Hair transplant surgery is a means of redistributing hair in order to create a fuller looking head of hair.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic , whereby hair is taken from a donor site normally the back or sides of the patients head (as this hair is not affected by male pattern baldness)It is then taken and placed in the areas of thinning on the front, top or crown. The replanted hair will continue to grow for life.
Treatments Available in London:
London is one of the best cities in the UK to undergo hair transplants or treatments, as the capital is home to some of the most experienced and well qualified doctors and surgeons in the country. Additionally, due to the city’s close ties to the USA, London clinics are often equipped with the newest technologies and have access to more advanced treatments which may take some time rolling out to regional facilities.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
The FUT or “strip” method has been the most popular treatment for many years and has a proven established track record generally producing greater densities than the more recent FUE method.The FUT (Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation) method involves a strip of skin with hair to be removed from the back of a patient’s scalp. Grafts of hair are then harvested and then carefully implanted into the desired areas.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
FUE is a the latest technology which involves the removal of hair grafts one at a time using highly specialised equipment, typically from the back and sides of the scalp. The grafts are implanted similarly to the FUT technique. The major advantage to FUE is that there is no linear scar making it virtually undetectable that a surgery has ever taken place.
BHFUE, or body hair follicle unit extraction, is much the same as the FUE treatment, except hair follicles are taken from the body rather than the back of the head, before being implanted into the temple and crown areas. This is often a good choice for those who have very thin hair on their head which wouldn’t be suitable for transplantation. The hair can be taken from anywhere on the body, including from beards and moustaches, the stomach and back, the legs, and the pubic regions. However, it’s important to note that body hair often has a more wire-like texture than head hair, which could lead to an unnatural finish.
Strip Harvesting is considered to be the most cost effective option, and for this reason it’s also the most popular type of surgical hair transplant available in London. This is certainly a more invasive and involved procedure than FUE and BHFUE as it involves slicing a thin layer of skin, and follicles, from the back of the head, and transplanting it onto the thinning front. Although this procedure will leave a scar, and has a longer recovery period, it is one of the best options for those who require a large amount of follicles to be transplanted, whereas FUE and BHFUE are more suited to those with lower requirements.
Minoxidil & Propecia
For those who aren’t keen on the idea of surgical hair transplants, some clinics in London do offer prescription medications that could possibly encourage hair growth. These medications don’t work for everybody, but a consultation should be able to estimate whether a patient is a suitable candidate or not. Studies have found that 2 percent Minoxidil, often used to treat high blood pressure, was effective at treating male pattern baldness for up to 5 years, whereas Propecia has been found to be effective for roughly 40 percent of men and women who try it. However, there are side effects of both medications, including possible problems with fertility, so it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before taking these medications.
The Cost of Hair Transplant in London
Hair transplants can be quite costly, and unfortunately prices are often much higher within London than they are at regional clinics, partly due to the greater experience and better technologies available in the capital. As all hair transplants are personalised to the individual, it is difficult to provide an exact cost of the treatments, as this will depend upon the number of follicles that are required to fill out the balding patches.
However, as a rough guideline, expect to pay around £4,000 for strip harvesting, and £7,000 for FUE or BHFUE.