FUE Hair Transplant Common Questions

John Maddock

John Maddock

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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FUE Hair Transplant Common Questions

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Easily the best choice I’ve ever made!​

1. What is the cost?

2. What is the difference between grafts and hairs?

3. How many grafts or hairs will I need?

4. Where is the cheapest place to go?

5. Is it safe to go abroad?

6. Where does the hair come from?

7. Will I reject the hair or have complications?

8. Is it painful?

9. How long does the procedure take?

10. How long does the healing take / How long before it looks good?

11. Will there be scarring?

12. Will I lose more hair or need further procedure?

13. How many procedures can I have?

1. What is the cost?

This depends where you go. Prices in the UK are high, prices abroad are much lower. I chose to go to Budapest and paid £2000 for 1000 grafts (3000 hairs). This procedure in the UK would cost between £7000 and £10,000.

2. What is the difference between grafts and hairs?

A graft is a small circular piece of skin taken from the back of your head approximately 1mm in diameter. This graft will contain between 3 and 5 individual hair follicles. I paid for a package of 1000 grafts. They took just under 950 in the end, but from that got over 3300 individual hairs.

3. How many grafts or hairs will I need?

This depends on what the extent of your hair loss is, and the result you want to achieve. I wanted my hairline back at the front. The hairline requires more hairs than the top or back of your head as it’s the most visible area. I needed 1000 grafts or 3000 hairs. If you are bald on top or at the back you’ll need a similar amount, but spread thinner over a larger area. If you are bald on top and at the front you may need 2000 grafts (6000 hairs) for a complete reconstruction.

4. Where is the cheapest place to go?

Currently it’s Turkey. I paid £2000 in Budapest. The same procedure would on average cost between £1500 and £1750 in Turkey. And they have one of the largest concentrations of clinics. After Turkey its Budapest, and then Poland. The same procedure costs around £3000 in Poland. 

5. Is it safe to go abroad?

Absolutely, but do your research. Make sure you read reviews and be mindful of how the staff speak to you, and the quality of their communication and paperwork. This was by far the scariest part for me. So I read lots of reviews and asked for sample pictures. I chose to go to the Hair Palace in Budapest because their communication, knowledge, sales process and clinic all looked amazing – and they were!

6. Where does the hair come from?

The back of your own head. The back of your head is also referred to as the ‘permanent zone’- you don’t lose this hair.

7. Will I reject the hair or have complications?

The odds of this happening are incredibly slim because it’s your own hair, your own tissue. It’s just moved from the back to the top or front of your head. And the procedure is not invasive, it’s cosmetic, just on the outside of your scalp. Your clinic will be able to go into this thoroughly with you.

8. Is it painful?

Not really. You arrive on the day of the procedure and take a few pain killers and other medications. You then have a couple of injections to numb the pain in your scalp – this part hurts a little but the painkillers kick in almost immediately. You don’t actually feel the procedure at all because by this point you are numbed. Afterwards you are little bit sore and red, but for me it was hardly noticeable.

9. How long does the procedure take?

The procedure in total took about 6 hours. The first half was extraction, the second half was spent inserting the hair into the front of my scalp. I arrived at the clinic at 9am, and was in a taxi on my way back to the hotel by 3.30pm. Honestly I fell asleep during the extraction in the morning. I woke, had some lunch and went back in for the hair insertion. This is the fun part, the part when you actually see your hair coming back. You get the option to select a film to watch in the background. I got almost to the end of Iron Man and I was done. A bigger procedure may be split over 2 days, an extraction day and a insertion day.

10. How long does the healing take / How long before it looks good?

In total it takes around 12 months to fully heal and to see the final completed result. By 6 months you look fairly normal. It’s the early months that are the most difficult. For me there was redness and swelling for the first few weeks. The new hair falls out and slowly starts growing back between 4 and 12 weeks – so you look sunburnt for the first couple of months. By 6 months my hair was back and although there was some redness you could no longer see it because the hair covered it. And from that point progress speeds up.

11. Will there be scarring?

Because I chose to have a FUE hair transplant I do not have any scarring. You cannot tell that I have had a procedure, in fact most people are shocked when I tell them I have. I can shave my head all the way down to a grade 1 or a skin fade and there are no noticeable scars.

12. Will I lose more hair or need further procedures?

The back and sides of your head do not bald (typically that is, other conditions or forms of Alopecia will affect you differently). When it comes to male pattern baldness (MPB) it’s the hairline, crown and top that thins and goes bald. If you go bald completely on top then you’ll probably just need the one procedure to reconstruct your hair. If you have a procedure to reconstruct just a part of your hair, then as you grow older you may recede further and require a top up (unless you take hair loss medication). So it depends at what stage in life you decide to have a procedure. I had a procedure to reconstruct my hairline at the front. My crown is thinning slightly at the back. So I will mostly likely go back for a second procedure as I go in to my 40’s.

A second option is to manage your hair loss with medication. In which case you may not suffer further hair loss and may not need further procedures.

13. How many procedures can I have?

This depends on how many grafts are taken per procedure. The numbers vary widely on this topic. You could have 4 or 5 smaller procedures, or 1 or 2 larger procedures. You have to asses this on an individual basis.

I got my transplant at the Hair Palace in Budapest. Get a free assessment with their experts today!

John talked me through his experience in Budapest. This gave me the confidence to go there too. I’m so glad a did!

I’ve just got back from Budapest. I’m really happy with my transplant. I can’t wait for it to start growing. Thanks John

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people. Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. You just hop on the plane. Your transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

I got my transplant at the Hair Palace in Budapest. Get a free assessment with their experts today!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!

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