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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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://www.qcs.co.uk/infection-control/
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
  5. https://www.kch.nhs.uk/about/corporate/care-standards/infection-prevention
  6. https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/healthcare-associated-infections/
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44671153

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Jersey Island Hair Transplants

jersey island hair transplants

Looking for a hair transplant in the channel islands? Jersey Island Hair Transplants are coming soon, provided by the UK’s renowned The Treatment Rooms London. 

The Treatment Rooms London is expanding internationally. We are now providing our renowned hair transplants to the residents of Jersey. Male and female hair loss sufferers will have access to our hair loss specialists and surgeons. 

Hair Transplant Before and After patient results

Jersey Island Hair Transplants- how will it work?

The Treatment Rooms’s surgeons will be coming to Jersey on a regular basis to hold hair loss clinics. By seeing a hair transplant surgeon face to face you will be able to have a thorough consultation about why you are losing hair. After reaching a diagnosis for why you are losing hair, our surgeons will suggest the correct treatment to stop any further loss and to restore hair in bald areas. 

To see when the surgeons are next in Jersey simply contact us today by clicking here. We will let you know when they are next holding their hair consultation list.

What if you definitely know you would like a hair transplant?

Some patients we see in clinic have done their research and know they would like a hair transplant. This is absolutely fine and we welcome patients to find out about any medical procedure they are considering.

Our hair transplant surgeons will first go through a full consultation to make sure a hair transplant is in your best interests. If it is, planning a hair transplant is the next stage. We will double check you have a good donor hair supply and ensure your concerns are addressed around what type of hairline and hairstyle. Once this has been discussed we can then plan your operation day.

Where will the hair transplant take place?

The Treatment Rooms London will be operating in St Helier. Unlike other hair transplant clinics, we make sure we operate in the same place you live in. That way you can go back to the comfort of your own home after your operation. Our surgeons will be available to answer any questions in the lead up to and after your hair transplant procedure. By coming to Jersey we take our renowned hair transplant service already provided in London and bring it to the Channel Islands. 

I’m interested- how do I book?

Booking is easy- simply contact us by clicking here and we will get back to you with the days and times we have available. All consultations will take place in St Helier. 

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Life Changing FUE Hair Transplant Results- A Time and Leisure Article

Hair Transplant Before and After patient results

As South London’s first Hair Transplant clinic, Time and Leisure Magazine were interested in featuring The Treatment Rooms and its hair transplant results in their magazine.

Time and Leisure wanted to explore a case performed by The Treatment Rooms whereby the hair transplant result has given a patient new found confidence. The Treatment Rooms told Time and Leisure a story about a patient who underwent a hair transplant and 4 months later was skydiving- testing his implanted hairs to the max!

hair transplant results

Read the Time and Leisure article here on Pages 32 & 33 / 104:

https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?EID=0276da02-8ae1-41c6-9fc1-c9ff810d5d4d

2018 has been a busy year- the clinic has been fully booked providing patients with life changing hair transplants and currently there is a 6 week waiting period for availability! The Treatment Rooms is doing its all to increase its capacity to carry out more procedures per week so feel free to pop in and see our Surgeons.

Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Treatment Rooms in London, Dr Fernando explains,

“I’m very proud of our hair transplants so far in 2018 and my team who continue to be incredible. Hair loss is so personal to each of my patients and no clinical history is the same. I’m excited to see new patients in the years to come and the results of the transplants we have performed over the last year with some amazing results expected.’ 

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