Does hair transplant surgery work?

Hair restoration surgery has improved vastly over the past five years and as a result it has become an incredibly popular procedure. Nowadays hair transplants can permanently restore the hair of men and women with partial baldness by transplanting new follicles into balding or thinning areas. Specialists deem a transplant successful when 85 to 95 percent of transplanted roots grow new hair.

What is FUE hair transplant surgery?

The latest hair transplant technique is called follicular unit extraction (FUE). Unlike the traditional technique, known as follicular unit transplant (FUT) or strip harvesting, involving removing a strip of the scalp where follicles are plentiful, with FUE each follicular unit is removed one at a time. While FUE avoids the linear scar from the donor site and allows for a quicker recovery period, it is a more time consuming process with some procedures lasting up to eight hours, which can cause fatigue in the most experienced surgeons.

Am I a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery?

The procedure is recommended for anyone who wants a permanent, natural-looking solution to partial baldness. Candidates with male pattern baldness, a receding hairline, traction alopecia or trauma to the hair could benefit from having hair transplant surgery. The procedure is not, however, recommended for diffuse female pattern balding, alopecia areata (spot baldness) or for those with insufficient hair at the donor site. Since it’s difficult to assess the long-term stability of donor hair and the extent of future hair loss when patients are young, it’s best to wait until you’re at least 25 to have a hair transplant.

How much does hair transplant surgery cost?

The hospitals we work with offer FUE hair transplants at up to 80% less than the average cost in the UK. At some of our partner clinics the price is dependent on the number of hairs being transplanted, others have a fixed rate whether you need 2000 or 5000 grafts.

What can I expect after the treatment?

The transplanted hair will fall out within 2 to 3 weeks after hair transplant surgery. This is completely normal and not a sign that the operation has failed. You should start to notice new growth within a few months. One side effect of the treatment can be shock loss which is when hair in areas that weren’t treated falls out. Although this can be worrying, it’s just temporary. Not all transplanted follicles grow new hair, but around 85 to 95 percent of transplanted roots will. Follow your surgeon’s post-operative care guidelines and you’ll see the results within a few months. Around 60% of new hair growth should be seen between 6 and 9 months after the treatment and by the 12 months mark the full results will be visible.

What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is a condition affecting the hair follicles. The disease typically causes the hair to fall out in patches that are approximately the size of a quarter. In rare instances, the condition can be more pronounced and result in the loss of all of the hair on the head, face, or body.

Why does hair growth stop?

The main reason why hair stops growing (without any underlying medical reason) is genetics. The enzyme 5 alphareductase (5-AR) converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and as DHT shrinks the hair follicles, in time, follicles get smaller and produce shorter and thinner hair.

What is Male Pattern Baldness (MPB)?

Male pattern baldness, also known as MPB or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common cause of hair loss in men. MPB is characterized by a thinning crown and receding hairline. The condition typically progresses until only a “horseshoe” rim of hair remains. MPB is caused by a genetic sensitivity to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone that causes hair follicles to shrink and stop producing hair.

What genes determine baldness?

Genes that predispose to baldness can be inherited from either parent. Chromosome 20p11 has been implicated in some recent studies to greatly increase the risk of balding. Men with the 20p11 gene are seven times more likely to experience balding. A gene on the X chromosome has also been linked to baldness. Overall, research studies have not discovered a specific gene for baldness. So far more than 250 genes are found to contribute to balding.

What are the treatments for alopecia?

The most effective and long-lasting treatment for alopecia of any etiology is a hair transplant surgery. Other treatments include corticosteroids, anthralin or minoxidil. Hair transplant surgery has evolved in the past few years and cutting-edge techniques like FUE (follicular unit extraction) or ARTAS provide natural-looking and long-term results. On Pelomine,  hair transplant surgery comes at convenient prices (up to 80% less than UK, Germany or the US) with the help of world-renowned surgeons.

Why does MPB occur?

Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men. This baldness can occur due to genetics (family history). Research shows that MPB is associated with male sex hormones called androgens. One of the functions of the androgen hormone regulates hair growth.

What types of alopecia are there?

The most common types of alopecia are Androgenic, Areata and Totalis. Androgenic alopecia results in a receding hairline and can lead to baldness. Alopecia Areata leads to small bald smooth patches of hairless skin on the scalp and other parts of the body. Alopecia Totalis is also known as Alopecia Universalis and leads to loss of hair on the scalp and all over the body.

What is the difference between male pattern baldness and telogen effluvium?

Male pattern baldness is also known as androgenetic alopecia. It is the most common cause of hair loss and is associated with a genetic predisposition. The hair loss in androgenetic alopecia occurs gradually and is permanent. Telogen effluvium is reversible hair loss that occurs when the body undergoes stress such as pregnancy, divorce, or extreme dieting. Such hair loss occurs suddenly and it may seem as of clumps of hair fall out at once.

What is organic hair transplant?

Organic hair transplantation, a product of Hairtrawell laboratories, is a technique that allows almost all transferred follicles to grow healthily.

What are the advantages of organic hair transplant?

More efficient transplantation area
More efficient and nurtured hair follicles
Easier and healthier Hair Transplant procedure
Higher follicle adherence rate
More nurtured healthy hair
Up to 96% successful results
Significantly decreased hair loss

Why PRP is important for hair transplant?

Hair loss in men is a genetic problem. This problem gradually increases as the capillary vessels feeding the hair follicles start to fail to do so as the age advances. Hair PRP is being successfully performed in our clinics to feed hair follicles before and after hair transplantation.

Why is the hair at the front lost first?

If the hair at the front is lost but rest remains, this is an indication of their genetic structures. For the same reason, hair follicles collected from the back do not fall from their transferred areas as their genetic structures are not inclined towards hair loss.

What are the advantages of PRP treatment?

Advantages of PRP hair transplantation are:
Decreased amount of dead hair follicles during the period between follicle collection and transfer.
Increased adherence ratio for transferred follicles,
Accelerated recovery after hair transplantation.

Why FUE method with PRP?

In FUE method, hair follicles are held in a solution until they are transferred.  Approximately 5-15% of the follicles collected are lost during this period before they are transferred, Studies showed that hair follicles that cannot reach capillary vessels within one week after transplantation would die. PRP method provides solution to these problems.

How does fue with PRP affect hair follicles?

Collected hair follicles can remain alive after they are treated with PRP. After the transplantation, they immediately start growing and feeding thanks to the growth factors secreted by PRP cells. In addition, VEGF hormone inside the PRP initiate new capillary vessel formation around the newly transferred hair follicle and removes the nutrition problem of the new follicles. This way, follicles stay alive and their survival chance is higher after transplantation. PRP not only provides benefits for transplanted hair follicles but also accelerates the recovery of the donor site and prevents scar.

Which advanced technologies of today are used for hair transplant?

In Hairtrawell clinics, we use state-of-the-art Hair Transplant methods like Organic Hair Transplant, FUE Hair Transplant and Bio Hair Transplant.

How long does it take for hair to grow?

It takes 3 months for transplanted hair to grow back. Shock loss in the donor site occurs approximately 10 days after transplantation and transplanted hair starts to grow back healthily within 3 months. It takes 6 months for all follicles to grow back.

Is it imperative to shave the hair?

No, it is not. You can just inform your doctor about your preference.

Will hair grow back in the donor site?

Hair follicle will continue to grow in the transplantation site.

How natural are the results?

We pay great attention to age and hairline starting point in Hair Transplant and we plan the procedure accordingly. In addition, you will have a completely natural look as transplantation will be performed according to the growth direction of the follicles.

In what circumstances hair transplant cannot be performed?

Hair Transplant cannot be performed is donor area is not found and if there is insufficient hair follicle to be transferre.