Hair loss is very common in both men and women within the UK, but there are alternative solutions to disguise or resolve the hair loss. Whilst some sufferers are content to opt for temporary hair replacement routes such as wigs and hair pieces, others may wish to choose a longer term solution which will produce a very natural result. Hair transplants in the UK are on the rise, possibly thanks to a rise in celebrities undergoing very successful transplants. Wayne Rooney, James Nesbit and Jude Law are all said to have gone under the knife in the fight against hair loss, but the service isn’t only available to the rich and famous, it’s also becoming increasingly common amongst the general public. 
When considering a hair transplant, it’s important to remember that this is a skilled medical procedure, which should only be carried out by a highly trained surgeon. Here are our 5 top points to consider when choosing a hair transplant provider: 
 
1. Do Your Homework 
 
 
Research a selection of clinics and find out more about the experience and qualifications of the surgeon. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, your surgeon should be upfront in what they can offer and how they operate both as a clinic and on the operating table. Have a look at before and after photographs of previous patients, particularly for those cases which are similar to yours. 
 
2. Cost and Location 
 
 
Be aware that hair transplant surgery is a costly cosmetic procedure, and it may not pay to choose a cheaper option. You might be tempted to go abroad for your treatment, as the lower prices may lure you into thinking you are having a cheap deal, but always ensure you put high standards of care above cost. Botched hair transplants can not only be very painful physically but financially too, as repair work by a skilled surgeon will add to the cost of the original treatment. 
 
3. FUT v FUE 
 
 
If you have carried out your research, you will understand the difference between Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT is an older procedure which involves cutting a strip of skin and hair from the scalp, dividing it into smaller sections, and transplanting it into areas where the hair is thin. Whilst this method is effective, it can leave scars and requires additional aftercare. FUE is a more modern method which removes individual hair follicle units from the donor area, which are then transplanted into the desired area. It is less invasive than FUE and requires less aftercare treatment. 
 
4. Consider PRP 
 
 
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood which contains plasma, platelets and red and white blood cells. An abundance of PRP can assist in the healing process, as it can reinvigorate dormant hair follicles and stimulate hair growth – ideal following a hair transplant. Not all hair transplant surgeons will offer PRP, however this is an option for patients at Birmingham Dermatology Clinic. 
 
5. Establish Your Reasons For The Hair Transplant 
 
 
Undergoing a hair transplant is a big decision, and is not one which should be taken lightly. If you are experiencing low self-esteem or self-confidence, it is important to find out if this is as a result of your hair loss or if it is because of another underlying issue. Take your time in carrying out your research and ensure you discuss with your surgeon whether you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant. If you wish to take the plunge, be sure to follow the exact instructions from the surgeon regarding the before and after care treatment, in order to generate the best possible results from your hair transplant. 
 
To find out more about Birmingham Dermatology Clinic, one of the top hair transplant clinics in the UK, please visit the website or call 0800 044 3917. 
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