For the final part of our ultimate guide we’re going to look at some of the most common questions that people have about FUE hair transplants.
Is it painful?
- The procedure itself is not painful since the scalp is anaesthetized beforehand. The only part of the procedure that could cause some discomfort is the administering of the anaesthetic itself, although this is well tolerated by most patients.
How long until I see the final results?
- Once the new follicles have been transplanted, the new hair will fall out between 1 week and 2 months after the surgery. This is completely normal and to be expected. The new hair will then continue to grow and the final results can be seen after approximately 1 year.
Is the transplanted hair permanent?
- Yes – the hair at the back and sides of the head is genetically programmed to be permanent. The hair retains this quality when it’s transplanted to the top of the head too. It should be noted that this will not prevent the other hair on your head that you were going to lose anyway from falling out. This is why it’s always recommended that you go on treatments to prevent further hair loss.
Will I have a scar?
- FUE does leave lots of tiny scars that are invisible to the human eye but for all practical purposes – no, you will not be left with a scar that’s visible.
Will people be able to tell I’ve had a hair transplant?
- This will depend. If you have mild to moderate thinning at the crown then people might not be able to tell that you’ve had a transplant. If however, you’re having a new hairline constructed as part of your surgery then yes, it’s going to be apparent.
Will I have to take time off work?
- Some patients like to take a few days off work immediately after their surgery but providing your job doesn’t involve a lot of strenuous activity then it’s usually not necessary. A lot of patients like to get their procedure done on a Friday so they have a couple of days to recover over the weekend.
Are there any risks?
- Because it’s a non-invasive procedure, the risks with an FUE procedure are very low. There’s some mild swelling in the days following surgery but generally the side effects are very mild and easily tolerated.