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.

 

Dermal Fillers in Putney and Harley Street

Dermal filler treatments

Since its opening, The Treatment Rooms London has been providing Dermal Fillers in Putney and Harley Street giving patients the latest in facial harmonisation and rejuvenation. An increasing number of patients are asking about fillers, so we wanted to write a blog about what Dermal Fillers are and how they can be used by our Doctors to roll back the years of ageing.

What are dermal fillers?

A dermal filler is a treatment that uses hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring ingredient in the skin) to restore volume & shape to certain areas of the face. However, our Surgeons use careful knowledge of a patient’s facial anatomy to avoid danger zones for when injecting dermal filler. Together with advanced techniques our Doctors take every step to make sure the treatment is as safe as possible.

What does dermal mean?

Your skin is made up of 3 main layers. The second layer is called the dermis. This contains collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid- the three main ingredients to give you plump, hydrated and healthy skin.

skin layers dermal filler

In young skin, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid create a supporting structure for healthy young skin as shown in the diagram above. As you age age, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid all break down. As the underlying structure is lost, your skin surface starts to sag whilst also becoming dry and wrinkly.

This process can be reversed by replenishing the dermis with hyaluronic acid in the form of filler, hence the name “dermal filler”. The filler over time also stimulates fibroblasts to produce elastin and collagen. These are both integral to youthful skin- so the beneficial effects actually last longer than you think!

Are dermal fillers permanent?

As hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin, your body breaks down the dermal filler over time. This means you won’t have permanent results-  making it a safer treatment. If you wanted the filler to be gone sooner we can even dissolve the filler, so you won’t be stuck with an outcome you are not happy with.

Some permanent dermal fillers do exist, but these are used far less now given the risk of complications and the potential of being left with a result you are not happy with!

What is the latest in dermal fillers?

As a leading clinic, The Treatment Rooms London always looks to deliver the very latest in injectable treatments. Thee way we use dermal fillers has changed.

In youth, similar to the diagram above, we have bones and deep fat pads which give our skin a strong structure. As you age, some of these bones change shape and the deep fat pads dissolve away (2). This makes the skin overlying the bone and fat start to sag. The new philosophy of advanced facial rejuvenation, is to replace these structures using a volumising dermal filler injected below the dermal layer. Using good quality dermal fillers allows you to create a profound lifting effect from the top of the face. This also reduces facial wrinkles downstream in the lower part of the face.

lady midcheek dermal filler before and after picture
Dermal Fillers to the mid-cheek to lift and rejuvenate this lady’s appearance

In the dermal filler before and after photo above, the lady had lost volume in her cheeks due to the ageing process effecting her cheek bones and deep fat pads. Her main worry was looking tired even though she was well rested. By using dermal filler we have helped to restructure the cheek bone and replace volume in her cheek fat pad. As you will see, this has helped to give her more shape and colour in her cheeks as well as reduce the appearance of her nose-mouth lines. In general, she looks less tired, fresher and more rejuvenated.

Am I suitable for dermal fillers?

There are some reasons why you should not have dermal fillers for example if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Importantly you should explore all your concerns and what you would like to achieve by having dermal fillers with your Doctor. This is the only way of finding out if you are suitable for dermal filler treatment.

If you haven’t read our previous blog around Botox® and dermal fillers being provided in Superdrug  please consider 4 points before undergoing the procedure.

  1. Understand what Botox® and Dermal Fillers are
  2. Find out who is going to perform the procedure
  3. Plan your treatment goals with your practitioner
  4. Take time out to think about the treatment before saying “yes!”

You can read more about these considerations by clicking here.

At The Treatment Rooms our Doctors would welcome you to come and have a consultation around the ageing process. That way you can prepare for the future by taking steps to address any concerns now.

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

References

(1) https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-the-skin#1

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404279/

(3) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-treatments/dermal-fillers/

(4) https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin/the-layers-of-your-skin

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The Treatment Rooms Harley Street

harley street thread lift surgeons

The success and interest in Hair Transplants, PDO Thread Lifts and advanced aesthetic treatments in South London has meant Co-Founders Dr Roshan Vara and Dr Dilan Fernando open a second location in the prestigious 10 Harley Street.

Interviewed by Time and Leisure Magazine, both Doctors explain their treatments and the value that patients find in the personalised service received when visiting the clinic.

Across the year, Time and Leisure have reported on the main services The Treatment Rooms provide clients across London with patient cases and their results. Dr Vara explains,

“Our patients value the care and service they are given at The Treatment Rooms. From the moment they walk into our clinic we aim to make them feel comforted and relaxed. The clinic’s ethos of personalised cosmetic care is proving popular and our patients are coming from further afield. Opening a location at 10 Harley Street gives them the commuting convenience and is a prestigious premises to practice in. Their managing staff uphold the same values of service as The Treatment Rooms London and we are honoured to be working with them.”

Read the Time and Leisure article here on Pages 38 & 39 / 96: https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?EID=f1699520-f23f-46cf-a70a-3d05eed5fbed

Read the Time and Leisure October Issue article here on Pages 40 & 41 / 88: https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?EID=7eeed1b6-618a-4015-a479-f26a0f5a6186

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Our Thoughts on Botox and Dermal Fillers in Superdrug

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Deciding to have Botox® or Filler treatment should be a considered process for a patient and their Doctor, not a transaction! At The Treatment Rooms we share our thoughts on Superdrug offering these treatments.

Superdrug recently launched their Skin Renew service offering Botox® (Botulinum Toxin/ Anti-Wrinkle Injections) and Dermal Fillers in their London store (1-6). Following their recent sponsorship of Love Island they clearly sparked customer interest (8).

In this blog, we are going to highlight what you need to think about before undergoing Botox® or Fillers in any clinic and not just Superdrug! Here they are in 4 bitesized points for you:

  1. Understand what Botox® and Dermal Fillers are
  2. Find out who is going to perform the procedure
  3. Plan your treatment goals with your practitioner
  4. Take time out to think about the treatment before saying “yes!”

1) Understand what Botox® and Dermal Fillers are

Although Botulinum toxin injections are usually safe they need to be given at the correct dose. Therefore, administering Botox® requires a prescription- issued only by a Doctor after a thorough consultation (9). Find out more by going to our anti-wrinkle injections page (here).

There are different types of dermal fillers but the most common is a hyaluronic acid based filler which is temporary and can be reversed if there are any problems. Fillers are used to restore volume and reshape certain areas of the face and body to create a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. By injecting them in the correct place they can produce safe & expected results. In contrast- using the incorrect filler can lead to nightmare results! And at The Treatment Rooms in London we have had to correct a number of cases whereby the injector has clearly been negligent! You can read more about dermal fillers on our page (here). 

2) Find out who is going to perform the procedure

The person performing the procedure is extremely important. As beauty therapists have now been prevented from joining a major regulatory body (JCCP), it is clear the UK is starting to ensure patients are only treated by qualified medical practitioners. In The Treatment Rooms our injections are only performed by Doctors and Surgeons. This means you can be sure your Doctor understands the anatomy of your face and has a high attention to detail on what needs to be done to achieve your desired outcome.

3) Plan your treatment goals with your practitioner

Talk through what you would like to achieve with your practitioner. Preparing your treatment goals before Botox® or filler reduces the likelihood of bad results. A simple telephone conversation is not enough to plan your procedure. Everyone has a unique face and a personalised plan should be made during a face-face consultation!

4) Take time out to think about the treatment before saying “yes!”

Deciding to undergo Botox® or filler treatment should be a process- not a transaction! Taking time out to think about any treatment is extremely important- this is the case in all medical and surgical procedures. After discussing the treatment with your practitioner, you should understand the procedure, its risks, complications and the planned treatment goals. This should be before you sign any consent form!

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Possible injection sites using Botox®

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

References

(1) https://www.superdrug.com/microsite/skin-renew

(2) https://news.sky.com/story/surgeons-issue-warning-as-superdrug-brings-botox-to-the-high-street-for-99-11473180

(3) https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/superdrug-botox-fillers

(4) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45195477

(5) https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/a22733953/superdrug-botox-fillers-service/

(6) https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7020467/is-botox-available-in-superdrug-how-much-does-it-cost-and-can-you-get-fillers/

(7) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6060223/Superdrug-offering-FILLERS-Botox-little-99.html

(8) https://www.itv.com/loveisland

(9) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-treatments/botulinum-toxin-botox-injections/

 

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What’s all the fuss about PDO Thread Lifts?

pdo thread information

PDO Thread Lifts are now a leading non-surgical technique used to achieve facial rejuvenation and a more youthful-looking appearance. Whilst many aesthetic doctors continue to use anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections, those seeking a face lift often haven’t explored the option of having PDO Thread Lifts- which provide an immediate, long lasting lift with minimal post-treatment downtime. In this blog we explain what PDO Thread Lifts are; why they work; and how at The Treatment Rooms London we are pioneering their use throughout the body.

PDO Thread Lifts – Key Points:

– Threads are dissolvable sutures inserted safely under the skin
– They lift skin and tighten fat tissue to erase lines and create definition
– 30-45 minute procedure for immediate effects with minimal downtime
– Full results are seen after 6-8 weeks and can last up to 2 years

What is a PDO Thread Lift?

Quite simply, the ‘thread’ in a PDO Thread Lift consists of a material similar to that used for ‘stitches’ at a hospital. The same dissolvable sutures are slightly modified with little tags that help anchor them into tissue. A special blunt needle is used to pass the thread safely under the skin in specific areas to achieve the best cosmetic result (1).

Why do PDO Thread Lifts work?

Your skin is thicker than you think and has several layers. As we get older the deeper layers lose some key components such as collagen and elastin which mean wrinkles and lines develop on the surface. The PDO threads can safely be inserted into the deeper layers of skin, the tags then hold onto the skin, so that when it is tightened it props the skin up. Almost like opening an umbrella lifting your skin, flattening out any lines or wrinkles and helping to shape the skin to your natural look. This is an immediate effect and our patients walk away with an instant face or body lift.

Even more, PDO Thread Lifts improve in their effect over the following few weeks. Over time the sutures are broken down and absorbed by natural processes in the body. In doing so our body leaves in place natural collagen which is key to providing youthful properties to the skin. The threads dissolve away, but your skin is left with a brand new revitalised deep layer of skin, which increases the rejuvenating lift. This means full results are seen after 6-8 weeks, but also explains how results can last for up to 2 years in many cases.

The Treatment Rooms London approach to Thread Lifts

Although PDO Thread Lifts are generally a safe and well tolerated procedure, being able to do it effectively and safely depends on a clinician with good knowledge of the facial anatomy, its safe zones, as well as an intricate understanding of how to get the best cosmetic effect (2,3,4).

We at The Treatment Rooms London work with Dr Hany Abi Ghosn, an internationally acclaimed thread lift specialist, to offer a world class thread lifting service, using carefully sourced, high quality and safe PDO threads.

Dr Hany Abi Ghosn, Thread Lift Specialist

In doing so we have a refined technique which can be used all over the face & body including:

  1. Cheeks/ facelift (non-surgical face lift)
  2. Jowls
  3. Neck/ Jawline
  4. Décolleté
  5. Arms
  6. Buttocks
  7. Inner thighs and legs
  8. Abdomen
  9. Knees

At The Treatment Rooms London we can consult you about your aesthetic goals for 2018 and talk you through our popular personalised care plans that combine PDO Thread Lifts, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments to provide you with complete facial harmonisation (5).

Patient Cases:

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Lifting the buttock using PDO Threads
jowl thread lift
Jowl thread lift

 

Click here for more information on PDO Thread Lifts or do not hesitate to book a free consultation with The Treatment Rooms London today.

For our latest blog on PDO thread lifts click here.

 

References:
1) Sulamanidze, M. A., Fournier, P. F., Paikidze, T. G. & Sulamanidze, G. M. Removal of facial soft tissue ptosis with special threads. Dermatol. Surg. 28, pp.367–71 (2002)
2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4065274/
3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825122/
4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25993611
5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28863268

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