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  • What is a hair transplant?
    A hair transplant is a type of cosmetic surgery. It involves extracting hair follicles from an area on your head that produces healthy hair growth and transplanting them in thinning or balding areas.
  • Is a hair transplant permanent?
    Yes — hair transplants are designed to give you permanent results. However, this can depend on the surgeon’s expertise, and how well you care for your transplanted hair. To ensure you get lifelong results from your transplant, visit a reputable clinic with an experienced surgeon. After the surgery, make sure to follow the immediate and long-term aftercare instructions from your surgeon and hair loss consultancy team.
  • Do hair transplants work?
    Yes. When performed by a skilled, experienced surgeon at a reputable clinic, hair transplants are often more than 90% effective. The Stamboul Buba’s hair transplant success rate is 97-100%
  • How do hair transplants work?
    Hair transplants work by taking healthy hair follicles from somewhere else on your body (usually the back of the head, but less commonly the chest or beard) and implanting them in areas affected by permanent hair loss.
  • What are the different types of hair transplant?
    The 2 most common types of transplant are follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). In addition, we have 2 types of transplant, which include direct hair implantation (DHI) and robotics hair transplant (RHT).
  • What should I consider before getting a hair transplant?
    Before you opt for hair transplant surgery it’s important to ensure you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant. Hair transplants aren’t a good option for people who have lost hair due to certain conditions (such as chemotherapy or some autoimmune conditions). You should also ensure you’re working with an experienced, reputable clinic with a track record of good results. Find out all the hallmarks of a good hair transplant clinic.
  • Does it hurt to get a hair transplant?
    The surgery takes place under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Afterwards you may experience some soreness and swelling across the scalp, but otherwise hair transplants are usually painless.
  • What is donor area management?
    Your donor area is the area on your body from which the hair for your hair transplant is taken. It’s usually your head, but can also be your beard or chest. Donor area management is the process of planning for potential future hair transplants. It involves minimising the number of grafts taken from your donor area to make sure you have a plentiful supply of hair for future procedures. Find out more about the risks of over harvesting donor hair.
  • Can I have more than one hair transplant?
    Yes. If your donor area is well-managed, you can have multiple hair transplants until you get the results you want.
  • Do hair transplants look natural?
    Yes. Unlike older methods of hair restoration like hair plugs, hair transplants give permanent, natural-looking results. If your hair transplant is successful, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your natural hair and your transplanted hair.
  • Can women get a hair transplant?
    Yes. Provided you are a good candidate in terms of age, hair loss type and general health, you can have a hair transplant regardless of sex or gender. Find out more about hair transplants for women and transgender hair restoration.
  • Do hair transplants work for afro hair?
    Yes. People with afro hair can have a hair transplant, though the hair follicles are sometimes harder to extract from the head. Despite this, the time, cost and success rate is the same as for those with straight hair.
  • Am I too old for a hair transplant?
    Age is less of a factor than your rate of hair loss when it comes to hair transplant eligibility. Find out more about choosing the right time for a hair transplant.
  • Am I too young for a hair transplant?
    If you’ve started losing your hair in your late teens or 20s, you might want to address your hair loss sooner rather than later. But it may be too soon for you to get a hair transplant. Ask a hair restoration specialist about non-surgical hair loss treatments. Find out more about losing your hair in your teens and 20s.
  • What should I expect during my initial consultation?
    At your initial consultation, you’ll undergo an examination to determine if you’re a good candidate for hair restoration treatment. This will include being asked about your lifestyle, your medical history, and having a physical exam of your hair and scalp. You’ll also discuss what results you’d like to see, and how this can be achieved. The clinician will walk you through the procedure and tell you about potential risks. For more information, take a look at a detailed breakdown of what happens during your first consultation.
  • What medical conditions do I need to tell the clinic about?
    It’s very important that you disclose an accurate medical history to your surgeon so they can provide you with safe treatment. This is especially important if you have any history of abnormal bleeding, haemophilia, heart attacks, epilepsy, allergic reaction to drugs or any drugs being taken to thin the blood.
  • What are the risks associated with hair transplants?
    Like all surgeries, there are potential complications when you have a hair transplant. This includes infection and ongoing scalp soreness. There’s also a risk that your hair transplant may fail, though this is unlikely with an experienced clinic.
  • Is there any special preparation before the surgery?
    The key things you need to do in the days before your surgery are: Avoid aspirin at least 7 days before your procedure Avoid alcohol and exercise at least 48 hours before your procedure Avoid smoking at least 24 hours before your procedure Wash your hair the morning of or night before your surgery Massage your scalp to encourage blood flow.
  • Can I smoke before my hair transplant?
    You should stop smoking 24 hours before your hair transplant. Smoking can interfere with the healing process, so it’s essential to follow this guidance to give your grafts the best chance of successful growth.
  • Can I drink alcohol before my hair transplant?
    You should stop drinking alcohol 48 hours before your hair transplant. Alcohol impacts your blood pressure, and can also thin the blood, making it more difficult for your wounds to heal.
  • Can I exercise before my hair transplant?
    You shouldn’t exercise 48 hours before your hair transplant appointment.
  • Should I have a haircut before my hair transplant?
    No. While you may want to cut your hair just before your hair transplant so it regrows at one length, this can make it difficult for your surgeon to see the direction and thickness of your hairs. It’s better to have a haircut a few weeks after your hair transplant, when the grafts have healed. Find out when you can have a haircut after your hair transplant. If you’re worried about your hair transplant being obvious, you can ask your surgeon to shave your head in a way that hides your new grafts as much as possible.
  • When should I wash my hair before my hair transplant?
    Your hair and scalp should be clean before your procedure. We recommend washing it the night before or the morning of your surgery. Don’t use thickening shampoos or other harsh products.
  • Can I have a hair transplant if I have a fear of needles?
    Yes. While the use of needles is unavoidable for administering local anaesthetic, we can place needles and syringes out of view to make you as comfortable as possible throughout your procedure. This is a common request, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you’re worried about needles or injections.
  • Can I eat breakfast on the morning of my hair transplant surgery?
    Yes. We recommend that you eat a light breakfast before your surgery, even if you feel nervous. If your appointment is in the afternoon, you should have a light lunch beforehand. Try to avoid caffeine in the hours before your procedure if you can.
  • What should I wear for my hair transplant surgery?
    Tops with narrow necks can dislodge your grafts when you take them off, so we recommend you wear a wide-necked t-shirt or a button-down shirt to make it easy for you to get changed after your procedure.
  • How long does hair transplant surgery take?
    Most surgeries take 4-5 hours, although it can take longer if you need a high number of grafts. Your surgeon will tell you if your procedure is likely to take longer than this. You’ll also need to spend at least 1 additional hour resting at the clinic. This is so we can monitor you and make sure your grafts are settling immediately after your surgery. We can’t guarantee how long your surgery will take overall, so don’t make any other plans on the day of your hair transplant!
  • Will my hair transplant trigger my trypophobia?
    Trypophobia is a concern for some hair transplant patients. Older hair transplant techniques often left holes that may have triggered this phobia, but modern techniques leave only slight scabs that don’t usually have this effect. Find out more about hair transplant trypophobia and how to deal with it.
  • What happens when I arrive at the clinic?
    You’ll be asked to arrive at the clinic at around 7.30am. Your surgical team will then draw your desired hairline onto your scalp so you know how your hairline will look. You’ll be given some mild sedatives to reduce any discomfort throughout the procedure. Local anaesthetic will also be injected into your scalp. When your scalp is numb, your surgeon will start the procedure. This differs slightly depending on whether you’ve chosen FUE or FUT. Some patients choose to watch a film while the procedure takes place. We’ll stop for lunch, and take shorter toilet breaks throughout the day.
  • What happens when the procedure is over?
    When the procedure is finished, your surgeon will dress your wounds and talk you through the aftercare process to help your hair transplant heal. It’s important to follow these recommendations closely to give your hair transplant the best chance of success.
  • Can I drive home after the procedure?
    Most patients are given a mild sedative before their procedure. If you take a sedative, you’ll be unable to drive afterwards. Our team can book a taxi to get you home or back to your hotel after your appointment. If you have to travel by public transport, you should ask a friend or relative to pick you up from the surgery and travel home with you.
  • What aftercare do I need for a hair transplant?
    You’ll be given paracetamol (for pain management) and prednisolone (for reducing swelling). Don’t take any medicines containing ibuprofen for up to 4 days after your surgery. You’ll also need to spray your transplanted area with saline solution. This keeps the area infection-free and promotes healing. Spray at least 3 times a day. The more you spray, the faster you’ll heal. Your clinic will provide you with an inco sheet to place on your pillow. This protects your pillow from any oozing or bleeding from your donor area while you sleep.
  • What lifestyle changes do I need to make while I recover from my hair transplant?
    Your hair transplant is very fragile for the first few days and weeks after your surgery. So you’ll need to make some lifestyle changes throughout your initial recovery period, especially if you’re an active person. This includes avoiding: Alcohol — 4 days after surgery Sex — 6 days after surgery Exercise — 2 weeks after surgery Swimming — 4 weeks after surgery Sun exposure — 2 months after surgery. You should also wear button-down or wide-necked tops for the first week or so to avoid dislodging your grafts when you dress and undress.
  • When can I wash my hair after a hair transplant?
    You can wash your hair from 3 days after your procedure. But you’ll need to be extremely careful and use specialist techniques for the first 2 weeks post-procedure. Learn how to wash your hair after a hair transplant.
  • How can I sleep after my hair transplant?
    For the first 4-5 nights you should sleep with your head in an elevated position. Use a rolled up towel or extra pillows to prop your head up while you sleep.
  • When do hair transplants look normal?
    It takes around 2 weeks for the swelling and scabbing on your scalp to settle down, and after around 4 weeks the hair transplant should no longer be noticeable. At around 3-6 months you should start to see sustained hair growth in the transplanted areas. View the hair transplant growth chart to learn more.
  • Why is my new hair falling out after a hair transplant?
    Shedding hair is a normal part of the hair transplant recovery process. A few weeks after implantation, your new follicles may go into shock, causing your new hair to start falling out. Don’t worry — after a few weeks or months, you should start to see new hair growth in those areas.
  • I’m still experiencing hair loss after a hair transplant. What should I do?
    It’s common for people with pattern baldness to see continued hair loss even after a hair transplant if they don’t take steps to prevent it. Your consultant should discuss hair loss treatment options like Minoxidil and Finasteride with you. If these medications don’t stop your hair loss, we recommend you book another appointment with your consultant. They can examine your continuing hair loss and recommend further treatment.
  • Do I need to wear suncream on my hair transplant when going out in the sun?
    You should avoid putting your hair transplant in direct sunlight for at least 14 days after your procedure. We don’t recommend using suncream to cover your hair transplant during this time as it can cause infection. You might also dislodge your hair grafts when applying suncream. Instead, if you have to go out in the sun, wear a loose-fitting cap or hat to protect your hair transplant.
  • When can I wear a bike/motorbike helmet after my hair transplant?
    You should wait at least 10 days before wearing a hat or helmet after your hair transplant. If your transplant is still healing, it may be a good idea to wait a few extra days to avoid dislodging your hair grafts.
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