Did you know that a whopping 40% of men will suffer from noticeable hair loss by the time they’re 35? That’s almost half the male population!
So, it’s not surprising to hear that hair loss treatment is in high demand. If you’re starting to go bald and want to do something about it, never fear because you’re in the right place.
Throughout this blog post, we’ll focus on your options for keeping a full head of hair.
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
For those of you who don’t know, a hair transplant is a relatively popular hair loss treatment.
It involves a minimally invasive surgical procedure where hairs are taken from a donor area of your body (typically elsewhere on the scalp) and transferred to the bald patch.
A hair transplant provides a permanent and natural looking solution to hair loss and is usually a cost-effective treatment. To be a good candidate for a hair transplant, you should have a healthy scalp and adequate donor grafts.
What Does the Surgery Entail?
A hair transplant can be done using one of two methods:
- FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
- FUHT (Follicular Unit Transplant)
The FUE involves extracting individual hair follicles from the donor area and then transplanting them over to the bald patch. This option doesn’t leave much scarring.
However, you should expect a few tiny holes in the donor area during the immediate aftermath of the surgery. They should heal within a few days.
Plus, in comparison to FUHT, the recovery period after surgery is a lot less.
You may be interested to know that the following places can be used as donor areas for FUE surgery;
- Upper chest hair
- Scalp hair
Alternatively, a FUHT hair transplant requires a surgeon to extract a strip of hair follicles from the donor area and then transplant them into the bald patch.
Needless to say, the surgeon will dissect individual hair follicles during the process.
This kind of surgery can leave a linear scar where the strip of hair follicles was removed. Additionally, your options for donor areas are limited to the back and sides of the scalp.
Plus, patients tend to complain of tightness and a general feeling of discomfort for longer after FUHT hair transplant surgery than in comparison to the FUE.
So all in all, if you’re able to opt for an FUE hair transplant, we recommend doing so.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Procedure?
If you decide to go ahead with this form of hair loss treatment then you can (typically) expect the following;
- The necessary clinicians will check your medical history
- You’ll have a scalp examination
- The necessary assessments and plans for your surgery will be made
- An initial counselling session (regarding all aspects of your surgery)
- Notes will be taken as to the specifics of where the hair will be transplanted as well as your donor area.
Obviously different clinics will vary, but the above outline is a standard course of events.
What Happens After Surgery?
The day after your surgery, your clinician will remove your bandages and wash your scalp. Approximately ten days after your surgery the clinician will remove your scabs.
You should notice your hair starts to grow in the transplanted area within around four months. You can expect completed growth from anywhere between eight and twelve months later.
What Else Can I Do to Stimulate Hair Growth?
We understand that hair loss can affect your mental health. It’s no wonder that Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), (an excellent men’s mental health charity) has opened up about the issues surrounding baldness. So much so, they’ve dedicated an entire section of their site to advising men on how to cope with thinning hair.
We get you want to do everything you can to keep hair on your head. A hair transplant might be a little too extreme for you still. If you still have hair, there are a few other things you can do to try stimulating hair growth.
A Scalp Massage with Nourishing Oils
Not only is a scalp massage a great way to relax and unwind but it also improves blood flow to your scalp. This encourages the necessary nutrients for hair growth to get to your hair follicles and to start working their magic!
Almond and coconut oil are both excellent choices if you’re hoping to stimulate hair growth!
Eat Healthy Foods
You may not realize it, but your food choices impact your hair’s health. So be sure to maintain a balanced diet, so you get all the nutrients you need to promote hair growth.
For example, protein is essential but don’t eat this to excess because it’ll encourage hair loss if you overeat it! So, the lesson here is to eat everything in moderation.
In addition to making sure you get enough protein, be sure to take in plenty of iron-rich foods. These include:
You get the idea!
Be Kind to Your Hair
This one may sound obvious, but you need to be kind to your hair. If you’re bleaching or dying your hair to combat greyness, you’re exposing your locks to harsh chemicals.
Naturally, this can make your hair increasingly brittle and thin, leading to broken and damaged hair prone to baldness.
These chemicals will also inevitably seep directly into the scalp, potentially damaging the follicles and thereby affecting hair growth.
Are You Interested in Hair Loss Treatment?
If hair loss treatment interests you then you’ll probably find our frequently asked questions on hair transplants helpful. Please feel free to check them out!
Alternatively, if you have any questions about this subject, please feel free to reach out and contact us. One of our team of professionals will get back to you as soon as they can. Talk to you soon!