How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

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What's the Cost of a Hair Transplant in the UK?
 

Receiving a hair transplant in the UK can cost between £4-15k. As with any medical procedure, you should not cut any corners where possible. Carefully consider all the costs and proceed with the best possible clinic to ensure you get desirable results.

There are two types of hair transplant – FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant). FUE hair transplants are more complicated and labour intensive, and therefore more expensive than the traditional FUT hair transplant. FUE involves individual grafts (rather than a strip of tissue) being removed from the donor area and moved to the areas of the scalp which are balding.

 

The Dangers of Cheap Hair Transplants
 

If it looks too good to be true, it more than likely is. This is certainly the case with hair transplant procedures. In recent years, travelling abroad for cheaper hair transplants has become more popular, however, the risks associated with this, are becoming more apparent.

Reports suggest that treatments are being carried out by under-qualified or inexperienced surgeons or technicians, hence the lower price. Clearly this affects the quality of the results and has left patients with a hefty bill to have the results corrected. In the worst cases, patients have suffered long-term or permanent side effects that cannot be corrected.

It’s essential to conduct proper research and check reviews and testimonials before choosing a hair transplant clinic to ensure you get the best possible results and value for money.

A high-quality hair transplant is set around several key factors; the number of hair follicles available for transplant, the accessibility of those hair follicles, the skill and experience of the surgeon and how and where the hair grafts are placed.

The strongest indicators of a healthy transplant become visible a year later when the hair has grown successfully. Patients should no longer worry about their hair, the transplant should not be remarked on by family, friends, and colleagues and the patient’s self-esteem has improved.

 

Get in touch with Crown Clinic to find out more about hair transplants

 

What are the potential side effects of a hair transplant?
 

Potential side effects of a hair transplant include; shedding, bleeding, infections, pain, itching, swelling, numbness, scarring and cysts. Most of these symptoms are uncommon or tend to last a short period of time, however, some are a genuine cause for concern. Here is a brief explanation of why each one could occur and what you should look out for…

 

Shedding
 

For many who’ve received a hair transplant the initial stages can be disappointing. As instead of their hair growing and becoming thicker there is often a ‘fall’ first.

This process is widely recognised, it’s known as shedding and is completely normal after transplantation. The transplanted hairs fall out after 2-4 weeks. The new growth starts to appear after 5-6 months.

Occasionally, there is a loss of existing hair because of surgery, although this is rare and will often regrow within a few months.

 

Bleeding
 

With any surgical procedure there will always be cuts and blood loss although an experienced doctor will ensure that any blood loss is kept to a minimum both during and after the procedure. If bleeding persists or the transplant is disrupted whilst healing, you should contact your doctor.

 

Infections
 

Risk of infection for a hair transplant is low. However, if it does occur a short course of antibiotics should remedy any issues.

 

Pain
 

As with any surgical procedure there is likely to be a small amount of pain during the recovery period. Your doctor will prescribe you some painkillers to help.

 

Itching
 

The most noted side effect is itching. This is a result of scab formation at the transplant site. There is a simple remedy – spray solution over the grafts and wash the scalp with a mild shampoo. After a few weeks, the itching will go away, it’s just a matter of time.

 

Swelling
 

Swelling is another side effect that is very common and seen in most patients. However, the sites of swelling might vary from person to person. So, while some people might have swelling on their forehead, for others it might be around their eyes. Normally, the swelling tends to subside in a few days.

 

Numbness
 

Anaesthesia and mild trauma to your scalp can lead to numbness for a few days after a transplant, however, if it proceeds for months afterwards you may have nerve damage.  A good surgeon should avoid any long-lasting nerve damage but, in the event, that it does occur seek medical attention.

 

Scarring
 

The scars as a result of FUE are minimal and will disappear in a few weeks. As the new hair grows, the small red dots will become concealed. The scars left by an FUT are slightly more dramatic but if you style your hair well they should be easily hidden.

 

Cysts
 

Cysts occur after a hair transplant when buried grafts are not taken out properly. Apart from the rare occasion, cysts disappear in a few weeks. 

 

If you’d like to find out more about the hair transplant procedure, please feel free to contact our team who will be happy to help.

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.