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7 Things to Expect After Hair Transplant

 

Hair is an important aspect in defining a person’s personality and a feature that can either boost or bust his confidence. This is why some guys are willing to pay an arm and a leg to restore their locks when faced with the threat of baldness. However, a leap into surgical hair restoration is no easy feat and it’s good that you found your way here and educate yourself on what you are in for. Here are seven of what you need to take care of.

Sitting is recommended

Any trauma that results in a break in the skin’s integrity can lead to some amount of swelling. Inflammation is a natural response of the body as part of the recovery process. It is sort of a way for the body to protect itself after injury or surgery.

During the initial stages of recovery, maintaining an upright or semi-sitting position can help reduce the swelling faster. You may also elevate your head with at least two pillows when you sleep. Managing the swelling can help improve healing time and will make it progress faster.

Pain is a possibility

Each of us has different pain thresholds and unfortunately, painful twinges can still be felt even days after surgery. Typically, the donor and recipient site will do well a week after surgery, but it is also true that nerves awaken and the fluid under the skin will relocate resulting in a throbbing discomfort.

Surgeons have their own instructions with regards to pain management. Some would advise that moderately massaging the donor region with vitamin E can improve the painful sensation. Extra strength acetaminophen or Ibuprofen is widely common in easing the pain. However, if the intensity of the pain increases, it is best to contact your doctor.

FUE (follicular unit extraction) is deemed to heal faster than FUT (follicular unit transplantation). Some tenderness up to two weeks after surgery is common with the more invasive FUT, however, it may be a cause for concern with FUE. Generally, levels of discomfort decrease over the following days after the procedure.

Shock loss

This phenomenon is something that should be discussed with your surgeon during consultation. It is where the natural or transplanted hair shed off after a hair restoration procedure. It is not specific to either FUT or FUE since it can possibly occur with both techniques, but it is more common in the recipient area. The reason behind it is the trauma, either physical or chemical trauma, or both.

If you are experiencing shock loss, the hair typically begins to grow back around 2-4 months in the new growth cycle. Around 99% of shock loss cases are temporary with an average return time of three months. However, there is a caveat, if the patient had miniaturized hairs on the area where the shock loss is happening, then that hair might not grow back. This is because miniaturized hairs are already on their way out and shock loss because of trauma only sped up the process.

Healing time varies

The healing time for a hair transplant surgery generally follows a certain timeline. However, it is also true that there is no hard and fast rule on how we recover. It is normal for some to heal much faster than others, while some may encounter problems along the way. These differences are either caused by your biological makeup, your post-operative aftercare technique, or the surgeon’s surgical technique and expertise.

Usually, patients would sport a full growth around the tenth or eleventh month after surgery. If you are growing as much as the next guy, know that there are other factors that may come into play. Don’t immediately raise up arms thinking that you have been short-changed. Full growth may take a year, while others might even start to notice it during the 24th month.

You might need more than one session

As mentioned earlier, every patient heals differently. This is the reason why some patients need more than one session. In these cases, the surgeon would assess the hair growth after the initial procedure, before deciding on whether a second one is necessary. This is part of the individualized care that can be expected from a reputable surgeon.

The extent of hair loss would also affect the number of sessions that you need to undergo. This is common in those who have extensive or an advanced form of hair loss. If you prefer an FUE procedure, this would usually require more than one session to achieve the desired result.

These secondary procedures may also be considered touch-ups to cover areas that may still be affected by the progressing hair loss. Therefore, some surgeons advise other patients against hair transplant too early on, as they prefer to perform the procedure after the hair loss has stabilized.

Risks are always involved

Every surgery comes with risks. Anything that involves breaking skin integrity means opening yourself up to the possibility of infection, bleeding, and prolonged healing. There is also a good chance that you could get a bad result.

The good news is that the circumstances that surround these risks are all controllable. It comes down to preparing your body, choosing the right team, and never selling yourself cheap to dubious practices. The question is, are you willing to increase these risks or improve your chances for success? From there, you make the effort accordingly.

It’s not just your hair you restore!

Although this is not an assurance, a new hairline or better hair density is not the only thing that you get out of the procedure, because you regain confidence as well. The reason why success is not a certainty is because the result relies on several factors that all come into play. If you want to meet this expectation, you need to put in the effort to prepare for the procedure. When done properly, this surgical option can leave you with highly satisfying results.

More people are more open to a hair transplant now due to the advanced techniques and devices that increases your chances of getting a natural-looking result. If they like to be discreet about it, people can come out after recovery feeling more confident because studies show that most men can’t even notice a hair transplant.

Take these into consideration while you plan for your hair transplant. For professional advice in Sydney, come to Dr. Daood of the Sydney Hair Transpant Clinic. Book your consultation today, here.

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Superfoods for Hair Loss: Eat your way to hair regrowth

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You don’t have to blame entirely your parents for your thinning mane. It turns out, it is not only genetics—our diet and certain lifestyle choices can also tell whether we’re down the balding road or not.

According to the International Hair Restoration Society, people who are tied to typical eating patterns or married to restrictive diets may have a higher risk of hair loss. This is because these kinds of diet do not guarantee the presence or right amount of essential nutrients such as Zinc, protein, Biotin, and iron which are crucial to maintaining healthy hair follicles so hair growth occurs.

Thankfully, nutritionists and hair loss researchers have teamed up to list down ‘superfoods’ that alleviate and prevent hair loss. What’s more surprising is, you don’t need to make your way to a specialty store to stock-up these nutrient-packed munchies! You may even have them in an arm’s reach.

Let’s have a closer look at how ‘super’ these food items are when it comes to treating and regrowing your thinning mane:

 

Spinach

On your next trip to the grocery store, stroll to the vegetable section for a bag of spinach. Spinach, not only Popeye’s go-to food to bulk up but also can be your go-to superfood to load up nutrients for your hair follicles.

According to the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, spinach is listed as one of the remedies to treat alopecia. It is rich in iron, protein, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C which enables the body to balance out hormones and to produce essential oils in the scalp. These natural oils condition the scalp which eventually lead to increase hair growth.

 

Sunflower (Oil & Seeds)

Those pretty sunflowers are not just there to light up your Tuscan-themed brunches but they also work wonders for inducing hair growth. You may want to start to stock up a bag of sunflower seeds and a bottle of sunflower oil. Did you know that sunflowers seeds are rich in Zinc, vitamin E, oleic acid and vitamin B6? These nutrients strengthen your hair strands and improve oxygen and blood flow while sunflower oil’s emollient properties condition the scalp, making it a viable environment for your tresses to grow.

There’s something to remember, though. If you’re using its oils for cooking or garnish, be careful with the amount that you put in because as much as it is celebrated for its heart-friendly fats—the monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, it contains a hefty amount of calories. A tablespoon alone has 184 calories. Just like other healthy fat sources, like avocado or virgin coconut oil, it should be used in moderation to reap up the benefits without setting yourself up for unwanted weight gain.

 

Eggs

Your locks may want to thank those early morning sunny-side-ups and tasty quiches.  Did you know that our hair is made up protein fibers called Keratin? The nutrients found in egg, mainly protein, Sulphur, Zinc, and vitamin E bring back the health from the roots of your strands, making it possible for a healthier regrowth.

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Fortunately, according to the Dietitians Association of Australia, a typical Aussie diet is basically protein-packed.  However, Aussies still needs to be careful on choosing their protein sources as others have are burdened with saturated fats. And these are our least favorite type of fats, right?

 

Black Raisins

If you are suffering from hair loss, you might be iron-deficient. Iron is vital for hair health and growth because it helps in the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the red protein which assists the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Moreover, having a good circulation is crucial to stimulate our hair follicles and encourage hair growth.

Aside from other nutrients such as calcium, vitamin K, magnesium, and anti-oxidant properties, iron can also be found in black raisins. A small box of raisins contains 0.8 milligrams of Iron. According to Nutrition Australia, women are recommended to consume 18 milligrams of iron daily while men should have at least 8 milligrams. The Australian health organization also noted that because of this higher iron requirement, women may have higher risks of being iron-deficient than men.

Adding these black iron gems in your diet can positively affect not only your tresses but your health in general as well. Why not have it as a snack or as toppings for your baked goodies? Weight-watchers do not need to worry, black raisins don’t raise a red flag as a mere box contains low-fat content—as the perfect post-workout snack!

 

There you go. These are some of what you want to be adding to your list the next time you stroll to the supermarket. Moreover, these foods are versatile ingredients, thus, they would perfectly complement the recipes you’re already used to.

Although these hair superfoods may be one of the answers, there’s no really definite time when to see our desired results because each hair loss case is different and other lifestyle factors may be playing out as well. It may take some time to restore hair’s natural cycle before you can finally bring back your ‘crowning glory’. For some, it would take years. But don’t lose hope! What some people do is, they complement their nutrient-rich diet efforts with exploring other hair loss solutions such as medications and hair transplants.

Each of the available hair loss solutions has its own pros and cons. However, based on the recent statistics, hair transplants seem to be the choice of the many to address what seems like a perennial problem.

The 2015 data from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery reported 1,055,480 patients who have undergone hair restoration procedures, lording over the figures of the year 2006 with 645,281 patients.

Behind every successful transplant procedure is a careful assessment of the root cause of the problem and the right treatment for it. The nature of our scalp, our hair follicles, diet, lifestyle and our biological reaction to certain substances are different. This is why it really pays to never cut corners and treat our problem as special from others. Reputable and competent surgeons and dermatologists are very aware of this matter and they will have you prepare enough for the operation to ensure no complications will occur.

You should not be perennially obsessed with hair loss problem. Let’s explore the available solutions suitable for you so you can finally toss out those horrific wigs and toupees and enjoy a fuller, thicker hair! Book a free consultation and talk to us!

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Female Vs Male Hair Transplant

Men and women lose hair in different ways, this is why treatment are also catered to their specific needs. Hair transplant, which is considered the last resort when it comes to restoring hair, have to be personalized to create an aesthetic outcome that is appropriate for the male or female profile. Before you head out to your first consultation, here are the facts you need to know about a female and male hair transplant.

Hair loss in men and women

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Androgenetic alopecia or pattern hair loss is an inherited condition that can affect both male and females. The reasons may be similar but it progresses differently.

Both male and female hair loss is caused by an increased sensitivity to male sex hormones. Testosterone, which is also present in certain amounts in females, becomes DHT or dihydrotestosterone when it comes in contact with a certain enzyme. It is discovered that DHT is the culprit behind male pattern hair loss, although it also possess certain beneficial effects to other parts of the body.

DHT causes the hair follicles to thin, shrink and then eventually shed. But what is unique about this type of hair loss is that it takes on a certain pattern, hence the term, pattern baldness.

It is in the pattern that the hair loss progress that men and women differ. Guys start to lose it from their front hairline. It starts to thin and regress towards the center of the head forming an inverted M or a U. For women, hair loss starts at the center part of the hair line going outwards.

This pattern of hair loss needs to be taken into consideration, along with many other factors. The approach for male and female hair transplant has to be appropriate for their needs and their type of hair loss.

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  • Considerations

Even if you have the means for a hair transplant surgery, and even if you are psychologically ready to go through with it, your surgeon still has to make certain considerations. For example, surgeons would first have to determine if the progression of hair loss has already run its course, before hair transplant can be done. There is no universal age at which hair loss stops, but the amount and rate of thinning is dependent on several factors (e.g. diet, environment, general health). Genetics also plays an integral aspect in determining when and how much hair a man will lose.

If a patient jumps the gun prematurely by undergoing hair surgery much early on, then hair loss might still progress. So a man could end up with a restored hairline, but is eventually left with a bald center.

Hair loss medications maintained prior to the surgery would still be continued even after the procedure. This is to prevent hair loss from worsening or control it entirely.

  • The procedure

A male hair transplant is done by removing donor grafts at the back of the head, since this area is often unaffected by the condition. There are two techniques in doing this, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction).  FUT, also known as the “strip method,” involves the removal of a piece of the scalp which contains the donor graft. This is more invasive, but it promises better yield because it is less traumatic to individual hair follicles. FUE on the other hand is a newer technique which uses a special tool that acts like a punch to remove individual grafts directly from the scalp.

Female Hair transplant

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A lot of men may make great candidates for hair transplant, but this isn’t necessarily the case for women. As we have mentioned earlier, the donor areas for men are found at the back of the head. This site is called a “stable site,” which means that it is not affected by DHT. In female pattern baldness the same areas are usually unstable. These areas are also thinning just like the other areas of the head. Therefore, if you remove hair from these areas and transplant them to thinning areas, they would just eventually fall out. Any surgeon who attempts to transplant hair from an unstable site is unethical, and is only taking advantage of the patient.

  • What is the goal of treatment for female hair transplant?

Unlike men, women are able to keep their frontal hairline since their hair loss takes on a more diffuse pattern. The reason for a hair transplant in this group is not much about framing the face, but restoring volume from the top and the back. FUE is often the technique of choice for such cases, although some clinics prefer the strip method.

  • Who is a good candidate?

Not everyone can undergo a hair transplant. A surgeon has to thoroughly evaluate patients to see if this treatment will be appropriate for them. The potential female candidates are those who are:

  1. Women who have suffered hair loss due to mechanical reasons, such as traction alopecia. This occurs in women who frequently style their hair in tight buns, braids or weaves.

  2. Women who have a distinct pattern of baldness after close evaluation, similar to that in male pattern baldness.
  3. Women who suffer from hair loss that is caused by burns, accidents, and trauma.
  4. Women who had previous cosmetic or plastic surgeries and are concerned about hair loss on the incision sites due to scarring.
  5. Women who are suffering from alopecia marginalis, which is a condition that is closely similar to traction alopecia.

  • Results

Female hair transplants have provided excellent results in patients who have undergone the procedure. The Daily Mail shared the journey of one women who had the procedure done, and how she came out of it very satisfied and confident of her new look.

Hair transplant today is not the same as it was ten or twenty years ago. Today, the practice has been far improved to provide natural-looking results. It is less painful, it can be minimally invasive, and it also guarantees strong and healthy follicles for donors. These are also the reason why female hair transplant cases are slowly catching up to male hair transplants.

Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic is also keeping abreast of the best tools and techniques available for quality patient care and outcome. Schedule your FREE consultation with us today, and be on your way to restoring your crowning glory!

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Do’s and Don’ts after a Hair Transplant Surgery

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American actress and icon Mae West was once quoted as saying that a man can be short and getting bald, but if he has fire then women will like him. While this rings true, and the real measure of genuine interest should always be one’s personality over external features, in today’s world, baldness is at times a hindrances to a man’s success.

Most people believe bald men are confident, but while that is also true, there are also bald men who do not prefer to be bald and would rather have a full head of hair. Unfortunately, hair loss comes with age and is therefore an inevitable possibility for a majority of men once they reach a certain age. The good news is there are now many ways to address a receding hairline and accelerated baldness, one of which is the hair transplant surgery.

Hair transplant or surgical hair restoration is a procedure in which hair follicles from a part of the body, referred to as the ‘donor site’, is transferred to a bald or balding part of the body called the ‘recipient site’. The procedure has become popular for a lot of men, with 71% of all those who underwent the procedure in 2013 being male.

Given this rise, it is essential that those interested in getting a hair transplant know what to do after the procedure, especially since compliance with instructions are critical to a successful hair transplant and faster return to daily routines. Here are a few important tips to follow from the moment the operation is done until a couple of weeks later in your quest to redeem your crowning glory.

DO’s

  • DO have someone drive you home after the procedure. The anesthetic sedative administered to relieve pain and help you relax during the procedure takes time to wear off, and it probably has not worn off yet by the time the surgery is done. So driving yourself home while the sedative is still kicking is not advisable at it might pose a danger to both you and to others.
  • DO remember all the instructions given by your surgeon for postoperative hair transplant care. While there are general guides for most hair transplants, it is best to adhere to the instructions given by the person who administered your hair transplant, as that person knows what post-surgery care is best for your case.
  • DO have the clinic’s contact number saved in your phone and taped to your fridge so that you or a family member may reach your surgeon in case of adverse side effects or emergencies.
  • DO keep your scalp dry especially on the first day to allow for the skin to heal.
  • DO keep the area around your scalp clean throughout recovery. While there may be soreness and numbness in the grafted area, refrain from putting anything on your scalp, which has not been approved by your surgeon as it may only bring negative side effects.
  • DO take care of your scar. As with any surgery, there will be a certain amount of scarring and itchiness when you get a hair transplant. You can apply the antibiotic topical cream your surgeon have given you to prevent infection and reduce scalp irritation and swelling. Otherwise, call the surgeon for any medication you can use.
  • DO take painkillers if you experience pain and discomfort 3 to 4 hours post-surgery. This is roughly the time it takes for the anesthesia to wear off and you may experience minor soreness or swelling.
  • DO sleep in a semi-upright position and use two or more pillows to elevate your head on the first night home after the procedure. Do the same for next two nights post-surgery. This position is important to avoid any excess swelling on your scalp. Try sleeping on a reclining chair if you can to keep your head elevated. If the grafts were implanted in the lower crown, or if there is a strip scar, you should sleep on the side on the first two nights so as not to disrupt hair growth or cause the grafts to fall off when it gets rubbed against the pillow.
  • DO try to take time off work to rest adequately and allow the bruising around the hairline to subside.
  • DO return to your surgeon’s clinic two days after the procedure to have the clinic remove any bandages and for them to wash your hair.
  • DO wash and shampoo your hair a day after the initial wash at the clinic to remove any more dead skin and to clean the scabs around the grafted hairs. Cleaning the scabs will prevent them from damaging the hair follicles and thwarting hair growth.
  • DO ask your surgeon for advice on the shampoo that is best for you. Apply this on the donor hair, as well as on the grafted parts of the scalp on the next day.
  • DO hand wash your hair during the first couple of days after surgery instead of putting your head directly below the showerhead. You can take a low-pressure shower around 4 days after the procedure. This will help the scabs to peel off, accelerate the healing process and lessen any signs of the operation.                                                                                                
  • DO use an ice pack to reduce any bleeding or swelling on the first week. However, refrain from placing the ice pack directly onto the grafted area. Place it only on your forehead or on the back part of the head.

DON’Ts

  • DON’T expose yourself to direct sunlight immediately after and even a few days after the procedure, especially if the scalp is still swollen. If going outdoors in daytime is unavoidable, wear a hat.
  • DON’T touch or fidget with the newly-grafted scalp. A little itching and some soreness are normal side effects, so picking at or rubbing the sore scalp might result to the new grafts falling out before they can have a chance to grow.
  • DON’T drink alcohol for the first five days after the procedure as it interferes with the blood supply to the head.
  • DON’T smoke for an entire month after the surgery as doing so can interrupt blood flow to your hair follicles. Blood flow is crucial for the growth of new hair, as such, refraining from, or even better, completely giving up smoking can hasten the growth of your hair. To prevent yourself from going cold turkey, start reducing your cigarette daily count a few months before your scheduled hair transplant.
  • DON’T play sports or perform exercise until a week after the surgery. Exercises with minimal exertion may be resumed around 10 days after the procedure. Sports with body contact, such as basketball or soccer, is prohibited until about a month.
  • DON’T engage in activities that would cause excessive sweating. Perspiration increases the risk of getting an infection to a great extent. It would also be wise to reschedule that steam bath or sauna appointment until the next month or so for the same reason.
  • DON’T regularly bend over, lean forward or blow your nose violently on the first week.

At the end of the day, each surgeon has his own set of postoperative instructions and it is best to strictly follow that of your surgeon. Moreover, optimum patient recovery time depends ultimately upon you, so take all the time you need to fully heal. Remember also that new hair takes about 3 to 4 months to grow, though in some cases, it might take up to 6 months. So rather than anxiously waiting for that first strand of hair, keep yourself busy with work or take up a new hobby. And when your hair is ready for the big reveal, you can live your life more confidently, and more comfortably.

To learn more about the essentials about getting a hair transplant surgery in Australia, you can trust that Dr. Daood of the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic will give you in-depth information before, during and after your surgical hair restoration procedure.

Call us now for a consultation or simply fill-out our inquiry form today!
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