More and more gentleman are growing their facial hair. Since 2011 there has been a huge upsurge in the number of gents sporting a beard. The fashion is a sign of changing times, and with previous James Bonds having been clean shaven, can we expect the next Bond to have a Beard? With Ladbrokes now taking bets on whether the next James Bond has a beard clearly the idea is becoming popular (1).
A YouGov poll showed the number of people growing a beard has risen by 44% in the last 7 years, (2,3). Most gents are going for a beard and moustache or stubbled look. With the rise in popularity of Movember, we at The Treatment Rooms in London are enjoying seeing more people grow out their facial hair and often for a good cause (4)!
Dr Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms explained,
“There is certainly an increase in the number of gentleman, particularly in their 20s-30s who are enquiring about beard transplants. This goes hand in hand with the fashion of growing out stubble in the last 5 years”.
A James Bond Beard
Normally James Bond is associated with setting trends for suits, cars, watches, gadgets and other lifestyle choices, (5,6,7). If the next James Bond sports a beard or moustache will this then set off another craze? Interestingly, because of the stirring interest, Ladbrokes has recently set higher odds of a James Bond Beard.
The prospect of a bearded James Bond is interesting. At The Treatment Rooms in London we speculated the look that he might go for!
For those men who want to grow and style a beard to attract the opposite sex, the same YouGov poll also showed that 3X more females were finding facial hair more attractive (from 7% to 21%) since 2011.
Can you get a beard transplant?
If you don’t have facial hair by the time you are in your mid-20s, there is a low likelihood of you being able to grow a full set of facial hair. There a few treatment options you could choose to have however the best would be a beard hair transplant.
Remember, if you are thinking about having a beard hair transplant, consider your decision carefully and make sure you ask all the necessary questions of your hair transplant surgeon. If you wanted to know more about what questions you should ask, click here to read our blog on 5 considerations you should make before you have a hair transplant (or create a James Bond Beard!)
Since its opening, The Treatment Rooms London has been providing Dermal Fillers in Putney and Harley Street giving patients the latest in facial harmonisation and rejuvenation. An increasing number of patients are asking about fillers, so we wanted to write a blog about what Dermal Fillers are and how they can be used by our Doctors to roll back the years of ageing.
What are dermal fillers?
A dermal filler is a treatment that uses hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring ingredient in the skin) to restore volume & shape to certain areas of the face. However, our Surgeons use careful knowledge of a patient’s facial anatomy to avoid danger zones for when injecting dermal filler. Together with advanced techniques our Doctors take every step to make sure the treatment is as safe as possible.
What does dermal mean?
Your skin is made up of 3 main layers. The second layer is called the dermis. This contains collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid- the three main ingredients to give you plump, hydrated and healthy skin.
In young skin, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid create a supporting structure for healthy young skin as shown in the diagram above. As you age age, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid all break down. As the underlying structure is lost, your skin surface starts to sag whilst also becoming dry and wrinkly.
This process can be reversed by replenishing the dermis with hyaluronic acid in the form of filler, hence the name “dermal filler”. The filler over time also stimulates fibroblasts to produce elastin and collagen. These are both integral to youthful skin- so the beneficial effects actually last longer than you think!
Are dermal fillers permanent?
As hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin, your body breaks down the dermal filler over time. This means you won’t have permanent results- making it a safer treatment. If you wanted the filler to be gone sooner we can even dissolve the filler, so you won’t be stuck with an outcome you are not happy with.
Some permanent dermal fillers do exist, but these are used far less now given the risk of complications and the potential of being left with a result you are not happy with!
What is the latest in dermal fillers?
As a leading clinic, The Treatment Rooms London always looks to deliver the very latest in injectable treatments. Thee way we use dermal fillers has changed.
In youth, similar to the diagram above, we have bones and deep fat pads which give our skin a strong structure. As you age, some of these bones change shape and the deep fat pads dissolve away (2). This makes the skin overlying the bone and fat start to sag. The new philosophy of advanced facial rejuvenation, is to replace these structures using a volumising dermal filler injected below the dermal layer. Using good quality dermal fillers allows you to create a profound lifting effect from the top of the face. This also reduces facial wrinkles downstream in the lower part of the face.
In the dermal filler before and after photo above, the lady had lost volume in her cheeks due to the ageing process effecting her cheek bones and deep fat pads. Her main worry was looking tired even though she was well rested. By using dermal filler we have helped to restructure the cheek bone and replace volume in her cheek fat pad. As you will see, this has helped to give her more shape and colour in her cheeks as well as reduce the appearance of her nose-mouth lines. In general, she looks less tired, fresher and more rejuvenated.
Am I suitable for dermal fillers?
There are some reasons why you should not have dermal fillers for example if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Importantly you should explore all your concerns and what you would like to achieve by having dermal fillers with your Doctor. This is the only way of finding out if you are suitable for dermal filler treatment.
If you haven’t read our previous blog around Botox® and dermal fillers being provided in Superdrug please consider 4 points before undergoing the procedure.
Understand what Botox® and Dermal Fillers are
Find out who is going to perform the procedure
Plan your treatment goals with your practitioner
Take time out to think about the treatment before saying “yes!”
At The Treatment Rooms London our Doctors would welcome you to come and have a consultation around the ageing process. That way you can prepare for the future by taking steps to address any concerns now.
“What is the recovery like after an FUE hair transplant?”
This is a question asked by all of our patients at The Treatment Rooms London! As it is such an important topic, we decided to write a blog explaining what you need to know about the recovery after your hair transplant procedure.
We will cover five main points:
What will I look like after the FUE hair transplant?
How long will I need to rest for and when can I go back to work after an FUE hair transplant?
When can I start to wash and style my hair like I normally do following an FUE hair transplant?
How long will it take for my FUE hair transplant to grow?
What happens if I start to lose more hair after an FUE hair transplant?
If you wanted to see a series of blogs by a patient recovering after their FUE hair transplant at The Treatment Rooms London- Click Here!
What will I look like after the FUE hair transplant?
During your FUE hair transplant you will have your hair cut to a grade zero on the back and sides with lots of small “red dots” where hairs have been extracted (donor site). You will see implanted hairs sitting freely at the top of the scalp (recipient site), these will embed into their new position. Any bandages you have are usually removed the very next day after operation. So essentially you are left with a very short hair cut, with “red dots” on the back and scabby hairs on top.
Our patients often worry how long they will look like this. Of course it varies from person to person. If you’re someone with thick hair that grows quickly, the donor site can be covered in as quick as three days. For most people it is well healed and covered in five days.
The implanted hairs in the recipient site can be more obvious. At The Treatment Rooms London we can perform our FUE hair transplants without having to shave the top of your head. So your existing hairs can be used to cover the implanted hairs immediately. We also take care to clean and hydrate the transplanted hairs to reduce any scab formation. Scabs that do form should disappear by seven days after the hair transplant. You can help by gently soaking the scabs with the salt water spray provided for you. It is very important not to pick the scabs, as this may pull the new hair roots out with it, let the scabs fall out naturally!
Most people have no visible signs of surgery by seven days apart from your newly implanted hairs.
It takes 14 days for the implanted hair grafts to fully embed within your scalp after a hair transplant. For that reason we advise all our patients to take care for the first two weeks.
How long will I need to rest for after FUE hair transplant surgery and when can I go back to work?
At The Treatment Rooms London we advise at least four days rest even though most people are technically fit to go back to work the very next day. It is important to remember your new hairs are very delicate and need more attention in the first few days as they start to embed into the scalp. Our busiest patients often have their procedure on a Friday; allowing them to rest fully on the weekend; then work from home on Monday and Tuesday; finally returning to the office on Wednesday. You may prefer to take a few more days off as your transplant will disguise better with time. Some people may need to take off up to two weeks if their work involves strenuous activity.
When can I start to wash and style my hair like I normally do following FUE hair transplant surgery?
It takes 14 days for the implanted hair grafts to fully embed within your scalp after a hair transplant. For that reason we advise all our patients to take care for the first two weeks. By day five you are able to wash your hair. By day ten you should be able to style your hair whichever way you prefer and apply hair products you normally use. After 14 days following your hair transplant, you are free to do whatever you like to your hair including going to the gym and having a hair cut as your new grafts are now “rooted in”.
How long will it take for my FUE hair transplant to grow?
At The Treatment Rooms London we have seen our patients grow their transplant as quick as 5 months. This is very quick and rare! We advise that full results are seen at 12-18 months post-transplant.
Patience following a hair transplant is key as you will need to wait for the hairs to initially shed and then regrow over 1 year. After the first 8 months approximately 80% of your implanted grafts should have started to grow. By 12 months 100% of your grafts should have grown. However, over the next 6 months these hairs will become thicker giving your hair a fuller appearance.
What happens if I start to lose more hair after FUE hair transplant surgery?
At The Treatment Rooms London we make sure we create a master plan for your hair loss. Although transplanted hairs are lifelong you may continue to lose surrounding hair throughout your lifetime so it is important to plan for it. This may include a combination of medications and hair transplantation, but by doing so we help you tackle hair loss now and for the future, reducing the chances of you undergoing another hair transplant.