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Norwood 2 Hair Loss And Hair Transplants

    Norwood 2 is a specific stage of hair loss that forms part of the Norwood Scale. This is a widely used classification system that describes different stages of hair loss. 

    During Norwood 2 hair loss, the hairline starts to recede and creates a noticeable M-shaped pattern. This stage is the beginning of hair loss and will usually increase in stages over time.1 

    Although Norwood 2 is an early stage of hair loss, it can still impact self-esteem, causing noticeable changes in appearance and a shift in body image and self-perception. It can also increase feelings of anxiety and depression, especially when navigating social situations. 

    This is why many people with Norwood 2 hair loss seek restorative treatment, such as having a hair transplant. 

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    Eligibility criteria for hair transplant surgery

    Not everyone is eligible to receive a hair transplant. In order to have one, some key criteria will need to be met. 

    Here are some of the general eligibility guidelines: 

    • A stable hair loss pattern — hair transplants are more effective when hair loss is predictable and stabilised with medications like Finasteride and Minoxidil. 
    • Sufficient donor hair — there needs to be enough suitable hair that can be excised from the scalp and transplanted. If there is not enough donor hair, then the receding areas might not be covered.
    • Good overall health — certain medical conditions or medications can impact the recovery process and success of a hair transplant.
    • Age considerations — there is no strict age limit for hair transplants, but it is usually recommended to wait until your late twenties when the hair loss pattern should have stabilised before having a hair transplant.2 

    Medical and psychological considerations

    It is important to take medical considerations into account with hair transplants. 

    Conditions like diabetes, for example, can increase the risk of infection due to slower wound healing. Cardiovascular conditions can also increase the risks of complications, while blood clotting disorders could result in excessive bleeding, disqualifying you as a viable candidate. 

    Psychological considerations can also impact your eligibility for a hair transplant. While it is normal to feel some level of anxiety or stress before the procedure, conducting thorough research on a clinic and choosing a reputable surgeon can help minimise any concerns. 

    The results of a hair transplant can also take months to be seen, so candidates will need to be mentally prepared to wait. Hair transplants do not provide immediate results. 

    To be certain you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant with Norwood 2 hair loss, speak to a hair loss specialist, such as a member of our team at The Treatment Rooms London. We will be able to assess your situation and ensure that this is the right procedure for you.  

    Different techniques for hair transplant surgery

    There are two different techniques typically used during a hair transplant procedure — follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit excision (FUE). 

    Follicular unit transplantation (FUT)

    FUT is where a strip of the scalp is removed from the donor area and the wound sutured. This strip is then dissected into individual follicular units for transplantation later on. This technique creates a linear scar that is visible at shorter hair lengths but can yield a larger number of grafts in a single session. However, being a more invasive procedure, recovery will often take longer. 

    Follicular unit excision (FUE)

    FUE is a less invasive technique that involves harvesting individual hair follicles directly from the donor area. This results in very small scars that are less noticeable and a faster recovery time. 

    Being a minimally invasive procedure, FUE hair transplants are a suitable option for Norwood 2 hair loss as they are ideal for the early stages of hair loss. The FUE hair transplant technique is often chosen when trying to restore hair in Norwood 2 hair loss areas like the hairline.3 

    Costs involved during Norwood 2 hair transplant surgery 

    The average cost of a hair transplant for Norwood 2 hair loss starts from £3,000 but can increase depending on lots of influencing factors. These include: 

    • The extent of hair loss 
    • The number of grafts needed
    • Donor area availability
    • Type of technique (FUT or FUE)
    • The clinic’s available facilities — more advanced technology and tools can cost more4

    There isn’t one set price for hair transplants. The best way to know how much a hair transplant will cost is to have a consultation with a hair loss specialist who can assess your personal circumstances.

    norwood 2 hair transplant cost

    Financing a hair transplant

    Hair transplants cost upwards of £3,000, but not everyone has this amount of money readily available. That’s why, here at The Treatment Rooms London, we offer financing options to split the cost of a hair transplant over a set period. 

    Our finance plans are customisable so you choose how much you wish to borrow, the loan’s term and duration, as well as the repayment schedule. Financing in this way means you can treat your Norwood 2 hair loss sooner, helping restore your self-confidence more quickly on a payment plan built around what you can afford. 

    Recovery process and timeline for Norwood 2 patients

    Everyone is different so, depending on your specific situation and the extent of your hair loss, your recovery time may be shorter or longer than someone else’s. 

    However, generally speaking, here is what you can expect when recovering from a hair transplant for Norwood 2 hair loss. 

    Immediately after the procedure

    Right after the transplant, the scalp will be dressed with bandages to protect it. Some mild discomfort will likely be experienced and it is normal to have some swelling around the forehead and rarely the eyelids. 

    The first few days

    During the first couple of days after the procedure, feelings of discomfort can persist and scabs will start to develop around the transplanted follicles. It’s important not to pick at these scabs or touch the area as it could impact the healing process. 

    The first few weeks

    Over the first few weeks, the transplanted hairs will begin to shed. This is completely normal and will create room to allow the new hairs to grow through. 

    The first month

    By the end of the first month, most of the transplanted hairs will have fallen out.

    Months two to six

    Over the next few months, new hairs will start to appear in the hairline. They might be slightly thin at first, but will gradually thicken over time. While there will have been significant progress to this point, the full results of the hair transplant won’t yet be revealed.

    Months six and beyond

    Moving beyond the first six months, new hair growth should become more and more prominent as time goes on. By the one-year mark, the full results should now be easily seen and the hairline restored.  

    Norwood 2 Hair Transplant Before and After

    norwood 2 hair transplant before and after

    Tips for a successful recovery

    Successfully recovering from a hair transplant is essential for ensuring good results. 

    To achieve this, one of the most important things to do is follow any post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. These instructions are specifically tailored to ensure proper healing. 

    For the first few days after the procedure, avoid washing your hair to protect the newly implanted grafts. Then, over the next couple of weeks, keep your scalp out of direct sunlight and avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.5

    Every person’s recovery will look slightly different so it’s crucial to follow your specific surgeon’s guidance to achieve optimal results. 

    Book a consultation with The Treatment Rooms London

    While Norwood 2 hair loss may be an early stage of hair loss, that doesn’t mean it can’t impact your self-esteem. 

    At The Treatment Rooms London we understand just how much hair loss can affect your confidence and way of life. That’s why our experts specialise in creating personalised solutions that cater to each patient’s unique needs.

    By booking a consultation with us, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with our experienced professionals. We will then be able to thoroughly assess your hair loss pattern, discuss your expectations and recommend the best treatment for you. 

    Book a consultation with us and get started on restoring your Norwood 2 hair loss. 


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