Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What can I expect from a hair transplant?
A. The best hair transplant surgeons now strive for completely natural looking hairline – not the uniform neat rows of a few years ago. You should be able to style your hair in a way that flatters your face and takes advantage of your hair’s colour, curl, texture and direction.
You may even comb it straight back if you like, however you should note that transplanted hair will be thinner than your original hair.
Q. Are transplants the answer for hair loss?
A. For centuries, men have rubbed peculiar substances into their scalp, ingested all sorts of “miracle” cures, and subjected themselves to electrical stimulation – all with the hope of growing hair.
Although the introduction of Minoxidil, or Regaine seemed promising, its use has turned out to be of limited value. It does grow hair under certain conditions but the growth is sustained only as long as the person continues the applications. Also the hair that it stimulates is not long terminal hair, but short vellus hair – which is short, fuzzy hair that frequently precedes complete baldness.
Q. What is Follicular Transplantation and why is the microscope so important?
A. Introduction of Follicular Transplantation and the use of the binocular microscope can increase the growth of transplanted hair up to 20%. Hair grows naturally in groups of one to four hairs in each pore. These are called follicular bundles or follicular groups and can be seen with the unaided eye by closely examining the scalp.
There you will see naturally occurring, one to four hairs coming from each pore. If this bundle or group of hair is undisturbed during hair transplantation, it will grow much better that if it is damaged or cut. Use of the binocular microscope in dissecting grafts allows technicians to microscopically observe and dissect each bundle without damage. The work is much more precise, more difficult and more time consuming. Whereas the procedure used to take two to three hours, now it may take up to six or seven hours and requires many more technicians.
Because of the increase in technicians, quality control is essential. There are certain checkpoints during the procedure to ensure perfect graft and precise gentle planting of each graft. Routine and random checks are made of the graft during microscopic dissection and during microscopic planting. There is not more precise method of graft preparation. At Timeless London Hair Transplant Clinic, we feel the extra effort is well worth the increased hair growth and improved naturalness.
Q. Is hair transplant surgery painful?
A. Although individual pain threshold vary, transplant patient generally express surprise at the small amount of discomfort associated with FUE and FUT hair transplantation. The client is given a relaxing medicine, which actually makes the experience almost enjoyable in many cases.
Q. Is hair transplant surgery right for me?
A. When you visit Timeless London Hair Transplant Clinic, you will have a personal consultation with Dr. Sciacca. At that time he will evaluate the nature and extent of your baldness pattern, the potential of your remaining hair to yield healthy donor grafts and the like hood of future hair loss. You can be assured that you will obtain an honest opinion here. If we feel you are a poor candidate (perhaps too young, have too much existing hair or even too bald) you will be told outright.
Q. How soon will I look presentable?
A. The vast majority of clients leave the clinic, after FUE or FUT surgery, without a bandage. Frequently a baseball cap is used to hide the area that has been worked on. Occasionally, there is some redness and swelling for a few days, but it is usually not very noticeable. If you have enough pre-existing hair, you will be able to comb that hair over the transplants to hide them.
Q. How frequently should I return?
A. In general, transplanted hair, either with FUE or FUT tecnique, requires between 4 and 6 months starting growing. You should wait at least that long before returning for additional sessions. Hair transplant used to be a lifetime commitment because the transplant would eventually become obvious as the remaining hair gradually fell out.
Now however, most men are not committed to return. Our design for follicular transplants looks perfectly natural even as baldness progresses over the years. That is not to say that most clients do not return for more sessions. Most are so pleased with the results that they do return from time to time to Timeless London Hair Transplant Clinic to increase the density of their transplanted hair.
Q. How do I decide how many grafts to have?
A. The number of grafts that can be transplanted per session, either by FUE or FUT, is dependent upon a certain number of factors and it is deterinated after accurate evaluation during the FREE consultation by Dr Sciacca at Timeless London Hair Transplant Clinic.
The key factors are: (1) the size of the bald area, (2) the colour of the hair, (3) the density of the hair, (4) texture, (5) curl of the hair, (6) size of the graft, and (7) the desires and expectations of the client.