Hair transplantation to regain confidence

Most of us just like health and youth, take our hair for granted until we lose them. Hair loss has different implications for different people. For some it is a means of hiding their baldness by placing the remaining strands of hair properly while for others it means trying out new and different products claiming to facilitate re-growth of natural hair. Loss of hair is a serious issue that often lead to increased anxiety, loss of self-confidence and in some cases even depression.

Some General causes of Hair loss

There are some general causes of hair loss in men and women including;

• Genetics
• Diet
• Stress and tension
• Illness
• Certain medications
• Emotional and psychological stresses
• Improper hair care
• Chronic or severe illness
• Ring worm
• Thyroid disease
• Cancer treatment

Types of Hair loss

Hair loss is of many different types which can be classified on the basis of their symptoms and causes. Some of the commonly observed types of hair loss are the following;

  • Pattern baldness in males and females: this is one of the most common kinds of hair loss which affects almost half of the men by the age of 50 years. It may start in late 20s, or in early 30s and majority of men experience nearly half of hair loss in their late 30s. The causes of femal pattern baldness are not clear. It is more prevalent in women who have been through their menopause period (around 52 years) maybe because of the reduction in female hormones.
  • Alopecia Areata: In this type of hair loss, patches of baldness appear almost equal to the big coin size. Though it can occur at any age but it is most commonly effects teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15-29 years.
  • Scarring alopecia: is a type of hair loss in which the hair follicle is damaged completely. It means that the hair will not grow back again.
  • Anagen effluvium: it is a wide spread loss of hair that can occur at your scalp, face and body. It is commonly due to some medical condition such as a result of chemotherapy. The hair loss is temporary and hair normally grow back after few months
  • Telogen effluvium: in this kind of hair loss, widespread thinning or hair occur instead of specific baldness. The hair may become thinner but there is no total loss of body hair. It can be a reaction to hormonal changes, intense emotional or physical stress, long or short term illness, or due to certain medications. In most cases of this kind of alopecia, the hair stop to fall and will start growing back within 6 months.

There are many factors which can cause male hair loss but genetics play a vital role. In more than 95% of the hair thinning or hair loss cases in men, male baldness or male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is responsible. It can be inherited factor from either of the parent that can affect both men and women. People who have a family history of baldness, prevention of hair loss are of primary concern. Fortunately, now male hair loss treatments are available to deal with the issue, effectively.

Male Pattern Baldness

Androgenic Alopecia is commonly an inherited condition from either mother’s side or father’s family side. Some manifestations of this inherited condition is also called ‘male pattern baldness’. This type of baldness starts with the gradually receding hair line and the hair thinning from the crown of the head. Ultimately, the fading hairlines reach the balding crown. This gives a horse shoe like appearance to the pattern of hair on the head with hair only around the back and sides of the head.

Causes of Male Pattern Baldness

There are three main factors that influence the male hair loss. These include;

  • Having genetic tendency towards baldness
  • Ageing
  • The strong presence of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone.

The men who have hair follicles sensitive to DHT, the rising levels of DHT in the scalp cause a gradual shrinking of hair follicles. As a result of this the hair that grows become gradually thinner and loses it pigmentation time with the passage of time. In addition to this, the growth period of the hair become short which entails that the individual hair loses its chances of growing to full length. Finally, the some of the hair follicles die and the hair that remains will appear like peach fuzz. The interesting thing is that DHT does not affect the hair follicles on the sides and lower head back. This is why the hair is not lost in these regions of the head.

Norwood Classification

This condition usually begins in men around the age of late 20s and early 30s following this typical pattern of baldness. The most common classification used to refer to male hair loss is Norwood classification. Almost 98% of the male hair loss can be classified according to this classification;

Hair Treatment

Though there are numerous factors which cause female hair loss, but like men, the most common factor is genetics. Just like men, in women, the cause of hair loss is an inherited condition referred to as androgenic alopecia. The hair thinning in women can cause female baldness. This can be a very distressing and emotionally draining situation. But there are female hair loss treatments that can be effective in treating the condition.

Androgenic Alopecia

Like men, androgenic alopecia is inherited by women from either mother’s or father’s family side. Usually, the hair loss in women starts after menopause but it’s also been known to affect the women during puberty. The common result of androgenic alopecia is the thinning of hair that is more prominent on the top of head.

The main cause of female hair loss may be the declining estrogen levels. Before initiation of menopause, estrogens prevent the androgens from turning into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). After menopause begin, more androgens start to convert to DHT that place adverse effects on the hair follicles in women who are genetically vulnerable to this type of female hair loss. Women have a diffused hair fall as compared to men which follow a distinct pattern.

Ludwig Classification of Female Baldness

In women, the hair loss has been classified according to the Ludwig Classification which can help to understand the female hair loss in a better way.

Hair Implants

At CosmeDocs, we have highly experienced Hair Restoration specialists who have complete understanding of the underlying causes of male and female hair loss and your concerns about the hair loss treatments. After careful examination and assessment of your condition, they give you their professional and expert advice pertaining to the appropriate hair loss treatment option. The treatment may vary from individual to individual depending on the underlying causes and extent of hair loss.

Though there are number of treatment options available for hair loss but at CosmeDocs we specialize and offer only highly effective, proven and tested hair loss treatments. Our experts formulate an individualized hair restoration plan in accordance with your causes and extent of hair loss. Here are some of the highly effective hair loss treatments that we offer to our clients at CosmeDocs clinic.

Non-surgical Hair loss Treatment

Non-surgical hair loss treatments have gained increasing popularity among people suffering from hair loss. However, it is very important that you understand, before choosing any kind of hair loss treatment, that the huge variety of hair loss treatment products which make big claims to bring back your lost hair, are neither clinically tested nor is there clinical evidence to prove their effectiveness and their ‘ miracle cure’.

As there are many different causes of hair loss, it is of crucial importance that the causes of hair loss should be understood and the treatment should be based on those causes. At CosmeDocs, we provide our clients with the medically proven hair loss treatments based on their specific causes that not only prevent hair loss but also facilitate growth of natural hair.

We offer you hair loss treatments based on these causes but our hair restoration treatments are definitely not limited to only these causes;

  • Traction Alopecia
  • Genetic
  • Chemical damage
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Hormonal

We highly recommend that you book a free consultation session with our Hair Restoration Specialist who will give you an appropriate advice regarding your causes and condition after careful examination and assessment of the hair loss. An individualized hair loss treatment plan will be tailored to address your specific issues.

Surgical Hair Loss treatment

Surgical hair restoration treatments have been in use for the past 50 years. but with advancement in medical science and research, they have tremendously evolved and now can give completely natural growing hair.

Our experienced and expert Hair transplant surgeons will provide you guidance about the surgical hair loss treatments available according to your underlying causes and extent of hair loss. They will recommend which surgical hair replacement treatment will suit best to your condition.

The most commonly used surgical hair transplant options available are;

  • Micrografting or FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) or Strip surgery
  • FUE ( Follicular Unit Extraction)

Micrografting or FUT

In this surgical hair transplant procedure, the hair from the healthy patches of the head is transplanted into the bald spots. The healthy hair is removed from their place and is implanted into the bald areas where they start growing naturally as normal hair.

This process of micrografting can be viewed as re-arranging the healthy hair into the bald patches of the head. The area from which the hair is taken is the ‘donor’ while which receive the hair is ‘recipient’. In males, generally the donor area is the horse-shoe pattern around the lower side of the head. The healthy growing hair are taken from the donor area and implanted into the bald or recipient spots.

For this purpose, very tiny incisions are made into the recipient area of the head and these follicular units taken from donor are carefully placed and evenly to gradually cover the entire bald area. The implanted hair in the recipient area will start to grow naturally.

In some cases, more than one surgery may be required to achieve the desired outcomes but it largely depends on the type , extent and progression of baldness as well as the texture and type of hair.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction Method)

It is one of the most interesting, innovative and advanced hair transplant treatment in which small number of surgeons have specialisation and expertise. At CosmeDocs, we are proud to have Hair Transplant surgeons who specialize in this particular technique and they also have a membership of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery.

Unlike FUE, this method of hair transplant is less invasive as it can be done without the use of scalpel and causes no scarring. This is an ideal hair loss treatment for men who wish to keep short hair. If a patient has less progressive hair loss, it gives brilliant results.

Some limitation of FUE technique

FUE hair loss treatment has some limitations. Firstly, there should be enough donor area to meet the needs of recipient area. Secondly, it may not be possible to extract the hair follicle from other body part and implant it on the head because the hair of body may differ from the head hair especially in case of Afro-Caribbean hair origin.

Will it prove to be a miracle cure?

Surgical hair loss treatments are not a miracle cure but they can give you considerably natural looking and good results. Patients should have realistic and practical expectations from the hair loss treatment sessions. It is important to keep in view that the success of the hair loss treatment depends largely on the availability of quantity of hair available for transplantation and on the area of transplant. To achieve good results, large number of follicular units as well as multiple sessions may be needed.

Treatment Procedure

In this technique of hair transplant, the healthy hair follicles are extracted from the body areas where there is abundance of hair growth such as back of head, chest or even back. Then these hair follicles are planted at the areas on the head where baldness or thinning or hair has occurred. It is a highly effective hair restoration technique that can also be used for improving the Micrografting method if the hair loss is of advanced stage.

Results

As it is a minimally invasive hair transplant treatment with a very little downtime. The results of this treatment are the naturally growing and natural looking hair. To most of the patients local anaesthesia is given and they can return to their normal routine activities the very next day.

Side Effects

The common side effect is slight numbness that can occur in the recipient or donor area but it is temporary and will subside in few months following the treatment. Other less common side effects may include infection, scarring and re-growth of coarse hair.

Cost

The cost of surgical hair loss treatment depends largely on the area of treatment and the type of treatment. The surgeon will better be able to tell about the total cost of hair transplant treatment in initial consultation. For further information check our price tab or contact us directly.

The before and after picture clearly show the difference. In the before pictures, the patients have complete or partial baldness. You can see a growth of natural looking hair in the after pictures of patients after receiving the hair transplant treatment.

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Who is the right candidate for hair loss treatment?

If there are patches of baldness on your head along with hair thinning and significant hair loss, then you may be a right candidate for hair loss treatment. A person should have enough hair in donor area to cover the baldness in the recipient area.

I am a woman having a problem of hair loss, can I choose hair transplant surgery?

Yes, you can if it is too severe. The surgical hair loss treatment has become increasingly popular among both genders due to its effectiveness, minimum scarring and natural results.

Is there any age limit to have hair transplant?

Clients of age 21 and above can undertake the surgical hair loss treatment.

Is a surgical hair loss treatment painful?

No, because mild sedative as well as local anaesthesia is given during the treatment to minimize discomfort and pain. You may feel pulling and tugging of hair on your head but it will not be exactly pain.

How long does the hair transplant surgery takes?

The time duration of the surgery depends largely on the size of the area which requires hair transplant. It can take from 3 hours to 10 hours. In some cases, the client may be asked to return for the next treatment session with a one month gap required for recovery.

Is there a possibility of again losing hair after the hair transplant treatment?

No, it’s not possible because the newly transplanted hair is not affected by any of the causes of hair loss or baldness. However, some of the clients may experience a ‘Thermal Shock’ that is a reaction to surgical hair loss treatment. But this is normal and will not place any effect on the growth of transplanted hair.

Will it leave any scarring?

There will be very minute incisions which will become invisible once your hair grows normally.

Are there any risks involved in hair transplant surgery?

The surgical hair transplant is highly effective with minimal pain and risks involved. It gives the desired outcomes to most of the clients. But as it is a surgical procedure, it has some risks involved associated with surgery. However, you need to worry as all your concerns will be answered in the initial consultation session with the surgeon.

When will the new hair start to grow?

After you have the hair transplant surgery, growth of natural hair takes almost 3 months. At initial stage, the newly implanted hair will look thin but with the passage of time they will grow and become thicker giving a more natural look.

Will hair transplantation become noticeable by other people around?

No, they will not until and unless they know you had baldness. The hair transplantation surgery gives completely natural looking and growing hair which are not possible to distinguish from remaining natural hair.