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How Do Hair Transplant Procedures Work?

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A hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair is removed from one area of the scalp (called the “donor area”) and transplanted to another area of the scalp (called the “recipient site”). The goal of the procedure is to restore hair to areas of the scalp that have thinned or gone bald due to genetics, ageing, or other factors.

Hair transplants are typically done on an outpatient basis and may require several sessions to achieve the desired results. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia and can take several hours (usually 5-8 hours) to complete. Most people are able to return to work within a few days of the procedure (we recommend a couple of weeks off). To see the end result, most patients need to wait around 6-7 months at a minimum. Typically a year is the time it will take for the transplanted hairs to be fully grown.

What Happens During a Hair Transplant?

The most common hair transplant method is the Follicular unit extraction (FUE). FUE is a technique for performing a hair transplant in which individual hair follicles are extracted from the donor area (the back and sides of the head) and transplanted to the recipient area (the area of hair loss) one at a time.

During an FUE hair transplant procedure, the patient is typically given a local anaesthetic to numb the donor and recipient areas. The surgeon then uses a small, specialised tool (called a punch) to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area. These follicles are then carefully transplanted to the areas of hair loss by the doctor with a little help from the team of technicians.

The FUE procedure is typically less invasive and painful than other techniques, such as follicular unit transplantation (FUT). It also tends to leave fewer scars, as the individual follicles are extracted one at a time rather than as a strip of skin. However, the FUE procedure is generally more time-consuming and may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.

After the procedure, the transplanted hair will fall out typically after 2-3 months. This is called the shedding phase (or ugly duckling phase). There is nothing to worry about as it’s a normal part of the procedure. The transplanted hair follicles will begin to grow back within several weeks. Most people are able to return to work and other normal activities within a couple of weeks of the procedure, but it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for caring for the transplanted area to ensure optimal healing and results.

Types of Hair Transplant Procedures

There are a number of various kinds of hair transplant procedures you can choose from. Which one is appropriate for you will depend upon your hair loss situation, along with the recommendations of our Hair Transplant Liverpool professionals.

  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a tried and tested, minimally invasive hair restoration treatment in which grafts containing hair follicles are individually extracted from your donor area (typically the back and sides of your head) and are then implanted onto the areas of hair loss one by one.
  • Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is a surgical hair restoration method (also known as the strip method) that involves excising a strip of skin from the back of your head. With this method, the follicular units are extracted from this strip and the back of your head is sewn up. These follicles are then implanted into the areas of hair loss.
  • Direct Hair Implant Technique (DHI) is in essence “advanced FUE”. Hair follicles are extracted from the donor area after utilising what’s called a CHOI pen extractor with a diameter of 0.8 – 1mm. It is pretty much the same process/procedure as the standard FUE.

Which of the above methods ultimately represents the right one for you will depend on how bald you are, what you’re hoping to achieve with your results, and what your budget is. To better determine which would be the best possible option for your unique situation, fill out our form to get a free consultation with a hair implantation specialist today.

We will also provide you with a competitive quote on the treatment you need. From there, we can move forward together and determine a course of action.

Patient Testimonials

Aside from achieving fantastic results, we believe that keeping in touch with our patients before, during and after their hair transplantation procedure is paramount – it helps to keep our patients feeling calm and in control. We’re always on hand to provide guidance, support and aftercare advice. Time and again, our patients tell us that this is what sets us apart from other clinics.

You can read our great reviews of FUE hair transplants over on Google and TrustPilot

Felix
Felix
2022-03-04
Kevin was very helpful and put my mind at ease with all my questions before my surgery. I’ve visited serval hair transplant clinics and what they said to me just did not sound right and the price they were giving where outrageous and at one point I wanted to leave the hair transplant. However after speaking to Kevin and his team they have regain my confidence and courage to get this done. I would fully recommend Harley Street if anyone who is wanting to get a hair transplant.
Jake
Jake
2022-01-18
I would like to give a huge thank you to Kevin and the rest of the team for a wonderful experience. I am over the moon with the results already and the high level of professionalism the team showed throughout the day of my operation. I felt extremely comfortable and well looked after during my operation. The team were also very happy to answer any questions I had throughout the day and they continue to communicate daily with myself post operation which puts your mind at ease during your healing process! I would highly recommend going through hairtransplantliverpool if you are thinking of having a hair transplant, you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Jake
Louise Roberts
Louise Roberts
2021-11-19
After years of struggling with thinning hair I finally decided a permanent solution was required. Much research found hair transplant Liverpool and I started the consultation process. Kevin was very patient as I explored and questioned options that would fit my situation. We eventually settled on a two stage process with the assurance that they would be able to get a good level of coverage. A short trip to their Bury location and the process began. What an amazing team. Dr Kalra took lots of time designing the hairline and I was fully included in the process as I explained what I wanted and was then guided by his expert knowledge. The first stage was 2000 grafts and that sounded daunting. A bit of prep to prepare the donor area for taking the grafts was done with care as they shaved an area in between the top and bottom of my ponytail so that the graft area would not be seen afterwards as the shaved area grew out. Then the only slight pain as the numbing injections went in. 5 rounds of those but after the 2nd round things were quite numb. Having the grafts taken was not painful but I was aware as each was taken. Then a short break and on to numbing the front area ready for implantation. More injections but soon over and over to Dr Kalra to carefully make the 2000 incisions ready for the grafts to go in to. A short break again for lunch and a drink then on to a 3 hour implant session where the team took great care to place each of the grafts in to their new home. Slight pain towards the end as the numbing wore of on the donor area but a couple of paracetamol later and it was ok. Then before I knew it I was talking to Dr Kalra again about aftercare and receiving my care pack. That evening was a bit sore but easily managed by paracetamol and ibuprofen. I slept propped up in bed with a neck pillow and woke up to tightness in the donor and implant areas but no need for any more pain meds. Ok...it looked red and sore but keeping up with the aftercare helped and at day 5 I washed my hair gently. Now at day 6 and almost all tightness gone. There was a little swelling around my eyes but this passed in two days. A review is planned at 3 months then 2nd session at 6 months. I was extremely well cared for and initial results are looking very good. I will post some pics as everything settles down but I am very pleased so far and so glad I chose and trusted the
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iraj ebra
2020-01-17
I have been for hair transplant consultation with Kevin in Liverpool and I am please by his honest opinion and professional approach and expertise. highly recommended.
Dean Rolstone
Dean Rolstone
2020-01-12
Thoroughly recommend anybody considering having a hair transplant procedure to use Hair Transplant Liverpool based on my excellent experience with them. Had a brilliant consultation with Kevin who talked through the procedure and calmed my fears and nerves about the treatment. Big thanks to Dr. Nayak and his team for the professionalism and care given to me at the surgery and from then on. It's been 5 months since I had the procedure and I couldn't be any happier with the results.

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