How Do Hair Transplants Work: All You Need To Know

16th December 2018 by Longevita
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For those suffering from hair loss, finding the right solution can be a confusing matter and often frustrating when home remedies just don’t seem to be working. Thankfully, technological advancements in cosmetic procedures have improved the opportunity to opt for a hair transplant – but what does this entail? With different methods and a number of common questions to answer, we’ve put together a guide to help you make a more informed decision.

Types Of Hair Transplants

There are a number of different methods that could be chosen when it comes to hair transplants and the best one for you will differ depending on your hair type. However, there are two main types on offer here at Longevita:

  • FUE

FUE –  or Follicular Unit Extraction – is a process designed to offer efficient hair transplants with minimal or no scarring. Throughout this procedure, hair follicles are removed from the scalp of the donor areas individually with the help of a specialised tool. From this, each hair follicle is inserted into the pre-made cuts in the area of the recipient site. These cuts made are purposely made at an angle in order to recreate the usual direction of growth that already exists. Healthy hairs will them grow from the new site, offering the patient a full head of hair in just a few months as it grows.

  • FUT

FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – was replaced by FUE, but is still used in some cases where FUE may not be the best option. This procedure requires the surgeon to cut a strip of hair follicles away from the donor site, as opposed to removing each follicle individually. Once the strip has been cut away, it is divided into small groups of 1-4 follicles, which are then inserted in the recipient area, in a similar way to FUE.

Do Hair Transplants Leave Scars?

FUE treatments have been carefully designed and optimised to ensure minimal, if any scarring and in the hands of our expert surgeons, this is enhanced further. FUT treatments do leave scarring, however, due to the strip of skin removed from the head throughout the treatment. For this reason, FUE was introduced as a more aesthetically pleasing method that meant shorter downtime, less pain and ultimately, better results.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

Typically the procedure will take around 8 hours, though this will differ from patient to patient depending on how many individual hair follicles need to be transplanted and the area that needs to be covered. The number of procedures required for full coverage can vary depending on the current state of your hair, or the area that needs to be worked on. In most cases, you may only need a few appointments, but some patients may require upwards of 2 or 3.

The recovery, once again, is reliant on whether you opt for FUT or FUE surgery. If you opt for Follicular Unit Extraction, then you can expect a quick recovery, while a Follicular Unit Transplantation will come with a recovery period of about a month. It is likely that you will feel some discomfort throughout this recuperating period, as the operation is more invasive than FUE and requires a higher level of healing. This can be managed easily with mild painkillers.

Are Hair Transplants Painful?

All hair transplants conducted here at Longevita are done so under local anaesthetic to reduce the discomfort our clients may feel throughout the procedure. You will also be given full aftercare instructions that will help you to manage any further discomfort after the procedure and enhance the healing process. In most cases, any pain or discomfort felt after the procedure can be managed with standard painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Are Hair Transplants Expensive?

The million dollar question that can break or make your decision regarding hair transplants is this; how much do they cost? Ultimately, this can vary dependant on the operation and how many grafts are needed, though the average expected price for FUE surgery is between £5,000 and £10,000 in the UK. When you travel to Turkey with a reputable company like Longevita, however, a hair transplant procedure will cost between £1000 and £2500 depending on the number of grafts required and the technique.

When Do The Results Appear?

After your surgery, you will be eager to see the results so you can embark on your new life with newfound confidence, but how long will you have to wait to see the results?

After around 4 months, you will begin to see your first results, but it’s at about a year that you will begin to see the full effect of the hair transplant.

If, over time you notice that the follicles have shrunken or that some areas may not be growing as well as others, contact your surgeon as you may find that you require another transplant procedure.

Is The Success Rate Good?

While success ultimately depends from person to person, our success rates for FUE and FUT procedures are above average. Our surgeons are some of the best in the industry and are well versed in how to promote better results in every patient.

However, there are a number of factors that can have an effect on the success rate of hair transplants, which is why there are a number of patients that have not been completely happy with the outcome, these include:

  • How many good follicles are left on your scalp, to begin with
  • The size of the recipient area that you want to cover
  • The experience and skill of the surgeon

Are There Any Risks Of Hair Transplants?

Any surgical procedure comes with its risks, however, you can rest assured that both FUT and FUE transplants are very safe with Longevita. We will take every care in our A+ rated clinics to ensure that the treatment not only goes well but that you are fully cared for after the procedure to enhance the chances of healthy growth. After the operation, you may experience some bleeding, bruising or swelling, but this is normal and will settle within a week in most cases. There is the risk of small cysts forming, but these can be treated easily and can disappear. Your host will remain on hand and with doctors and nurses available in the UK upon your return home after your treatment, any potential side-effects can be quickly solved.

With this guide, we aim to provide our current and potential clients and patients with the information they need to make an informed decision regarding their hair transplant. For any further questions or to request a quote, simply get in touch or fill in our online form, today.

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Longevita offer private, yet affordable medical procedures in A+ rated, JCI accredited facilities based in Turkey. As a medical travel group who are registered in both Turkey and the UK, Longevita’s rates are subsidised by the Turkish government, meaning best prices are guaranteed.

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