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8 things to consider when choosing your hair transplant surgeon

At Crown Clinic, we are often asked for basic tips from men and women considering a hair transplant. Deciding to have any surgical procedure can be a daunting process, even though the results can make it very worthwhile in the long-term.

Here are the eight key points to consider

1 Picking the right surgeon and team

This is by far the most important consideration for anyone considering a procedure. Our advice here is very simple: do your homework. Check that the surgeon is affiliated to w respected professional organisation such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

The ISHRS is a highly select body featuring all the very best hair transplant surgeons in the world – only those highly regarded by their peers are invited to join. It is worth checking the testimonials on any surgeon’s website. What you are looking for is lots of happy, recent clients who confirm that they have had a good procedure. If a clinic has worked with a number of celebrity patients successfully that is another good sign.

Crown Clinic’s surgeon Asim Shahmalak is a member of the ISHRS and one of the most respected hair transplant surgeons in the world. He was a general surgeon in the NHS before switching to hair transplantation in a private capacity.

It is not just the surgeon who is important, but the team behind them. All good surgeons work with skilled technicians who help to separate the hair transplant grafts from the donor areas which are then replanted by the surgeon into the balding areas.

2 The very best clinic facilities

All patients rightly expect the very highest standards of care and hygiene at their chosen clinic. You can visit most clients prior to a procedure.

At Crown Clinic, we have recently moved to new premises in the next building to our previous clinic. We have one of the most advanced hair transplantation facilities in the world. Dr Shahmalak does regular consultations at the clinic, which is half a mile from Manchester Airport. He also carries out consulations at a separate premises at 10 Harley Street.

3 Face-to-face consultation

Any reputable surgeon will insist on doing a face–to-face consultation with a potential patient before undergoing a procedure. During this consultation the surgeon will discuss your expectations and desired hair coverage. The surgeon should assess whether these results are achievable and give a patient realistic expectations. Be wary of any surgeon who has sales people providing the first point of contact with patients. At Crown Clinic, all our patients are seen individually by our surgeon Asim Shahmalak before proceeding to a full transplant.

4 Which technique suits the patient best

There are two effective hair transplantation techniques. The most popular is FUE (follicular unit extraction) – chosen by around 80% of patients at Crown Clinic. With FUE, the individual donor grafts are removed individually from the back and side of the scalp and then replanted by the surgeon in the balding areas. It is popular because there is minimal scarring – just red pin pricks where the donor hair is extracted and replanted which go away after a few days. Crown Clinic patients who have had FUE procedures include the model Calum Best, Gogglebox star Chris Steed, football pundit Didi Hamann and Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.

The more traditional method of hair transplantation is called FUT (follicular unit transplantation). This is where a strip of skin is removed to obtain the donor grafts. The scarring is more noticeable than with FUE – there is a linear scar on the scalp, but this tends not to be visible if the patient wears their hair reasonably long. FUE is not suitable for patients who like to shave the back or sides of their scalp or wear their hair short. The TV doctor Christian Jessen has had two highly successful FUT procedures at Crown Clinic. It is cheaper than FUE because the grafts are harvested in one go – so it is less labour intensive.

5 Before and after pictures

It is always worth looking at a surgeon’s before and after pictures. This is the simplest and most direct way of assessing their effectiveness. Bear in mind it takes between eight months to a year before the full benefits of a hair transplant to show through – that is when all the transplanted hair will have grown back fully. So don’t panic if a surgeon doesn’t get an immediate result in the weeks after a transplant.

6 Testimonials

All reputable surgeons will have lots of testimonials on their website. The key here is recent patients who have been provided with a high standard of care.

7 Price

You’ll all be familiar with the phrase ‘too good to be true.’ And this is certainly the case about the claims and prices of some hair transplantation clinics, particularly those abroad and in countries like Turkey. With a hair transplant, there are two main costs – the time of the surgeon and the use of the clinic/hospital. You really do pay for quality when it comes to transplantation. Low prices mean ill-equipped and sometimes unhygienic clinics and inexperienced surgeons.

8 Aftercare

All reputable clinics pride themselves on their comprehensive aftercare. This means seeing things through until the patient is a 100% happy with the results of their procedure.

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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One question we hear a lot from our patients is if they can go on holiday after their hair transplant. As looking overseas for cut-price transplants has become more popular in recent years, many clinics try to reel in potential patients with the promise of sun, sea and sand straight after their surgery.
However, if you have had an FUE or FUT hair transplant, good aftercare is crucial to ensure that you get the best results from your surgery and, surprisingly, the sun and sea can do more harm than good if you don’t follow the necessary precautions.

Can I sunbathe following a hair transplant?

Unfortunately for any sun-seekers out there, we advise against sunbathing for the first few weeks after a hair transplant, for several reasons.
After an FUE or FUT hair transplant, your scalp will have surgical incisions that need time to heal. Exposing the incisions to sunlight can hinder the healing process and damage the deeper layers of the scalp tissue, potentially leading to scarring and damaged follicles.

Your scalp also may feel slightly numb after your surgery, meaning that if your scalp starts to burn under the sun’s harmful rays, you might not notice in time to protect yourself from sunburn. Although it is unlikely to impact the long-term results of your surgery, it can be painful and slow down the recovery process.

If you must sit in the sun, wear a loose sun hat that doesn’t rub against your scalp too much, and, once the incisions have healed, use sunscreen on your scalp to protect your skin.

Will sweating affect my hair transplant?

If you are planning on jetting off to sunnier climes, the hot weather will also cause you to sweat more. Just after a hair transplant, your scalp is more sensitive than usual, so perspiration can irritate the scalp and hair follicles. Sweating can cause a build-up of bacteria on the skin, potentially leading to infections.
To help keep cool, make sure you stay in the shade whenever possible and avoid any strenuous activities that can lead to increased perspiration, such as running, for around a week after your surgery.

Keeping your scalp clean can lower your risk of infection, so you can start washing your hair again 48 hours after your transplant, using lukewarm water and being careful not to rub your scalp. Steer clear of power showers for the first few days post-surgery, as the pressure of the water can cause irritation.

 

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Can I go swimming after hair transplant surgery?

The first thing many of us want to do on our holidays is to take a dip in the pool, of course, people want to know if you can swim with a hair transplant. However, chlorine is notorious for drying out your hair, making it more brittle and fragile. To avoid any potential damage to your new grafts, wait until your scalp is healed before exposing it to unnecessary chemicals.

Salt water may be healing, but unfortunately, there is no way to be sure how clean the ocean is or what pollutants may be lurking in the water, so swimming in the sea during the healing process is also not advised. Everyone heals at different rates, but for the first two weeks post-surgery, it’s better to be too cautious!

Can I wear a hat after a hair transplant?

After a hair transplant, you need to treat your scalp and the hair carefully, so it is important to avoid any kind of tight-fitting cap until after the grafts have been taken properly. Most would recommend that you wait at least 10 days before wearing any fitted caps or hats.

If being in the sun is unavoidable after your transplant, wear a loose sun hat or fishing hat that won’t rub against your scalp to allow the incisions to heal properly. If you have any concerns, make sure to contact us directly and talk about it when proper aftercare is discussed.

How long should I wait to go on holiday after my hair transplant?

Ultimately, it is at the patient’s discretion if they choose to go on holiday immediately after hair transplant surgery, but many of the indulgences that come with going abroad can potentially compromise the results of your hair transplant.

It may feel like an inconvenience when you would rather be sitting in the sun but following medical advice will give you the best chance to heal. Your new head of hair will be worth it!

To find out more about hair transplants and what your options are, get in touch with Crown Clinic to book your consultation with Dr Shahmalak.

After undergoing FUT or FUE hair transplant surgery, you may be eager to get back to your day-to-day life as soon as possible, but it’s important that you don’t rush into anything that may affect your recovery. Exercise is undoubtedly very important to our overall health, but in the short term, your post-surgical recovery should be your main priority.

Both FUE surgery (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT surgery (Follicular Unit Transplantation) involve hair follicles being taken from a donor area at the back of the scalp and transplanted to areas that have been affected by hair loss. After the surgery, the newly transplanted hair grafts will need to be looked after correctly to ensure that the scalp can heal – so how long should you wait before exercising after a hair transplant?

What are the risks of exercising after a hair transplant?

The reason why it’s recommended that you avoid exercise soon after surgery is to protect your new hair grafts and reduce the risk of infections, to help promote healthy hair growth. Some of the potential issues associated with exercising after a transplant include:

  • Sweating – Sweating is unlikely to affect the results of your hair transplant but after surgery, the scalp can be very sensitive, and sweating can cause irritation. It can also potentially lead to infections around the surgical sites.
  • Stretching – Some types of exercise, such as sit-ups, can stretch and strain the back of the neck. If you have undergone FUT surgery, this is a particular risk, as the scar on the donor site will still be healing. The stitches may tear, which can lead to bleeding.
  • Blood pressure – Strenuous exercise increases your heart rate which, in turn, will raise your blood pressure. Increased blood flow to the scalp can lead to swelling and potentially bleeding.
  • Head injury  – Contact sports, such as rugby or boxing, put patients at a higher risk of head injury, which can damage the hair follicles and have an adverse effect on the outcome of your hair transplant.

 

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When can I start exercising again after hair transplant surgery?

If you have had FUE surgery, you should be able to resume exercise as normal after two weeks, but it’s better to err on the side of caution and ease yourself back into it gently. For those patients who have undergone FUT surgery, you should generally wait around a month before returning to your normal exercise routine.

In the first 1-3 days after surgery, exercise should be kept to an absolute minimum – if possible, you should even avoid walking anywhere. During those first few days post-transplant, you should allow yourself to take things easy.

After the first week or so, you can start to re-introduce gentle exercise, such as walking. For the time being, avoid any type of exercise that will raise your heart rate or cause sweating.

For contact sports and weight training, four weeks post-surgery will usually be an acceptable time to start participating again. You can also start swimming again around this point, as the scalp will have healed enough for the risk of infection to be reduced.

It’s worth noting that everyone heals at different rates, so although there are general guidelines on when you can start exercising again after your transplant, it’s different for everyone, so make sure to speak to your doctor to discuss what is best for you.

Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic.