With losing your hair being stressful enough it can be daunting to know where to turn and what questions to ask about your hair loss and the possible hair restoration remedies. Frequently Asked Questions here.
9. Do I feel the pain after the operation?
The effect of local anaesthesia lasts for a number of hours. So during the procedure, there should be little to no pain. After that, patients can spend their time comfortably by taking mild painkillers.
10. Does the result look natural?
Ask to see previous work performed by the Doctor and their team. Especially hairline reconstruction. Ask what hair density will be required to achieve a natural looking result along the hairline and then behind.
11. Is there any scarring left by the operation?
Any surgical procedure will leave scarring. Some very minimal and on occasions not obvious to the eye. FUT will leave a linear scar around the back and sides of the head. This will vary in the length dependent on the size of the procedure. FUE will leave small white dots in a random manner around the sides and back. Some may appear as simply hairless areas or gaps between the surrounding hairs. If the doctor or any person representing a clinic infers a hair transplant does not scar, or uses terms such as “scarless” or “seamless” they should be questioned and asked to put their claims in writing.
12. Does the hair in the donor area change?
The extraction method is different from FUT and FUE. FUT relies more on skin laxity to remove the strip which is then sutured. Over multiple procedures, the skin will become tighter but not to the detriment of living a normal life. FUE, unlike with FUT that alters the skin surface FUE does not as only the hair follicles are removed one by one. Every follicular unit removed will reduce the hair density around the donor area as the hair does not regrow. There will come a point after so much is removed the result is visibly patchy hair growth of vary hair density and often obvious visible scarring.
13. How much hair can be taken from the donor hair?
This will vary from individual to individual dependent on the hair characteristics and the technique/s used. FUT on the right candidate and if required can move over 3000 grafts in a one-day procedure. FUE, most Clinics feel it is safe to remove between 1500-2000 grafts on the right candidate in a one-day procedure and 2500-3000 over two consecutive days.
14. What are follicular units, hairs and grafts?
Hairs are individual strands, they grow in natural groups from one to four hair groups called follicular units. On average more one and two hair follicular units are found around the sides of the head and more three and four hair follicular units are found around the back of the head. The term graft only relates to a piece of skin tissue and not the number of hairs per “graft”. Always ensure natural follicular units are used if they refer to grafts as there is a large difference in the result. 2000 grafts can equal only 2000 hairs but over 4400 hairs when follicular units are used.