Hair thinning and hair loss can greatly affect a man’s confidence and it thought up to 50% of men will have experienced some level of hair loss (the primary cause being male patterned baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia) before the age of 50. At Juvea Surgical, our expert hair restoration consultants are able to work with you to achieve a natural yet effective result in our Harley Street centre.
Male patterned baldness causes hair follicles to produce thinner, shorter hairs rather than healthy hairs. Over time, these hair follicles produce finer and shorter hairs or die out altogether which is when hair loss becomes apparent.
Male patterned baldness is related to the following factors:
Genetics: Being predisposed to hair loss can be passed on be either parent. Just because your father is bald it does not necessarily mean that you will be, but the chances are higher.
Hormones: Dihydrotestosterone (known as DHT) is the hormone connected to hair loss. It decreases the length of the hair’s growth cycle causing the hair shaft to become smaller with each cycle.
Age: In addition to genes and hormones, hair loss occurs when hair follicles are exposed to DHT over a period of time but the age at which this happens can vary.
On the day of your treatment you will arrive at the clinic first thing in the morning and your practitioner will shave the donor area at the back of your head before numbing the area with local anaesthetic. This will ensure you feel only minimal discomfort at worst. A punch removes hair follicles individually (up to 7000 hairs) after which these hairs replanted into the treatment area, in the same direction of hair growth as the surrounding hair to give a natural-looking result.
The main difference between FUE and the strip technique (also called Follicular Unit Transplantation, or FUT) is in the extraction process. The implantation process is similar, but extracting the donor hair for FUT involves the doctor excising a strip of hair and tissue from the back of the scalp. This strip of hair is then dissected into individual follicular units by technicians and placed in the thinning areas. This FUT method requires a longer period of down time (up to a month) and more post-operative care and a higher chance of infection.
The FUE technique at Juvea Surgical is not a painful treatment and requires only local anaesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment- some patients say it feels like a mild rubbing sensation. Following your treatment, the area will be slightly red but this is completely normal and subsides in a couple of days. This method requires much less downtime than the strip technique hair transplant which can take a month to heal and needs post-operative care.
This depends on the number of hairs needed and will take no more than one day however if you are having a large number of hairs transplanted you may choose to spread this over two days.
The great thing about this treatment is that you will see the outline of your new hairline immediately following your procedure and hair then begins to grow normally. Sometimes the transplanted hair begins to shed after a few weeks, but this is normal and the hair will grow back stronger. Results can be seen from four-six weeks following the hair transplant and our experienced specialists usually advise full results can be seen at around six months.
Results of this treatment at Juvea Surgical are permanent.
The risk of infection is very low as the incisions made are so minimal. There will be minor swelling and redness after your hair transplant which will subside within a couple of days.
Follicular Unit Transplantation, or FUT) is in the extraction process. The implantation process is similar, but extracting the donor hair for FUT involves the doctor excising a strip of hair and tissue from the back of the scalp. This strip of hair is then dissected into individual follicular units by technicians and placed in the thinning areas. This FUT method requires a longer period of down time (up to a month) and more post-operative care and a higher chance of infection.
To be a good candidate for an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant you would need some degree of hair growth at the back and sides of your scalp, as this is the ‘donor’ site for the area requiring hair. Improvements can be made even with a limited donor area- your expert Juvea Surgical hair loss consultant will be able to best advise you during a consultation and with use of a special magnifying tool your doctor can measure the degree of hair loss and pinpoint donor areas.