I can say that hair transplants are becoming the operation of the century since many men are suffering from hair loss. This procedure offers a lifelong solution that doesn’t take a lot of time and is problem-free and easy. That’s why hair transplants are getting more and more popular all over the world.
I think more than a hundred thousand people every year are keen on getting a hair transplant - they’re either already scheduling it or thinking about it.
A hair transplant can be done with the FUE – Follicular Unit Extraction method. In this procedure, we extract hair follicles from one spot in the head and implant them into another. It’s the most popular way of transplanting hair.
We start by extracting follicles from the donor area, then we open new channels for the hair follicles, and finally, we insert the hair follicles into their new place. The hair coverage can be dramatically changed via this operation.
If somebody has a good density in his donor area, we can help him. And if somebody doesn’t have enough hair in the donor area, then we suggest other forms of treatment.
If somebody gets a hair transplant, he has to be very patient in the first three months, as they won’t see a lot of change during that timeframe. The change comes after the fourth or even the fifth month. If the operation is done for the frame of the face, then the result might come a little bit earlier. If it’s done for the crown, then the result might take up to a year.
It depends on which area of the head the transplantation was done.
No, hair transplantations aren’t suitable for everyone. The most important part is to have a good donor area.
Having a good area means that there’s a good donor area that’s not experienced any balding due to genetic alopecia.
In the medical field, you can never say that there’s a 100% success rate. The results depend on your surgeon doing a good job, having all the necessary equipment, and preventing complications. When all of those things are done properly, then you can expect good results. Great results for us equate to a 90% success rate.
Even in successful operations, we have to regraft hair to avoid balding – if we do a hundred a hundred hair grafts, we’ll still have to regraft ninety-nine of them.
We also ensure to warn people who aren’t good candidates for a transplant that they might not achieve their desired results to having a poor donor area. We also encourage people who are good candidates.
As doctors, our business isn’t guaranteeing anything on empty promises. We can guarantee specific results when showcasing a patient’s before and after photos, as these are results that we’ve already achieved.
After seeing a patient’s hair, we can guarantee a specific amount of hair follicles that we can transplant, but we can’t give any empty promises for results; no field in medicine can.
If you’re a suitable patient, we can encourage you to get a transplant, as we believe it’ll show positive results. If you’re not a suitable patient, we can give you good results forecast, but no hundred percent guarantee like in a commercial.
A hair transplant lasts for your entire life – otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth it. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years, and I’ve seen more than enough transplants to know that you’ll never lose your transplanted hair.
The most important part of any hair transplant is to make the hairline look as natural as possible – the goal is for no one to be able to notice you had something done on your head.
The second most important thing is to not waste any of the extracted hair follicles – the amount we extract needs to match the amount we insert.
The last most important thing is regrafting – when that’s done, then you’ve had a perfect procedure.
It’s not really a risk, but a very common symptom after 3 or 4 days of the operation is getting oedema – red spots with light swelling. You shouldn’t worry about those spots, as they should go away within a couple of weeks.
After the first 3 weeks or so, all the signs of an operation disappear. You can then start wearing hats and covering your head.
In my opinion, the biggest risk is wasting hair follicles. This is why it’s essential that you go to proven, high-quality hair clinics that know what they’re doing, or else you might end up with some bad results and a lot of wasted hair. Choosing a good doctor means that you’ll get natural-looking results.
The process of getting a transplant isn’t painful, you might feel a pinch in the first few minutes while getting the local anesthetic, but that’s it.
After the procedure, we prescribe you painkillers that’ll control the pain from the operation. You’ll be able to sleep peacefully on the first night after the procedure.
We always measure the donor and recipient area together. After that, we ensure that we never extract more than one-third of the area density of the donor area. If we need to do a regraft, we’re keen on not extracting more than one-fourth of the donor area.
We’re very careful not to leave any bald spots. The goal is for no one to know that you’ve had anything done.
Lately, I’ve been hearing more and more often that you can go up to five-thousand, eight-thousand, even fifteen-thousand grafts. That’s not possible; the most you can extract is about three to four thousand hair grafts. Anything more than that is impossible.
I’ll never start an operation without having a patient agree to the hairline we propose – a hairline that’s doable for them. Sometimes we have patients that ask for an inappropriate result. When that happens, I’ll do a simulation to show them how that would look, and normally that’s enough to convince them of a more logical option.
The crown area is always challenging and requires a second surgery more often than not. This is due to it not having good blood flow. Patients are normally much happier with transplants in their area but less so with their crowns.
Due to this, I always recommend patients to get a second operation for their crown to get better hair density in the crown area.
The operation isn’t that complicated - you can go back to your regular life pretty quickly. You can lie down on the day of the operation, wash your hair a couple of days after the operation, and drink alcohol two days after the operation. Smoking isn’t recommended. You shouldn’t go to a sauna for at least a week after the procedure. Avoid standing with your hair down. Also, please avoid lifting anything heavy for a few days. If you like bodybuilding, I’d advise against any heavy lifting in the gym for ten days.
Yes, especially for younger patients, we recommend hair medicine that helps save your hair. We’ll always talk with our patients and explain what kind of medicine they should take and how much.
When patients follow all our recommendations, we see some great results 10 or even 15 years later.
I used to refuse any patients that were a 6 or a 7 on the Norwood scale for a long time. After some patients, like my father-in-law, got a transplant, I saw that they were happy with any results – they didn’t want a perfect hairline.
I’ve made a special plan for Norwood 6 patients. If they follow that plan, I can help them get some hair back – not all of it, but a nice, partial coverage that can make them happier.