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Hair Transplant London

If you’re looking for a hair loss solution in or near London, you may want to consider a hair transplant. This treatment is a type of surgical hair replacement, whereby hair follicles are taken from a donor area to recipient site. Each individual follicle is moved one at a time, transporting them to the area which is bald or thinning. The donor site is usually chosen as the area is genetically resistant to balding, so it has minimal impact as hair continues to grow.

Hair transplants are most commonly used to restore thinning hair or bald spots, but it can also be used for eyelashes, eyebrows, moustaches and beard hair. Additionally, it can be used to fill in scars that may have been caused by an accident or previous inadequate hair transplants or facelifts. The surgical technique is considered minimally invasive as it requires grafts to be taken from the donor area. The most important part of this procedure is not the hair itself, but the follicle, as this will enable the hair to continue to grow in its new place.

Two different techniques may be used for hair transplantation, known as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or strip harvesting. In the first type of treatment – FUE – each follicular unit is removed individually (each follicle contains between one and four hairs). Strip harvesting used to be more common, but it is best for those who require lots of grafts to fill a larger area with hair as the strip of hair follicles taken covers around 1–1.5 x 15–30 cm. When the follicles are place into the desired area, each follicle will sit in a predetermined area where the surgeon makes tiny punctures for optimum density and pattern, enabling you to later see a realistic and consistent hair pattern result.

Whichever type of treatment you opt for, both will be undertaken with local anaesthetic, requiring one day of surgery. After the procedure, there will be some swelling or redness in the treatment area, and the healing process will take between five to seven days. Within the days and weeks following the treatment, you will notice the outline of your new hairline taking shape. Within a year, you will be able to look forward to your hair being fully regrown.

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Techniques for hair transplantation.

There are two good techniques for hair transplantation.

FUE: The first technique is known as FUE, which stands for Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE harvesting, and the individual follicular units are removed by the surgeon one-by-one with each follicle containing between one and four hairs.

These follicles are then grafted into the recipient area where the surgeon will use tiny punctures to enable the follicle to sit in a predetermined area for density and pattern. It’s also important under this procedure that the follicles are angled so they promote a realistic and consistent final hair pattern result.

If you are interested in ‘Follicular Unit Extraction’ then the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and will need one day of surgery which depends on the number of grafts needed. The healing process will take between five and seven days, after which any swelling or redness in the area treated will subside.

More importantly, the excellent results from this hair transplant procedure means that in the days and weeks after treatment, you will see the outline of your new hairline becoming apparent. The transplanted hair will also, within the next 12 months, have fully regrown.

Strip harvesting: Until fairly recently, strip harvesting was the most common technique used for removing hair follicles from a donor site but this is changing. Though strip harvesting is still an excellent option for those who require lots of grafts to fill in a larger area. As with FUE, you will need one day of surgery and the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic.

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