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Even though hair loss is not some kind of disease that affects our ability to carry on with regular activities, many people (especially men) are seriously concerned when they notice the signs of hair loss. According to some statistics, around 65% of men experience hair loss (at least to some degree) by 35, and this number is significantly higher in men over 50 (9 out of 10). (1) There are people who believe that this is just an aesthetic issue, but men dealing with hair loss know that hair loss can trigger some strong psychological issues.
There are many different hair loss treatments today, but the follicular unit extraction (FUE) and the follicular unit transplant (FUT) are considered to be the most advanced treatments. This is the main reason why the best clinics like Baruch Hair Transplant Centre offer both surgical procedures. Now let’s highlight the benefits of these hair loss treatments.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
FUE or follicular unit extraction is a unique hair transplantation technique in which a surgeon collects hair from the so-called donor area, one follicular unit by one. (2) When we say donor area, we mean the area at the sides of the head and at the back of the head.
There are many different advantages associated with FUE. For instance, this method allows patients to shave their hair to a #1 cut. This is something that you can’t expect from FUT. Of course, another great advantage is that FUE provides a very natural appearance. Even though both procedures will leave scarring, the scarring in follicular unit extraction is scattered all over the scalp making it less visible. In other words, there is no linear scar once the procedure is finished. Just like any other surgical procedure, FUE requires some recovery and healing time. The good news is that this healing lasts just a few days. Complete recovery is over in about ten days. It’s also worth mentioning that FUE guarantees low postoperative discomfort. You can leave the clinic once the procedure is over.
Follicular unit transplant (FUT)
FUE and FUT are not completely different. Follicular unit transplant is a little bit simpler. It relies on intrusive techniques – the doctor cuts a strip of tissue from the patient’s scalp. After that, they cut this tissue into many follicular units. Finally, the doctor creates special holes in the areas that are affected by hair loss and places these units.
The main advantage of FUT is the high quality of transplanted hair because it comes from the healthiest parts of the head. In addition, harvesting surgery is conducted in a very short period of time. Finally, the fact is that the new hair is more stable and less prone to falling out.
As you can see, both Follicular unit extraction and follicular unit transplant come with certain advantages. By consulting a professional surgeon like the ones from Baruch Hair Transplant Centre, you should be able make the right choice.
Many people with hair loss – both men and women, are likely to be good candidates for hair transplant surgery. But before any of this can happen there are a few things which need to be taken into consideration before surgery.
What to consider:
- Your expectations
- Hair texture
- Contrast between hair colour and skin
The biggest and most important consideration to start with is being realistic about what this surgery can achieve. If you only have a minor amount of hair loss, then there is a very good chance that you will get the results you want.
On the other hand, if your hair loss is at an advanced stage then you are unlikely to have sufficient donor hair to cover your bald areas. If this is the case, then the surgeon may recommend that you choose an alternative such as a non-surgical hair transplant rather than have patchy results.
The aim is for a flattering and natural looking head of hair and not one in which there are bald patches next to your donor area. Age is another factor: male pattern baldness advances over time and the older you are the greater the amount of hair lost. You will also find that the surgeon will want to assess the progression of your hair loss.
The texture of your hair is also important as thick, coarse, curly hair tends to work best. It looks more natural and covers the scalp better than fine hair. If your hair is fine, then you will need several transplant sessions in order to cover your bald area.
Even people with thick, curly hair often find that they require more than one session.
But if you have thick, curly hair then your rate of coverage of your scalp will be double or even triple that of someone with thin hair. The amount of coverage will depend upon the number of follicular units placed in your recipient area (bald area) and the number of sessions.
It is usual for 2,000 to 3,000 follicular units to be placed in a single transplant session.
Note: a ‘follicular unit’ means a donor graft or strip that contains 2,000 to 3,000 hair follicles which will sprout new hair once they are implanted.
Don’t forget about the contrast in skin (scalp) colour and the colour of your hair. If your hair colour is a good match with the colour of your skin, then your hair transplant will look natural. What you don’t want is a situation in which other people notice that you have undergone a hair transplant due to the marked difference between your skin and the colour of your hair.
For some people this is the deciding factor between having surgery or not. The aesthetic side of things is just as important as other reasons. After all, someone’s hair is often the first thing we notice when we meet someone and you want your hair to look healthy, natural and at its best.
Something else to think about: if you have a ‘low hairline’–in other words, your hairline sits low down on your forehead then you will require more grafts than someone with a ‘high hairline’.
Your genetics will play a part in the type of hairline you have. A younger person may prefer a low hairline but if you have inherited a high hairline then this is what you have to stay with.
A positive aspect of a high hairline is that you will need less hair transplanted than someone with a lower hairline.
Is there a situation in which someone doesn’t need a hair transplant or is not suitable?
Yes: if someone is prone to problems with scarring, for example, is likely to develop thickened, red scars called ‘keloids’ or is prone to poor wound healing. In this case a hair transplant may not be a good option.
If the surgeon feels that your donor hair is not suitable for transplantation or that you are un-realistic about the results of the procedure, then he/she may advise you to look at an alternative.
Hair transplant surgery does work but keep in mind that once baldness has started it is likely to continue so plan ahead for this.
You will have been given a set of instructions to follow before your surgery. These may vary according to the type of procedure, e.g. follicular unit transplantation (FUT) but whatever form they take they must be adhered to.
They may include the following:
- Stop smoking at least 24 hours before surgery. Smoking can affect wound healing and also affects your recovery so stop or if you are unable to then put it temporarily on hold until after your surgery.
- Do not have alcohol in the three days before your surgery. It is better if you have your last alcoholic drink a week before your surgery.
- Don’t have a haircut before your surgery. It is important to let the donor area grow so that there is enough for the transplant. Plus, it will cover the stitches following your surgery.
- Massage your scalp about a month or two weeks before your surgery. Do this for a minimum of 10 minutes per day or a maximum of 30 minutes if possible. This will help to soften the skin and improve the skin tone. It will also get the blood flowing in that area.
- You will have to take medication such as Minoxidil (trade names Regaine, Rogaine) before surgery although this depends upon the degree of hair loss. This may not be required if the surgery is confined to the vertex (crown) of your head. You may be advised to take antibiotics beforehand to prevent the risk of infection. These may also be prescribed after the operation.
- If you are over a certain age, for example 45 and above then some clinics may ask you to undergo tests such as an ECG beforehand. You may also have a blood test.
- Stop taking aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication two weeks before your surgery.
- Avoid taking anti-depressants, beta-blockers and blood thinning drugs two weeks before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of what medications you can and cannot take beforehand.
- Stop taking any multivitamin/mineral supplements or herbal supplements such as Gingko Biloba two weeks before surgery.
What happens after the surgery?
You will be given a set of post-surgery instructions to follow on the day of your operation.
It is a good idea to book some time off from work following this surgery. Your head will be sore and swollen and there will probably be some pain so allow yourself time to recover from this and to let the treated site heal.
Try and arrange this before you go for your operation.
As regards the hair transplant surgery this depends upon which method will be used. There is more than one technique for transplanting hair and these are discussed individually in our hair transplant surgery methods section.
Each method includes a description of the procedure, the benefits and the risks.
DON’T STRESS YOUR SCALP…. Care for your hair!
You are most-likely aware that having Bariatric or Gastric Bypass surgery DOES cause you to experience “some” type of hair loss as you lose weight so rapidly. You’ve heard the rumors, and they are TRUE to the point that you WILL LOSE some hair… but you will not be bald in the least! In all of my years attending a support group, NEVER have I seen one bald person yet! So rest assured that although you DO lose “some” hair, it won’t be all.
Let’s simplify this topic by putting it in a question/answer format:
Q: Why do we lose hair?
A: As a pre-op person, you used to consume between 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day. But once you have the surgery, your caloric intake is drastically reduced to a mere 300-600 calories a day. This puts the body in an “emergency” mode as it thinks something is terribly wrong, and it begins to focus ONLY on supporting the vital organs that will sustain life. Hair has never been under the category of a “life-sustaining” organ; therefore, the body puts the hair on the back-burner until it is sure that the body is going to be okay enough to again send nutrients to the hair.
Q: When does hair loss begin?
A: It normally will begin anywhere from one month after surgery and last until about 6 months after surgery. Of course, this can begin during the third month or even extend beyond the sixth month. It varies from person to person.
Q: How much hair is lost?
A: Some will jokingly tell you that they could build a cat out of all the hair they lost, but that is not true. While you will notice some handfuls come out as you wash your hair in the shower, see more than normal in your comb or hairbrush, and perhaps even see some on your pillow when you wake up in the morning — this is nothing to be alarmed over. IT WILL STOP FALLING OUT once the body begins to feel that life is “normal” and it will trust that it’s okay to send nutrients to the hair again. Be patient and know that it DOES STOP in time.
There ARE some TIPS that will help you NOT experience so much hair loss, however…..
DO NOT wear a hat, scarf, head bands, tight ponytail or anything similar that will pull or tug on the follicles of your hair. Pulling and pushing on the hair weakens it when it is already eager to fall out. Avoid these items for at least the first six months after surgery.
DO NOT stress the hair with hot treatments such as hairdryers, curling irons, or hot rollers. Stand in front of a fan to dry your hair in a hurry and use good hair products to create some style if you want. Sprays are okay too. Even hair colour is okay IF you do it sparingly rather than the standard automatic every 6 weeks. Try to go 8 weeks in between hair colouring. Perms are a bit more stressful, though some have had success doing them. You’ll have to judge this for yourself as you evaluate this for yourself. You can always be confident in asking your hairdresser about it if you are not sure.
DO TRY a new hair style. As heavy people, we often relied on our hair’s BEST looks to draw attention away from our extra pounds. But as you are losing, people aren’t noticing your hair anymore… they are noticing the pounds falling off, which is a perfect time for you to consider totally changing your hair style IF it will help you manage it better and also keep more of it on your head. Long hair is a heaviness on the head, which does stress and pull at the hair follicles. So perhaps a shorter style would help your delicate hair stay ON the head. Just as your body is experiencing a “makeover”, why not consider your hairstyle as well…. Especially if it will help you KEEP more hair?
DO TRY a product called Minoxidil that you can purchase from www.yorkshirehairreplacementclinic.co.uk. It’s a two-step (AM & PM) product that helps cancer patients keep more of their hair as it falls out. It strengthens the follicles. I personally used this product, and I fully believe it helped more of my hair stay attached than what might have happened had I not used it. I noticed a remarkable difference when I used this product. And I can tell you that others also have similar testimonials on this product.
DO TRY to remember that your hair is only falling out temporarily and it will soon STOP and STAY ON again! Some people have experienced that their hair soon becomes healthier than they’ve ever had before! Sometimes the texture even changes….
BOTTOM LINE: Have a GOOD ATTITUDE about your hair… take care of it, pamper it, and you’ll find that you’ll be out of that FALLING OUT Zone shortly! Today’s hairstyles ARE more relaxed, and with the right cut, you’ll look just as glamorous as a celebrity! Don’t despair….
We are “Ending Hair Loss – Changing Lives
Hair loss is a common problem amongst all the men and women. Many of the women of our society are facing the problems of hair loss and even going almost bald. The cause may be any but sometime it affects the confidence of women more in comparison to their male counterparts. Hair of a woman is the important asset to make her healthy and gorgeous. For many of the women hair problems are not only a biological setbacks but a part of self-esteem too.
The root cause of hair loss in women is not genetic but it is related to several other metabolic problems like, pregnancy, stress, chemotherapy, crash diets / anorexia, thyroid hormone deficiency, major surgery, sever infection or high fever. Hair loss in female due to above mentioned factors is normally temporary, so if you are facing hair loss and at the same time going through any of the above mentioned ‘trauma’, don’t be panic, keep patience, take prescriptions and precautions and after all a diet rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Definitely your hair will grow again and as healthy as before.
The pattern of hair loss in females is completely different from males. While males go bald, the baldness in females is rare. The normally occurring pattern of hair loss in females are found as thinning and lessening in shaft hair diameter around the forehead and crown of the scalp. The pattern is more to be found in females in the forties. This pattern may also found in the females with the beginning of menopause. According to clinical trial and statistics, about 13 percent of females experience hair problems before menopause while this number is alarmingly high, about 37% for post menopause.
As a female grew old, the intensity and level of a hormone called Estrogen drops in her body. The estrogens blocks the steroid hormone pre menopause, which results in low level of DHT. Post menopause the level of DHT in females rises and some time it is so high that it causes hair problems.
Amongst commonly occurring post menopause hair problems are decline in hair growth, thinning of hair and general effluvium. As a female enters into her 80’s, the follicle shrinks completely and hair growth stops.
The very reason of hair problems in women after post menopause is the reduction of estrogen in the body. The different estrogen opposes androgens and makes themselves unavailable for the cells, by blocking androgen receptors.
Opposing estrogens reduces heavily at onset of menopause but androgens remain available to the hair follicle and stem cell that is converted to DHT.
Major Causes of Hair Loss in Females
The most common type hair problems diagnosed in females is Androgenetic alopecia inherited. However, this is most common cause of hair problems in males as well. Androgenic alopecia in females is seen as hair thinning which means the number of hair on female head heavily reduces. Since the reason of hair loss varies individual to individual and hence proper medical help is of utmost importance.
Some other common causes of hair problems of females are mentioned here:
- Alopecia areata– This is patchy loss of hair from the scalp. Sometime eyebrows and other hair bearing parts begin losing hair. This type of hair loss is considered to be due to autoimmune.
- Traction alopecia– This type of hair loss occurs because of continuous traction pressure on hair follicles. Sometime this may occur because of tight braiding or corn – rowing of hair.
- Trichtotillomania– This type is supposed to be cause of stress or result of some other psychological disorder.
- Telogen effluvium– This is associated with poor nutrition, drugs and stress.
- Loose anagen syndrome– This disease is more common in fair haired ladies. This is the situation in which bunch of hairs drops down while combing, shampooing, etc. Normally the scalp hair comes out very easily and this lessens the hair density on your head.
- Triangular alopecia– In this situation hair around temples lost.
- Scarring alopecia– This type of hair loss in females is caused, when one goes through some type of physical trauma etc. Sometime traction alopecia introduce to scarring alopecia
Best Hair Loss Products. So if you are a female and suffering with hair loss problems, go for professional medical help, take a diet rich in nutrition and prevent hair loss.