Hair Restoration FAQs
There are some cases where we have provided hair transplant surgery over an extended period of time. This can be useful if you want to treat your condition in stages so that there is no major cosmetic change throughout the process. Multiple sessions mean that there will be very little evidence that you’re undergoing any type of procedure.
It’s up to you whether you want to extend the duration of your treatment, or go for longer sessions that will cause cosmetic changes in the interim. The most noticeable aspect of your surgery will be shaved sections of hair in the donor areas.
We generally advise a wait time of up to six months before shaving your hair after a treatment. Medium length hair for men is an ideal style after a transplant, and in women the advice will vary. Your situation will be unique, and we’ll be able to let you know all of your options in an initial consultation. Please be aware that a transplant could mean that the nature of your hair changes, so you may need to adjust your styling technique.
If you suffer from dandruff, you don’t need to worry about it interfering with your hair transplant procedure. Dry skin and hair loss are not mutually exclusive.
There are no age requirements or limits on treatment. Sometimes transplant may be an option in your late teens. In some cases, we’ve performed hair transplants on patients who are over 80 years old. The right time depends on your own hair and the progression of any hair loss. In many cases, early treatment with a drug like Propecia can delay the need for a transplant, or may even mean that you don’t end up needing surgery.
Propecia is not prescribed for women suffering from female pattern loss, due to its mechanism being targeted specifically for the male physiology. However, in rare cases where a woman is suffering from male pattern loss, Propecia may be used and supplemented with other medications.
There’s no obligation to use Propecia, and the choice is ultimately up to you. In some cases, hair transplant may be the only treatment that you need. If hair loss is not progressing at a fast rate, then we may even recommend that transplantation be your sole form of treatment. Again, it depends on your unique situation, and we’ll be able to tell you more in a full consultation.
You may already wear a wig, and may wish to do so after your treatment, until your hair has regrown to your liking. This is a possibility but there are risks involved. The method of attachment will need to be designed so that it does not cause damage to regrowing hair. We’ll let you know in a consultation what your options are.
A complete procedure can be completed within four hours. Sometimes it may take longer if the number of grafts is extensive. We provide plenty of rest time to break up the sessions, and to reduce any fatigue that might occur. At Nowigs, we’re not simply about making up the numbers, so you’ll never feel rushed and will be treated with respect and the utmost professional care.
Surgery itself is not a cause of hair loss, but it may sometimes aggravate air that is already fragile and waiting to shed. We can mitigate loss of existing hair by starting a drug treatment before the procedure, and you’ll be able to find out what’s required after your initial consultation wen your hair is examined.
There are no rules set in stone, and situations where transplant is not possible are unique and rare. A medical illness could make you ineligible for transplant, and a lack of donor hair would also mean that a transplant is not possible. Because we have a number of treatments available, you will always have options and we’ll present you with all of them, including supportive information that helps you to make the right decision.
This is the question that almost every patient wants to know. The short answer is, yes, it’s possible. The long answer would be that it entirely depends on your unique scenario.
Drug treatment can prevent further hair loss while making existing hair healthier, and when combined with surgery, could mean a full head of healthy hair. If there’s not enough donor hair available, then a full head of hair will not be possible, but you will have options in the form of specialist hair pieces or even micropigmentation treatment.
Even when a full head of hair can’t be achieved, the results are often natural and life changing. A balding male can gain a significant amount of confidence and personal satisfaction, even when recovering just half or two thirds of their youthful hairline. As you’ll find with almost any medical or cosmetic procedure, every case is unique. We’ll design the best method of treatment for you, while being transparent about any expectations that you should have.
As professionals in the medical and hair restoration industry, we can tell you with confidence that hair transplants do work, and modern developments in technique can allow for particularly impressive results. Learning more about hair transplants will help to instil confidence in anyone who is sceptical, or who simply wants to know more about the process.
In a basic sense, hair transplantation is surprisingly simple. Balding is identified, donor hairs are carefully removed from an area that is abundant with healthy hair, and the individual strands are implanted into the affected areas. While some might assume that the process creates new hair, the reality is that the hair is coming from somewhere else on your body, so you do lose hair in another area. Donor sites are carefully selected so that a good balance is found. It is important to find hairs that are compatible in terms of physical characteristics, which is why head hair is preferably replaced with hair from another area of the head. In some cases, body hair can be used on the scalp, but will only be suited to certain hairstyles or used in conjunction with micropigmentation treatment.
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