Common concerns during the run-up to a hair transplant

POSTED: 15 December 2017

If you’re considering a hair transplant, or are in the run-up to your surgery, it is natural for you to have concerns or questions. We’ve put together a guide to help answer the most common questions asked by those interested in a hair transplant.


Is a hair transplant painful?

We administer local anesthetic during the transplant, so any discomfort you feel will be minimal. You may experience some mild discomfort during the recovery process, but this can be managed with over the counter painkillers. You’ll also be given advice and products by your surgeon to help speed up the recovery process.


Is a hair transplant safe or not?

As with any surgery, there are potential complications of a hair transplant. These are usually minimal, however, and may include minor scarring or infection. It is important to choose an experienced surgeon for your surgery who will be able to minimise these risks and make sure that your procedure is successful. Make sure your surgeon is affiliated with a respected professional body such as the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and be very wary of clinics abroad offering cheap procedures. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!


Will I be left with scarring?

One of the great benefits of an FUE hair transplant is the reduction in scarring when compared to alternative methods of transplant. As each follicle is removed individually, you’ll be left with minimal scarring, and the hair that has been transplanted will re-grow quickly. Immediately following the transplant, you may be left with some red pinpricks on your scalp, but these will fade in the days following the procedure.


How long do I need to take off work after a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is not a major surgery, and you will be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. We recommend taking a week off following the procedure so you can make sure to take care of your scalp, to ensure the best chance of a successful transplant. You may experience some scabbing or crusting over the transplant site for a week or so after your hair transplant, so you may wish to take time off from work or public duties until this has fully healed.


Is a hair transplant permanent?

The area of hair that is transplanted will be permanent, but sadly hair loss is a natural process that comes with aging. You may find that as time goes on, hair in other areas begins to thin. Should that be the case, there are various options available to you, including a second hair transplant or alternative non-surgical options.


What are the long-term side effects of hair transplant?

Following a successful hair transplant, there are no long-term side effects. It is important, however, to choose a well-known clinic and experienced surgeon to minimise the risk of any side effects or complications of hair transplant surgery.


How long does it take for transplanted hair to grow?

Following your hair transplant, the new hair will not begin to grow immediately. In the days following the procedure, the newly transplanted hair will fall out. Don’t worry - this is a normal part of the healing process, which your surgeon will explain fully at your consultation. You may notice hair re-growth at around the 3-month mark, but it can often take between 9 months and a year to see the full effects.

If you’d like to find out more from other people who have gone through a hair transplant at Crown Clinic, head over to our case studies page to hear about their experience and results.

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