What Causes Male Hair Loss?
In most cases, hair loss in men results from male-pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, which is a genetic trait from your parents. In other cases, medications, illness, weight loss, iron deficiency or stress can lead to sudden, heavy shedding of hair.
Male-pattern baldness can begin as early as your teenage years, but more commonly occurs in adult men and the likelihood increases with age. Genetics can also play a large role in regards to male hair loss. Men who have close relatives who are balding are at a higher risk, which is particularly true when their relatives are on the maternal side of the family.
Male-pattern baldness is caused by the hormone testosterone being converted to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicles to shrink. Subsequently, hair growth slows down or sometimes stops altogether.
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Is it Possible to Slow Down Male-Pattern Hair Loss?
There’s no cure for male-pattern baldness, however, some medications can slow it down. You can buy over-the-counter treatments which you apply to your scalp, such as Minoxidil which is FDA approved. It slows the rate of loss and helps some men grow new hair, but once you stop using it, hair loss returns.
At What Age Should I Consider a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant should only be considered in a patient when hair loss has stabilised. Patients can consider hair transplant surgery once they have turned 18 or older.
You can contact us here at Enhance Hair Restoration where our surgeons can advise as to the best course of action for your situation.
What is Involved in a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant or restoration is a procedure in which a surgeon moves hair from a donor site, usually at the back or side of the head, to a bald area of the head. Hair transplants typically occur in a medical office under local anesthesia.
What Kind of Hair Restorations are Available?
Doctors at Enhance Hair Restoration perform surgical hair transplant procedures known as Follicular Unit Transplantations (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extractions (FUE).
Hair restoration surgery isn’t always the only choice for revitalising your natural hair, there are options for non-surgical hair transplants, however, hair restoration surgery is the only permanent solution.
What is involved in FUE hair transplant surgery?
FUE hair transplant surgery is the process of taking hair follicles, typically in groups of one to four hairs, from your scalp and moving them to another part where hair’s thinner or absent. FUE hair transplant surgery gives a less intrusive method to patients as an alternative to the visible linear scarring that occurs with the traditional strip method. The procedure is completed during a single visit, which means less discomfort and less recovery time, and uses your own hair to produce the most natural results.
What is involved in the FUT method of hair transplant?
A FUT method of hair transplant, also known as strip harvesting or strip procedure, is where thousands of hair follicles are collected by removing a strip of hair from the back or sides of the scalp. The donor strip is then placed under a microscope and is dissected into individual follicular units of one to four hairs.
The surgeon will make tiny incision sites in the scalp ready to insert the new hair grafts which will help to restore a natural hairline and reduce the appearance of balding. These hair follicles come from you, so they shouldn’t be rejected by your body when the procedure is complete.
In some cases, patients are not suitable for a FUE Hair Transplant surgery and are offered the FUT method of hair transplant as an alternative.
How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?
At Enhance Hair Restoration each patient is treated as an individual, so the cost of a hair transplant varies. Each patient is presented with a customized plan but prices typically start from £3,000 to £7,000 depending on the type of procedure and the amount of grafts needed.
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What are the Side Effects of a Hair Transplant?
Due to progressing technology, hair transplants are becoming safer and less invasive. However, it is still a medical procedure that involves anaesthesia and surgical micro-incisions, so there are some small risks of hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplant side effects are rarely painful, but it’s common to have a tight, achy or swollen scalp for a few days with some temporary scabbing where the hair was transplanted.
Hair transplant side effects are short term and a typical recovery process should be quite simple and easy to manage. If any adverse side effects occur, our trained specialists are always available to help with any concerns.
Nowadays, more and more people are looking for hair transplants. FUE hair transplant surgery and FUT method of hair transplant will continue to give patients the confidence a full head of hair can offer. Get in touch with one of our consultants at Enhance Hair Restoration for the start of your hair restoration journey.