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Understanding Women’s Hair Loss

For women, beginning to lose your hair can be particularly stressful. Crown Clinic understands this and has provided some expert guidance and potential solutions, to help make the situation less stressful. Speak with a member of our team today if you would like more advice and support, we’ll be more than happy and assist. No matter what age or time in your life hair loss happens, it can severely affect your confidence.  Unfortunately, there is an extra stigma attached to going bald for women. It affects the way you look and can be damaging to your self-perception. For many women, it drastically affects relationships. It can also cause them to become less sociable and change how they approach everyday life. Everything from your work-life to taking exercise can become an ordeal. This is an entirely normal and understandable reaction. However, there are ways of coping.

Throughout this potentially stressful time, there are a few things you can do to help yourself. 

Visit a support group: A great way to find support when suffering from hair loss is a support group. Here you’ll be able to meet and socialise with other people that are suffering from alopecia. 

Talk to friends and family: Be open about your issues with family and loved ones at the earliest stage possible. Talk about the stress and concern that you are undergoing. This will help to lighten the burden somewhat, and the support your friends and family can offer will help you to feel better about yourself. 

Purchase a headscarf: research the potential for disguising or covering your hair loss with a headscarf. Many stores stock a range of scarves, and there are some very stylish designs available. 

Try a wig: If your hair loss is hard to cover up (around 50% hair loss or more), or your hair loss is a result of cancer treatment, you may be eligible for a wig on the NHS.

Treatment for Hair Loss 

A treatment that has been used to some success is minoxidil. Many users have seen gradual improvements resulting in reduced loss and thicker-looking hair. However, there are some drastic side effects to be aware of. These include severe scalp irritation, unwanted growth of facial hair, chest pain, fast heartbeats, swelling in your hands or feet, rapid weight gain, feeling lightheaded and faint, headaches, dizziness, confusion and flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling). If the side effects persist, please contact your doctor immediately.If you’re interested in undertaking this treatment, it’s essential to speak to your local GP or a dermatologist. They can advise you on the right approach. 

Avoid Miracle Cures 

When suffering from hair loss, it’s important to be aware of how best to deal with the issues you are facing. Part of this means being educated on the countless ‘snake oil’ and scam products out there. Please note, there are no miracle cures for female hair loss.

Different Types of Hair Loss 

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Around 7 in 10 women that are 70+ experience it at some point. However, there are many types of hair loss. It may be that the hair is gradually thinning or that there is a complete loss. It may happen quickly or could take place over several years. It can be genetics taking their course or can be a result of extreme stress, a medical condition or treatment.It is widely understood that hair loss is a side effect of chemotherapy. A lesser-known fact is that women can lose hair for up to 3 months after childbirth. 

Hair Transplants for Women

The latest approach to hair transplants will restore your hair, re-imagining your hairline using your natural, growing hair. Once the procedure is complete, and the hair has grown back, it needs a minimal amount of maintenance. Patients can happily go about washing and cutting their hair as they did before. Regaining the confidence and carefree attitude they had before they began losing their hair. Such is the quality. Even your hair hairdresser is unlikely to be able to see any sign of you having any work done. 

A typical procedure includes the following steps:

The incision to remove a donor area (crop of hair-rich skin) from the rear or side panel of the scalp. 
This is then used to create microscopic follicular unit grafts, each containing as few as 2 or 3 hairs. 
The surgeon then takes the microscopic grafts and places them into the bald or thinning area of the scalp. This is an incredibly delicate procedure so as not to displace any existing follicles. 
Immediately after the procedure, patients are advised to rest and allow the hair transplant to form. A few hours later, you will be able to leave, though it is recommended not to drive yourself. 
After around 24 hours, small crusts will begin to show on the grafts. The hair will then start to shed over the next 2-4 weeks.
The grafted hairs will start to grow 16-20 weeks after the procedure and will continue to grow for most, if not all, of your life.

An essential part of hair loss treatment for women is looking ahead. If you’re keen to learn more about hair transplants, it’s advisable to arrange a consultation and speak to an expert about potential timelines. Dr Shahmalak is an experienced surgeon. He will guide you through the procedure and happily answer any of your questions. 

To arrange a consultation contact us today on 0345 2 100 300

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 

 

For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.