What is a hair transplant and what does it cost?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Both FUT and FUE are carried out by in a clinic by a dermatological surgeon. There is usually no need for a general anaesthetic during hair transplant. The procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthetic."

Dr Louisa Draper

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A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hairs are taken from an area of the scalp unaffected by baldness and grafted to the bald area of the scalp.

Hair transplant surgery offers a permanent hair restoration solution for patients with male pattern baldness and is an option to consider after less invasive hair loss treatments have failed to work. Treatment may take more than one session and each session lasts several hours. 

Men seeking hair transplant surgery usually want to correct hair loss resulting from genetics (male pattern baldness), ageing, injury, or certain medical conditions. 

Before going ahead with a hair transplant, men should first consider if they: 

  • are physically healthy and prepared
  • have enough healthy hair to be transplanted on to the rest of the head
  • have realistic goals and expectations for the results of hair transplant surgery

The most widely used hair transplant surgery technique is known as follicular unit extraction (FUE), where hair is transplanted in small groups of hairs, then grafted on to the balding part of the head to create natural looking new hair growth.

Another type of hair transplant is follicular unit transplantation (FUT). With this hair transplant procedure, the surgeon cuts a strip of tissue with a number of follicle units from the scalp. These are then placed in balding areas of the scalp.