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Six myths about hair transplants

You read a lot these days about 'fake news'- stories that gain great traction in the media which are deliberately concocted and are untrue.

There is a lot of fake news about hair transplantation. We thought it would be helpful to guide you through some of the myths about procedures.

Crown Clinic is one of the very best hair transplant clinics in the world. Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak is respected globally for his expertise carrying out FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplantation) procedures.

We write this blog to provide clear and accurate information about hair transplants and shatter some of those myths which can cause confusion in some potential patients and lots of unnecessary worries.

Here are six of the most common myths about hair transplants.

1 Hair transplantation is not suitable for elderly patients.

This is a myth – as long as you have healthy donor hair, there is no reason why you cannot have a hair transplant if you are at an advanced age – over 70, 80 or even older. If you feel that a hair transplant might improve your self-confidence and make you look better, just remember that age is no barrier.

2 Hair transplants only work on men

Another myth – around 10% of the clients at Crown Clinic are women. Around 40% of women suffer hair loss at some point in their lives. Mostly this is temporary hair loss – for instance during pregnancy – and the lost hair grows back, so there is no need for the sufferer to have a hair transplant. But other women have naturally very thin hair or suffer from permanent hair loss – female pattern baldness – and they can benefit from a hair transplant in much the same way as men.

3 A hair transplant gives you an immediate result

We would love to say that this is true but unfortunately hair transplantation does not work quite like that. The fact is that in the first three weeks after a hair transplant, a lot of the newly transplanted hair drops out. This is entirely natural and nothing to worry about. The root of the new hair will be established in the balding area and this new hair will grow back again. But the patient may not see the full benefits from a procedure from between six months and up to a year after the initial surgery. Patience is definitely a virtue when it comes to hair transplantation.

5 A hair transplant helps a patient to grow new hair

We would love this to be true as well but sadly it is not. A hair transplant does not create any new hair – what it does is move hair around the scalp so that a balding area is boosted with additional hair from an area of the scalp where there is an abundance of hair. In virtually all cases, male pattern baldness happens on the top of the scalp. Even the baldest man tends to have a permanent horseshoe of hair around the back and sides of the scalp – this is where the donor's hair is taken from. Most men have easily enough hair on the back and sides of the scalp to provide donor hair for at least three transplants (around 6,000 transplanted hairs) without anyone noticing that hair has been taken from the back or sides of the scalp for the transplantie you do not need to worry about creating a new bald spot in harvesting the hair for a transplant. 

6 Washing your hair too frequently after a hair transplant can result in additional hair loss

Another myth – immediately after a hair transplant patients need to be careful that they do not displace any of the new follicles. We ask that they sleep upright for the first few days after a procedure and they wear a buttoned-up shirt rather than sweater which is removed by pulling over the head (this movement could also dislodge the new hair).

But you can shampoo your hair as often as you like a week or so after the procedure. In fact, we recommend that you do so because it is important to keep the treated area clean to avoid infection.

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.