Whether it’s from a health condition or just a natural part of the ageing process, hair loss is more common than you might think; it affects more than one-third of men by the age of 30. Luckily, procedures such as the FUE hair transplant can help to combat the ageing process and restore your vibrant locks. Those who have had a hair transplant are likely to know all about Propecia (or Finasteride) which is a prescription medication that can help to combat male pattern baldness. However, many people have questioned how the medication works and if it’s even necessary to continue taking the medication after a hair transplant procedure. This guide will give you all the information you need about the medication:
What is Propecia?
Finasteride is the only FDA approved drug on the market that has been shown to improve hair loss; it’s usually taken by men before they consider a hair transplant but it can also be taken by those with an enlarged prostate, or women who suffer from excess hair growth. In numerous studies, men who took Propecia retained the hair they had or noticed significant hair growth after a year of taking the medication.
How does Propecia work?
Propecia is meant to be taken orally which makes it easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. Essentially, Propecia is a hormone medication that attempts to stabilise your testosterone levels. The medication prevents testosterone from being converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) as this prevents vital nutrients from being absorbed into the body; this way, your hair follicles can receive essential vitamins and grow healthy.
Is it necessary to take Propecia after a hair transplant?
Hair transplant procedures alone are incredibly effective and people can look forward to a fuller head of hair after the surgery has taken place. However, if you want to ensure that your procedure is as effective as possible, there are certain measures you should take. It might surprise you to hear that hair transplant Propecia can be an amazing adjunct to a surgical hair procedure. The medication stabilises hair growth and can even help to grow hair that has been extracted during the process.
It’s estimated that 6.5 million men and 70% of women over 70 in the UK suffer from hair loss. It can be a confusing experience for many people and they’re likely to have many questions, including: What hair loss treatments are available to me? What is the best age to have a hair transplant? The truth is, the ‘right time’ to get a hair transplant depends on many factors, including the rate of hair loss and the underlying cause of the baldness; as a general rule, surgeons suggest that patients wait until they’re around 25-30 before getting the procedure for themselves.
What happens during an FUE hair transplant?
The most popular and effective hair transplant for people of all ages is the follicular unit excision (FUE) process. During the procedure, individual hair follicles are taken from the back of the head and strategically placed where the hair is thinning.
What happens if you get an FUE hair transplant too early?
If you get a hair transplant in your early twenties, it can cause you a lot more trouble in the long run; once the follicles are embedded, a hair transplant is tricky to fix. It’s also a lot harder for surgeons to distinguish your balding pattern and how your hair is going to recede; you could end up with patchy results as you grow older, as your hair remains thick at the crown but uneven and thin on other parts of your scalp.
Is it ever too late to get an FUE hair transplant?
If you wait until your late forties and beyond, the hair loss might be too advanced to fix- especially if you have advanced balding. There’s a limited amount of hairs that surgeons can harvest to keep the results looking natural; it’s also important to note that you can’t use donated follicles from other people, as your body will reject any DNA that isn’t your own. Also, leaving it too late isn’t ideal for patients who want the transplant to be subtle, as they will leave the clinic with noticeably more hair than when they entered.
Still unsure if it’s the right time to have a hair transplant? Book a consultation with an expert who can talk you through your options.
What type of hair transplant has Gordon Ramsay had?
Even famous celebrities aren’t exempt from hair loss and it’s common for them to opt for a hair transplant. Genetic alopecia is extremely common and affects one third of men by the age of 30 and more than 80% of men aged 70 and over. Gordon Ramsay is one such person in the public eye who has restored their hairline with a transplant. But the question is, what type of hair transplant has Gordon Ramsay had? The answer could be follicular unit excision (FUE).
What happens during the process of FUE hair transplant surgery?
The FUE process is particularly attractive to many people who want a relatively less invasive hair transplant. There’s no need to be put under general anaesthesia as it is localised to the scalp, so you won’t feel a thing. Follicles from hair dense areas, like the nape of the neck, are extracted from the head and placed in areas that are patchier; FUE is great for restoring the hairline, which you can see from Gordon Ramsay’s fantastic looking results.
The whole process will take around eight hours and after some initial numbing injections you shouldn’t feel discomfort throughout the entire process. It can take a few months to start seeing some solid results as the follicle embeds itself; you might even experience some hair loss before your full head of hair comes through, but this is completely normal and will be worth it in the end.
What are the advantages of FUE hair transplant surgery?
It’s no wonder that the FUE process is such a popular procedure for celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, as it is an advanced procedure that delivers natural looking results. The incisions made are very small and are unlikely to cause any visible scarring. The follicle extraction site is also easy to hide until your hairline grows back in its final form. The procedure is ideal for people with a busy working schedule like Gordon as there is very little downtime and you won’t feel the groggy after effects of anaesthetic.
If you’re interested in getting your own Gordon Ramsay hair transplant and learning more about FUE, then contact a member of The Treatment Rooms London team.