Hair the Facts!

Did you know that Hair Transplants have been around the 1930s?

These were first described and performed by Japanese surgeons but were not taken seriously in the West until after the WW2 in the 1950s. Around this time, American Surgeons started using thick grafts called ‘plugs’. However, these looked unattractive and unnatural. It was only relatively recently that newer harvesting surgical techniques such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) had enabled hair restoration surgeons to isolate single hairs and follicles and extract them and thereby providing excellent, natural looking grafts. These can then be transplanted into the desired areas.

Did you know about 40% of men are balding around the age of 40?

Balding in men can start as early as the teenage years and can be very upsetting psychologically. This is especially the case if it progresses rapidly through the twenties. There is little doubt that a young man losing his hair can be traumatic. However, with careful medical management and good surgical planning of the donor area, excellent and natural results can be achieved and a good restoration surgeon will help to manage your hair restoration journey for a lifetime. 

Did you know that Hair Transplant Surgery is a permanent solution, and once established, the transplanted hair will not fall out?  

There are still many myths on the internet about hair restoration surgery, some of these surprisingly, include the myth that hair restoration surgery ‘does not work’ and the transplanted hair will fall out. Whilst it is true that the non-transplanted hair will continue to be lost if you are susceptible to that. I can reassure you that once transplanted hair is established in the desired areas, it will never fall out!

Did you know the results can be very natural and almost indistinguishable from your own hair?

This crucially depends on the surgeon and his technical team and their combined skill in achieving the desired outcome. Hair restoration surgery is not only a very technical process that requires high surgical skill, knowledge and team work, but it is also an artistic endeavour. This aspect of hair restoration surgery becomes clear when you see a bad transplant with potentially disfiguring results and it is obvious the person has suffered at the hands of poor quality and technique, even if some hairs have grown. Obviously, therefore who you chose as your hair surgeon is crucial. Also, your pre-operative and post-operative care and the fact that it will be the surgeon who will be performing the surgery (not non-medical people) is of the upmost importance. A bargain basement approach is therefore highly discouraged!

Did you know you could transfer hair from the beard area to the scalp, and from the beard to beard areas that do not have hair and hair can be transplanted from the scalp to the beard?

Beard to scalp hair transplants are particularly successful for those men who have a limited amount of hair on the back of the head in the donor area. In recent years, the number of grafts achieved by combining head donor area and beard donor area has greatly increased the number of available grafts that can be transplanted, therefore enabling a much greater area of the bald scalp to be covered. This has meant that men who are almost totally bald can also achieve excellent results. 

Did you know you can transplant hair into eyebrows and make thicker or new eyebrows?

Eyebrow transplants are increasingly popular, especially with women who have found their eyebrows thinning for a variety of reasons. The reasons could include over plucking, chemical damage, genetic lack of eyebrows or simply for women who wish to have thicker and more shapely brows. This procedure is successful in achieving better shaped brows, however, each hair must be carefully implanted taking care of direction and curl of the hair. The thing to be aware of in eyebrows is that once the hairs are successfully planted they will need to be continually trimmed down as they will grow quicker then scalp hair. 

Did you know most people gain confidence and self-esteem after a Hair Transplant?

Hair restoration surgery can provide potentially life changing results, which can greatly improve self-esteem and confidence. It is not unknown for people to cry with joy once they see their results, the relief of realising they do not have to live with a bald scalp forever. Of course, it is vital that the hair restoration surgery is done in a way that is age and gender appropriate. So, ensuring a bespoke hair line is created in discussion with the surgeon is very important as well as discussing things such as density, the areas to be covered, orientation of the follicles, even the way that you wish to comb your hair after surgery are a crucial part of pre-operative consultations. Hence close liaison with the surgeon and detailed communication is crucial to this process. Please do not be afraid to ask if it is the surgeon who will be doing the surgery and not technicians who are not medically trained. Of course, hair restoration technicians are vital and a key element in ensuring the procedure goes well, their job is to help with the non-surgical aspects of the procedure. This guidance is in keeping with the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and British Association of Hair Surgeon guidelines. 

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