principle is simple; the genetic make up of the hair around the
sides and the back are immune from the male pattern baldness gene.
This enables the hairs to be moved to an area of thinning and they
keep their natural characteristics and continue to grow.
How Long Does It Take?
is dependent on the procedure and the amount of grafts placed; strip
procedures of 5000 grafts plus are completed in one day, FUE procedures
over 1500 grafts are budgeted for consecutive days; i.e. 3000 FUE
over two consecutive days.
is very little discomfort; the procedures performed under local
anaesthetic and mild sedative and you are conscious throughout.
There is very little need for post medication for pain and little
more than a mild painkiller for the first night is required.
Technique Is Better?
is not a simple answer to this question; each technique has its’
merits and its’ down falls; that is why education is vital
to evaluate which procedure is going to be best suited to the individual
goals, hair loss stage and long term happiness.
I Use Somebody Else's Hair?
easy answer is no; the genetic properties in the follicle must match
those of the recipient. Research commissioned in to the potential
of donor transfer is there, but it is in the very early stages.
Hair Be taken From Other Parts Of The Body?
use of body Hair FUE is a newer form of H/T; and should only as
a last resort on patients’ whose scalp donor has suffered
so much trauma that there is little hair to take. BH can be taken
from the back, chest arms and legs. It holds different characteristics
to scalp hair and the patient must be extensively educated before
this is even considered.
is BHR Policy to always patch test Body Hair FUE prior to the patient
undergoing any extensive procedure. The patch test is completed
and then assessed over six months, if results are found to be positve
then we may proceed. The Body Hair Patch Test is Free of Charge
Is A Mega-Session?
term has become common in the Industry to refer to either a Strip
or FUE case of over 3000 grafts. They involve placing a large amount
of grafts in one session to give maximum density and coverage with
out the need for multiple procedures over time.
Is Dense Packing?
is the art of placing the follicular units close enough together
to ensure a natural result/density in one pass; for example the
design of the hair line not having large gaps between each hair
and having to place in between at a later. The amount of follicular
units placed will alter dependent on certain factors, hair characteristics,
hair shaft quality, ethnic origin, hair colour, curl, and your existing
hair density. Dense packing is a great skill, being able to successfully
place the follicular units close together without compromising the
growth of each hair; the angle of the site and the size of the gauge
used will all affect the result.
Is Transection & Growth Rate?
is the loss of follicles when removed from the donor area. This
occurs because the follicular unit becomes damaged when being removed;
an acceptable transection rate is approximately 5-7%.
growth rate is the % of follicular units that grow once placed in
the recipient area. The yield is compromised if the FU are not placed
correctly, stored effectively or damaged when being placed; an acceptable
growth rate is approximately 94-98%.
Is Shock Loss?
is a term used to describe the temporary loss of the existing hair
surrounding the newly placed hair or in the donor area. This is
countered by hair growth stimulants and the skill of the doctor
whist placing the follicular units. The phenomenon is temporary,
if you suffer at all, and often not even noticeable as it can sometimes
just mean the thinning of the surrounding hair opposed to the actual
Is Scalp Laxity?
has more importance with Strip procedures but is important factor
for FUE also. The skin is amazingly pliable and a strip can be removed
with hardly compromising the skin tissue and the cosmetic appearance
of your facial features. Scalp laxity plays an important role in
the transfer of the hairs from the donor to the recipient area.
A man with better laxity can expect better healing and potentially
more hairs being transplanted. The more procedures that are undergone
the less laxity your scalp will have.
I Have More Than One HT?
potential number of grafts on an average scalp that can be moved
can be in excess of 8000; and this is not possible or ethically
wise to do in one procedure. Therefore, more procedures can be carried
out at a later date if the person loses more existing hair or wishes
more coverage. Donor management allows the sensible and ethical
distribution of hair to gain the maximum result for the patient.
I Need More Than One HT?
such as age, Norwood Class and progression of hair loss will help
to answer this question; but in most cases a person will certainly
undergo more than one procedure; even if there maybe many years
in between each.
I Be Left With A Scar?
of the technique used and how well it is performed technically the
fact the skin tissue has been cut or punched there will be a scar.
Today with Strip closure methods the linear scar is becoming undetectable
even with very short hair. With FUE the technique is much less invasive
and the scarring much smaller; on occasions the scarring can be
invisible to the eye, even if the head is shaved.
Will My New Hair Grow?
placed hair in the recipient area takes approximately one week to
properly bed into to the skin tissue and cardiovascular system.
The hair can start to grow within the first month and then fall
out, leaving no visible signs of the H/T; it is common for 80% of
the placed hair to initially fall. The follicle then rest for 3
to 4 months before the growth starts; at this stage is normal to
have 30% growth, at 6 months 60% growth and 9-11 months the remaining
growth. It can take a year for the full growth to mature and the
true result be seen.