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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Are Hair Transplants Dangerous?

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A recent question was asked in the newspaper- is having a hair transplant dangerous or invasive? This blog will help answer the question for those of you who are interested!

Is a hair transplant dangerous?

In short the answer is- it can be. If you are operated in a clinic or by a surgeon that is inexperienced, unregulated and unlicensed it is certainly dangerous.

Choose a clinic that is regulated, established and a surgeon who is licensed and you should expect your hair transplant to be safe with good results. But what does it mean to have a procedure that is “invasive”.

The word invasive essentially means how much the surgery involves cutting into your skin. Like any other surgery, hair transplantation obviously involves undergoing some cutting into the skin and is considered “minimally invasive“. This is because the depth of each cut is normally not more than half a centimetre and is very small.

At The Treatment Rooms London we have sometimes seen patients come from clinics that are unregulated and unlicensed who have deeper cuts than this. It can result in terrible complications including permanent scarring like skin necrosis. We strongly advise you to do your research. Any clinic you go to in the UK should fit the following conditions:

  1. Have a Care Quality Commission License
  2. The surgeon should hold a GMC license

You can check both these conditions by clicking the following links:

  1. Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  2. GMC

What is a safe hair transplant?

A hair transplant can be a safe treatment. It relies on a few different factors which you should be aware of.

  1. Having a full consultation with your hair transplant surgeon
  2. Finding out how the operation will be carried out
  3. Having clear goals on what you expect from your surgery and see if this matches your surgeon’s expectations too

Have a full consultation with your hair transplant surgeon

It is important you get to know your surgeon and their clinic. Trust is an important part of any patient journey. Having a hair transplant is just the beginning and you will need to trust your surgeon to understand your wishes.

Secondly, you will need to meet with your hair transplant surgeon to vet their experiences and their qualifications (e.g. GMC licence). They should be able to give you a full consultation around your hair loss, the likely diagnosis and counsel you around the pros and cons of every treatment (not just a transplant). Sometimes, it might be in your best interests to delay a hair transplant rather than jumping straight into it.

Find out how the operation will be carried out

It is important you know where and how your surgery will be carried out. Having the operation in a CQC- registered clinic is the first step. Ask about how your surgeon and their team keeps a clean sterile environment so there is minimal risk of infection when you have surgery.

Have you thought about what type of surgery you will be having? There a two main hair transplant procedures (FUE and FUT). You should ask your surgeon which procedure you would benefit most from.

Have clear goals on what you expect from your surgery and see if this matches your surgeon’s expectations too

What is your current pattern of hair loss and what do you want to achieve by having hair loss treatment? Having a hair transplant might be an option for you but there is a limited amount of hair your surgeon can transplant. If you are young you might want to plan your transplant to account for further hair loss in the future. 

A transplant will never match your original hair density. However, by strategically placing hairs your surgeon can give you the illusion of having dense hair. You will need to have an honest conversation with your surgeon about what you would like from a hair transplant. Be prepared for your surgeon to guide you on what they think is also best for you- accounting for the following factors:

  1. How much hair you have lost so far
  2. How much hair you can have transplanted
  3. Whether you will lose more hair
  4. How much density your surgeon can safely achieve
  5. Whether you might require 2 sessions for a safe procedure 

Finally, the next concern you should then have is what you should expect when it comes to your hair transplant recovery. You surgeon should be able to inform you on your recovery and provide clear instructions about how you should care for your transplanted hairs in the days following the operation. For more information on common FAQs our patients ask us click on the following links:

  1. Common FAQs
  2. Patient recovery and aftercare
  3. What you can expect after a hair transplant

Hair Transplantation at The Treatment Rooms London

The above guidance is a basic requirement all hair transplant clinics should be providing their patients. At The Treatment Rooms London we are happy to answer questions or concerns our patients have about a hair transplant. Understandably, it is a large undertaking and choosing to have the procedure is a considered decision. Our 3 top tips are to take your time, be comfortable with your clinic and make sure you trust your surgeon.

References

  1. https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/dear-doctor-should-i-encourage-my-husband-to-get-a-hair-transplant-37839766.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4507484/
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  7. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/men-hair-loss-17/hair-transplants
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimally_invasive_procedure
  9. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/beware-of-the-hair-transplant-black-market/
  10. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/unregulated-hair-transplant-clinic/
  11. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gangrene/
  12. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/safe-hair-transplants/
  13. https://www.gmc-uk.org/
  14. https://www.cqc.org.uk/
  15. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/hair-transplant-death-man-wanted-more-grafts-in-1-go/articleshow/68366127.cms
  16. https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/mumbai-man-dies-hours-after-hair-transplant-what-are-the-side-effects-and-health-risks-associated-with-hair-replacement-surgery/380340
  17. https://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/india/man-dies-within-50-hours-ofundergoing-hair-transplant

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Hair Transplant Clinic

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World renowned footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to open up his own hair transplant clinic in Madrid (2). We welcome this move as he endeavours to help bring safe hair transplants to the forefront of everyone’s attention.

Cristiano Ronaldo explained in a recent interview,

In addition to football, I am passionate about health, technology and research, they are areas which I wanted to invest in. I wanted the first clinic of the international expansion to be situated in Madrid, a city I lived in for many years

He isn’t the first former Manchester United footballer to open a hair transplant clinic. His former teammate, Ryan Giggs has also opened a hair transplant clinic in England together with cricketer Michael Vaughan (3).

What does Ronaldo need to consider when opening a hair transplant clinic?

A hair transplant clinic is a special place. Life changing procedures happen everyday and patients can have renewed hair growth that lasts a lifetime. A hair transplant carried out safely and effectively, can produce natural long lasting results. However, ensuring everyone is treated with this philosophy in mind is important.

Here are some key messages:

  1. Not everyone “needs” a hair transplant
  2. Put patient safety at the core of your clinic
  3. Support your patient throughout their hair loss and hair growth journey

Not everyone “needs” a hair transplant

Any hair transplant clinic can have a number of patients coming in to see them. However, many would not immediately benefit from having a hair transplant. It is important to realise that stopping further hair loss should be the first line of treatment. After you have stabilised hair loss you can then accurately plan where the patient needs hair to be implanted.

Not only will this give the patient the best results but it also helps to reduce the overall price the patient will have to pay.

Put patient safety at the core of your clinic

Hair transplantation, obviously, is surgery. This means it comes with inherent risks and potential complications. Having a clean, sterile environment to conduct hair transplants is incredibly important. Sterilising equipment appropriately is a must and at The Treatment Rooms we discard disposable equipment and autoclave surgical instruments. This guarantees no cross contamination between our patients.

Counselling patients on surgical safety is also important. Many clinics advertise so called “giga-sessions” where 3000-4000 grafts are extracted but really this poses massive risk to patients. They can come away with huge scars and a higher hair transplant failure rate. Hair follicles cannot survive for long once they have been taken out of the scalp (4-6). By taking so many grafts you simply cannot implant them quick enough for them to survive. If someone really does need a large hair transplant then it might be best to plan their surgery accordingly e.g. split the operation over 2 sessions or perform FUT.

Support your patient throughout their hair loss and hair growth journey

Performing a hair transplant is just the start of a patient’s hair treatment. They will often have to wait 12 months to see results and this can be nerve racking! This is even more important when you consider that in the first 1-3 months they will lose the hair that is transplanted. These hairs will of course regrow as their root stays in the scalp.

Hair Transplants at The Treatment Rooms London

If you wanted to find out more about hair transplants feel free to contact us at The Treatment Rooms London. We would love to see you in clinic!

References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/football/ronaldo
  2. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/cristiano-ronaldo-open-hair-transplant-14055047
  3. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8507770/bbc-weatherman-simon-king-hair-transplant-clinic-ryan-giggs/
  4. Parsley W and Perez- Meza. Review of Factors Affecting the Growth and Survival of Follicular Grafts. J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 3(2):69-75
  5. Gandelman M, Mota A, Abrahamsohn P, Oliveira S. Light and electron microscopic analysis of controlled injury to follicular unit grafts. Dermatol Surg. 2000;26:25–31
  6. Hwang SJ, Lee JJ, Oh BM, Kim DW, Kim JC, Kim MK. The effects of dehydration, preservation temperature and time on the hair grafts. Ann Dermatol. 2002;14:149–52

 

Dr Dilan Fernando- Advisory Board Member at The London Aesthetics Show

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The Treatment Rooms London lead hair transplant surgeon, Dr Dilan Fernando has been elected advisory board member at The London Aesthetics Show.

The London Aesthetics Show is launching Spring 2020 and seeks to champion patient safety and awareness in the aesthetics industry. With an increasing number of patients opting for aesthetics treatments; safety and regulation within the UK landscape is a priority. The London Aesthetics Show is the first conference to bridge the gap between cosmetic clinics and patients. It gives the chance for patients to meet with Doctors, Surgeons and practitioners alike. In this forum, patients will have the opportunity to ask them questions relating to treatments they are interested in.

What will Dr Fernando’s role be at The London Aesthetics Show?

On the board, Dr Fernando will represent hair transplant surgery and the patient safety issues that surround treatment. He is excited to represent a treatment that is growing in popularity over the last few years.

I am excited to be elected onto The London Aesthetics Show board. Hair transplant surgery is a complex treatment and patient safety is a priority. In lieu of the ISHRS’ recent Black Market Hair Transplant campaign launched in 2019, I look forward to highlighting both the BAHRS and ISHRS’ professional codes of conduct around patient safety to those attending and exhibiting at The London Aesthetics Show

Dr Dilan Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms London and Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

What will Dr Fernando speak about?

Dr Fernando will highlight the issue of unregulated, black market hair transplant clinics that put patient safety at risk. Any patient that seeks hair loss treatment needs to have a proper consultation. This requires a full assessment of hair loss to date and then a plan for the future.

In today’s global market of hair transplant surgery, we are finding patients are quickly ushered into choosing a hair transplant. This is without any regard to their outcome and their expectations for results. Patients require a holistic plan to account for hair loss and the future. This may mean delaying a transplant in a patient’s best interests until their hair loss stabilises.

Dr Dilan Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms London and Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

At The Treatment Rooms London we are also seeing an increasing number of patients having their hair ruined following a transplant. Their complications range from poor hair growth results through to disastrous skin necrosis.

Skin necrosis is a never event in hair transplant surgery. This means that a patient should never suffer from this complication. A surgeon who has carried out the transplant which has resulted in skin necrosis has clearly shown some degree of poor technique. I will be looking to highlight and address this issue at The London Aesthetics Show.

Dr Dilan Fernando, Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms London and Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

Prince Harry and Hair Loss

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There has been a lot of clamour around Prince Harry and his accelerated hair loss since marrying Megan Markle. Many magazines and papers have commented on the Duke of Sussex‘s balding pattern and commented on whether he would be interested in having it treated. We thought we could provide some helpful advice to Prince Harry if he was reading this blog.

Whats happening?

Prince Harry is likely suffering what most men suffer from- male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, is the most common cause for hair thinning and recession in men. It is primarily drive by testosterone (dihydrotestosterone) acting at the scalp hair.

Because Prince Harry is in the public eye it means more people are noticing his hair loss. There is nothing wrong with his current pattern of baldness if Prince Harry doesn’t mind his thinning!

How bad is Prince Harry’s hair loss?

There is a scale to qualify how bad any male’s hair loss is. This scale is called the Norwood scale and you can quite easily see where you yourself would fit in. Prince Harry is currently a Norwood 4 or 5 pattern of hair loss with particular focus on his crown or vertex thinning. As he has ginger hair and lighter skin his hair thinning can appear less pronounced than it really is. This is because there is less difference in the darkness of both colours so the contrast is less striking. For example, if you have light skin and dark brown hair- any thinning you may notice is more pronounced because of the drastic contrast between the two colours.

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

So Prince Harry’s hair loss is Norwood 4 or 5. It is only bad if he is worried about it. If he doesn’t mind then his hair loss isn’t bad at all- it is a natural process after-all!

What can Prince Harry to do treat his hair loss?

He can choose a number of treatments. Assuming he is diagnosed with male pattern hair loss he can pick between Finasteride or Minoxidil or choose both. These medications will help to prevent any further hair loss and thicken his existing hairs.

In areas where has lost all his hair or receded to form bald patches he would require a hair transplant. Prince Harry’s choice of treatment will ultimately depend on his preference and lifestyle choices. He will obviously benefit from a full hair loss consultation before making any decision.

If Prince Harry chooses a hair transplant- how much will it cost?

A hair transplant‘s price takes into account what Prince Harry would like in terms of his results. This includes:

A recent study by Appalachian State University shed some interesting light onto how much a bald man would pay to restore their hair (4). Their study found that gentlemen would be willing to pay £4000-£5000 to go up each Norwood category. That means if Prince Harry wanted to achieve a Norwood level of 3, he may expect to pay around £4000-£8000.

Prince Harry wouldn’t be the first or last famous person to undergo hair transplant surgery or hair loss treatment. A recent paper has found a number of football managers undergoing the procedure or treatment, including:

  1. Antonia Conte
  2. Jurgen Klopp
  3. Slaven Bilic

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