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An article looking at hair transplants in the UK. More than 50,000 hair transplants were carried out in the UK last year and this type of surgery is rising steadily. Here we look at what is involved, the complications and who can benefit.

Whether you are young or old, hair transplants can be carried out on a variety of people from all walks of life. The one thing hair transplant patients will have in common is their hair loss.

More and more clinics are cropping up in the country to allow people to undergo safe and quick treatment. The hair transplant can start allow you to start growing your own hair again around 10-16 weeks after the transplant has been carried out.

Who can benefit from a hair transplant?

The patients having a hair transplant in the UK usually fall into one of the below categories:

Men experiencing male pattern baldness

Women experiencing female pattern hair loss

People who want to thicken or restore eyelashes, eyebrows, or beards

Men/women waning hair in a particular area of their body where they have little or no hair currently

People who want to change the shape of their hairline

People with scars from injury or disease

People who have experienced hair loss after surgery, through procedures such as face lifts

The procedure

The process involves moving hair follicles from a permanent growing area on your body to your scalp or area of your body you wish to be treated. Each hair follicle is grafted into the host area. Each of the new grafts will crust over about a day after the surgery and will fall out within two weeks. Within 3-4 months the hair on the treated site will be growing as normal and will often last a lifetime.

Hair transplants are not considered major surgery in fact quite the opposite. The procedure will usually take between four and eight hours. This length of time it takes will depend on the size of the area needing to have the transplant. It is carried out using a local anaesthetic.

The area that provides the hair follicles will be sutured and these will be removed within two weeks normally. The transplant area will be covered with a light dressing once the procedure is over which can be removed after a few days.

Post treatment

Some inflammation may occur around the transplanted hair follicle after treatment. This will often respond to a warm compress. Sometimes there may be some mild swelling in the head area and can be treated with a mild analgesic prescribed from the clinic. This swelling often disappears after 3-4 days.

Having a hair transplant in the UK is becoming more popular by the year. If it is something you are interested in then do your research and find a reputable clinic in your area that will be able to put you in touch with patients who have already received the treatment. They will also be able to provide a detailed quote for your required treatment.

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