Harley Street Hair Transplants

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Hair transplantation is one of several treatments designed to combat hair loss or thinning. It works by moving areas of skin containing hair follicles to the bald/balding area and implementing these by skin grafting. Although the most common function of transplantation is to counter male pattern baldness (the balding occurring in men that spreads from both temples), it can also be used for eyelashes, eyebrows and beards.

Procedure

For surgery, the hair is first thoroughly cleaned with shampoo. Hair follicles which are genetically resistant to balding are selected and the hair around them is trimmed. This is known as the donor area. The patient is then administered anaesthesia. Next, the donor follicles are surgically removed, the area is sutured and the hair is combed back over. Surgical incisions are then made in the balding area at irregular intervals in order to accurately represent the arbitrariness of nature, and the donor follicles are inserted. Although the skin will heal rapidly, the hair is liable to all fall out; this is known as ‘shock loss’. It does however return in two to three months. There are various hair transplantation techniques used by diferemt surgeons and clinics.

Patient suitability

There are many factors to be considered when judging who makes a suitable patient for this treatment. These include the quantity and quality of donor hair, skin complexion and texture and colour of hair. The only way to find out if the operation can be properly undertaken is for the patient to first consult a doctor about it. It might even come to light that there is a different hair treatment more suitable for the individual available.

Risks

There are several risks involved with hair transplantation. After shock loss there is a chance that, following a poor operation, the hair will simply not grow back, or it will grow back overly sporadically and either necessitate another operation or leave complete baldness as the only aesthetic option. Even if shock loss does not take place, there is the slightest probability that a similar problem will occur. Infection can occur at the donor site, but most surgeons will either give the patient antibiotics before the operation, or afterwards if they notice a problem. In a few cases the surgeon might deem it necessary to perform multiple operations over a period of time to achieve the desired effect, which will increase the cost.

Advantages of Harley Street hair transplants

The quality of hair transplant surgeons varies immensely as do the results of this treatment. This is why a reliable Harley Street hair clinic may be a good option. The latest in follicular transfer technology is available and this allows for a more natural look, any doubt about the patient’s suitability for it. It is always advisable to inform the doctor of the patient’s medical history before this procedure, and at Harley Street surgeons work to ensure that all steps are taken to compensate for this background and prevent any of the aforementioned potential side-effects. Harley Street doctors may endeavour to complete the procedure in a single session, rather than prolonging the operation and increasing the price.


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