Itching After Having A Hair Transplant?

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Many patients complain of itching after having a hair transplant. It is a common symptom but rest assured it does go away! There are simple things you can do at home to reduce the sensation and make yourself feel comfortable. At The Treatment Rooms we have perfected our treatments to soothe the irritating itching feeling and in this blog we will give you some key tips!

Why Is It Itchy?

Suffering from an itchy head is common and can easily be managed. After having a hair transplant you may realise the back and top of your head become very itchy. This is due to the ongoing healing process your scalp goes through in order to repair itself following hair extraction and implantation.

How Long Does it Last?

Itching following hair transplantation tends to last one week but can in rare cases last up to four weeks. Itching can be particularly worse in the four-to-five days after hair transplant where you are unable to wash the top of your head, you will notice a big improvement after you wash this area for the first time.

Treatment For Itching After Hair Transplant Surgery

Feeling itchy is incredibly uncomfortable especially at night! There are few remedies and tips which can be used at different times during your recovery following hair transplantation.

1. Do not scratch the itch!
2. Salt water spray
3. Taking an anti-histamine
4. Medicated shampoo
5. Steroid scalp solution

Do not scratch the itch!

At The Treatment Rooms London we understand how tempting it can be to itch your head after a hair transplant. It is important that you avoid this entirely. If you scratch your implanted hairs you risk introducing a skin infection or hair follicle infection (folliculitis). In the worst case you may pull out transplanted hairs entirely, this could have a bad impact on your final results. We advise you wait 14 days until you start using anything but the flats of your hands when touching your hair.

Salt water spray

For four-to-five days after your procedure you won’t be able to wash your transplanted hair. Your clinic should provide you with a salt water spray to use during this period. This not only helps nourish the hairs but also clears away debris and dry skin which may contribute to the itchiness. Spray your scalp as copiously as you want to help sooth the transplanted area. Ensure the water comes out in a spread out burst rather than a single jet as this can damage hairs.

Taking an anti-histamine

Histamines are chemicals released when the scalp goes through its repair and healing process. It is this which creates an itchy sensation. By taking an anti-histamine you reduce the histamines that are released in your scalp and therefore you feel less itchy after having a hair transplant. There are many anti-histamines you can buy over the counter at any local pharmacy.

At The Treatment Rooms London we recommend a long acting anti-histamine that is non-drowsy and an extra short-lasting anti-histamine that makes you feel sleepy at night.

One regime we recommend to our patients as The Treatment Rooms London Anti-Itch Plan is a combination of Cetirizine and Chlorphenamine (Piriton®).

Cetirizine– acts to fight the histamine for 24 hours and does not cause drowsiness

Chlorphenamine – this lasts for a shorter duration of time and makes you feel sleepy. This is the perfect medication to take at night to reduce the itchiness in your scalp and help you get to sleep easier. Be careful- we advise you not to take this medication if you are about to drive or work with machinery as you can feel sleepy and we don’t want any accidents!

Sticking to our Anti-Itch Plan will help you get through the first 7-14 days of itching. After this period you will likely not have any further scalp itching.

Medicated shampoo

A small number of people may have ongoing itching two weeks after their hair transplant. They should continue with their anti-histamine treatment above. However, for extra comfort we provide them with a Ketoconazole shampoo . This is a medicated shampoo which also helps reduce itchiness. Stronger forms of this shampoo are available by prescription only so you should speak to your surgeon if this is something you think you might need. Shampooing your head twice a week for 2-4 weeks should help nip the itching in a bud!

Steroid scalp solution

In rare cases where itching lasts longer than 3-4 weeks we may decide to use a steroid scalp solution which treats and reduces the itch almost within a day! Applying the solution for seven days helps to cure the itching and any remaining inflammation in your scalp after having a hair transplant. Again this medication is prescription only and you would need to see our Hair Loss Doctors and Surgeons in clinic to start this treatment.

Still worried about itching after hair transplantation?

Send us an email or Whatsapp us by clicking the icon to ask for our advice. Our Hair Loss Doctors and Surgeons are happy to help!

Suffering from itchy skin? Read here to find out more about what the NHS recommends for treatment.

 

The Increasing Popularity of Thread Lifts

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RealSelf & Thread Lifts. RealSelf, the prominent online patient- Doctor website has recently published an interesting report on what are the most popular treatments. Interestingly, the popularity of thread lifts has sky rocketed! The interest in thread lifts has increased the most compared to any other cosmetic procedure- having shot up by 42% since 2017. So what has caused this surge in interest?

Key points from the research

Some take home messages from the research include:

  • People’s interest in thread lifts has increased by 42% 
  • Botox® and Juvederm® are the number 1 and 3 most researched minimally invasive treatment

We are proud to have offered Thread Lifts, Botox and Fillers at The Treatment Rooms London since our beginning. Our Doctors are happy to guide you through each of these treatments in a consultation. Click here to book yours today!

What is RealSelf?

RealSelf is a website that allows patients to do the following: 

  • Search for treatments
  • Learn about treatments
  • Leave a review on their experience of a treatment and a Doctor
  • Search for Doctors and Surgeons based on their reviews and patient result photos
  • Ask questions about a treatment and have them answered by a Doctor who is a specialist

The website helps to bridge the gap between a patient and their Surgeon. It allows a patient to be fully informed about a procedure and know who is going to be providing it. If they are happy they can also contact the Surgeon by directly messaging them. By having a Q&A section, it also gives patients access to real clinical information that is provided by specialists. 

Why has RealSelf detected an increasing interest in thread lifts? 

Thread lifts offer a way to lift and rejuvenate areas of sagging skin and fat. They can be used in the face or in the body and are often preferred as a treatment over surgical methods of lifting. 

As Thread lifts are minimally invasive, they offer a way for patients to achieve a lift without having the long downtime and the risks of a surgical procedure. Thread lifts also tend to be less expensive compared to surgical methods of lifting. 

Interestingly, in a RealSelf survey carried out in October 2018- they explored why people chose to have cosmetic surgery in the first place. 

Combating ageing (22%), looking younger (22%), convenience in saving time (15%) and getting a body back after having children (11%) all came up in the top 7 most cited reasons. Importantly, all of these reasons can be addressed with thread lift treatment to the face or body. 

In the fast paced world we live in, you often don’t have time to take 2 weeks off work to recover from a procedure. Moreover, most people don’t want to have a drastic change in their appearance. The natural look is favoured with 30% of the UK’s patients not wanting to look like “they have had work done”. Thread lifts offer a natural rejuvenating lift that marries well with the subtle but naturally beautiful changes many patients may want. This is probably why RealSelf has detected an increasing interest in people searching for thread lifts. 

Want to know more?

If you wanted to know more about thread lifts at The Treatment Rooms London then please click on the following links: 

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Lifting the jowls using PDO threads to define the jawline. Results last 2 years.

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Male Hair Loss- What You Need To Know

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50% of men suffer from male pattern baldness by the age of 50. It is a common condition- so we are going to explain what you need to know about male hair loss in this blog.

What is male pattern baldness?

Also known as androgenic alopecia and genetic hair loss, male pattern baldness is a genetic condition that you inherit from your mum and dad. This should hopefully dispel any myths around hair loss being inherited primarily by genes passed down from your mother! 

Male pattern baldness is called a “pattern baldness” because it typically occurs in a predictable pattern. A by-product of Testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes the hair loss by making the hair smaller and fall out over a shorter period of time. The DHT predictably acts in a certain pattern hence the name “male pattern baldness”. It is so predictable that you can even classify different stages of how severe your hair loss by the pattern of your balding. DHT does not affect the hair at the sides and the back of your head. This is why you often see old gentlemen who still have hair on the sides and back but none on the top. A name is given to these different stages- it’s called the Norwood Scale (picture below). You might even be able to tell which stage you are at.

norwood scale for hair loss
Norwood scale of balding showing the different stages of hair loss

If you suffer from male pattern baldness over a period of time, you can see from the picture above that you will eventually become bald (Norwood 6 or 7). 

Are you worried you are losing your hair?

As hairs go through different stages of their life cycle we, as part of that process, normally shed approximately 100 hairs per day from our head. However, it is when you start to lose more than the average 100 hairs per day over a period of time that the natural lifecycle of hair growth tips over to hair loss. Hair loss can be slow or quick and knowing when you are losing hair can be an important step. Some gentleman don’t realise until it’s too late and they lose all their hair meaning treatment can be difficult. So before you get to that stage, here are some methods you can use to test if you are losing your hair: 

  • Gently pull on 40-60 hairs in 3 different areas of your head. If you pull out >10 hairs this can be a sign of hair loss
  • After combing your hair, collect any hairs on the brush or on the floor in a bag. Do this for 14 days. If the average number of hairs you collect over 14 days is more than 100 hairs per day this could also be a sign of hair loss. 

Sometimes you may realise you are losing your hair when looking at old pictures of yourself. Some of your loved ones may even comment on the fact that your hair is thinning or receding. In these instances you are probably having less obvious hair loss that is happening slowly. 

Treating Male Pattern Baldness

For men worried about hair loss, there are many different treatments out there to help you. You need to think about two main questions: 

  1. How do I stop any more hair loss?
  2. Do I want hair back in completely bald areas of my head?

One of the first steps you must take to address both questions is booking in to see a hair loss specialist- like one of the surgeons here at The Treatment Rooms London. With many different treatments out there, you must choose your treatment carefully. Our advice is to stick to treatments that are tried and tested with proven clinical benefit (approved by the MHRA and FDA).  

How do I stop any more hair loss? 

To stop any more hair loss you need to stop the DHT acting on your hair in your head. This can be done by taking a medication called Finasteride (a DHT- receptor blocker). This helps to stop any more hair loss and promote healthy thick hair growth. By taking this medication you essentially freeze frame your current hair loss pattern and give yourself a chance to thicken your hair (as the hair is no longer being miniaturised by DHT). 

You can also take Minoxidil, which is a shampoo or spray you apply to the top of your head. Minoxidil helps to increase blood supply, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. It therefore helps to grow thick hair on your head. 

Other treatment options include Laser devices and PRP injections which can help thicken hair but do not always work for everyone. 

Do I want hair back in completely bald areas of my head?

If you want hair back where you no longer have it then a hair transplant may be the best treatment option for you. A hair transplant uses hairs that are not affected by DHT (hair on the sides and back) and transfers those hairs to areas you have become bald in. These hairs remain resistant to DHT and so they don’t shrink and fall out over time. This means a hair transplant gives you a new hairstyle for life- reversing any hair loss that has already happened. 

crown hair transplant before and after
Hair regrowth following 5 months of treatment

At The Treatment Rooms we find a combination of medical treatments like Finasteride and Hair Transplant surgery is the best option for male hair loss sufferers. 

Will I go completely bald? 

If you are suffering from male pattern baldness then the likelihood of going completely bald without having treatment depends on a few factors. 

For men who have aggressive hair loss and have receded quickly over a short period of time (e.g. receding to Norwood 3 or 4 by mid 20s) then you may become completely bald at an early age.

Sometimes you may only notice hair thinning and recession when you get to your 30s or 40s. This means you have a slower form of male pattern baldness and it is unlikely you will go completely bald anytime soon. 

To have an idea of whether you will go completely bald take note of when you started to have hair loss and how quickly you have thinned or receded. By seeing a hair loss specialist you may be able to start treatments that prevent any further hair loss and promote new thick hair growth. 

When should you decide to treat hair loss?

The answer to this is really dependant on you. If you don’t mind being bald and want to sport the “Jason Statham” or “The Rock, Dwayne Johnson” look then you can certainly choose not to have treatment. For those who would like to keep hair on their head that they can style then you should look to get in contact with our hair loss surgeons and specialists as soon as you can. The more hair you have lost the more difficult it becomes to give you your hair back. You can book a consultation with our surgeons by clicking here

Patterns of Hair Loss

With male pattern baldness you may find you fit a particular type of balding pattern. You can compare your existing hair loss pattern to the Norwood Scale or you can look at some of the pictures below which will likely match your hair loss pattern too. 

Receding Hairline

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A receding hairline can leave you with a “widow’s peak”. Hair is lost at the temples and you recede backwards. This can progress to meet some thinning and hair loss at the crown too. If the hair recedes too far then this will leave you bald at the front. 

Thinning Crown

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Thinning at the crown can happen together with a receding hairline. Initially the crown hair starts thinning  before falling out and leaving you with a completely bald crown where your scalp can be visible. 

Generalised Thinning

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Sometimes you may notice your hair is becoming thin all over and your hairline doesn’t recede. It can be difficult to initially notice you are losing hair as generalised hair thinning can be slow. 

Other male hair loss conditions

Alopecia Areata

This is where you develop small bald patches in your hair. It happens because your body’s immune system is overreacting to its own follicles making them thin. Eventually they will fall out. Alopecia areata can also be treated but it is important you see a hair loss specialist to get a diagnosis and a management plan.

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Safe Hair Transplants

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A hair transplant clinic in Windsor has been shut down for breaching infection control practices. Providing safe hair transplants should be one of the most important principles of any hair transplant clinic. Clearly this clinic had made some serious errors. In this blog we explore how we make hair transplants as safe as possible for patients worried about infections.

What did the Windsor clinic do wrong?

A report by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit stated that the hair transplant clinic had breached infection control practices. This means they had put patients at risk of infections by potentially NOT doing the following:

  • Washing and sterilising their surgical instruments in-between different patients
  • Cleaning their surgical room regularly
  • Disposing clinical waste safely

What is infection control?

Infection control is about preventing healthcare- associated infections. These type of infections can affect patients or healthcare professionals (e.g. hair transplant surgeons and nurses). For a hair transplant clinic this means providing safe hair transplants by: 

  • Using autoclaved- sterilised surgical instruments
  • Having protocols on how safe and high quality transplants are carried out
  • Putting policies and procedures in place for preventing infection and checking everyone in the team is compliant with them (e.g. washing hands)
  • Making sure the patient’s hair follicles are kept in a sterile environment

What happens to the clinic’s patients?

If you have visited The Treatment Rooms London for your hair transplant you will know how much our team goes to great lengths to ensure you get personalised care. Every patient starts their hair loss journey with us and we stay with them for life. 

Sadly, for patients who were treated by the Windsor clinic they no longer have a hair transplant clinic to look after them. Secondly, they also have been advised to seek urgent help from their GP. This is because they may have been affected by dirty surgical instruments and they could be infected with:

At The Treatment Rooms London we are reminded of the incredibly sad NHS disaster whereby patients were given contaminated blood products. Many have gone on to be infected with HIV and Hepatitis. For those affected we understand this must be very upsetting. To find out where you local GP is please click here

How can you ensure you have a safe hair transplant?

As we have discussed before in our blog about the 5 considerations you must take before deciding on a hair transplant, you must take your time to find out as much as you can about your hair transplant clinic. 

One check you can do is see if the hair transplant clinic has been registered by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). This regulatory body works to ensure safe, quality clinical practice in every healthcare clinic including hospitals. By registering with the CQC, the hair transplant clinic has gone through the rigorous safety and quality checks that the CQC regulates under the Health and Social Care Act. 

Secondly, you can check whether your surgeon is registered with the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) and General Medical Council (GMC). These professional associations mean your hair restoration surgeon is regulated and operates to their strict codes of conduct.

If you are worried about your hair loss and want to seek professional advice about safe hair transplants, then please contact our Hair Transplant surgeons today. Click here to fill out an enquiry form

​References

  1. https://www.wechu.org/reports/guaranteed-hair-transplant-clinic-ipac-report
  2. https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/hair-transplant-clinic-customers-warned-of-potential-infection-breach-1.4211771
  3. https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/health-unit-urges-customers-of-hair-transplant-clinic-to-seek-medical-attention
  4. https://www.qcs.co.uk/infection-control/
  5. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  6. https://www.kch.nhs.uk/about/corporate/care-standards/infection-prevention
  7. https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/healthcare-associated-infections/
  8. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44671153

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Jersey Island Hair Transplants

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Looking for a hair transplant in the channel islands? Jersey Island Hair Transplants are coming soon, provided by the UK’s renowned The Treatment Rooms London. 

The Treatment Rooms London is expanding internationally. We are now providing our renowned hair transplants to the residents of Jersey. Male and female hair loss sufferers will have access to our hair loss specialists and surgeons. 

Hair Transplant Before and After patient results

Jersey Island Hair Transplants- how will it work?

The Treatment Rooms’s surgeons will be coming to Jersey on a regular basis to hold hair loss clinics. By seeing a hair transplant surgeon face to face you will be able to have a thorough consultation about why you are losing hair. After reaching a diagnosis for why you are losing hair, our surgeons will suggest the correct treatment to stop any further loss and to restore hair in bald areas. 

To see when the surgeons are next in Jersey simply contact us today by clicking here. We will let you know when they are next holding their hair consultation list.

What if you definitely know you would like a hair transplant?

Some patients we see in clinic have done their research and know they would like a hair transplant. This is absolutely fine and we welcome patients to find out about any medical procedure they are considering.

Our hair transplant surgeons will first go through a full consultation to make sure a hair transplant is in your best interests. If it is, planning a hair transplant is the next stage. We will double check you have a good donor hair supply and ensure your concerns are addressed around what type of hairline and hairstyle. Once this has been discussed we can then plan your operation day.

Where will the hair transplant take place?

The Treatment Rooms London will be operating in St Helier. Unlike other hair transplant clinics, we make sure we operate in the same place you live in. That way you can go back to the comfort of your own home after your operation. Our surgeons will be available to answer any questions in the lead up to and after your hair transplant procedure. By coming to Jersey we take our renowned hair transplant service already provided in London and bring it to the Channel Islands. 

I’m interested- how do I book?

Booking is easy- simply contact us by clicking here and we will get back to you with the days and times we have available. All consultations will take place in St Helier. 

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