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Make The Right Decision About Your Hair Restoration

Although hair loss occurs in the majority of men and more increasingly now in women it is seen by many who suffer as a flaw to be cured. Socially it is considered to be an unwelcome sign of ageing and points towards poor health and wellbeing.

Generally, man or woman we try to look our best, feel good about ourselves and like to convey a youthful appearance to others. Life today has its own demands and more and more people look to cosmetic surgery for answers to the aging process.

Having the ability to restore something genetics has deprived us of can restore our own feel-good factor with ourselves; a more youthful appearance gives back the self-confidence and self-esteem, which can then reach out into all aspects of our lives, business and personal.

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What´s The Best Age To Have A Hair Transplant

Not a straightforward question to answer, 20, 25, 30, 40, 60 never? So, what reasons can there be for pulling the trigger and going for a hair transplant or waiting a few years and see what happens to my remaining hair.

Generally, men or women we try to look our best, feel good about ourselves and like to convey a youthful appearance to others. Life today has its own demands and more and more people look to cosmetic surgery for answers to the aging process.

Hair loss can have deep psychological effects for both men and woman, consciously or subconsciously this can affect confidence, the ability to interact with others easily, and can lead to low self-esteem.

Hair loss and younger men

As a young man, we can sometimes have greater insecurities about how others will see us, physically and intellectually. Any perceived defect in our makeup can affect how we interact with others, it is a very vulnerable time in our lives, and it is a time others can take advantage of this vulnerability, tell you they can mend all the problems, give you back your youth. It is a time when the male hormone testosterone is at its peak, the judgment making and decision process can be totally illogical and sometimes any amount of common sense reasoning goes unheeded and dismissed. Young men can be huge risk takers and often completely blind to the potential consequences.

No one belittles a younger man‟s reaction to hair loss, and their perceived premature ageing or being less attractive to the opposite sex due to hair loss but it must be understood before undergoing any surgical procedure it is far from being a miracle and happiness is far from being guaranteed, short or long term.

What´s a hair transplant?

Hair Transplantation is known under many names, Surgical Hair Restoration, Hair Transplant, Hair Transplant Surgery, or by the actual technique names STRIP Surgery/”FUT” and Follicular Unit Extraction or “FUE”.

FUT hair transplant surgery the doctor harvests the hair from a thin strip of the hair-bearing tissue removed from around the back and sides of the head. The length and width of the strip will ascertain the number of follicular units, (FU) that are contained within the strip; this can range from a few hundred to thousands of “FU”. Follicular Unit Extraction/FUE, on the other hand, utilises a different harvesting method, using a micro-punch to extract each FU one by one from around the donor area; the number of punch extractions is directly related to the number of grafts required.

With both techniques it has been medically recognised that hair from the donor can be moved to an area of hair loss and this hair will continue to grow after being moved to the new area, displaying the same traits and characteristics as it had prior to being moved.

Genetic hair loss or male pattern baldness

Male-pattern baldness is a result of a gene in the body that converts large quantities of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Hair loss occurs to some extent in 60-
70% of all men, and 4-8% of women. This balding process is caused by hereditary factors. You inherit the tendency to lose hair from either of your parents. This is transmitted in your genes. You may even have this tendency despite the fact that your parents have full heads of hair – this is due to a process known as a spontaneous mutation, whereby the genetic information changes at conception.

Male Pattern Baldness in severe cases can manifest in advanced hair loss, leaving only a thin band of hair around the sides and back, known as a “horseshoe”.

How to predict my hair loss stage

Hair loss stages are categorised in useful guide help diagnose the extent of the hair loss, for both men and women. The Norwood Scale is a classification of MPB for men, from remedial thinning to progressive hair loss; this makes it easier to understand the present grouping and determine the potential future loss. The Scale starts at 1 at its most minor up to 7 as the most aggressive form of hair loss, also staging the loss between hairline and crown; this is a useful guide even if not totally depicting your hair loss stage.

The total area of hair loss may vary from 5 to 250 square centimeters, although this is a crude measurement to make a guide easier to understand as the scalp is not flat but contoured and measured in volume.

As hereditary hair loss can start in the early twenties and slowly progress over the life of the man it is hard to predict the final hair loss stage. Other family members can help as a guide but even this is not specific and especially when hair loss starts early there is a greater risk of the hair loss stage progressing to an advanced stage over time.

Timing is everything 

Starting hair restoration at an early stage and an early age can have bad consequences if the hair loss pattern continues overtime and the donor hair, the hair around the back and sides of the head cannot sustain a natural pattern of hair growth.

For example, fixing a low adolescent style hairline may seem to be a good idea at the time and for a few years it may look perfectly natural but, even short-term will begin to appear unnatural and not suit the facial bone structure as a person ages even from their mid-twenties into their early thirties.

The assessment of graft numbers available, it must be understood regardless of technique an initial estimation can only be considered a guideline as factors such as healing of the donor can influence long-term measurements of donor capacity. The graft numbers are determined by assessing the area to be covered, any native hair still apparent in the area and to a large degree the hair characteristics of the candidate. When one looks at other hair transplant results do not assume you will need the same as another person with a similar hair loss pattern, this is not always the case.

Repairing relatively minor hair loss at an early age then can have negative consequences if and when hair loss continues and you can´t keep having more and more hair transplant to repair the new areas of hair loss. The timing is important to mix what is possible and what is credible and common sense to do. While looking into the future may not be appealing, with the feeling you will worry about it at a later date, bury your head in the sane attitude may come back to haunt you down the line if you are not careful.

Hair loss treatments cannot lower hairlines and massively turn the hair loss clock back but they can help to preserve and improve the growth of your hair and assuming started early enough can help to sustain your hair growth for many years before ever having to consider a hair transplant.

Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is a topical application applied to the scalp twice daily, 1ml each application. Available over-the-counter in 2% or 5% lotion, and now in a foam form, the active ingredient is thought to increase blood circulation locally, acting as a vasodilator.

Finasteride (Propecia®) is a tablet taken daily and acts by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the cause of male pattern hair loss. It is available only on prescription and cannot be taken by women. It slows hair loss and stimulates some new hair growth, and works more effectively on the crown and mid- scalp than the frontal area.

The most recently approved treatment uses low-level red laser light which stimulates hair follicles. The size of a normal hairbrush, and also available in dome form that sits under a cap or hat it improves the strength and appearance of hair as well as hair growth.

Your personal assessment is designed to answer questions such as are you a hair transplant candidate, your hair loss stage, whether your goals and expectations are realistic and if so how many graft, the technique to use and the cost. ;maybe the answer is not yet, wait, use treatment, do nothing, but it is worth the time to find out what your sensible options are before making any decision based on emotion rather than fact.

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What´s The Difference Between A Hair Treatment, Hair Transplant, And A Scalp Tattoo?

Hair loss can affect men and women, there are many forms of hair loss; the hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women. This form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members, and there is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members.

Hair loss can affect men and women, there are many forms of hair loss; the hereditary hair loss condition is called androgenic alopecia. Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women.  As there are so many causes for hair loss, some systemic, traumatic, chemical it is important before any treatment is administered a proper assessment is required.

Trying to keep the hair you have

Treatment is designed to stabilise hair loss and improve the quality of hair; treating the effects or causes of hair loss to try to stimulate the hair follicles to grow stronger, healthier hairs again. With MPB the emphasis is on the DHT effecting the hair follicle and improve blood flow to enhance the nutritional balance of the hair.

DHT suppressants are taken orally in tablet whilst regrowth stimulants are applied topically in lotion form both at home.

There are two FDA medically proven hair growth medications available; Minoxidil and Propecia, the latter being a prescriptive product. The Laser Cap is the third FDA approved treatment that can help to balanced the hair growth cycle and stabilise the thinning process.

You feel you need a stronger hairline and better hair coverage

It has been known for as long as fifty years that genetically strong hair around the sides and the back of the scalp and now the body (donor area,) can be moved to a new area of the scalp (recipient area) where it will behave as if it were still in its original state. The hair transplant is a safe, minor surgical procedure under local anesthetic and sedative usually taking one day to perform.

It should be understood that not all hair transplant procedures are the same, and care should be taken to ensure you understand the consequences of being on the wrong side of a poorly performed hair transplant, not only the growth or the look but also the damage caused to your remaining hair and skin. A hair transplant, when performed to a high quality, is a technically skilled surgical procedure that requires medical and artistic skills learned over years to ensure the required care and attention is given to achieving the best result.

Today there are considered to be two procedures, the Strip Technique (FUT) and FUE. The major difference between Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the Strip Harvesting Technique (FUT) is the method of extracting the follicular units. With FUE, a specialised punch is used to extract the hair from the scalp. The main advantage of this technique is that follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp which expels the need for scalpels and stitching.

Maybe a surgical procedure is not an option

Scalp Micro Pigmentation also is known as SMP is a sophisticated form of tattooing the skin to mimic the look of shaved hair, or on the right candidate, it can add the look of volume and fullness on thin or diffused hair.

Medical grade pigments, micro instruments allow the SMP technician to be able to create thousands of tiny points that even on close inspection cannot be distinguished from shaved hairs.

The technical and artistic ability of the technician is paramount to the quality of the result. Being able to read the facial bone structure of an individual and then design a new hairline that frames the face well without being too aggressive or conservative is an art.  The skill with scalp micro-pigmentation is sometimes less is more, blending the pigment with any surrounding hair to create a seamless look between each.  Even when there is no surrounding hair in cases such as alopecia totalis a skilled SMP technician can create the look of a feathered nape area that perfectly mimics nature.

You may be suitable for one or more of the above hair replacement option and it is important to seek professional advice and start with a personal consultation to assess your current hair loss stage, cause and possible options to tackle your hair loss.

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Is Keeping Your Hair Better Than Restoring It?

Ever feel you are on your own trying to figure out what is the right decision?

Advances in hair loss prevention and transplantation surgery have developed with medical improvements, knowledge, and skills to improve the results available for the right candidates. Developments in medical research and surgical techniques have given the patient restored faith in the field of hair restoration.

Patients´results show that improving Hair Transplant techniques in the field of hair restoration can give a viable option to those looking for a permanent solution to areas of hair loss.

Hair Science

Hair follicles are genetically programmed from birth, the genetic coding determines the behaviour of the hair follicles through life. Anagen is the growth phase of hair and it lasts about two to three years. Telogen is the resting phase of hair growth and it lasts only three to four months.

During the growth phase, your hair can grow up to one inch per month. At the end of the resting phase the hair strands in this pattern fall out and new hair enters the growth phase with the average person shedding from 50 to 100 hairs each day.

Some people have interruptions in their normal phases of hair growth that result in either temporary or permanent hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems, disease, medication, medical treatments, heredity, infection, and nutritional deficiency.

Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) in men and Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) in women

This form of hair loss is passed down genetically from family members, and there is a predestined potential this gene will be inherited by one or more family members.

On average there are 100,000 – 150,000 follicles on the scalp. If there are fewer than 90,000 hairs on the scalp, the hair density is considered thin.

Male Pattern Baldness is a result of a gene in the body that converts large quantities of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone).  In severe cases can manifest in advanced hair loss, leaving only a thin band of hair around the sides and back, known as a “horseshoe”. The female baldness pattern, although can in some cases mimics the male pattern more normally takes the form of diffused loss behind the hairline and over the top of the scalp.

Hair loss stages are categorised in useful guide help diagnose the extent of the hair loss, for both men and women. The Norwood Scale is a classification of MPB for men, from remedial thinning to progressive hair loss. The female version is known as The Ludwig Scale and works in a very similar way to categorise a stage of thinning. The pattern of loss is generally different but again gives a broad overview as to the condition of a person‟s situation.

Planning – treatment or transplant

Before deciding to undergo a hair transplant it is important to research and become educated as much as possible as to your hair loss stage now, and the potential for future hair loss. A hair transplant is not a miracle cure, only the redistribution of hair, and in some cases, not all people are suitable for a hair transplant procedure. A hair transplant and medications can complement each other in providing the best result. It is important to understand that surgical hair replacement without medical therapy may not provide a suitable result.

There are medicated treatments and therapies for the treatment of hair loss, although some are FDA approved with any treatment it must be understood there is no cure and results can vary from person to person, and always consult a specialist before using.

Minoxidil (Rogaine®) is a topical application applied to the scalp twice daily, 1ml each application. Available over-the-counter in 2% or 5% lotion, and now in a foam form, the active ingredient is thought to increase blood circulation locally, acting as a vasodilator.

Finasteride (Propecia®) is a tablet taken daily, and acts by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the cause of male pattern hair loss. It is available only on prescription and cannot be taken by women. It slows hair loss and stimulates some new hair growth, and works more effectively on the crown and mid- scalp than the frontal area.

The most recently approved treatment uses low-level red laser light which stimulates hair follicles, it improves the strength and appearance of hair as well as hair growth. Available in a comb and later in a cap form, used every other day for a period of approximately 30 minutes each session.

No-one has a crystal ball

It would make assessing the chance of progressive hair loss much easier and potentially stop wrong decisions being made, especially in younger candidates wanting to restore low hairlines.

One aspect that never changes when measuring the suitability of a hair transplant candidate is the supply of available hair that can safely be removed from the donor area without creating adverse issues to the hair or the skin. Hair does not grow back it does not regenerate or multiple to make more or new hair so there is a finite amount that can be safely removed. Hair loss can progress to enlarge the surface area of hair loss and as much as possible the supply of hair needs to be able to be carefully spread over this area in a natural way to mimic a normal head of hair.

If you decide to use a treatment first and maintain the hair you have, or maybe opt for a hair transplant because your hair loss stage and pattern  a treatment is not going to give you the desired look and coverage timing is vital as is deciding on the correct hair transplant method for that particular procedure and for the future.

A Consultation is a start to getting the answers to your questions and informing yourself about your options. Look for multiple consultations with a variety of Doctors and Clinics and cross-reference the information to ensure you are receiving the best advice possible.

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Does Scalp Pigmentation Look Real?

A relatively recent hair replacement treatment has gained popularity over the last decade. Head Tattoos, or Micro Scalp Pigmentation, also known by other names is a cosmetic treatment that applies ink to the skin.

The ink or pigment is applied to the skin to change or darken the skins natural complexion. Unlike body art tattoo, scalp pigmentation (SMP) is not permanent and inks can last anywhere between a year and three years or so. The pigment is applied to the dermal layer of the skin so will naturally fade over time.

SMP has become an alternative way to hide hair loss for male pattern baldness sufferers and can also treat unsightly scarring and alternative hair loss causes such as traction alopecia, diffused thinning and alopecia areata cases.

Like any cosmetic technique, it requires skill and expertise to make the ink appear to be natural hairs and design a hairline that matches the individual´s facial bone structure. The concept behind SMP is that by adding the pigment to the skin it blocks the skins natural complexion to resemble shaved hairs from a new hairline to the crown if required. By keeping the surrounding hair short or shaved it is possible to create the look of a good, full head of hair, merely shaved.

The initial applications of the pigment will fade but subsequent sessions will build up the pigment to ensure a solid result is eventually achieved. The pigment, again, unlike conventional body art, is not coloured but a single contrast that can vary in tone from lighter to darker contrast. This is because it is not necessary to match the hair colour but to create the illusion of fullness and density.

Care needs to be taken when designing the hairline to match the individual´s bone structure and create a look that looks natural rather than man-made designer type hairline styles. Full coverage can be achieved in the initial session but will require future sessions to build up the result over the next weeks.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation can also be used on long hair when the person has suffered from thinning over the top of the scalp, also known as diffused hair loss. Although there is full hair coverage the scalp is visible through the thinning hair and by applying the pigment between the hairs adds the look of hair density and fullness.

Alopecia Areata is a chronic hair loss condition that can affect any area of the body, including the scalp, and results in patchy hair loss that can expand to total loss of hair in severe cases. SMP can rebuild the look over the entire scalp, rebuilding hairlines as well as around the back and sides of the head to give the look of a full shaved head of hair without damaging the existing hair from regrowing at any time.

SMP is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, it can be used along with a hair transplant and other hair loss treatments such as minoxidil and finasteride. When the pigment fades a touch-up treatment will be required to rebuild the look of the pigment, these are normally charged on an hourly basis but vary by provider.

The procedure takes roughly three to five hours, depending on the size of the area. Depending on your pain threshold it can be applied with no numbing to the area of a cream or gel can be applied to make the experience more comfortable.

Scalp Pigmentation can help those that do not like the idea of a surgical hair transplant procedure or maybe they are not a good candidate.

Ensure you receive a comprehensive consultation before committing to any hair treatment. Just because SMP is non-surgical it will have a cosmetic impact on your look and it is important that the instruments used, the quality of the pigment and the technician performing the treatment are of the highest quality.

Aspects to look out for is the hairline designs the technician creates and the contrast of the pigment, whether too dark, patchy or does not blend with the surrounding hair. The pigment can be removed but it is not a simple or pain-free process so it is important to ensure you choose an experienced and high-quality Technician to perform your scalp pigmentation treatment.

 

 

 

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