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Coping with hair loss

No matter the cause behind hair loss, it can be an emotionally distressing experience. Even temporary hair loss can be difficult to cope with, due to the toll it can take on a person’s self-esteem – and although many people associate hair loss primarily with older men, it can affect anyone of any age.

Why does hair loss affect our self-esteem?

Whether we realise it or not, our hair does affect our appearance – anyone who has ever ended up with a disastrous haircut can vouch for that. As a result, when people start to lose their hair, it can change the way that they see themselves and have a serious impact on their self-confidence.

Culturally and historically, a thick head of hair has been synonymous with youth, attractiveness and good health. This beauty standard still pervades, so hair loss may lead people to feel unattractive when they start to lose their hair. This is particularly true for women, whose hair is often considered their crowning glory. In fact, a study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that women are more likely to develop a negative body image as a result of their hair loss compared to men. However, 75% of men also reported they felt less confident about themselves after starting to lose their hair.

It’s not just concerns about self-image, either – many people who experience hair loss may worry about how they are perceived in the workplace, or by romantic partners, as they worry that they will no longer be considered attractive by others.

Can hair loss cause depression?

Hair loss can cause emotional trauma, and the subsequent impact on self-esteem and self-worth can be linked to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. In turn, some of the behaviours associated with depression – such as poor sleeping habits, a poor diet and increased alcohol intake – can make hair loss worse, making it a vicious cycle.

Coping with hair loss

If you are struggling with hair loss, you don’t need to suffer in silence – there are a number of ways to cope with hair loss.

Temporary hair loss

If you are experiencing hair loss caused by factors such as medication, pregnancy or weight loss, remember that the chances are it’s only a temporary form of hair loss known as telogen effluvium. Even if large amounts of hair fall out, the hair usually will grow back – although it can be hard to cope with, remember that it won’t last forever. It may be worth visiting your GP to check if there are any factors contributing to your hair loss.

Talk to someone

For anyone who is struggling with their mental health, it’s worth seeking treatment – there are plenty of professionals who will be able to support you through it. Talking therapies may be especially helpful if you’re finding that the emotional impact of hair loss is getting in the way of your daily life. Speaking to a professional about your struggles can teach you strategies to improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Surgical and non-surgical treatments

There may be no magic cure to hair loss, but there are plenty of treatments available to help restore your hair. From medications such as Propecia and Finasteride, to non-surgical scalp micropigmentation, all the way to permanent solutions such as hair transplants, there is sure to be a treatment to suit you.

Crown Clinic has been working with hair loss patients for years, offering them support and guidance to find a treatment that will work best for them. If you’d like to book a consultation to find out how we can help you, get in touch.

The body goes through many changes during and after pregnancy. Some are welcome – like the thick head of hair many women find they develop during their pregnancy – and some are slightly less welcome. One change that many new parents are unprepared for is postpartum hair loss.

Thankfully, postpartum hair loss is usually only temporary, although it can be distressing – here’s everything you need to know about postpartum hair loss.

What causes postpartum hair loss?

During pregnancy, the hormones are constantly fluctuating. By around week 20, many women notice their hair looks thicker and healthier than usual, which is all thanks to those pregnancy hormones impacting the hair growth cycle, making it stay in the growing phase for longer. This means that less hair sheds than normal, giving a fuller appearance.

However, after birth, the level of oestrogen in the body suddenly drops, causing the hair loss to resume. As you have retained so much hair during pregnancy, it can look like a significant amount has been shed. This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium.

How long does postpartum hair loss last?

Postpartum hair loss generally starts soon after the birth, usually peaking at around three to six months after. For many women, it’s only temporary hair loss – after the initial shedding, the hair will grow back as normal.

Can postpartum hair loss be avoided?

Unfortunately, there’s no certain way to prevent postpartum hair loss, as it’s a normal and natural part of pregnancy. However, there are ways to deal with it to make it easier to handle. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is key – minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin A and iron, are known to support hair growth.

Be extra gentle with your hair, washing it only when necessary and wearing it loose whenever possible. Avoiding hot tools like hairdryers and hair straighteners, as well as chemical-based treatments such as dyes and perms can also help to preserve your hair until the shedding stops.

Should I see a doctor about postpartum hair loss?

Postpartum hair loss is normal, and most cases will resolve itself after a few months. If the hair loss seems particularly severe – for example, if it is falling out in large clumps – or if it is still persisting after around six months, it may be worth visiting your GP to put your mind at ease.

Hair extensions are a popular choice for anyone looking to add more volume and length to their hair. However, despite their ability to make the hair look thicker, they can actually be harming the hair in the process. Whether they are clip-in extensions or something a little more long-term, like micro-ring extensions, they still pose a risk to the hair and scalp.

Over the past few years, we have noticed a steady increase in the number of patients – primarily women – presenting with traction alopecia as a result of wearing hair extensions. Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by repeated pulling on the hair around the same area. As well as hair extensions, traction alopecia can be caused by wearing the hair in tight hairstyles.

Why are my hair extensions pulling out my hair?

Hair extensions are attached right at the root of the hair, so the constant tension around the area of the scalp can rip the hairs out. Over time, this repeated damage to the follicles may become permanent, meaning no new hairs will grow in that area.

Unlike other types of alopecia, traction alopecia only affects the areas of the scalp that have had tension directly applied. It usually starts as small bumps on the scalp, before progressing to balding or thinning areas, typically around the front or side of the scalp.

What are the worst types of hair extensions for your hair?

It’s worth noting that if incorrectly applied to the hair, any type of hair extension can be damaging. Glue-in hair extensions can damage the real hair if not placed correctly, as the glue can cling to the real hair and may pull it out when the extensions are removed. Sewn-in extensions – also known as a weave – can put significant stress on the follicles, as the real hair needs to be braided tightly before the hair extensions are attached.

If applied by a professional, micro-ring hair extensions are a less damaging option as they do not use glue or harsh chemicals – however, the rings can slip down the hair, so be wary of this. Clip-in extensions are a temporary solution that most people use for one-off events rather than repeated use, which minimises damage, but if worn regularly these may also damage the hair and scalp.

Will the bald patches from my hair extensions grow back?

In many instances, traction alopecia is reversible – but it does need to be treated quickly. If you notice any itching, soreness or redness around the scalp, remove your extensions as soon as possible. Wear your hair down as often as you can and avoid applying heat to your hair, to give it the best chance of growing back.

How do you prevent traction alopecia from extensions?

If you must get extensions, only get them fitted by a reputable hairdresser who is fully trained in fitting that particular type of hair extensions. Ideally, wear clip-in extensions that can be removed quickly and easily if you begin to feel discomfort.

Hair Transplant Surgery

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 

 

Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 

 

It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 

 

Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 

 

If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase. 

When it comes to hair transplants, there are two pioneering techniques that are most commonly performed: Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). Both are incredibly effective hair restoration techniques, with a few key differences. 

 

Which is better, FUE or FUT? 

 

We often hear patients asking which is the ‘better’ hair transplant technique – FUE or FUT. The simple answer is, there’s no ‘better’ technique! When you have your hair transplant consultation, your surgeon will assess your hair loss, as well as your medical history and lifestyle factors, to decide which technique will suit you best and yield your desired results. 

 

What’s the difference between FUE and FUT hair transplants? 

 

There are several differences between the hair restoration techniques, but in the simplest terms, during an FUE transplant, individual follicular units are removed from a donor area, usually at the back of the scalp. These units are then carefully transplanted in the balding parts of the scalp. An FUT transplant is similar, except a strip of hair containing thousands of hair follicles is removed instead, to be transplanted into the thinning area. 

 

What are the benefits of FUE surgery? 

 

One of the key benefits of FUE surgery is that it results in minimal scarring, as the individual grafts that are excised during the procedure are very small. If you wear your hair shaved or very short, FUE only leaves tiny, dot-like scars that are barely noticeable. The surgery doesn’t require stitches that will need to be removed either, which is a bonus. 

FUE is also a slightly less invasive surgery, which means the recovery time is often faster, so you can get back to your daily life sooner. However, it’s worth noting that the surgery itself will take longer, due to the hair grafts being removed individually.  

 

What are the benefits of FUT surgery? 

 

As FUT surgery involves removing a strip from the scalp, the procedure is faster, which means it is a cheaper option than FUE surgery. That’s not to say the results aren’t as impressive – both types of surgery will leave you with natural-looking regrowth. FUT is often recommended for people with extensive hair loss, as a large number of grafts can be transplanted in one procedure. 

There is typically a higher chance of scarring after an FUT transplant, but in the hands of a good surgeon, the scarring will be minimal. Plus, once the hair has grown back in, it will be totally unnoticeable. Because of this, FUT surgery can be a great option for anyone who wears their hair longer. 

Above all, hair transplants require a large amount of technical skill to make sure they are indistinguishable from natural hair growth – something that Crown Clinic prides itself on. If you’re wondering which type of hair transplant would be best for you, why not book in for a consultation?  

Hair transplants are an increasingly popular procedure, boasting an impressive success rate that leaves patients with the hair they have always dreamed of. However, you may be surprised to hear that hair transplant aftercare is as important as the surgery itself when it comes to the final result. 

One of the many reasons why Crown Clinic advises against undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey, is that there won’t be a proper aftercare procedure in place. Once you have left the country, it becomes much harder to follow up with the clinic if you have any concerns – unfortunately, the wellbeing of patients is of little interest to these clinics. 

 

Why is hair transplant surgery aftercare important? 

 

After your hair transplant, you must be extremely careful with your scalp, to minimise the risk of infection, scarring or even disrupting future hair growth. This means that in the weeks following surgery, there is advice you need to follow to make sure you’re giving the newly-transplanted hair the best chance to thrive. 

 

Hair transplant aftercare 

 

Following your hair restoration surgery, we would recommend taking 7 – 10 days off work after the procedure, if possible – although if you have a manual job, 14 days would be advisable. You’ll also need to make sure that, amongst other precautions… 

You sleep with your head elevated on 2 or 3 pillows for the first few days after surgery. 

You avoid strenuous exercise for the first few weeks. 

You regularly spray your new hair grafts with saline solution before you are instructed to start gently washing your hair. 

It might sound like a lot to consider after your hair transplant surgery, which is why Crown Clinic offers a helpful guide to get you through the first few weeks post-surgery. It offers a day-by-day post-operative calendar to advise you on how to look after your new grafts in the first 10 days, as well as in-depth advice on how to care for your scalp. 

Plus, the guide explains any potential side effects that you may notice after your surgery – most very minor – and how to treat them at home. However, the team at Crown Clinic are happy to discuss any concerns you may have after your hair transplant. 

Some patients panic when the new hair sheds a few weeks after the surgery and worry it’s to do with improper aftercare – but please note this is usually normal and it will grow back. It takes around 4-6 months after the hair transplant for the hair to start to grow, although it can take longer, so patience is key. 

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Hair Loss FAQs

Although the bald look may work for the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and heavyweight hardman Tyson Fury, for many people, baldness can feel like a curse. 

For centuries, scientists around the world have searched for a cure, confident that they would stumble on a breakthrough discovery – but a miracle solution still evades them. It doesn’t mean there will never be a cure for hair loss, but for now, there are plenty of options for people who are struggling with it, from temporary solutions such as wigs and hair pieces, to hair loss medications and hair transplants

There are many causes behind hair loss, for both men and women. Hereditary hair loss, determined by our genes, is the most common cause of hair loss for all genders. Other common causes include ageing, Alopecia areata and hormonal imbalances. 

The short answer is yes, hair transplants really do work! The principle of hair transplants is the same as any other type of transplant – however, as the tissue is coming from your own scalp, it won’t be rejected. 

The hair is taken from a donor area at the back of the head, before the follicles are surgically implanted in the recipient site and maintained by the constant blood supply to the scalp. The hair will keep the same characteristics as the rest of the patient’s hair and will continue to grow – so it should be no surprise that around 50,000 people undergo hair restoration surgery every year. 

Proper aftercare is a very important part of the hair transplant process, so you must adhere to the instructions provided in your care plan to ensure optimum healing. Crown Clinic has a very detailed aftercare plan that gives you day-by-day instructions to make the process as easy as possible. 

In terms of hair growth, the donor hair should shed within around 14 – 28 days of the surgery, before the new hair growth commences after approximately 4 – 6 months. 

As with most minor surgery, hair transplant surgery can cause discomfort. However, it is conducted under local anaesthetic so the procedure is painless, and a minor sedative may also be issued. Patients can watch a film or read a book during their surgery – many patients actually find they are so relaxed that they fall asleep! 

The standard period of time is five days post-op, but this will be discussed with your consultant when planning your tailored aftercare plan. 

The initial outlay of a hair transplant is more expensive than other temporary solutions, but as it is permanent, it is much more cost-effective in the long run. We understand that it can be a significant sum to pay upfront, which is why Crown Clinic offers interest-free finance for hair transplant surgery. 

This depends on the patient’s specific hair type and requirements. At your hair transplant consultation, your hair density will be assessed along with the size of the restoration area to determine the number of grafts needed to create your ideal look.