Award Winning London
FUE Hair Transplant Clinic 2021
The Wimpole Clinic, established in 1975, has proudly been voted at the Corporate Live Wire London prestige awards as the FUE Hair Transplant Clinic of the year 2020/21. Since the clinics formation, Wimpole Hair Transplant Clinic has played a major contribution to the advancement of hair transplant restoration.
Dr May, a key figure at Wimpole for over 30 years, and his team, were instrumental in developing the then revolutionary technique of FUT (follicular unit transplant), which is now the mainstay of hair restoration surgery worldwide.
In recent years, Dr. May and his team have continued their worldclass work in refining FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplants while developing a reputation for natural, long-lasting FUE results for both men and women.
John’s FUE Hair Transplant Story
“I am a 47 year old UK expat living in Hong Kong and I wanted to travel to the 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 the 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 FUE Hair Transplant?
FUE or “Follicular Hair Extraction” involves removing groups of healthy hair follicles or “grafts” from the back of the head (the donor area) and reimplanting them into the bald or thinning area.
Since the invention of punch hair transplants in the 1950’s, to Follicular Unit Hair Transplants (FUT) in the 90’s to the very recent developments and advancements of Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), 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.
Needlessly to say, the benefits of the FUE method have seen it become the most popular procedure for both men and women. Expertly combining FUE hair transplants with PRP therapy, as well as high-frequency laser treatment to speed up recovery and improve the results of its patients long after the FUE transplant itself.
How Does FUE Hair Transplant Work?
When undergoing a FUE procedure, you will first get local anesthesia, to make sure you will not feel a thing. If you’re feeling a little nervous, you may also get a mild sedative to help you 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 of the head).
A specially designed micro-instrument (an FUE punch trumpet) is used for the extraction, which makes puncture holes usually 0.6 – 0.8 mm. 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. A larger FUE punch trumpet may be used if a patient’s hair is curly or thicker (up to 1.1mm).
John’s FUE Hair Transplant Procedure
“The day before my procedure I met with Warren (the Clinics 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.”
What is the Difference Between FUE and FUT Hair Transplant Techniques?
FUE is one of the two modern methods of performing hair transplants. The other one is called Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). They both yield permanent results, but there are certain differences between them that you should know about:
Unlike FUE, where each follicle is collected and reimplanted individually, FUT 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 procedure leaves a thin but visible permanent scar in the donor area, which may prevent you from wearing short hairstyles. FUE, on the other hand, leaves no scar and provides a more natural look, as the surgeon has control of the angle at which the hair follicles are inserted.
Furthermore, it heals twice as fast and with less discomfort during recovery. While it is true that FUE takes a longer time to complete and is thus also more expensive than FUT, its discreet, natural-looking results make it worth your while.
Is FUE Right For Me?
The only sure way to tell if you are a good candidate for FUE hair transplant is to schedule a consultation with a specialist, such as a dermatologist or a trichologist (hair and scalp expert). 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, your surgeon is likely to deem the FUE procedure suitable for you. If, however, your hair loss is attributed to causes such as Alopecia Aerata, or if it is an unfortunate side effect of chemotherapy, it is unlikely that any kind of hair transplant will be of help to you.
Benefits of FUE
You would like to have a short hair style and do not want any visible scaring.
- If you have enough grafts that can be harvested.
If your hair loss is not that great.
Your skin is too tight for FUT strip excision.
- You have previous strip scars from previous surgeries making further strips difficult.
It is essential to resume full activity immediately after the procedure
When body or beard areas are required to be used as donor areas.
FUE Hair Transplants - The Procedure
FUE Hair Transplant Process
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 for FUE?
Recovery from FUE is twice as speedy as for FUT, taking only 5-7 days. During this time, you should be experiencing only little discomfort, as the puncture holes received are very small. However, this does not mean that you will be fully healed and seeing results after this time. It usually takes between 6 and 9 months for the transplanted hair to start growing on its own and you should be seeing the full results 12 months after surgery.
How much does FUE cost?
Given the fact that the procedure is significantly more painstaking than FUT, FUE 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 £4000 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.
Hair Transplant Results - Before & After
Delivering Natural FUE Results in London Since 1975
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
- Advice on types of shampoo
- Hair blood test
About Michael May 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…