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The 7 most common questions about hair loss procedures answered

Crown Clinic’s surgeon Asim Shahmalak sees dozens of potential patients each month who are considering a hair transplant – either a FUE (follicular unit extraction) procedure or the more traditional FUT (follicular unit transplantation) procedure.

As with any cosmetic procedure, some patients decide to go ahead with the hair transplant and some decide it is not for them. These same questions crop up at most consultations either at Crown Clinic HQ in Manchester or our consulting rooms in Harley Street.

1 What is the most important decision I need to make before embarking on a transplant?

That is an easy one to answer –  your choice of surgeon is the most important consideration. You need to pick one who is respected in the cosmetic surgery industry and who is a member of a recognised trade body. The British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS) recognises all the most respected surgeons in the UK. If your surgeon is a member of a body such as this, you are in safe hands. Dr Shahmalak is a BAHRS member. Be very wary of any clinic which is not a member. They may well be run by sales people who put generating business before the best interests of their patients.

2 Will it hurt?

This is one of the big fears that patients have prior to surgery. No surgery is not without any element of pain – whether that be the administering of the anaesthetic or recovery post-surgery when there can be mild swelling. We can report the experience of most patients at Crown Clinic who tend to watch TV during their procedures on the screen we have in our operating theatre. Some are so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.

3 How noticeable will the scarring be?

Around 80% of patients opt for a FUE procedure. This is where individual hair grafts are removed from the back and sides of the scalp and replanted in the balding areas. FUE patients have noticeable red pin pricks where the donor hair is harvested and the transplanted hair is replanted for a few days after the procedure. There is no noticeable scarring beyond that. The minimal scarring effects is why FUE has far overtaken FUT as the most popular form of hair transplantation in the last five years.

With FUT, the donor hair is extracted by surgically removing a strip of skin from the scalp – from which the grafts are extracted under a microscope. These grafts are replanted in the balding areas in the same way as FUE. The removal of this strip does leave a lined scar on the scalp. However. it is not particularly noticeable if you wear your hair relatively long, like Crown Clinic patient Christian Jessen, the TV doctor. If you like to wear you hair short or shaved at the back and sides, FUT is not for you.

4 Do patients like to have the same procedures of celebrities like Wayne Rooney and Calum Best who have both had hair transplants?

Yes they do. Five years ago, 80% of Crown Clinic patients opted for FUT procedures and only 20% chose FUE. FUT is cheaper because it is less labour intensive when it comes to removing the grafts.  There has beena major shift in the last five years as more patients copy the likes of Wayne and Calum Best and other Crown Clinic patients such as the former footballer Didi Hamann, Chris Butland-Steed from Gogglebox and Martin Roberts from Homes Under The Hammer who all had FUE transplants at Crown Clinic.

5 How long before the signs of growth are visible?

Immediately after the transplant, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is nothing to worry about. The key factor is that the new transplanted hairs are happy in their new home. Once the roots are established, the transplanted hair grows back. This can take up to three or four months.

Once this process starts, you will really see the benefits of the transplant. It can take anywhere between six months and a year for all the new hair to grow back. All patients can see the full benefits of their transplant after a year.

6 How long will I need to rest after a hair transplant?

Dr Shahmalak recommends that patients take a week off from work following their transplant. You will be in and out of the clinic in a day but it is best to take it easy for a few days so that the transplanted hair can get established. Avoid going to the gym or strenuous exercise and wear button-down shirts rather than pull-overs which can dislodge the grafts when pulled over the head.

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.