Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the FUE hair transplant require anesthesia?

    As it is minimally invasive, the FUE Hair Transplant is usually performed under local anaesthetic.

  • Who is a good candidate for the FUE hair transplant?

    Men and women with smaller areas of areas of hair loss or patchy growth and who have busy lifestyles that necessitate minimal down time are good candidates for the FUE Hair Transplant.

  • Recovery & downtime for the FUE hair transplant

    The FUE Hair Transplant is a minimally invasive procedure, with full healing usually taking place within three to seven days.

  • Are the results of the FUE hair transplant permanent?

    The results of the FUE Hair Transplant are permanent, with the initial results usually being noticeable within three months of the procedure being performed. The hair continues to grow for twelve months after which the full permanent results will be evident. Of course, the FUE Hair Transplant does not stop any new or progressive hair loss and further grafts may be required at a later time to maintain the best results.

    To ensure that the results look at their best for as long as possible, you should lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced ‘clean’ diet to provide the vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health, take regular exercise and avoid smoking.

  • Deciding about the FUE hair transplant

    As with any procedure that can significantly change the way you look, undergoing a FUE hair transplant can have a psychological impact and so careful thought needs to be given prior to going ahead. At Cocoona, we ask for you to conduct a self-evaluation to help you assess if you are one hundred per cent ready, both physically and mentally, for surgery. You should ask yourself the following questions:

    • Do I have realistic expectations about what a FUE Hair Transplant can achieve?
    • Do I know how I want to look after undergoing a FUE Hair Transplant?
    • Do I fully understand the procedure, how long it will take and what I need to do afterwards to promote healing and recovery?
    • Am I prepared to follow a healthy lifestyle to help maintain the results?

    Once you have clarity on the above, the next step is to find the right surgeon and clinic. These are of paramount importance.

    You need a surgeon who is experienced in performing FUE Hair Transplants, has a sound reputation and proven results. You should also look for a surgeon who will give you honest and realistic advice on what you can and can’t achieve with this procedure.

    A good clinic is one that has an experienced and highly skilled surgical team, licensed aestheticist(s), well trained nursing staff, an excellent reputation, and a low complication rate. Of course, the clinic also needs to be licensed with the relevant authorities for the country or region it is situated in. At Cocoona, we tick all these boxes.

  • How much does the FUE hair transplant cost?

    For an accurate cost assessment, you will need to book an initial consultation with our surgeon. As with almost any aesthetic procedure, the cost will depend on the following factors:

    Surgeon’s Expertise – The surgeon’s fee is based on their experience. Obviously, a reputable surgeon who is established and has a successful track record will charge higher fees.

    Clinic/ Hospital – Fees also depend upon the quality of the facility chosen for the operation.

    Geographic Area – Depending on the city/ area you decide to have the surgery in, the cost is likely be different: clinics in larger metropolitan cities tend to cost more. You should bear in mind that the expertise of your consultant and your comfort factor with him or her should be one the most important considerations, much more so than the cost of the procedure. A cheap procedure could turn out to be an expensive proposition in the long run.

  • Preparing for your initial meeting with the surgeon

    Once you are clear about your reasons for having the FUE Hair Transplant and have decided to proceed, call us to fix an appointment. On the appointed day, the expert surgeon who will perform the procedure will consult with you. During the consultation, you should expect the following:

    • Discussion about why you have opted for the FUE Hair Transplant and what your goals are in relation to the procedure
    • Understanding your medical history
    • Evaluating your health status
    • The options available for your procedure
    • An examination of the area to be treated, measurements (if relevant) and potentially, photography to record what the area looks like prior to the procedure being undertaken
    • Explanation of the options, steps involved, future treatment, risks, and potential complications, if any

    Feeling apprehensive before the procedure is entirely normal. Be sure to discuss any fears or concerns you have with your surgeon and don’t hesitate to ask any questions related to the results you hope to achieve.

  • Preparing for the FUE hair transplant

    After your initial consultation with the surgeon, once you are satisfied with the outcome of the ensuing discussions and have confirmed that you will go ahead with your chosen consultant, a date will be fixed for the procedure.

    FUE Hair Transplant surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis for most patients. In the unlikely event of complications, an overnight stay may be required for outpatients, or inpatients may face a longer stay, should the attending doctor make the recommendation. Before you come in for your procedure, we recommend that you plan accordingly.

    Here are some of the important steps that you must take before the procedure:

    • Discuss all medication and vitamins that you regularly use with your consultant to see if you should stop taking them before surgery and, if so, for how long. For example, any medications and vitamins that interfere with your body’s blood clotting ability, such as Vitamin E, will need to be stopped completely prior to surgery.
    • Smokers should quit at least two months prior to surgery; smoking interferes with the efficiency of blood flow to the skin which may have an impact on achieving optimal results and increase the risk of complications.
    • You should be in the best possible health and at a stable weight; ensuring that you follow a healthy, balanced diet prior to surgery will help you to be in optimal physical condition to help promote the best outcome

    Our surgeon and patient counselor will guide you thoroughly about what you need to do so that you are completely at ease and ready for surgery and beyond.