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 Is A Hair Transplant?

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 prevent 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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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.

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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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Follicular Unit Excision (FUE)

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Follicular Unit Extraction has now been changed to Follicular Unit Excision. This reflects the importance and special surgical techniques required to make incisions and extractions in hair transplant surgery. In this blog we explain why this change has been made.

Follicular Unit Extraction now Follicular Unit Excision

Both Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Excision refer to the same surgery. So what is the correct name we should be using?

What is FUE?

This is a type of hair transplant surgery where each hair follicle is taken out individually. FUE is carried out by using a small circular punch to cut around a hair follicle. Using specialised surgical tools these hair follicles are then removed and re-implanted into bald areas. Over time this will help recreate hair where it has been lost.

This technique differs from FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) where a strip of scalp is taken and hair follicles are isolated from this strip. Patients who have FUT have a visible scar line across the back of the head. In FUE this is avoided by having small dot scars at the back of the head. As these small dots are spread out they are not noticeable if someone grows their hair out.

Why the change from Follicular Unit Extraction to Follicular Unit Excision?

The change in name has been made to emphasise the highly skilled surgical nature of a hair transplant. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)- the global leading authority on hair loss and prevention treatments implemented the change in 2018.

Dr Ricardo Mejia, ISHRS Board Member explained the main reasons:

When performed by qualified, properly trained hair restoration surgeons, hair transplantation is a safe and highly effective procedure to correct hair loss. However, it is a cosmetic surgical procedure and any attempt to downplay the significant surgical aspects of FUE to appear less invasive is misleading and potentially dangerous to patients

Dr Ricardo Mejia

Dr Meija explained that the term “extraction” in Follicular Unit Extraction, implied that the procedure only involves extracting or plucking out hairs without any need for surgery. And in some countries because the term “extraction” can have non-surgical implications, the surgery can be carried out by non-surgeons.

…over the past 15 years, the term “extraction” has been used to minimise the surgical nature of this surgery in order to imply a non-surgical procedure that only involves “extracting” hairs, as if they were being plucked out of the scalp without surgery. This misleading messaging has given rise to the worldwide expansion of follicular unit excision (FUE) surgery being performed by non-medical and unlicensed personnel- essentially spawning a black market for hair transplantation that has resulted in cases of serious cosmetic damage with scarring and hair loss, infections and even deaths

ISHRS website

Amending FUE terminology is one more way that we can inform patients about the true surgical nature of the procedure so they can make better decisions about their choice of physician and treatment

Dr Ricardo Mejia

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