Hair transplant

About Hair transplant

Hair transplantation is one of the most common ways to correct the hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. It is widely available throughout the UK and abroad. The two methods that are used to surgically correct hair loss are Follicular unit extraction (FUE) whereby singular grafts are extracted from the donor area using motor operated punches. The second method is by Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) in which a strip of skin is surgically removed containing hair follicles from the donor area and redistributed throughout the scalp in areas which lack hair.

Our surgeons are highly trained in FUE and FUT, both of which will discussed during your consultation in greater depth to help you decide the best option.

Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation (FUT)

Although FUT can leave linear scars it still has its advantages when treating hair loss. It is still commonly practiced and can be the preferable procedure for you. FUT is more frequently used for patients who have severe hair loss; this is because a large portion of hair grafts can be harvested in one sitting.

During a FUT procedure our highly skilled surgeon will remove a strip of skin under local anaesthesia containing hair grafts from the donor area. This strip is then looked under a microscope and cut into smaller follicular units. These units are then implanted into slits that have been artistically created by the surgeon to give a natural looking result.

With FUT the recovery period is slightly longer and harbours a slightly increased risk of complications associated with hair transplant.

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Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

At The Medic Clinic, FUE is performed only by our highly skilled surgeons who use techniques that are constantly evolving and changing. The equipment used are in line with what the hair restoration societies deem as best practice.

Commonly, under local anaesthesia, an FUE hand piece is used with a 0.6-0.8mm punch to core around hair follicular units which are removed carefully and rigorously. These are then looked under a microscope for quality and stored in cold medium ready for implantation.

The advantage of using the FUE procedure over FUT, is that it does not leave any permanent scars that may be caused as with the FUT procedure. Due to lack of scarring associated with FUE, it is an ideal procedure for:

  • Any patient that wears their hair short and does not mind having their back and sides shaved to a 1mm length for the procedure day
  • Any patient who wants to avoid a linear scar which may be caused by the FUT procedure
  • Any patient who has had a previous hair transplant and requires a top up procedure
  • Anyone who has not experienced significant hair loss
  • Any patient who is younger and requires a less extensive procedure
  • Any patient who has fine hairs in their donor area
  • Any patient who wants to cover scars caused by previous FUT procedures Before getting an FUE done, it is important to first consider the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for Hair Loss

PRP is the component found in blood which is rich in healing and growth factors. It is commonly used in hair loss treatment and can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other non-surgical and surgical methods.

During PRP therapy a phlebotomist will draw blood commonly from your arm and spun in a centrifuge. The PRP is then extracted and using a thin needle, your own PRP is injected into the balding and thinning areas on your scalp. This stimulates hair growth with dormant or newly transplanted hair.

PRP is frequently used to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints in sports athletes with excellent evidence. This method of PRP in treating hair loss has a significant role as evidence also suggests magnificent results.

For further information you can book in for a consultation with The Medic Clinic team to discuss your treatment plans and options. Our friendly and knowledgable team will always be on hand to answer any queries and concerns.

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