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Hair loss is a natural part of life that tends to happen to most men as they age, however some people can find the process embarrassing. At Harley Street Hair Clinic we are experts in FUE hair transplants. Something we get asked a lot is ‘can you have an FUE hair transplant without anyone knowing?’. So here is everything you need to know about a FUE hair transplant, including the aftercare.

What is a FUE hair transplant?

An FUE hair transplant is an effective treatment for those who have male pattern baldness. During the procedure an experienced doctor takes donor hair follicles from either the back or the side of the head and places them on the balding areas.

How does the treatment work?

The treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical so patients will remain fully conscious throughout the treatment. Firstly the donor area of the head is anaesthetised; and a micro-surgical punch then isolates each individual hair follicle from the donor area. The follicular units are then carefully removed. The donor area will then heal within seven days.

The recipient area of the head will then be anaesthetised once all donor hair follicles needed are removed. With the use of a micro-surgical blade a small incision is created on the balding areas of the head, the donor hairs are then inserted into the incisions. As with the donor area, the recipient area will heal within seven days.  Over the next six months the hair will grow in the recipient areas.

What is the aftercare like?

It is very important to consider the post op aftercare; this can become one of the most important factors in your decision to have a hair transplant. At The Harley Street Hair Clinic we ensure all of our patents receive the best post operative instructions, this ensures our clients will get the best results from the treatment.

After your treatment you will be given medication and instructions on when and how to take them. You will be given mild steroids to ease any swelling and antibiotics to fight any infection that could happen.

You will also receive special hair washing instructions as well as advice on what shampoo to use for the first two weeks after treatment. This is to help speed up the healing process.

FUE is a minimally invasive procedure; however you will experience redness in both the donor and recipient area which will last a few days, depending on the individual. There is usually no pain after the procedure but it is advised to avoid touching and sweating on your recipient area. With this in mind, you will not be able to wear a hat to hide the redness during the first few days.

We advise patients to take it easy for the first few days after their treatment, which could require you taking some time out of work. Getting a FUE hair transplant without anyone knowing is possible; however it would require you spending some time out of the public eye after your treatment.

What should I consider before the treatment?

If you are having a hair transplant there we provide you with the highest quality medical care, there are a strict set of instructions that are important for you to follow, these include;

  • 14 days before your treatment do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medications, as they will increase bleeding.
  • 7 days before your treatment you should stop using Minoxidil (regaine, rogaine)
  • 7 days before your treatment you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages

A full list of pre treatment instructions will be given to you during your consultation, our expert doctors can also inform you of anything specific to you.

If you are considering a hair transplant and have any questions please feel free to contact us for more help.

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