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Temple Hair Loss and Temple Hair Transplant Surgery


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    It’s normal for people to experience hair loss, especially older adults from the age of 30 upwards. Temple hair loss occurs at the side of the head, between the forehead and the ear. It can contribute to a V-shaped hairline that is common in men.

    In this blog, we are going to be exploring temple hair loss, from what the condition is, to symptoms, causes, and temple hair loss treatment options; including medication and hair transplants.

    Temple hair transplant surgery
    Temple hair transplant surgery carried out by The Treatment Rooms London

    What is temple hair loss?

    It is estimated that male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) – one of the most common types of hair loss – affects more than half of men over 50 in the UK. Temple hair loss is a common form of male pattern baldness. It occurs in the temples, between the forehead and the ears, behind the eyes.

    At The Treatment Rooms London we recommend patients explore treatment for their temples with:

    1. Hair transplant surgery to restore hair in the temples to its natural direction and angulation

    2. Hair loss prevention medications such as Finasteride and Minoxidil to stop the temple hair loss getting worse

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      Temple hair transplant surgery

      If your objective is full hair restoration in the temples, then undergoing a hair transplant will provide the most natural result.

      The main technique used for a temple hair transplant is the the FUE hair transplant technique. The process involves the extraction of hair from the ‘donor area’ and transplanting this hair to the temples to provide thicker, voluminous hair. The process of temple hair transplant surgery can help:

      • Restore good density in the temples that blends with the forelock and mid-scalp
      • Recreate a cowlick
      • Recreate natural hair direction and angulation so the new hair transplant looks no different to your hair previously

      After a hair transplant you will be able to style and groom your hair as normal. Your temple hair transplant should last 10-20 years or longer.

      Temple hair transplant before and after
      Temple and hairline hair transplant result

      Why is my hair receding at the temples?

      There is a range of different factors that can contribute to hair loss at the temples. Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is one of the most common types of hair loss. It is a genetic condition that often involves temple hair loss in its early stages. Female pattern baldness – characterised by a loss of hair density - does not typically begin at the temples in the same way that male pattern baldness does.

      Among the other potential causes of temple hair loss are:

      • Stress
      • Traction alopecia (caused by ‘tight’ hairstyles like cornrows and ponytails)
      • The side effects of some medications
      • Hormonal changes
      • Vitamin B deficiency
      • Vitamin D deficiency
      • Smoking

      Preventative treatment for temple hair loss

      There are several ways to stop temple hair loss, and the most suitable course of action will vary according to the cause of the hair loss. Let’s look at some of the ways that you can help to prevent temple hair loss:

      • Avoid damaging hairstyles – There are a number of hairstyles and hair treatments that could be a factor, including; tight hairstyles that cause traction alopecia such as cornrows, ponytails, buns and braiding; using hair dye; using hot styling tools like rollers, straighteners and blow dryers; and chemical texturizers
      • Treat health conditions that cause hair loss – By taking prescribed medication for underlying health conditions – such as systemic lupus erythematosus, thyroid disorder, syphilis, or a hormonal imbalance – that can cause hair loss, you should see your hair start to thicken.
      • Focus on a healthy diet – Pack your daily food intake with vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s, and try to cut out refined sugars and processed foods
      • Support your hair growth with supplements – Hair growth supplements can augment your diet by supplying you with nutrients that are conducive to hair growth. They usually come in tablet or capsule form
      • Use hair regrowth products – Try hair regrowth products such as formulas that contain minoxidil. These products help to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth
      • Relieve your stress – Stress causes hair loss, and so if you have a method of relieving it; all the better in the battle against temple hair loss. Exercise regularly and get enough sleep. There are also many other potential ‘stress busters’; from massage to meditation, aromatherapy and acupuncture

      In addition to these methods of helping to prevent temple hair loss, there are several treatments available; such as non-invasive and surgical procedures.

      Temple hair loss treatment
      Temple hair loss treated with FUE hair transplant surgery

      Non-surgical hair loss treatment for temple hair loss

      There is a range of non-surgical techniques available that can help combat the signs of hair loss without having to undergo a hair transplant. Non-surgical hair loss treatments such as:

      Finasteride treatment

      The cause of male pattern baldness is understood to be the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which then affects and thins hair follicles, making your hair fall out. Finasteride prevents this process from happening by halting the conversion of testosterone to DHT which prevents further hair loss. However, it’s only advised in the use of preventing further hair loss, it cannot necessarily regrow hair where it has been lost.

      Minoxidil treatment

      Typically coming in a topical solution, hair regrowth products containing minoxidil, such as Regaine, can make a visible difference with consistent use. The medication is applied directly onto the scalp to help prevent hair loss and thicken existing hair. Unlike Finasteride, Minoxidil can also treat hair loss in women, not just in men.

      These treatments are advised to be explored before opting for a hair transplant as they may prove to be the perfect solution for your temple hair loss. However, you should always consult your doctor before using these products.

      PRP hair treatment

      Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair restoration is a regenerative medicine that promotes healing. It has been proven to be very beneficial in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. When undergoing this treatment, we recommend carrying out 5 sessions of treatment that are spread across 1 year and then coming back every 12-18 months to maintain the results.

      How we can help restore your temple hair loss

      We offer a range of hair loss treatments that provide excellent results, giving our patients a more youthful, confident look. Whether you desire a hair transplant, or a non-invasive hair loss treatment, our experienced surgeons will be with you every step of the way, from the initial consultation right through to the aftercare and recovery process.

      As a CQC registered clinic, we follow stringent health and safety guidelines and only employ fully-qualified surgeons that are regulated by the GMC, which means you’re in good hands. So if you want to restore the hair loss around your temples, book a consultation with The Treatment Rooms London today.

      Authored by

      Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Roshan Vara

      Dr Roshan Vara

      Full Medical Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

      GMC Registered - 7458409

      Reviewed by

      Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Dilan Fernando

      Dr Dilan Fernando

      Royal College of Surgeons

      Executive Committee Member & Treasurer of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

      GMC Registered - 7458157

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