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How much does a hair transplant cost?

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The hair transplant cost depends on many factors which include: number of grafts; technique used; experience of the surgeon; and, place where it is performed.

The number of grafts

The number of grafts required will depend on the area to be covered and desired density or thickness of hair.  The Norwood scale provides a way of assessing the degree of hair loss and its pattern.  The higher the number on the scale the more grafts you will need to cover the area.  We would normally suggest a range of grafts, for example 1000-1500 grafts.  It is difficult to predict exactly how many grafts will be suitable for implanting as some may be transected or poor quality.  Some clinics may give you an exact number but they may split grafts in order to reach the given the number.  This means that if a graft contains 3 hairs then the cut the graft so it becomes 3 grafts.  However, this has the disadvantages that the hair will appear thinner.  During your consultation, we shall give you a range of grafts that would be required to give you your desired outcome.

Technique of Hair Transplant

There are a number of different ways of performing a hair transplant from strip FUT to follicular unit extraction (FUE).  The FUT or strip method is often the cheapest method of hair transplant.  FUE can be performed manually or with the ARTAS robot.  The ARTAS robot is the most advanced method of hair transplant and as you can imagine the price for this would be higher than the manual method.  The ARTAS offers unrivalled precision and accuracy compared to manual FUE.

Experience of the surgeon

It is important to know about the experience of the surgeon performing the hair transplant.  There may be places where your procedure is performed by someone that is not a surgeon or even a doctor.  We recommend that a surgeon should be on the General Medical Council specialist register and you will be able to check this either by asking them or checking online.

Place where the hair transplant is performed

We have many patients that have looked at traveling abroad for their hair transplant to places like Turkey or Greece.  The prices may be considerably lower in these countries but there are many reasons for this.  It is difficult to know if the places abroad are safe or have appropriate sterile equipment.  The qualifications of surgeons may be more difficult to ascertain abroad and there may be places where procedures are performed by non-medically qualified people.  In the UK, the facility should be registered with the Care Quality Commission which is an independent body that regulates hospitals.  This ensures that the clinic adheres to high standards and delivers quality care.

If you are considering a hair transplant then book a free consultation with our GMC registered consultant plastic surgeons in our CQC registered clinic today.

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Celebrity hair transplants – Why are more men undergoing the procedure?

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There has been a big increase in the number of men undergoing hair transplants. Hair transplants are becoming more accepted and there are many celebrities that have confirmed that they have undergone the procedure. These well known individuals have proved that the procedure is very effective in treating hair loss. The changes seen following a hair transplant range from subtle to quite dramatic depending on the number of grafts used and areas treated.

 

At Skin and Follicle, we use the most advanced hair restoration technique, which is the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system. There are only a small handful of centres throughout the world providing this and we are the only ones in the whole of the Midlands.

 

The list of celebrity hair transplants is growing and below are some well known cases.

 

Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney is probably one of the best known celebrity hair transplants. He openly admitted undergoing the FUE procedure on his Twitter. His openness has been responsible for a rise in popularity of the procedure.

 

Robbie Williams

 

The singer Robbie Williams talked about his hair transplant on the Graham Norton show.

 

Louis Walsh

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The X Factor judge Louis Walsh has also spoken about dealing with his hair loss by undergoing a hair transplant.

 

James Nesbitt

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Irish man, James Nesbitt has also confirmed that he has undergone 2 hair transplant procedures to tackle his hair loss.   He states that ‘I am very pleased with the results.’

 

Calum Best

 

The Celebrity Big Brother star has confessed to undergoing 3 hair transplants to restore his hair.

 

How is a hair transplant performed?

 

There are number of different methods of hair transplant which include strip or FUT and FUE techniques. The strip or FUT involves taking a strip of hair from the back of the head and slicing this to harvest grafts. The FUE method involves taking grafts with a punch from the back and sides of the head. FUE may also be performed using the ARTAS robot. The FUE technique results in less visible scarring and quick recovery.

 

How can I find out more?

 

To book your free consultation with one of our surgeons call now on 08007723501 or book online.

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Hair Transplant Grafts – Everything you need to know about numbers

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So you are thinking about a hair transplant but you need to know exactly what you are being offered by the clinic.  There is a big difference between hair transplant grafts, also known as follicular units, and hairs.

What’s the difference between hair transplant grafts and hairs?

We are often told by patients that they have been offered cheap hair transplants elsewhere particularly abroad in countries such as Turkey. It is important to know exactly what is being provided by these clinics.  They will often be quoting prices based on the number of hairs that are used rather than grafts.

So what is the difference between a hair and graft?

When you have a hair transplant, typically a follicular unit is harvested. This is why the technique is called follicular unit extraction (FUE). The follicular unit may contain a single hair or number of hairs.  The photograph shows a patient who has undergone robotic ARTAS hair transplant. It shows a number of grafts that contain a range of hairs from 1-4. When we talk about how many grafts are harvested we are talking about follicular units. Some clinics will talk about the number of hairs not grafts. This is why it may seem like you are getting more grafts for less money but in reality it is the number of hairs they are using.

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Why does it matter if they use hairs or grafts?

If a clinic uses hairs to calculate your numbers then they may split into individual hairs. We would always suggest keeping whole grafts so if it has 3 or 4 hairs we do not split them. This means it becomes denser or fuller. We often see patients that have had single hairs transplanted and their results appear less dense and thin.

How can I find out more about hair transplants?

You can contact us or use our online booking form to schedule your free consultation. During this appointment we can discuss your specific requirements and detail what would be needed in terms of grafts.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Fillers

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The use of fillers has become very popular and more people are having these treatments. But before you consider having any fillers in Birmingham here are some things you should know.

  1. Not all fillers are the same

There are a huge number of fillers available but they are not all the same. It is important you know what filler is being used on your face. The most commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, which are temporary fillers. You should only ever consider having temporary fillers. There have been some permanent fillers available but these have often had problems and serious side effects.

  1. Fillers do have risks

The use of temporary fillers is often considered to be safe but they do have serious potential risks that you must be told about. Some fillers can cause granulomas, which are lumps because you have had a foreign material injected into your face. These tend to happen more frequently with specific types of fillers. There are reports of serious risks following filler injections such as blindness or skin necrosis, which is when the blood supply to the skin is compromised and the skin dies.

  1. Fillers are not just for lips

Fillers are commonly used for the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) and lips. But fillers can be used for many areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, around the eyes and even the nose. These different areas will need different types of filler since fillers come in different thicknesses of gel. For instance, the cheeks need a thicker filler to provide volume whilst around the eyes you need thin fillers. Fillers can also be used to rejuvenate the hands by replacing volume into the back of the hands.

  1. Dermal fillers are classed as medical devices

This means that fillers are not considered to be a prescribed medication despite it being injected into the body. This also means that people who are not medically trained or qualified may use them. It is important that you ensure your practitioner has appropriate qualifications and experience in the use of fillers. Plastic surgeons should be on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery. They will also be a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons or British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

  1. How long fillers last will vary

How long a temporary filler lasts will vary depending on the product used and also person in whom it is injected. Thicker products will generally last longer than thinner ones. Some patients may breakdown the hyaluronic acid more rapidly than others. The additional benefit of using hyaluronic acid fillers is that they may be dissolved rapidly using an injection of hyalase. This is useful should you not like the result or if problems arise. This is only possible with hyaluronic acid fillers so make sure you know what type of filler is being used.

If you would like to find out more about fillers in Birmingham please call us on 0800 7723501 to book an appointment to meet one of our plastic surgeons. Our team at Skin and Follicle are fully qualified and registered plastic surgeons with experience in the use of dermal fillers.