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FUE Hair Transplant UK

Follicular Unit Extraction Transplants





FUE Hair Transplant, Wimpole Clinic

FUE Hair Transplant UK

Follicular Unit Extraction Transplants


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FUE Hair Transplant Clinic of the Year

Wimpole Clinic is proud to have been voted as the FUE Hair Transplant Clinic of the Year 2021 at the Corporate Live Wire London prestige awards. Since the clinic’s formation in 1975 it has played a major contribution to the advancement of hair transplant restoration.

Dr May, a key figure at Wimpole Clinic for over 30 years, and his team, have been instrumental in developing, initially, the revolutionary FUT technique and, lately, continued their world-class work in refining minimally invasion FUE transplant techniques.

Patients are heart and centre of everything Wimpole Clinic. This is why we have garnerned so many genuine 5 star Google & Trust Pilot reviews, so please don’t take our word for it. You can find more information about our award FUE London transplantion clinic below or by speaking to one of our friendly patient advisors during a free consultation.

John’s FUE hair transplant story five-stars

John FUE

“I am a 47 year old UK expat living in Hong Kong and I wanted to travel to London to have the procedure before travelling back to Hong Kong one week later.

The Clinic’s customers advisor explained the procedure itself and arranged a video conference with Dr May. They advised me the following day of the lump-sum quote for 2000 grafts.

I cannot recommend Wimpole Clinic highly enough. Both the doctor and his entire support team were exceptional. The clinical assistants where very helpful in explaining what was happening and also advising on their progress.

I am delighted with my results to date and am repeatedly complimented on how natural my hairline looks. I have recommended the clinic to several close friends, a number of whom have also now had the procedure and again experienced exceptional results. 5 stars!!”

What is a FUE hair transplant?

FUE or “Follicular Unit Extraction” involves removing groups of healthy hair follicles or “grafts” from the donor area – usually the back or sides of the head – and reimplanting them into the bald or thinning area.

Using this latest minimally invasive hair restoration option it is now possible to create natural looking results with faster recovery times and minimal scarring. This means patients can now keep their hair as short as they want in the future without any scar tissue showing.

The benefits of the FUE method have seen it become the most popular procedure for both men and women.

How does FUE hair transplant work?

When undergoing this procedure, you will first get local anaesthetic to numb your entire scalp to make sure you don’t feel a thing. You will also be offered a mild sedative so you are able to lay back and relax. Then your surgeon will extract hair follicles, one by one, from donor areas on your head where your hair grows thicker, usually the back or the sides.

A specially designed micro-instrument, called a FUE punch trumpet, is used to extract the hair follicles. This makes tiny puncture holes, usually 0.6 – 0.8 mm, and their small size ensures that they heal faster and are nearly invisible. The collected follicles – called grafts – containing 1 – 4 hairs each, are then replanted in similarly small slits made in areas of the scalp where you would like to have more hair growth.

What is the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplants?

FUE is one of two modern methods of hair transplants. The other is a FUT transplant. Both yield excellent results but there are certain differences.

With FUE, each follicle is collected and reimplanted individually. The FUT procedure involves the extraction of an entire strip of hair from the donor area. The strip is then cut into smaller pieces and transplanted into the balding areas. This leaves a thin but visible permanent scar in the donor area which may prevent short hairstyles. FUE leaves no scar, provides a more natural look and heals twice as fast as FUT with less discomfort during recovery. Because of the skill and precision required to complete the process the surgeon will take longer, thus it is more expensive than FUT. However, its discreet, natural-looking results make it well worth it.


Is FUE right for me?

To tell if you are a good candidate for this type of hair transplant you need to have a consultation with our specialists. They will run the necessary tests to determine the source of your balding and examine the thickness and texture of your hair. If the cause of your hair loss is compatible with a transplant and you have sufficient hair growth in the donor areas, it is likely that the FUE procedure is suitable for you. If, however, your hair loss is attributed to causes such as alopecia areata or if it is a side effect of chemotherapy, unfortunately it is unlikely that any kind of hair transplant will be of help.

John’s FUE hair transplant procedure  FUE Hair Transplant, Wimpole Clinic

“The day before my procedure I met with Warren (the clinic’s customer advisor) and Dr May who again explained the procedure and also designed my new hair line to show me what the finished result would look like. They took their time and explained the pros and cons of each alternative hair line, until we collectively settled on an age-appropriate result.

The following morning, I went to their Harley Street clinic at 7:30 am to receive some mild sedatives and commence the procedure. The procedure itself took 8 hours in total and was painless. We had a one break for lunch and a quick toilet stop.

Both the doctor and his entire support team were exceptional. The clinical assistants where very helpful in explaining what was happening and also advising on their progress.

The clinic organised a taxi to take me back to the hotel and give me some mild painkillers to help me sleep that night.

The clinic had organised a number of follow-up consultations to ensure my head was healing properly before my scheduled long haul flight back to Hong Kong. They were able to remove the vast majority of the scabs before my flight. I simply kept a hat on during the flight and felt no discomfort.”

FUE hair transplants - The procedure

FUE hair transplant process

Hair Preparation

Hair preparation

The donor area is prepared by washing and shaving an area from the side or back of the head, normally ear to ear. A local anaesthetic is applied to reduce discomfort whilst the hair transplant surgeon uses a state-of-the-art electronic punch to extract the individual hair grafts. An antiseptic dressing is applied to the donor area which can be removed the following day.

Hair Extraction

Hair extraction

The grafts are extracted using an electronic punch and categorised into grafts containing one, two or three hairs. Once selected by Wimpole Clinic’s technicians, the hairs are prepared for transplantation. The hair extraction process typically takes between 1-3 hours, depending on the number of grafts to be extracted.

Hair Placement

Hair placement

The agreed design of the frontal hairline is marked out before surgery begins. Using a fine needle, small slits are made in the scalp area into which the hair grafts are placed one-by-one. The hair grafts are placed evenly into the small openings to match your existing hair pattern, angulation and desired density. This takes between 1-4 hours, depending on the number of grafts to be placed.

How successful is FUE?

FUE is the most successful hair transplant technique available today. Due to the great accuracy of the procedure and the control the surgeon has over the process, 98% of patients enjoy a successful, satisfying transplant. This means minimal scarring, quick recovery and hair that grows in a pattern which looks and feels natural.

How long is the recovery period?

Recovery from FUE is twice as speedy as for FUT, taking only 5-7 days. During this time, you should be experiencing only very little discomfort as the puncture holes are very small. However, this does not mean that you will be fully healed and seeing results after this time. It usually takes between six and nine months for the transplanted hair to start growing on its own and you should see the full results 12 months after surgery.

How much does it cost?

Given the fact that the procedure takes significantly longer and is more precise than FUT, it is also more expensive. The price depends largely on the number of grafts you would like to have transplanted and on the skill, experience and reputation of the surgeon performing the operation. Normally, a fair price for this procedure ranges between £4,000 and £10,000.

While it may be tempting to choose a more financially convenient option, please keep in mind that it usually comes at the cost of lower quality. This can mean anything from a fake-looking hairline to an unsuccessful transplant which needs to be redone. Opting for the services of an experienced surgeon is a good way of protecting your investment in your appearance and sparing yourself any undue distress.

Mark's FUE hair transplant review

The experience from start to finish has been fantastic. After an initial conversation with Matt, I was put at ease about what to expect on the day and all of my questions were answered. On the day Dr. Malkani and his team were brilliant. There was a very relaxing atmosphere and the team couldn’t have done more for me. The Wimpole Clinic was recommended to me by a friend who had a transplant in July as he had a great experience. I’ll also be recommending the clinic to friends considering going ahead with treatment.

Hair transplant before & after

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Transplant aftercare

Every Wimpole Clinic patient is provided with an aftercare pack that contains information on how to look after your transplanted hair. In addition to this, your aftercare pack will also contain specialist products such as shampoos that will aid in the healing and recovery process.

We also include:

  • 3 day post procedure visit for a hair wash
  • 24 hour surgical hot line for aftercare
  • Shampoo
  • Hair blood test
  • Neck pillow and pillow cover
  • Paracetamol and anti-swelling tablets
  • Post-operative care notes
  • Baseball cap
Beard Transplant Aftercare

Our Specialists

Mr. Michael May (FRCS)
Mr. Michael May (FRCS)

Mr Michael May is the Medical Director and Principal Surgeon of the Wimpole Clinic. He has 25 years experience in the field of hair transplant surgery has completed over 10,000…

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Ivana Jaluvkova - Wimpole Clinic
Ivana Jaluvkova

Iva has a degree in microbiology and chose to get involved in the art of hair restoration. She has been with us for the last four years as a very…

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Bilijana Djordevic - Wimpole Clinic
Bilijana Djordevic

Bili, as she is known to her patients and colleagues, comes from a medical background in Cardiac and Thoracic surgery, and is a member of the ISHRS. For over 22…

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Linda Orsler - Wimpole Clinic
Linda Orsler

Linda is the registered nurse at the Wimpole Clinic, and has been with the clinic since 1976. She was one of the first nurses to carry out hair transplant surgery…

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Paru Shukla - Wimpole Clinic
Paru Shukla

Paru Shukla is a qualified trichologist from the Institute of Trichologists, London and received the John Mason award for excellence. She has been in the medical field since 2005 and…

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