What to expect
Hair transplant surgery can take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours, depending on the technique used and how many grafts you need transplanting.
Procedures are carried under local anaesthetic and you can return home the same day. With hair transplants, you can often resume normal activities after a few days (such as going to work). But NO GYM and no heavy lifting for a fortnight.
This is a once in a lifetime procedure and will cost a lot of money so don’t cut corners. Demand the very best from your provider and choose wisely.
A hair transplant is a minor surgical procedure that transfers hair from the donor area (with strong, healthy, permanent hair) to the affected area (crown, hairline etc).
Surgery Group launched in 2014 as a Hair Transplant provider and we have years of experience in FUE & FUT hair transplant surgery. All the surgeons that we work with are GMC & CQC Registered and are members of ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). Many have been catalysts in developing and innovating hair transplant methods in the UK and abroad. We have worked with the same Hair Transplant Surgeons for at least 5 years. The surgeons have enabled us to become taller by standing on their shoulders and we are incredibly proud to be able to direct our patients to some of the very best in the business. We have hosted over 2000 Hair Transplant patients around the UK and include hotels and/or transport for all patients free of charge.
All Hair Transplant patients are provided with a comprehensive 12 month aftercare package including Finasteride medication, Minoxidil Solution, Nizoral Shampoo and dermarollers.
(with selected surgeons)
FUE or FUT Hair Transplant 3000 Grafts* (6000 Hairs) in London or Sheffield
Comprehensive 12 month aftercare package including 12 months finasteride medication
Follow up appointments
Written guarantee of success
Free retreat if less than 95% of the grafts are successful
Dedicated patient coordinator available 24/7
Ongoing support and hair loss advice
*The number of grafts that we can extract in a single session is determined by the quality and density of your donor area. We will not over-harvest your precious donor area and there will be no discernible signs of thinning after your procedure.
Most procedures take between 4 and 8 hours depending on the number of grafts involved and the complexity of the treatment plan. One thing is for certain. We never rush your procedure and we only have one patient at a time so it will take as long as it takes to get the best outcome.
The procedure itself is painless. The surgeon will inject your scalp with local anaesthetic before we begin. We administer baby needles first of all to numb the area before the actual needles these days so the main injections don’t really hurt much and hardly anybody starts crying. If you’ve ever had a tattoo then this will be a walk in the park. Can feel a bit raw afterwards, especially in the donor area but this usually subsides within a couple of days.
We all heal differently but in general terms you’ll be able to feel a bit of fuzz after about 3 months and most of the hair should be visible after around 6 months. It’s common to be a bit underwhelmed with the progress after 6 months or so but things will continue to thicken up for the next year or so and you’ll see continued improvement. It is not possible to implant the same density of grafts that you were born with so it’s important to manage your expectations and not not to allow yourself to fall for any sales patter.
Transplanted hair is guaranteed to grow for life. We take the donor grafts from the permanent zone at the back of your head.
This used to be pretty easy to calculate but it has become customary in the industry to advise patients that they need many more grafts than they actually require in order to appear to be offering a bargain.
People will sometimes misunderstand the terminology with grafts, follicular units and hairs all being mentioned.
A graft usually contains 2 hairs. Sometimes there is only 1 hair in a graft and sometimes there are 3 . Salesmen will usually stick a camera on the back of your head and say you have wonderful donor area with lots of twos and threes. (They say this to everyone 🙂
An important aspect of any hair transplant is the transection rate. This is the percentage of grafts that are damaged during the extraction process. We examine the extracted grafts under a microscope and if the transection rate rises above 3% we halt the procedure and reexamine our technique and instruments to ensure that we are doing all that we can to protect each precious graft.
You will not average more than 2 hairs per graft.
Hopefully one procedure will be enough. Transplanted grafts will be there for life but a hair transplant does not stop ongoing hair loss so ways to keep your existing hair should be discussed. We include a comprehensive 12 months aftercare kit to help you to manage any ongoing hair loss.
Patients who are having an FUE procedure need to shave the back of the head so that we can accurately extract the grafts. You do not need to shave the recipient area but it does make it easier to place the grafts if you shave your whole head.
If you are having FUT surgery you do not need to shave your head.
You will always have a chance to chat with your surgeon before booking your hair transplant and we will coordinate with the medical team to produce an accurate treatment plan to ensure that everything is agreed in advance of your surgery date. Don’t book a hair transplant without first speaking to the surgeon who will be performing your procedure.
Skip the Salesman and see the Surgeon
We guarantee that at least 95% of the new grafts will grow successfully. Sometimes people don’t get a great result for one reason or another and we are pretty much no quibble when it comes to retreating when necessary. Sometimes patients will want to add a little more density to their hairline and we are always happy to offer these small thickening procedures at a fair price for our exsiting customers.
You should not go near a sun bed for at least 6 months. In fact you really shouldn’t go on a sun bed ever again.
For Crown thinning, If you have a hair transplant but don’t take steps to manage the ongoing hair loss. You can end up with a lovely tuft of hair in the middle of your crown looking like palm trees on the moon
Sapphire FUE simply means using a different blade to make the incisions for implantation. The sapphire blades are slightly larger than regular blades and we don’t use them as a rule because they do not lead to better results.
DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) means using choi implanters to insert the grafts into the scalp. Again we do use this method as standard but happy to do so if a salesman has convinced you that it’s the way to go.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area and inserting them, one by one, onto the balding or thinning areas.
The surgeon uses a specialised punch device, ranging in diameter from 0.6mm – 0.9mm, to extract complete follicular units. This separates the surrounding tissue from the unit, minimising trauma and scarring and improving the hair transplant results.
We then delicately place each graft into the recipient area.
As the treatment is minimally invasive, the scarring is negligible and you can have your hair as short as you like
Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involves removing a narrow strip of hair-bearing scalp from the donor area and implanting it into the bald or thinning areas.
The strip from the donor area is dissected to garner the grafts. Using microscopes the team will extract the hairs from from the tissue and prepare them for implanting.
The implantation process is identical for both FUT and FUE Procedures
You will have a scar on your scalp and will need to keep your hair at grade 3 or above at the back in order to hide the scar
Since FUE does not leave a linear scar (like FUT), patients can cut and style their hair without restrictions.
With FUT, the donor area will be left with a small linear scar, which can be hidden by the hair around it. Patients are advised not to cut their hair too short (i.e. below a number 3).
With FUT procedures the grafts are extracted under microscopes and there is a lower transection rate (damaged grafts).
Both methods have their merits and we are always happy to help you to make an informed choice on your best way forward.
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