant session. This should be discussed in the initial consultation with the surgeon as it may affect the personalized treatment plan and the placement of the follicles. If you decide to opt for two sessions, the first transplant may be focused on increasing density and simple coverage. The second session is likely to focus on rebuilding the hairline and reconstructing or framing the face.
Is Hair Transplant A Permanent Solution To Baldness?
Yes, hair transplants are a permanent option for combating hair loss. However, this is dependent on the health and lifetime of the hair transplanted, which only comes from the patient’s own head. Thus, if stress, environmental factors or other genetic or hormonal disorders causes hair to continue falling out or thinning, a second procedure may be necessary later in life, if you wish to maintain a certain look.
Is A Consultation Necessary?
Before the patients commit to their procedure, it is imperative they attend an in-person consultation with the surgeon or specialists from the clinic they are planning to go through. This will give a better understanding of the clinic’s expertise, as well as what a transplant can achieve for you. The results that are advertised might not be realistic for you, because of your natural hair type and makeup.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Hair Transplant?
Building on from the last concern, a good candidate for hair transplant will have thick hair. This means that there are several hair strands extending from each follicle. As standard, most people have four strands for every follicle. This makes the patient a good candidate because coverage will look fuller, with fewer grafts. People who are fully bald and unable to grow hair anywhere on their heads will be unsuitable for hair transplants.
To ensure that results are lasting and effective, most reputable clinics will also insist that hair loss is stable, for example, you have not just given birth. This is because hair loss could be caused by hormonal fluctuations and is likely to regrow. If you are unhappy with the quality and density of regrowth, a hair transplant will then be a good, viable option.