What are the Results from an FUE Hair Transplant?

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Along with FUT, FUE hair transplant is the most recognised hair restoration procedure globally and one that Crown Clinic is renowned for.  

FUE stands Follicular Unit Extraction. If you’re unfamiliar with this procedure, singular follicular units are removed from the back or side of the scalp and transferred to the balding areas. One of the reasons why this hair restoration procedure is popular is that no strip is taken from the back of the scalp, which means scarring is minimal. However, please note that there is no noticeable scarring with FUT hair transplants either. Skilled and experienced surgeons will always aim to keep scarring neat and minimalistic.

 

FUE Hair Transplant Procedure

 

FUE hair transplants are more labour intensive, and again, we strongly advise having this procedure done in the UK by a reputable and experienced hair loss clinic. While this method is more technical, it’s still the most favourable due to recovery time, scarring and amongst men who prefer a shorter hairstyle.  

As this a day surgery procedure, you’ll be able to return home shortly after, often within 30 minutes. But please make sure there is someone to collect you from the clinic, as we strongly advise against driving home yourself. 

You don’t have to worry about pain, discomfort or feeling anything, as local anaesthetic will be given to numb the donor and recipient areas. You honestly won’t feel a thing, and if you did, people wouldn’t recommend it. If you do have any concerns or worries, let us know during your consultation appointment, and we’ll do everything we can on the day to make you feel at ease. The local anaesthetic will last throughout the procedure, but if you do feel any discomfort, please let the surgeon know. 

Once the area is numb and you feel comfortable, individual follicular units are then extracted using a small round punch. The recipient area is then prepared for the follicular units to be transplanted. The grafts of hair are blended to match your natural hair growth pattern, so you don’t have to worry about your new hair looking out of place or obvious.  

An FUE hair transplant procedure takes between four to eight hours. 

Once the procedure is complete, you can go home to recover and look forward to your new hair growing and regaining any lost confidence. As your hair follicles will grow back naturally, no one will be able to tell the difference or question whether you’ve had a transplant procedure done. The results are fantastic; the scarring is minimal, and recovery time is short. 

 

FUE Hair Transplant Results

  

The big question: what are the results following an FUE hair transplant? 

As mentioned, you can leave the clinic around 30 minutes following the procedure, which means you can start your recovery in the comfort of your home. Please note, recovery time is generally between 7 to 10, days and there may be some slight discomfort or swelling during this time. Our physicians will provide you with a full care pack to help with your recovery. Of course, if you have any questions during this time, please call Crown Clinic, and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

The results following an FUE hair transplant, or any procedure, including FUT, aren’t immediate. Hair needs time to regrow to become established. Just like going to the hairdressers for a cut, your hair won’t grow back immediately after, it takes time.  

With FUE hair transplants, it usually takes around three to four months for the new hair to grow, and between six to twelve months before you can notice a difference. While this may seem like a lengthy amount of time, it isn’t. Natural hair will grow at its own pace, and eight months from the rest of your life is nothing in the grand scheme of things. The results are long-lasting, and once your hair has fully regrown to your desired length, you can cut and style it as normal.  

FUE hair transplant is permanent and not conditioned to fall out. Once the follicles are transplanted into the recipient areas, they’ll attach to the surrounding cells and nourished by regular blood flow. Please don’t be alarmed if some of the hair drops out within a few days, as this common. Hair follicles are fixed and remain in your scalp, and your hair will regrow adequately within a few months.  

If your hair loss has dampened your confidence, then please rest assured that it will be regained, and it can begin the moment you leave our clinic. So, it’s important to think about the long-term impact rather than the short term. Like with any surgical procedure. 

 

Dr Shahmalak is the best hair transplant surgeon in the UK and recognised globally for his work and excellent results. So, if you’re considering an FUE hair transplant and want to learn more, please call Crown Clinic today. Of course, you can do your research, but it’s always best to get professional advice from the experts. A hair restoration consultation is strongly recommended also, to ensure it’s the right procedure for you, as well as discuss a bespoke recovery and care plan.  

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.