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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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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5 Considerations Before Choosing Hair Transplant Surgery

Dr Fernando Hair Restoration Surgeon British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

There has been a lot of talk recently on hair transplant surgery (1-5) , with notable figures revealing they have taken steps to preserve their hair:

At The Treatment Rooms we are seeing an increasing number of males and females asking how a hair transplant can preserve or give back a hair style they want. We wanted to share our thoughts and give you 5 considerations to think about before choosing to undergo hair transplant surgery.

  1. Understand your hair loss
  2. Explore different treatments for hair loss
  3. Consider HOW a Hair Transplant would benefit you
  4. Choose your Surgeon
  5. Understand future pipelined treatments

1) Understand Your Hair Loss

Everyone’s hair loss is different. Whether you’re a male or female with a receding hairline, generalised thinning or small patches of hair loss, your hair loss is specific to you, it affects you personally- your mood, your self-esteem and your confidence. Part of suffering from hair loss is not only the physical aspect of shedding but also the impact it has on your wellbeing. Choosing how you want to address your hair loss will depend on what type of hair style you want to achieve and how much time you are willing to dedicate to treatment. More is written about this on our previous blog-  when to tackle baldness?

2) Explore Different Treatments For Hair Loss

There are so many different hair loss treatments out there. The ones that are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are Minoxidil and Finasteride (6,7,8). Some clinics may provide PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to promote and preserve hair growth but this has not yet been clinically proven.

The novelty of undergoing advanced robotic hair restoration can be enticing but be mindful- advanced technology does not equate to better results. In Hair Transplant Surgery an important part of a procedure is the surgeon having tactile feedback from a patient’s scalp and hair follicle- this is lost when the treatment is performed by a machine.

3) Consider HOW a Hair Transplant Would Benefit You

A Hair Transplant takes existing hairs at the back and the sides of the head and moves them to an area that is balding. If you have lost a substantial amount of hair, transplanting sparse hair may not give you the coverage or density you wish for. Being aware of what can be achieved and being realistic with your expectations will be a big part of your hair loss consultation. Make sure your surgeon goes through both in thorough detail!

At The Treatment Rooms London we make it clear- you have to invest care, time and effort into your hair.

Hair growth following a transplant also takes time! Do not expect a quick fix, it often takes 9-12 months to grow but can in some cases be much less.

4) Choose Your Surgeon

A Hair Transplant Surgeon in the UK should be practising under the licence of CQC, GMC and indemnification- if not- they are practising illegally. More regulation is expected in the UK landscape but for now all patients are reminded to check the clinic and surgeon they visit are registered.

Surgeons can also be affiliated with the BAHRS (British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery) or ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery). The Treatment Rooms’ very own Dr Fernando is a full member of BAHRS and upholds their stringent guidelines when practising hair transplant surgery.

Looking at the results a surgeon has produced, undergoing a consultation and asking them all the questions required to put your mind at ease is crucial before undergoing treatment. Bottomline- vet your surgeon!

For more information about having Hair Restoration Surgery at The Treatment Rooms click here. 

5) Understand Future Pipeline Treatments

A lot research is going into treatments for hair loss. There is a lot of talk around future stem cell treatments and skin & hair being grown in labs that can be used for hair transplant surgery. These treatments still need to undergo vigorous testing in the lab and pass clinical trials before they become widely available. So don’t wait. If you care about your hair and want to preserve it, don’t wait for a pipeline treatment, it will prolong your existing hair loss.  See a hair loss doctor and find out what treatments are available to you now.

If you would like to find out more, book a free consultation with one of our Hair Transplant Surgeons  or simply start a WhatsApp conversation by clicking the Whatsapp Icon.

References

(1) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/what-makes-a-good-candidate-for-a-hair-transplant/

(2) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/bald-ambition-had-hair-transplant-28/

(3) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/hair-transplant-treatment-best/

(4) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/hair-transplant-faq-ten-common-questions-hair-loss-procedures/

(5) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/for-hair-loss-youth-turn-to-transplants/articleshow/64454682.cms

(6) Patient.co.uk on Finasteride 

(7) Patient.co.uk on Minoxidil (for Males) and (for Females)

(8) https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/treatment/medical-hair-loss-treatments/

 

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