10 questions to ask at your first hair transplant consultation

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If you’re considering a hair transplant, it’s only natural to have lots of questions for your surgeon at your first consultation. You may be unsure of what to ask before hair transplants, or worried about forgetting something important. We’ve put together our guide to the most important questions to ask at your hair transplant consultation –  read on to find out more.



Am I a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery?

The first thing that your surgeon will assess is if you are a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery. Suitability is based upon a number of factors, including age, pre-existing health conditions and your hair itself. Even if you are not suitable for surgery, your surgeon may be able to recommend alternative therapies to help regain or slow the loss of your hair.


What qualifications does my surgeon have?

It is incredibly important to ensure your hair transplant surgeon has the relevant training, qualifications, and experience to make your surgery safe and successful. If you are having your transplant in the UK, make sure your surgeon is registered with the GMC (General Medical Council), and ask if they are affiliated with any professional bodies such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.


What do I need to do before my surgery?

Depending on the type of surgery you opt for, you may have to undertake some preoperative preparation. This could include not using hair products in the days before your surgery, or using specialist hair care treatments as advised by your surgeon.


What will the surgery be like?

Depending on the size of the area being treated, your FUE hair transplant may take anywhere from a few hours, two sessions spanning a couple of days. It’s important to get an idea of how long the transplant will take so you can take time away from work and other responsibilities. You may also want to ask how pain will be managed, how many people will be in the room, and how the transplant is carried out.


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How much recovery time is needed?

Recovery time for an FUE hair transplant is generally around 2 weeks, during which time your transplants will scab over and fall out. During this recovery period, you’ll need to follow guidelines from your surgeon about exercise, hair products and sleeping positions to give your hair transplant the best chance of healing correctly. Your surgeon will be able to tell you more and advise you on anything specific to your case.


Can I see any patient testimonials?

Patient testimonials and before and after pictures are a great way to get a feel of how other patients have found their hair transplant experience. Having multiple, positive reviews is a good sign that your surgeon is skilled and has many happy patients. Take a look at our patient testimonials for further information.


Is an FUE or FUT transplant more suitable for me?

There are two types of hair transplant – the more modern FUE, where individual hair follicles are removed and transplanted, and FUT, where a strip of hair is removed and transplanted.

Generally, FUE is the preferred option for a hair transplant as it reduces scarring and recovery time, but it is worth conducting your own research to find out which method you would prefer. The questions to ask FUE doctors will be the same as for a FUT doctor, but the answers may differ depending on what surgery type you choose.


How long will it take to see the results of my transplant?

The results of a hair transplant are not instant, and it may take many months before your transplanted hair begins to grow. It is important to make sure that your expectations are managed, so be sure to ask your surgeon about how your hair will grow following surgery.


Will I need a second hair transplant?

Due to natural thinning of existing hair, you may require further hair transplants in the future. Your surgeon will be able to provide further information on this, and discuss potential treatments to slow or prevent hair loss in the future.


How much does a hair transplant cost?

At your first consultation, once your surgeon has been able to take a look at your hair, you’ll be able to get a quote for your surgery. Make sure to ask about any finance options that may be available to you, and when payment will be due.

If you’re considering getting a hair transplant in 2018, why not get in touch to find out more about how Crown Clinic can support you. Get in touch to book your consultation today!

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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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.