Why Do People Have Hair Transplants?

why do people have hair transplants

Why do people have hair transplants? It is a common question especially asked by those who have just found out about the treatment. This blog helps bridge the gap in understanding.

Firstly- What Are Hair Transplants?

Hair transplant surgery involves taking hair from one part of the body and moving it (transplanting it) to another part.

Commonly the procedure is used to restore hair to bald areas of the head. In people who have undergone a particular type of hair loss, hair transplantation may be the only treatment that can give them hair again.

As you might see in elderly gentleman, hair is often lost on the top and crown but is thick on the back and sides. The hair on the back and sides can be taken out and re-implanted into bald areas of the scalp. These hairs will eventually grow and provide a set of hair you can style again.

The procedure can even be used to transplant hairs to the eyebrows, beard and other areas of the body. The hairs on the back and sides of the scalp are usually permanent hairs so once they are transplanted- the effect should be permanent.

Why Can’t I Take A Tablet Or Spray?

The tablet and spray you may be referring to are called Finasteride (Propecia®) and Minoxidil (Regaine®). Both treatments work really well in people who have thinning hair or are actively losing hair. However, in people who have lost hair and have completely bald areas of the scalp- these hairs will simply NOT grow back. A hair transplant is the only treatment that can restore hair to these areas.

So, Why Do People Have Hair Transplants?

Ultimately, it boils down to the following points:

  1. Are you bothered by your hair loss?
  2. Do you want to stop any further hair loss?
  3. Do you want to restore hair to areas you have lost it?

If you answer to 1 is yes then go onto question 2. If question 2 is yes then great- there are many options for treatment (click HERE). Should you want to restore your hair style then by answering yes to question 3 you may benefit from a hair transplant.

But why do people say yes to wanting hair in areas that are now bald? It is not uncommon for patients visiting The Treatment Rooms London to come in and say, “I would like a hair transplant”. It seems they have already answered yes to all the 3 questions above and already made the mental leap.

“I Would Like A Hair Transplant”

Wanting to have a hair transplant because you desire to have hair where it once was is often sparked from an underlying core reason.  At The Treatment Rooms London we often find our patients share common reasons such as:

  1. Wanting to feel young again- missing out on having hair previously whilst friends or family may still have theirs
  2. Having hair again will help boost perceived masculinity and professionalism

Sometimes, patients even cite that a footballer’s hairstyle has inspired them to address their own hair loss.

Wanting to feel young again

If you have lost your hair you can feel particularly annoyed when everyone else around you still has theirs. We understand the feeling of you don’t understand the “importance of something until you’ve lost it”. Hair loss fits perfectly in this concept.

We already know that balding is association with the perception of being older. Undergoing a hair transplant and restoring hair to the head can therefore reverse this discrimination.

Boosting masculinity and professionalism

Healthy strong hair can really boost your confidence. In a survey conducted by Dove, 8/10 men admitted to a person’s hair being tied to how professional they looked. Together with a suit, briefcase and clean shoes a professional, healthy looking set of hair is now a modern addition.

Gone are the days where baldness was a lifelong sentence. With the advancement of follicular unit excision, men can sport thicker hair-dos that can be styled.

At The Treatment Rooms London we are seeing more and more businessmen and those alike turning to our Surgeons for help in restoring their hair. Not only are we a UK hair transplant clinic we are regulated and licensed to operate. That means, businessmen can trust our clinic with their hair and the eventual cosmetic outcome. Having been established as South London’s first hair transplant clinic we have developed a premier service that complements the modern day working professional. No corners are cut in working to achieve a hair you and we are proud of.

So if you are interested in finding out more and have looked in detail about what a hair transplant is- contact us today. We can guide the next steps on your hair regrowth journey. Simply book your free consultation today.

References

  1. https://ifpnews.com/coverage/a-hair-transplant-could-mean-great-things-for-your-career/
  2. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/men-from-all-50-states-agree—hair-is-an-integral-part-of-guys-identities-300504997.html

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Planning Your Hairline Hair Transplant

new hair line for hair transplant

Receding hairline? With rumours surrounding footballers like David Beckham and David Silva having a hairline hair transplant, the procedure is becoming popular (1,2).  Planning your hair transplant is a tricky process. You need to think carefully about how you will continue to bald in the future so any new hairline doesn’t look unnatural. In this blog we take you through what you need to think about when planning a hairline hair transplant. 

patient hairline before and after hair transplant surgery
Before and after 2000 graft hair transplant for the frontal hairline

Key Points

  1. Where is your hairline at the moment?
  2.  How much hair do you have that you can transplant?
  3. How old are you and will your hairline recede further?
  4. Will you be able to prevent any further hairline recession?

 

Where is your hairline at the moment?

You may notice that you fall into the following categories: 

  1. You hairline has receded so much that you have no hairline
  2. Your hairline has receded in the temples so you have an “M” shaped hairline pattern or a “widow’s peak”
  3. Your hairline has receded to the middle of your scalp (between your crown and forehead)
  4. Your hairline has thinned but has a general outline

In most types of hairline recession, the main cause is male pattern baldness (3). This process is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which causes the hair follicles to become weak and fall out. It is called a “pattern baldness” as the same pattern of hair thinning and balding appears in most men affected. The different types of pattern depend on how severely you have been affected by hair loss. They are summarised in the Norwood Scale as you can see in the picture below. 

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

By looking at the Norwood Scale you will be able to classify where your hairline is at the moment. If you hairline is at Norwood 2/3 then you should be able to bring your hairline forward to restore it your preferred position. If you are at stage 4a/5/5a/6 you need to think about how much hair you can use to create a hairline that you are happy with. You might better off with a hair transplant that gives you hair you can style over areas of balding. Your plan should be to restore your hairline to a position of Norwood 2 or 3.

How much hair do you have that you can transplant?

The amount of hair you have left at the back of your head is crucial. If you have dense hair at the back then it is likely you will have enough hair to achieve a hairline you would like. For those who don’t have enough hair then carefully plan how you can achieve a hairline you want- especially if you are Norwood Scale 4a/5/5a/6. If you don’t have much hair you may decide to have a hair transplant that gives you coverage of hair. This allows you to style your hair the way you want over areas of hair recession. 

How old are you and will your hairline recede further?

If you are young (<26 years old) then you might want to wait until you’re 26 years old. This means your surgeon can assess the full pattern of your hair loss. It is important to know how you have receded so far, so your hair transplant surgeon can plan future hair loss and plan a hairline that would suit you as you age. 

Will you be able to prevent any further hairline recession?

It is likely that everyone will recede further, so you need to make sure you plan for future hair transplants or stabilise you hair loss with medications like Finasteride. Taking Finasteride is an important decision and as with all medications there are side effects. 

However, particularly if you are planning to have children, taking finasteride can be tricky. You will need to plan when to stop taking finasteride (when you are trying to conceive) and when to restart (when your partner stops breast feeding). Planning this in advance with your hair transplant surgeon is important- make sure you discuss this with them! Whether or not you are taking finasteride, planning a hair transplant around your family plans is certainly achievable.

So what hairline should I go for? 

Seeing a hair transplant surgeon is the first step to answering this question. At The Treatment Rooms London our surgeons make sure to take you through all the considerations you need to make before deciding on a hair transplant. We prefer to plan a hairline that is mature which will suit you for the rest of your life.

A lot of patients request for their hairline to be brought down to match the hairline they had when they were in their teens. It is our opinion that this is not a good idea. Not only will this require many hair grafts that thin your donor zone but also your ongoing balding process will mean a hairline that is too low will look odd. As you age, your temples will recede and a hairline that is low will look like a strip of hair separated from the hair behind it. It will look unnatural and it won’t suit you in your middle- late age. 

mature frontal hairline hair transplant
Bringing your hairline too low won’t suit you as your recede in your temples. Choose a mature hairline that will look good for the rest of your life. It also helps to save more hair in your donor area if you choose to have a second procedure down the line.

Our advice is to plan for a mature hairline. Going for a mature hairline will mean your hair grafts can be used for dense, natural results without thinning your donor zone. The hairline will also be fashionable throughout the rest of your life. Another benefit from choosing a mature hairline is that you have saved more grafts at the back of your head incase you need a second hair transplant. 

Further information about hair transplants can be found by clicking: 

  1. Hair Transplant Surgery
  2. Patient Results
  3. Surgery Recovery
  4. Hair Transplant Side Effects
  5. Hair Transplant FAQs

References

  1. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/7893362/david-beckham-new-hair-victoria-brooklyn/
  2. https://deadspin.com/thank-god-david-silvas-hair-transplant-is-finally-takin-1830940593
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4812885/
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hair-loss

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Itching After Having A Hair Transplant?

male itching after hair transplant

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 transplantation 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.

If you wanted to read more about the side effects of a hair transplant read our blog by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in having a hair transplant at The Treatment Rooms London- click HERE to find out more and book your free consultation today.

 

Safe Hair Transplants

safe hair transplants

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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