Frequently Asked Questions

Find out everything you need to know about hair transplants and hair restoration.

Does a hair transplant hurt?

The procedure is minimally painful, and the pain is only of administering the local anaesthetic. Your pain is managed so you feel comfortable and pain free during the procedure. During the second part of the procedure patients usually watch TV and movies whilst it’s being carried out.

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time is relatively quick. Some patients will return to work on day three after surgery. If it’s an office job they might be able to return to work the next day. FUT surgery does need more recovery time and it is recommended to take two weeks off work for this.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

A procedure can cost from as little as £2500 for 1000 grafts. The prices can go up to £6000 for a large area which needs to ne restored. Sometimes the surgeon may suggest two procedures if you have extensive hair loss. As this is a permanent procedure it is important to get this right as mistakes cannot be rectified.

Choosing the best surgeon

You need to choose the best hair transplant surgeon and the best clinic who can give you the results that your investment will be worth. A good hair transplant surgeon will have completed thousands of procedures.Many cheaper clinics compromise on the surgery by using hair technicians. The best hair transplant clinics ensure that the surgery is carried out by the surgeon and the technicians assist rather than carry out the procedure. Don’t get rapped by false economy. There are many hair transplant clinics in Harley Street London. it is best to visit a few and have some consultations in order to find the best hair transplant clinic and surgeon. Malkani Hair Restoration Institute is based in Harley Street, London. Most clinics do offer free consultations.

Which Kind of surgery do I choose?

A hair transplant is permanent and is important to find the best surgeon who has expertise in the kind of surgery you need. There are some surgeons who only specialise in FUT or Strip surgery which is the older kind of surgery. This is unshaven and does leave a permanent scar on the back of the head. the more modern technique is called FUE surgery. This is where hair is extracted individually and is the more modern technique. It is important to find best surgeon and Dr Malkani is an expert in both types of surgery. FUE surgery does have a very fast downtime usually a few days. It is important to remember that FUE surgery does require shaving of the head. FUT surgery is often chosen as most men do not want shaven hair.

What is the impact on your life?

There is a very positive impact on your life. Getting your hair back changes the way you feel about yourself and we notice that a person’s whole image and dress sense changes after surgery. Patients feel good about their hair and are more confident about their appearance and how they see themselves. A hair transplant is life transforming to self confidence, careers and aspirations.

Is there any scarring?

There should be no visible scarring with FUE surgery and the procedures are carried out so there is virtually no scarring. However FUT does leave a permanent scar in the donor area where the hair has been harvested from.

What is the reaction of friends and family?

Friends, partners and family are often surprised and delighted to see hair growth where there was none before. Girlfriends and wives are encouraging and delighted as they are the ones who more often than not bring their partners forward for surgery!

Can I see some before and after images?

There are before and after images on our website and Instagram page and you will also find them during your consultation. We have hundreds of before and after patient photos and there are sure to be many who are similar to your own hair loss who have had very successful results.

Can I talk to someone who has had the surgery?

We have several delighted patients featured on our website offering testimonials including Spencer, Jeremy and Yasser. All of these would be very happy to talk to someone who is thinking of having a procedure and share their experience.

Is a hair transplant permanent?

The simple answer is yes it’s permanent. Most people are absolutely delighted with their results. If you want to maintain the density of your hair transplant it is really important to keep all options open to restore and retain your existing hair especially if you are predisposed to male pattern hair loss. Only the transplanted hair will be permanent the rest of the hair will continue to fall out unless you take preventative measures.

What hair restoration options are available to me?

If you are a woman then topical solutions my be the answer. These are called Regaine or Minoxodil 2%. For men the percentage of Minoxodil is 5%. This can be bought over the counter. Many people fiind this helpful to preventing hair loss but after two years it can stop working. If this happens what are the solutions? Well you can consider PRP and this is completely natural and very effective at restoring miniaturised hair. Many patients find it helpful in thickening hair and immediately preventing hair shedding. It works by adding growth factors taken from your own blood which are placed into the stem cell areas where the patient is experiencing hair loss or thinning. You can find out more by visiting our PRP page.

Hair loss medication tablets

Another option for men who suffer from male pattern baldness is to consider hair loss medication tablets. These are known as DHT blockers and are prescription only. Many men find these really helpful in restoring thickness and density in the hair especially the crown area.

Malkani Hair Restoration Institute, Hair transplant clinic Harley Street London.

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What Patients Are Saying

11 April 2019

As the partner of a very nervous patient, I want to tell you that if you choose the team you will not be sorry. Shane had wanted this procedure for a while, but was nervous, he hates going to the doctors and even worse hospitals or anything like it.  It took lots of encouragement to get him to take the plunge, I knew 5 years down the line he would regret not having this done. The night before we stayed in London round the corner from Harley street, Shane was really nervous the night before, but as soon as we met they made him feel really relaxed, he answered every question we had, completely honestly and within 5 minutes had earnt both of our respect and trust, something that remained throughout the day. Shane was really looked after, and they made me feel included. While I could not be in the room with Shane for the first part of the procedure, I was kept informed of progress and got to have lunch with him before the second part of the process.

If you are in doubt of to do this, and your doubt is related to the actual procedure, then let me tell you there is nothing at all to worry about with Malkani hair institute.

Sally Mashiter

11 April 2019

Going into this procedure I was nervous as you would expect, however after talking to the team for the first 20 minutes and going over the procedure and how it would work, I can honestly say I felt really relaxed and I am not someone who likes to visit any doctor and hospitals fill me with dread. This was a totally different experience, I felt completely comfortable with the surgeon and both the nurses that assisted him with my procedure. They assured me that they would look after me like family, and that ‘today I was their priority’, saying this is easy, but honestly that is how I felt from start to finish. The whole procedure was weirdly one of the most relaxing days I have spent I even fell asleep during the first part of the procedure where hairs are removed from the donor site, the atmosphere is relaxed and the team are amazing at what they do. I can honestly say the only downside to the day was the my partner managed to get a picture of me wearing crocs, something I swore I would never do :).


26 January 2019

“The process is like no other and does take some time but I knew that in entering the procedure, the team are really thorough and excellent at what they do reassuring along the way taking his time to get it right. The support he has from his team is first class and the ladies went about the implants really methodically working simultaneously together to place each follicle. So for me because I lived so far away from London I did develop some real soreness around the head and believed I had an infection which is something that can happen, I spoke to the emergency hot line and sent pictures in, to which they that same day prescribed some low level antibiotics, the pharmacist sent them out via a carrier but unfortunately they took three days to get to me despite being urgent, my head was sore and the weekend was coming so I had to source them myself from my own GP surgery. So now its almost five weeks on, things are looking normal, hair has taken, and is starting to look good and I can now see what it will look like longer term. Would I have done this now knowing what was actually involved – yes I would it is really worth it.”

Peter Saban

Peter Saban

26 October 2018

“I had a beard transplant carried out on the 9th October 2018 in London. It was a very long process, which I knew it would! The team were just wonderful!!! They made sure throughout the whole process that I was happy and comfortable, and they worked at my pace not theirs!

I do have to have several local anaesthetic injections in both the scalp (donor site) and the face. I didn’t experience any problem with this, but I do think I have quite a high pain threshold!
It’s now 17 days since the transplant, and I’m perfectly happy with everything! All the scabs and crusting (sorry about this, if you’re a bit squeamish!!) There’s absolutely no pain whatsoever! The hairs are quite noticeable on my chin, under my lower lip, as there wasn’t any hair there at all. And over all the appearance looks pretty good at the moment!

He couldn’t do enough to make me feel relaxed and happy! And he explained everything to before, during and after the procedure. And I would just like to mention his ‘team’, Farzana, Julie, Keira, Anni, and Marcin – what a great bunch of people! They made me hot drinks, supplied me with food, water, tv to watch and music to listen to!! I’m partially sighted, and they really took care of me!
If you are considering a hair transplant, this is the man to use!!!

Thanks so much, each and everyone of you!”



07 October 2018

“Superb job! I had my procedure two days ago performed by the team – they were very considerate and professional and I would recommend unreservedly . – fantastic job guys many many thanks !!!!!”


05 October 2018

“Had a really positive experience with them from start to finish. Very friendly and informative initial meeting; following a decision to progress I was given an advisor I could call at any time. I was daunted ahead of the procedure , but I shouldn’t have been. Dr M was brilliant, really knowledgable and calm and the day passed very quickly. After care was good, my contact supported me through questions that arrived. 6 months on I’m over the moon.the results are amazing , however after my 6 month review I was told I only had 42% growth (which is normal) so that is just out of this world! I’d be happy if it stopped growing now, but to have the same again to come is life changing. I’d definitely recommend.”


30 September 2018

“I am an aesthetician working in Harley Street and know lots of Hair transplant surgeons on Harley Street. I chose them because of recommendations from some of my own patients. I sent my uncle for a consultation. There was no pushy sales technique. He is now booked for September.”

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

24 September 2018

“I saw the team for a consultation a year ago.It felt very different talking to a doctor from a sales person who I had met in other clinics . They were factual, realistic and honest and told me what was possible and not possible in the consultation . I have had a fantastic result nine months later. I am really pleased I went for it. It’s been life changing!”

Lee Willett

Lee Willett

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