Hair transplant FAQs
Hair Growth After Surgery
When will I see growth?
Usually, when the grafts are placed, the hair bulb tends to go into a dormant phase before growing again at around 12 weeks. Some hairs will start growing before then and some will take longer but by 6 months, most of the hair will be growing and have reached a length of an inch or two. Many people will then book their next sessions.
The hair transplant procedure
How long does hair transplant surgery take?
The procedure normally takes 3-4 hours but longer if we do 1000 grafts or more. However, you are not sitting there in the chair all that time. After we take the strip, we then give you 15 minutes in the patient’s room to have a coffee, sandwich and a stretch before bringing you back in for placement of the grafts. This arrangement makes it quite a pleasant experience for the patient – there’s never a feeling of urgency at Westminster Clinic.
Does surgery cause hair loss?
Surgery doesn’t damage surrounding hair but can occasionally accelerate the loss of fragile hair, already affected by Dihydrotestosterone, which would be shed anyway within the next few weeks. This however, can be reduced by taking Propecia beforehand, at least four weeks previously.
Most men and many women are suitable except for significant medical illness. However, some people are better candidates than others but this can be discussed in consultation with Dr Rogers.
What sort of results can I expect? Is a full head of hair possible?
It always depends on your degree of hair loss and your type of hair. If you are younger, with early hair loss and you are taking Propecia to stop further loss, then it is possible to have a full head of hair. But if you have had significant hair loss for 20 years and only fine, sparse donor hair, then you won’t get a full head of hair back unless you choose the hair piece option. However, many men in their 40’s and 50’s who are quite bald do get a very good result by transplanting the front 2/3 of their scalp. This hair frames their face again which makes them look and feel younger. The back of the head (crown) is not so visible anyway and many men will accept that.