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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

Samantha Mccallum
Samantha Mccallum
25 June 2024
My experience with Harley Street Hair Transplant has been fantastic straight from my first communication on 27/04/24 which was about my eyebrow hair transplant with the amazingly lovely Sara (Lead Patient Advisor). Was only 3 days later my free consultation via video call with the amazing Doctor Mohammed Ditta. Dr Ditta has a great energy and shows his compassion and confidence on helping me to get the confidence back from total eyebrow hair loss, which I never deemed possible. He was very informative of the procedure that was being held in Manchester clinic and putting me at ease by answering all my questions. So as of 20/06/24 I am now on day 5 post op and it has been a journey. Sara has been with me every step of the way answering all questions, checking in on me regularly and supporting me through this process. Day of procedure was so settling that I didn’t have time to be over thinking. The very cheerful warm welcoming lady at the front of house on entry to then being greeted by harley street hair transplant director Yannis who is great, he was funny, welcoming and just so caring, being supportive throughout the whole procedure popping in checking on me and even helping me exit building after procedure which to me is a company of kindness. Dr Ditta in person was fantastic with warm energy and patience he explained everything in detail ensuring my comfort throughout the procedure and his two lovely girls on his team were amazing. He ensured I had an understanding of the after care process to ensure best results and ensuring support from the company if anything is needed. Still having regular communication ensuring my recovery is still going well, which is it!! Confident in my eyebrow hair transplant journey!
G fitmarp
G fitmarp
24 June 2024
Great clinic with friendly and experienced team. I wanted my surgery done in the UK and found the clinic on Google. Process started with virtual consultations with patient advisor and then with the surgeon. FULL costs were given up front, with good finance options available. On the day I designed a new hairline with the surgeon and ended up getting about 1600 grafts iirc, which was good value for money. Clear pre- and post-op instructions given and recovery has gone as expected. Now waiting patiently for regrowth :)
Julie Burhnam
Julie Burhnam
12 June 2024
If anyone is thinking big having this procedure done I would highly recommend it to be done here. I’m so excited to see the new hair growth starting and it’s only 3 mths since the procedure. The surgeon was absolutely first class and the after care is amazing. Regular check ups and in between checks you can pick the phone up and speak to them even if it’s just for reassurance.
anthony page
anthony page
10 June 2024
I visited the clinic near Manchester a little over a month ago and have been very happy with the service to date. It's too early to see the results yet but I am pretty optimistic as it all went to plan. The engagement before, during and after was faultless. Quick responses to any queries and good after care/follow up. The day itself, as expected, is quite long and be prepared for possible swelling after. The first few days after it were a little rough, but that was explained to me before hand. That said, i was up and out and about by day 3 and worked from home OK throughout all of it. The surgery itself went well and I was very impressed with Dr Tetiana and her team, they helped a long day go as best as can be expected, worked hard and were good company throughout. Sara has also followed up regularly since. Very happy to recommend and good luck!
patrick boyd
patrick boyd
13 April 2024
Very happy with the process so far. With a busy schedule I wasn’t too sure about taking 2 weeks of work but we managed to get the procedure booked within a month or so of my initial consultation so I was able to plan around it all easily. The team were very helpful in assessing my aims and suitability for the procedure and answered all my questions and concerns. They also offered the use of a facility in Manchester which I preferred so I wouldn’t have to use public transport post procedure. The procedure itself was a little uncomfortable at the start but I understand this is completely normal until the numbing kicks in. Both Dr Ditta and the two technicians were very experienced and comforting during the procedure. They handled my complications easily and I knew I was in safe hands. I had initially been looking at 1900 grafts but when we sat down to design my hairline more grafts were needed and I had a healthy donor area so we upped it to 2500 grafts at no additional cost. Currently on day 12 post procedure but the scabs came off on day 10 ahead of schedule, my aftercare routine was explained clearly and I was given everything I needed. My advice to anyone considering a transplant is that the procedure itself and the day after are a little rough but worth it. It’s definitely a big factor knowing your surgeon is experienced and you’re in good hands. I’ve recommended the team to friends of mine who are considering the procedure and would encourage people to use the team at the Harley Street Hair Transplant Clinics.
Sav fandi
Sav fandi
12 March 2024
I was a bit nervous before the procedure but it was a very comfortable environment there. I was well taken care of and the results now are incredible! Many thanks to the team!
James D
James D
18 February 2024
Would highly recommend. Everyone I had the pleasure of dealing with was so friendly and helpful. I had help with travel and accommodation and i was so well looked after before, during and after the procedure. I'm very thankful and now just waiting for the results.
WatchTheHorison
WatchTheHorison
30 August 2023
Welcoming staff. Nurse and doctor was lovely. No issues parking and coffee while you wait.
Mazza Ellerton
Mazza Ellerton
23 August 2023
Great experience. Made to feel really comfortable throughout the whole day and would highly recommend
Tom Francis
Tom Francis
23 August 2023
If you are thinking about it - go for it! Looked after, day went smoothly and worth it - let’s wait and see for the progress.

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