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Planning your FUE surgery

Planning your FUE surgery

Your FUE procedure is unique at MHC

In medicine and surgery, including FUE hair transplantation, there is no such thing as a guarantee. Medicine is still an imprecise science.

An intervention in one patient may yield different results in another patient. The best hospitals and clinics will have procedures that have gone wrong. Therefore, the outcome is not certain nor predictable. However, treatments and surgeries continue.

It is important to bear in mind that since your case is an individual one, the density or growth of your hair is therefore also subjective to your personal/inherent traits.

Planning hairline in FUE

Deciding for a FUE hair transplantation, a strip hair transplant surgery, or any cosmetic procedure, can soon become a challenging experience.

The most common questions regarding hair restoration and hair transplants, whether it is FUE, FUSS or FUT are:

  • Which hair surgery clinic or surgeon is the best?
  • Is the hair restoration clinic with the most aggressive marketing the best?
  • Are the various hair loss forums independent or are the contributors paid by clinics for marketing?
  • Is the person doing your hair transplant consultation actually a doctor or nurse?
  • Is it a sales person with no understanding of the medical or surgical aspects of the surgery?
  • Will the clinic do anything to push sales?
  • Can 4000 FUE grafts really be done in 4-6 hours – and if so, should I expect natural results?

As a general rule we recommend some common sense, when you research and choose the procedure and clinic for you:

if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is

The best clinics don’t make promises

Any clinic that guarantees a certain outcome with a FUE surgery, is lying.

It’s therefore not possible to give any guarantee for your hair transplant. However, experienced and professional hair transplant clinics and surgeons can minimise the risk of poor growth and/or complications following your hair replacement.

Fantastic results are not made in a few hours

There has been a trend in the past few years where clinics have claimed to transplant 3000-5000 grafts (6000-10,000 hairs) in one FUE surgery lasting a few hours.

While this MAY possible, it is needless to say that the effort required would make it costly and the hair transplant would look unnatural. The hair would probably be placed in a too high angle to save time for implantation.

Besides, most patients do not have a donor-area of 4.000-5.000 grafts available for extraction in one session.

We will only give you realistic expectations

With our 14 years of experience, only two patients had more than 5.000 grafts available for extraction during one procedure.

It is advisable for the patient to have a representative count the grafts to ensure the promised number of grafts (which is not the same as number of hairs) are actually implanted.

At My Hair Clinic, your questions and concerns regarding hair loss and a hair transplant (whether FUE or FUT) will be dealt with in a medically sound and professional way.

Common misconceptions about hair transplants

We often have to correct misperceptions about the hair transplant surgery. Often it is too optimistic evaluations from other surgeons.

Or sometimes an unconditional encouragement of having an operation, even in patients where the surgery should be postponed or may not realistically give a reasonable cosmetic result. This can be the case in younger patients.

And in some complicated cases where patients have been refused surgery due to the lack of skills of the clinic, often because the FUE surgery would have been a “bad” investment from a revenue point of view for the clinic.

Hair transplantation at My Hair Clinic

The surgeons and staff at My Hair Clinic have a personal and ethical approach to each patient, and dedicates as much time as is required to address any concerns the patient may have.

As a result most patients are well prepared and well-informed before they decide for a FUE surgery and transplant with us.

The patient is therefore not only consenting to have a hair transplant but it really is an informed consent.

An informed consent is given based upon a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, implications, and consequences of an action.

Why Mikael Melby chose My Hair Clinic

When deciding upon a transplant, one of the main factors for me in choosing Dr. Hussain, was his very frank approach.

The internet consultation with the initial photos works well, and he gave me a very clear idea of what to expect, and also what not to expect which is equally important I think.

testimonial from Mikael

Our recommendations

Our recommended density for FUE hair transplantations

 
In most cases My Hair Clinic recommends 20-40 grafts/cm2 for the first hair transplant.
 
The specific recommendation depends on age, stage and maturity of hair loss, the patient’s expectations and many other factors. More grafts can be added later for higher density.
 

Age is an important factor in hair transplantation

 
Your age is an important important factor to consider when deciding for a hair transplant.
 
A 25 year old male with high temples and initial thinning in the crown may be recommended to wait or go through with partial restoration of the temples without addressing the crown at all.
 
On the other hand, a 45 year old male with the same pattern of hair loss and sufficient donor-area may be suggested a surgery of 3500 grafts.
 

Planning your hair transplantation for the future

 
Density at the front of face with a thin or bald vertex may not be so appealing at age 34. High density hair transplantations (in one or more sessions) is a luxury that not all patients should avail as it consumes too many grafts which may result in running out of future donor-hair.
 
Generally restoration of the hair in the front, with a relatively high hair line, and top can be carried out at any age, while complete filling of the temples should be postponed till the late 20’s. Likewise we usually recommend addressing the crown at age 35 or above.
 

Regarding hair thickness and hair loss

 
Asians tend to have thicker hair (greater diameter) while Caucasians have thinner and finer hair. In the initial stages of hair loss, patients do not see a cosmetic difference. When hair loss reaches around 50 percent the hair loss becomes visible.
 
This has two important implications for hair transplantation in general:

  1. Firstly, the donor-area will usually not show any sign of thinning even if 30 percent of the follicles are extracted.
  2. Secondly, natural density is usually not required for a significant cosmetic improvement after a hair restoration.

 

Density and coverage in FUE hair transplantations

 
Natural density varies greatly. Some areas are denser than others. Usually 20-40 follicles/cm2 are found in the hairline, higher density is found on the top of the head while the highest density is found in the donor-area in the back of the head.
 
However, 50-100 follicles/cm2 or 100-200 hairs/cm would be a reasonable estimate for most patients.
 
Density is usually higher in Caucasians and lower in Blacks and Asians. The cosmetic perception of fullness, volume or density is greatly influenced by the diameter of the individual hair shaft which varies between 0.06-0.15 mm.

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