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Seasonal Hair Loss and How You Can Prepare for It

It has been established that hair loss can be caused by different factors, but one reason comes unexpectedly – the time of year. According to recent studies, seasonal hair loss is real. If you think that a wrong diet, poor hair care, or genes are more than enough reasons to keep you on your toes, you must now count in the time of year.  But instead of cursing nature, why not take this new information to good use and be more prepared.

Normal Hair Loss

It has been established that we lose up to a hundred hair strands a day thanks to the hair growth cycle. This may seem like a substantial amount, but the loss is barely noticeable. Just like humans inhabiting the earth, each strand in your head is going through different stages in their life cycle. At any given time, about 90% of your hair is in the growth stage, while 6-8% are at rest, and it is the point where shedding occurs.

The cycle of growing and shedding is happening on top of your head with you unaware of the changes happening. As you are losing around a hundred strands per day, others are also growing in its place.

Male Pattern Baldness

If you notice your hair loss becoming more noticeable, and the affected areas taking a certain shape, this is an indication that you could be affected by male pattern baldness. Also known as androgenetic alopecia, this type of hair loss is a genetic condition that is common in men. In fact, statistics revealed that more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 will be affected by it to some extent.

Aside from genetics, male pattern baldness is associated with a male sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes the hair growth cycle to weaken resulting in the follicles shrinking with finer or shorter strands. Eventually the hairline recedes to form the characteristic “M” shape, while in some cases, the thinning is focused on the crown area (or the top of the head). Unfortunately for others, the condition progresses to partial or complete baldness.

Seasonal Hair Loss

Now that we are well into the “Ber” months, the leaves have fallen, the air starts to get a bit frosty than usual, and some of us notice the amount hair loss to be more obvious. If this is happening to you, a recent study confirmed that you are not imagining things.  Seasonal hair loss is real, and it could happen to anyone of us.

Researchers explained that the hair’s role is to cover the scalp and protect it from the harsh rays of the sun. This is the reason why hair growth is faster during the summer months, because it serves as an adaptive mechanism to protect the scalp from the sun and ultraviolet radiation. As the cooler season rolls around, the additional growth is no longer required the hence shedding is more intense.

What is also interesting is that even animals are affected by these seasonal variations in hair loss. It has been noted in studies with cats, rhesus monkeys and dogs. However, seasonal hair loss is not only restricted to Autumn. Some may also experience a slightly higher levels of hair loss during the Spring, although the shedding during Autumn is more noticeable.

How to Lessen or Slow Down Seasonal Hair Loss

So, what then is the implication of this study for us?

Researchers believed that the findings may help patients to better assess the effectiveness of their current hair loss treatments. This may also come as a relief to some individuals, who will now take this factor into consideration and not cause undue panic. Aside from being a temporary phenomenon, there is something that can be done about it to lessen the damage.

Here are some tips that can help you hold on to your strands:

  • Castor oil

The restorative power the castor oil has been relied on since ancient times. It has a high concentration of vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant. It promotes hair regeneration as it nourishes the roots and fortifies each strand.

  • A gentle massage

To complement the benefits of castor oil, or simply just a soothing exercise for your head, a gentle massage promotes better blood circulation to the area. This means that your care can be properly oxygenated. A simple 2-3- minute massage can help counteract the seasonal hair loss phenomenon.

  • Avoid heavy styling products

Styling products can be very harsh on your hair which could add to its vulnerability at this time. It is advised that you steer clear from sticky styling products such as mousses or hair gels. Don’t worry, this is not something you have to give up in the long term. It’s just a temporary adjustment to help your hair along in this rough season.

  • Let your hair down

Cut your hair some slack. You only want to lose the hairs that are naturally read to fall off. Styling it with tight braids and ponytails can damage your fragile hair. This can cause even more hair to fall as you also increase the risk of damaging otherwise healthy hair.

When Should You Be Worried?

If your hair continues to fall out ever after six weeks, you could consider other potential factors that is causing your hair loss. It could be stress, any new medication you are taking, diet, etc.  If you think the amount of hair loss has risen at an alarming rate, it is time to consult a professional, so you can get specialised treatment that will help control or slow down the shedding.

As Sydney is slowly enveloped by a chilly cloud this holiday season, give your hair the extra care it deserves. But if you think that your hair is showing signs of vulnerability with the changing of the seasons, or something else entirely, get expert advice at the Sydney Hair Transplant clinic today. Book an appointment now, and let’s see how we can help you in your follicular dilemmas.

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Medical Issues and Hair Transplant Surgery: What You Need to Know to Keep You Safe

Before you go in for surgery, it is important to discuss a range of medical issues with your doctor or surgeon. Remember, you are not coming in to simply tape those new strands of hair on your head. A hair transplant is an invasive treatment that your body should be able to deal with to achieve successful results. Here is a list of concerns you need to cover during a consultation.

Physical Health

Before an operation, a physical examination is important to assess whether you are physically fit for surgery. A hair transplant may not be as invasive as other cosmetic procedures, like breast augmentation or tummy tucks, but the fact remains that it disrupts skin integrity. In line with this purpose, the surgeon will prescribe that you undergo blood tests, cardiac testing, or pulmonary clearance. This step is essential in minimizing the risk for complications like excessive bleeding or infection at the surgical site.

Your general health can also determine how you recover after surgery. For the new hair grafts to grow healthy, you need to have a healthy system to nourish it from the inside. Consequently, good physical health will also allow incisions to heal faster.

Diabetic patients, for instance, are given special instructions because the disease can impair their ability to heal properly. Prominent factors that affect the rate of healing in a diabetic include poor circulation, immune system deficiency, and infection.  This is the reason why a personal consultation is always necessary so that you can discuss your specific concerns with your surgeon.

Medical History

Gathering your medical history is also an important step because this helps the surgeon to be aware of pre-existing conditions and surgery you have had in the past. This influences decisions about the operation you will have or the type of anaesthetic to be used.  A complete medical history record should include information like:

  • Diagnosis
  • Known Allergies
  • Current Medications
  • Past and Present Illnesses
  • Previous Surgery
  • Family Medical History
  • Current History
  • Medication History
  • Immunization Records
  • Insurance Information

Hair Evaluation

A hair evaluation is a step in the surgical process that is unique to hair transplant surgery. The information gathered will help the surgeon determine the extent of your hair loss, the history of hair loss in your family, and any prior surgical or medical treatments for hair loss that you have had. Furthermore, this will also help the surgeon map out a surgical plan based on the unique characteristics (e.g. hair distribution, angle, or direction) he observed upon assessment.

These hair evaluation methods are grouped into three main categories: non-invasive methods (e.g. questionnaires, daily hair counts, standardized wash test, hair weight), semi-invasive methods (e.g. trichogram or unit area trichogram), and invasive methods (e.g. scalp biopsy).  When interpreted with caution, these methods are valuable tools in making a diagnosis and monitoring.

Risks and Possible Complications

A realistic approach to hair transplant surgery is to consider the possible complications aside from its obvious benefits. Knowing the risks will help you weigh whether a hair transplant is right for you or not.  Just because it has been a highly successful surgical procedure, doesn’t mean that it is your best option. You need to weigh the risks against its potential benefits to see if it is worth going into.

Potential complications associated with hair transplant include, infection, excessive bleeding, swelling, scarring, itching and numbness.  Dissatisfaction is also possible with any type of cosmetic surgery, although this is avoidable.

These matters need to be discussed to avoid exposing the patients to these risks and potential complications. On one hand, this information can also determine if you are a good candidate or not.

Medications and Supplements

If you are taking medications, tell the surgeon what you have been taking on a regular basis, or have taken recently. Over-the-counter preparations and even supplements must be disclosed because these can also put you at risk during and after the surgery. For example, supplements with gingko biloba may increase the risk of bleeding. Even your vitamin E supplement poses a certain risk for bleeding.

Past Reactions to Medications

If you have had any bad reactions, or have experienced certain side effects with a certain medication, inform your surgeon during consultation. This warning should include anaesthetics or any solution used during surgery. Any reaction to shellfish should also be disclosed because in some surgeries, an Iodine solution would be applied on the surgical site, which has similar components.

Your Habits and Health

Smoking and drinking too often is a habit that can steer you away from surgical success. As a matter of fact, these habits can increase your risk for complications.

The nicotine in cigars is a vasoconstrictor (constricts blood vessels) which reduces nutritional blood flow to the skin. A study showed that slower healing has been observed clinically in smokers with wounds that are a result of trauma, disease, and surgical procedures.  Compared to non-smokers, smokers also have a greater degree of complications following breast surgery. This is why smokers are advised to stop smoking at least 4 weeks prior to surgery, or even when recovering from it.

Alcohol, especially when consumed in copious amounts regularly, can worsen medical conditions and also delay wound healing. The presence of alcohol in large quantities in the body can damage the immune system increasing the risk for infections, bleeding, and other complications. Binge drinking alcohol significantly reduces the levels of key components of the immune system that are involved in healing.

Physical preparedness is definitely an important aspect for you to consider in deciding on a hair transplant procedure. Not every patient comes in with a squeaky clean bill of health, so we ensure that we have the right candidates before we even move forward with surgery. This is why we want to talk to you so that we know how best we can approach any existing issues that may affect the procedure or its outcome.

Talk more about your hair transplant concerns with Dr. Daood today. The Sydney Hair Transplant team aims at giving each patient that walks through our doors a customized approach to hair transplants. We ensure that everybody is given the care they deserve to achieve the results they desire. Book your appointment today, and let’s map out a plan suited to your unique needs.

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What Should I Look for in my Hair Transplant Surgeon?

In Australia, you can find a long list of surgeons, all with varying credentials under their belt. As a potential patient in search for a way out of your hair loss dilemma, finding a hair transplant surgeon is the most critical aspect. To make an informed decision, here are important pointers you need to keep in mind.

Training

Hair transplant is a specialized practice, which means that it is not enough for a doctor to be a general practitioner, he must also possess the necessary training and skills to perform surgery. Furthermore, not every surgeon are also qualified to perform hair transplant surgery because this practice requires a subspecialty to ensure that the surgeon has the expertise to perform this meticulous procedure.

When you do your research for a hair transplant surgeon, don’t set your foot down simply because he is a surgeon. Take a look at the finer and  important details. Aside from the actual consultation, you can rely on references through word of mouth, Google, or you may look them up at the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) website. The ISHRS is a global non-profit medical association which is the leading authority in hair loss and replacement.

Experience

A hair transplant surgeon’s length of practice is also a good way to gauge his skills and expertise, although, this shouldn’t be the only factor to assess a surgeon’s experience. His knowledge and exposure to a variety of hair loss cases is also pertinent in knowing the kind of work he is capable of. For example, if you prefer an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) over the traditional FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), it is important to have a surgeon who is well versed in the former. See to it that he has handled a good amount of cases where he used the approach you prefer, and was able to create highly satisfying results out of it.

 Clinics that specialize on FUE hair transplants are far and few between. This is a tricky procedure to perform, especially among patients with textured hair types, and there are not that many hair transplant surgeons in Sydney who are trained in FUE. Therefore, make it a point that you research or bring this up in your consultation.

If you choose an FUE you might want to ask the following questions:

  • Will the doctor be the one to extract the grafts?
  • Are the hair grafts extracted using a microscope or automated device?
  • What are the roles of technicians in the process?
  • Does the doctor use different methods for hair extraction?
  • How does he minimize resection rate?

For those who would opt for an FUT, here are important questions to ask your surgeon:

  • Will the grafts be microscopically dissected?
  • Do you use different methods to extract donor grafts?
  • Does technicians use stereo-microscopes?

Certification

A physician who can perform minor procedures such as a lipoma excision is not the same as a surgeon certified to perform hair transplant. That piece of paper makes a world of difference that can either make or break your hair transplant results. It’s one thing for a surgeon to claim that he can perform hair transplant, and it’s another to have the concrete evidence to prove it. A certification means that he has passed the stringent criteria set by a governing body to be able to earn it.

When you visit or research a surgeon, always see to it that he is duly certified. You can look for these information on a clinic’s official website or you may also fact check these credentials in different medical directories online. With a lot of shady practitioners  preying on people’s ignorance, it pays to be a step ahead by doing your homework.

Further Training

Hair transplant surgeons have conferences that are conducted for the sole purpose of advancing their knowledge, skills, and expertise for their practice. Continuing education is a critical aspect in making sure that your surgeon of choice keeps himself abreast of the latest developments in his field of practice. Hair transplant has undergone extensive refinement in techniques over the years. When you are under the care of one who hones his skills and expertise, it gives you a better chance at achieving a more natural-looking result.

Knowing the basic principles may no longer be enough when there is constantly new knowledge coming out. You would want to be under the care of someone who keeps his practice on point with further training, either locally or abroad.

With everything pretty much displayed online nowadays, you can find these information in a surgeon’s website or LinkedIn page. Again, we highlight the benefit of extensive research.

Number of Surgeries Performed

Don’t easily fall for the bait when surgeon’s say that they can finish an astounding amount of surgeries in one day. A good surgeon should not treat his practice like a race, instead he should give each patient ample time to ensure that the desired results are achieved. You wouldn’t want to pay top dollar for something rushed, would you?

Furthermore, the number of surgeries performed is also reveals a lot about the surgeon’s experience, especially on a particular procedure. In addition to that, it is also important to ask a surgeon’s success rate and revision rate.

Reputation

How the surgeon is perceived by his peers and the community is an important consideration for potential patients. Reputation is built by how the surgeon conducts his practice over the years and the results that came out of it. You can personally ask other patients or look into online forums and pages. Sites like RealSelf offers insights about surgeons and their practice which could be very helpful in your decision-making process.

Portfolio

A hair transplant surgeon’s portfolio is the best way for you to assess if the kind of results he is able to create is in tune with your aesthetic goals. Some surgeons show these in their official website, or you may ask for it during your consultation.

Bedside Manner

Good bedside manners is what sets a typical surgeon from those who practice with a heart. The way they treat you, answer your questions, or provide the necessary details to allay your anxiety is a major plus on top of his credentials. A good surgeon also takes the time to educate a patient, clarify any misconceptions, and mindful of a patient’s aesthetic preferences is someone who should be on your list.

Professional Fee

A surgeon’s professional fee is also worth considering. You need to keep your guard up from surgeons who offers you a hair transplant at a remarkably cheaper price compared to others in that region. It may benefit your budget, but it doesn’t necessarily translate to success. Hair transplant surgeons will put a premium to their service due to the amount of training and experience required of them. This explains why their professional fee also comes at a price. It is true when they say that, if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it actually is.

Hopefully these tips will help narrow down your list as you continue your search. Don’t just jump into a hair transplant just because you want to get on with it. Put yourself under capable and experienced professionals.

If you are looking for a hair transplant surgeon in Sydney, visit Dr. Daood today for a comprehensive evaluation. An ISHRS member with years of experience in both FUT and FUE, call 1300 656 236 today for more information.

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How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost in Australia?

When shopping around for a hair loss treatment, hair transplant is often considered the last resort. Albeit an effective procedure, not everyone suffering from the condition would jump at the chance of surgical intervention. There are several reasons that might hold them back from going under the knife or from being a good candidate. However, a common factor that would drive most to reconsider is the cost.

While it is true that hair transplant has far improved over the years, most people think it is a solution that is only for the rich to enjoy. The treatment really does come at a dear price, but it doesn’t mean it is exclusive. To better understand the cost and how you can add into your own list of options, let’s look at the finer details. Don’t just wave it off simply because it is expensive, rather let’s try to go a little deeper. Let’s dissect the factors that contribute to its cost, the usual cost among hair transplant clinics in Australia, and what can be done to afford this procedure.

Consultation

This is the first step in every surgical process and something that every potential patient must take seriously. Consultation comes at a fee and it is usually pegged at $150 in Australia. Most clinics would also refund this amount if you proceed with the surgery.

You might have also come across clinics who gives free consultations. These are also helpful avenues to be informed, however the caveat is that you may only be talking to a clinic’s hair transplant specialists, and not the doctor/surgeon themselves. There is no guarantee of an in-depth assessment but they will advise you accordingly.

Aside from research or the word of mouth, a personal consultation is your way of really sizing up a surgeon. You would want someone who understands you aesthetics and goals if you have to shell a good amount of money, right? You just don’t give someone the authority of working on your hair – which is a very limited resource – but with very little skill.

Area

The size of the area that requires treatment is also a significant factor in the price of your procedure. Some would have more hairless areas than others, which means they need more work, hence a bigger cost. Meanwhile, for those who are still in the early stages which is evidenced by a receding hairline, they may not be advised by doctors to undergo surgery right away. Most surgeons advise them with less invasive alternatives to see if it will work, before they can finally consider surgical intervention.

Technique

There are two techniques in hair transplant, the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). These two have different levels of risks, level of difficulty, expertise, and time allocation. These will all factor into the varying costs of each technique.

FUT, also known as the strip method, is considered the traditional technique. It is more invasive since it involves a long incision across the back of your head to remove a piece of your scalp which contains the donor hairs. The cost per graft is around $7, usually for the first 500 grafts. The price decreases to up to $5.50 per graft the more coverage is needed.

FUE, on the other hand, is a relatively new approach which is less invasive. The donor grafts are removed directly from its original location using a special tool that acts like a punch. This results in a better aesthetic because you don’t have to worry about a long scar at the back of your head. This means the healing process is much faster and earlier for you. However, this also comes at a more expensive cost because it requires more skill to perform it successfully. In Australia, this would be around $12 to $18 per graft.

Eyebrow Hair Transplant

If you have sparse brows, you can fill them up through a hair transplant. This involves taking hair from another part of the body to  the brow area to create the desired brow shape. The cost for this procedure is around $4,000 – $6,000. Partial eyebrow repairs may also be done, but the cost is usually advised during consultation because this will depend on the amount the surgeon decides is necessary.

Scalp Hair Restoration

There are some clinics who provide scalp hair restoration procedure, also known as a scalp reduction or alopecia reduction. Done under local anaesthetics, the bald area of the scalp at the top or crown area of the head is remove and the edges of the hair-bearing skin from both sides are sewn together. This procedure usually costs around $2,000 – $3,000. Although it is considered a hair restoration option, this procedure has several risks and some find it barbaric or disfiguring.

GST

If you are not from Australia, you must know that a price for certain goods and services is usually topped up with GST or Goods and Services Tax. This is a broad-based tax of 10% applied on most foods, services, and other items that are sold or consumed in the country. You can see this in most Australian businesses and hair transplants are no exception.

When you inquire a clinic about the price, it is wise to ask if this is before or after GST. In this way, you don’t get surprised by your final cost, and also to prepare you budget.

How Can I Afford It?

Unfortunately, hair transplant is not covered by insurance companies. However, not all hope is lost because financing is another option. It can help you afford the surgery without having to be burdened by the one-time payment.

It works like a personal loan where you first have to know your rate before you can apply. You also have to pass the eligibility criteria set by these finance companies. There are several companies today that offer flexible loans which makes it possible for the cost of a hair transplant to be gentler on your pocket.

The cost of your hair transplant is a small investment towards a future where you can be more confident and happy.  So, book your consultation with Dr. Daood today. With years of experience and a comprehensive portfolio under his belt, you are in good hands and in assurance of a customized treatment!

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Are You Too Young for a Hair Transplant?

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Hair transplant is not an easy decision when you are desperately seeking solutions for your hair loss. Yes, it is one promising treatment, but you don’t necessarily get desired results when deciding on a whim. One of the major factors that must be considered first is your age. Read and learn why the right number matters.

The key in determining good candidates for hair transplant surgery is estimating how the patient’s hair loss pattern might progress. Since male hair loss also affects young men, those in their early twenties are often left embarrassed, unhappy, and desperate that they search for quick fixes.
So, is hair loss really the end all and be all in these cases?

The answer, for now, is no.

Hair Loss Progression

In order to understand the rationale behind advising young men against opting for hair transplant straightaway is to know the progression of hair loss.

It doesn’t take rocket science to realize that hair loss is a progressive condition. It can leave a man completely bald, or it can result in a certain shape hence the term male pattern baldness. Hairs don’t shed overnight, rather it takes its time, sometimes thinning out first before it falls off.

When the effects of hair loss start to become obvious, those affected would often want to look good now. It is only understandable especially for men in their 20s when it is supposedly the prime of their life and you should be sporting youthful features. Aside from their own issues about it, some find it affecting their dating life or their career.
The distress that occurs over losing one’s hair is legitimate and it shouldn’t be brushed aside. But it also shouldn’t be done without careful consideration of one’s age.

Age Matters

Surgeons definitely proceed with caution before approving a candidate who are under the age of 18, or even those who are in their early 20s. It is in rare cases when teenage hair loss patients who wish to undergo the procedure are carefully vetted first before being approved – if they are approved at all.

For best results, it is advised that you wait until the hair loss process has slowed down or stabilized before undergoing a hair transplant. If you jump right into surgery, it’s still too early in the hair loss process to predict the pattern that your hair loss would take. As a result, your transplant may end up looking unnatural as you lose more hair. The transplanted hair will look luscious and would grow with vigor, while the surrounding areas will continue to get thinner.

Other Options

Surgeons commonly advise patients to stabilize their hair loss first using medical management before even considering surgical hair restoration. Two of the mainstays for male pattern hair loss management are topical Minoxidil (Rogaine) and oral Finasteride (Propecia). These two are well-studied medications for male hair loss and they have been proven to be effective as well.

There are also newer options available in the market today such as light therapy, protein rich plasma injections, etc. Once the hair loss has become stable, then cone can consider having surgical hair restoration.

There are some surgeons who may provide a minor hair transplant to provide some density at the hairline with the understanding that you will likely need additional treatment in the future as your hair loss progresses.

The Right Age

It is the responsibility of surgeons to guide patients with their own anxieties. It is the ethical practice that they give them the hard facts instead of just simply going with what the patient wants but sacrificing aesthetic outcome in the future. Also, you wouldn’t want to risk using donor hairs which are of a very limited supply.

The improvements and increased reliability of hair transplant surgery might have exploded its popularity today, this could mean that patients are undergoing surgery when it isn’t really for their best interest. It could leave these patients disappointed five to ten years later when they are left with poorly-designed hairlines with very little consideration for a natural look.

Most hair transplant surgeons agree that the minimum age for a hair transplant is 25 and the ideal age is 40 and above. At 25 the surgeons have some idea as to how the hair loss is progressing and what can be done to approach it surgically.

Young, desperate and anxious patients are vulnerable and could jump at any easy solution. But having read this information, we hope that you now see the bigger reason behind the right age for hair transplant surgery. Look ahead instead of rushing into it today as inappropriate surgery could have you living to regret it.

Trust a hair transplant surgeon who is knowledgeable in hair loss for more information that is specific to your concerns. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about your hair loss today. Book your consultation at the Sydney Hair Transplant today and let Dr. Daood and his team help you.

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Hair or Sex Drive: The Caveat Behind Finasteride

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Hailed as one of the trusted pharmacological solutions for hair loss, Finasteride has been widely used by men who are not so lucky on the hair department. However, it has come to light that being rewarded with a head if hair comes more than just its retail price. A lot of men are left despondent as they face another problem as a side effect – erectile dysfunction. If that’s not worse enough, recent findings showed that it causes the sexual side effect to linger.

Fin and your follicles

 There have been a multitude of questionable remedies for baldness peddled in the market since ancient times. From the ashes of seahorses to snake oil, follicularly-challenged hopefuls have been clinging to one empty promise after another.

So we fast-forward a couple of years later and we are given the restorative effects of Finasteride. It came into the market as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia or an enlarged prostate. It was by coincidence that its restorative effects for hair loss was discovered.

Sold under the brand name Propecia or Proscar, Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to a more potent form which is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is partly responsible for prostate enlargement and it can also cause the hair to thin out and shed. As the amounts of DHT proliferates in the body it will only make it worse for your hair, as it could lead to a bald pate if left unchecked.

Finasteride comes into the hair loss market prescribed in small doses for men with hair loss. It has been FDA-approved for hair loss when it showed after 3 double blind studies that it is able to create a significant improvement in terms of hair restoration.

Fin Ain’t Fun

Finasteride has made a lot of men happy when it improved hair volume and controlled the progression of the hair loss. The catch here is that Finasteride is not like your antibiotics where you just have to take it for 5-7 days and you’re good. This drug would have to be taken as a maintenance to actually maintain the results. However, a lot of men are starting to notice a certain side effect. Longer exposure eventually resulted in erectile dysfunction.

Also referred to as impotence, erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection which is a problem more common in older men. Younger men who experienced this was highly concerned hoping that it reverts once the drug is discontinued. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Prolonged use of Finasteride puts them at a greater risk for persistent erectile dysfunction (PED).

A study showed that men exposed to Finasteride experience PED even months or years after stopping the drug. These recent findings also suggest that physicians should be mindful of the debilitating sexual dysfunction and exposure to the drug when prescribing it to patients.

What are my options now?

When hope seems to slip away from your fingers it helps to look further because when you do, you might see that there are other ways you can rely on. One of the treatments that can replace Finasteride is hair transplant.

Considered as a more drastic method to restore hair, it is also established as one that is highly reliable. What is important is that you need to have the qualifications of a good candidate for surgery, and none of the disqualifications.

At first look, a hair transplant can be very daunting, especially when it involves scalpels, sutures or any instrument that breaks skin integrity. In the past, the practice earned a bad reputation due to crude techniques which only made the patients look worse and fake. It ended looking like futile attempt and a sore waste of money. However, thanks to recent developments the industry was able to turn this reputation a total 360.

Recent improvements

Hair transplant used to result in doll-like hairs sticking out in awkward angles which was far from flattering. Fortunately, experts were able to develop techniques to distribute grafts, insert them in the right angle and fashion a hairline in a natural-looking way.

Certain techniques, like the tricophytic closure, is able to conceal scarring better in FUT (follicular unit transplantation). This means that you no longer have to deal with that horizontal scar running boldly across the back of your head.

Robotics has also worked its way to the hair transplant scene when ARTAS which provides for a more fine-tuned FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) approach. Although with its limitations, it is deemed to be a promising option.

Laser is also a recognized treatment for hair loss that earned favour for the fact that it is non-invasive. Questioned for its effectiveness or the amount of improvement it is able to create compared to other hair loss solutions, laser treatment is then relegated to a complementary treatment. It is able to stimulate hair  growth, though not as dramatic and fast, but it can promote faster healing and improvement when used after a hair transplant.

If Finasteride has failed you, or if you are left doubtful due to the increasing incidence of erectile dysfunction, know that not all hope is lost. Know how you stand when hair transplant is brought in the picture. Talk to a certified hair surgeon today.

Visit Sydney Hair Transplant, or call for an appointment now and let’s map out your road to restoring your hair!

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Top 5 Factors that Increases Your Risk for Hair Loss

Are you wondering what in the world is causing your hair loss? You might be at a point where you find yourself alarmed at the amount of hair that’s been shedding, or the senseless exodus, when you believe that you have been every inch the health buff. However, like an unraveling mystery, or bodies can sometimes surprise us. Here are 5 of the top reasons that would make you a potential hair loss victim.

Genetics

It has always been an erroneous belief that the hair loss gene hailed from the maternal side of the family. While it is true that the genetic factor for baldness is carried by the X chromosome, which you get from your mom, it is not necessarily true that it is the sole culprit. Genetic hair loss, or male/female pattern baldness, can also be passed down by the paternal genes.

Based on research, this form of hair loss is attributed to a particular androgen, or male hormone. This androgen, which is tagged to be the main culprit for hair loss, is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is not to say that this particular hormone is bad in and of itself, as it also provides a number of important functions for the body like the development of the male genitalia in the womb.

Hair loss occur when DHT attach to androgen receptors on hair follicles which then triggers the receptors to start miniaturization process. Eventually, the hairs affected sheds off resulting in bald patches which that takes on certain shape hence the term “pattern baldness”. Experts have yet to fully understand why the effects of DHT are more profound in some individuals compared to others. However certain possible factors that have been pointed out include:

  • Increased local DHT production
  • Increased DHT receptors
  • Increased sensitivity of the androgen receptor
  • Increased amount of circulating testosterone which is a DHT precursor

Age

We often associate hair loss with old age, however, if you look at the trend this is not necessarily the case. There are a lot of hair loss sufferers who lose their locks, and even end up bald, at an early age. Although, age-related hair loss is mostly experienced by individuals who are in their twilight years due to the gradual decline of the structures.

If you look at the progression of hair loss, it is usually around the late twenties to the mid-thirties that changes in the overall appearance and density of the hairs start. Pattern hair loss at a younger age has not yet fully revealed since it may still advance over the years. This is a key consideration for individuals who will be considering a hair transplant.

In the event that an elective surgery is done at an early age, future surgeries might have to be done to maintain the natural appearance. It is for this reason that you should be properly advised by a certified and experienced surgeon because procedures done too early may have to be surgically corrected.

Read: Why Are Young Men Losing Hair Early

Disease or Illness

Certain conditions can result in hair loss, such as thyroid diseases (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism), ringworm of the scalp, or Systemic lupus erythematosus. Hair loss is only incidental to the condition due to the depletion of certain nutrients in the body or hormonal shifts.

The common symptoms of thyroid problems in include scattered hair loss, and this is true for both an underactive and overactive thyroid. Fortunately, the hair loss caused by this condition can be reversed with proper treatment.

Ringworm is a fungal infection that when left untreated will result in permanent scarring. Severe infections will still result in patches of hair loss even after treatment has been done.

A more serious condition associated with hair loss is lupus, an autoimmune condition which destroys the hair follicles. Furthermore, the medicines used can also trigger more hair shedding. To manage the problem suggestions include, wigs, hair wraps, hair extensions, or a hair transplant.

Other health problems with hair loss as presenting symptoms include heavy metal poisoning, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, late-stage syphilis, HIV and any severe ongoing or chronic illness. 

Medicines and medical treatments

Medications may be formulated to provide therapeutic effects, however, it is also inherent in their chemical makeup that they also pose a certain risk. This effect is a result of the interference of the normal hair growth cycle resulting in two types of hair loss, Telogen effluvium and Anagen Effluvium. The list of medications that cause this problem include:

  • Anticoagulants
  • Large doses of Vitamin A
  • Beta-Blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Gout Medications
  • ACE (Angiotensin-Converting Ezyme) Inhibitors
  • Male and Female hormones

Medical treatments like Chemotherapy or dialysis may also result in hair changes which may eventually lead to hair loss. This is a reaction to malnutrition or the side effects of the medications used which leaves the patient immunocompromised. Fortunately, this type of hair loss is reversible once the course of treatment is finished.

Hair care and styling

The way you style your hair can pose a negative effect on the entire structure, especially if you wear it for prolonged periods of time. This is referred to as traction alopecia, caused by the strong amount of pressure applied on the roots of the hair follicles. Studies show that this is common among African-American hairstyles which tend to be scalp-pulling, similar to the tension created by weaves and extensions.

Read: Top-Knots and Man Buns: Hairstyles that Lead to Hair Loss in Men

Hair loss is a multifactorial phenomenon which has to be scrutinized more carefully if you are serious about getting the proper treatment and the likelihood of it being effective. To this effect, it is important that you find a good hair loss expert or surgeon, to guide you through the process of restoration.

If you have more questions, feel free to drop Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic a message. Let’s see how we can restore your lost follicles with natural-looking results.

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Why is a Hair Transplant Worth Your Penny?

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There may be some bad news for those men who are not so lucky on the hair department. A recent survey showed that men who got a hair transplant was seen to be more younger and attractive. On the other hand, balding men are thought to be older and less good-looking. So for those who are willing to brave the surgical treatment, you might be treading the right course!

One of the main reason why men get a hair transplant is to improve the way they look. Another affirmation that reflects the change they wish to create is the perception of others. So how does the general public react to a hair transplant, or its results for that matter?

The Study and Its Relevance

A team lead by Dr. Lisa Ishii of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine conducted a study to determine if hair transplant improves an observer’s observation on a patient’s age, attractiveness, successfulness and approachability.

These efforts was driven by Ishii’s concern as to the lack of data on how much hair transplant really improve a person’s image. She explains that the procedure has been done for years with everybody assuming that it does something for the appearance, however that was never measured.

The randomized controlled experiment conducted between November 10 to December 6, 2015 used web-based survey with 122 volunteers. Participants were shown 2 side by side photos of 13 men in various ages, where 7 of whom have androgenetic alopecia but underwent hair transplant surgery.

The researchers concluded that men looked younger after a hair transplant. Furthermore, they are also perceived to be approachable, attractive and successful compared to those who have not undergone the procedure.

Aside from the difference in terms of aesthetics, these results are also relevant in other aspects. For instance, it plays a substantial role in the workplace and other social interactions. Experts are saying that having done so gives men more confidence, and that reflects on how they carry themselves further improving their attractiveness.

Hair Transplant

Despite the fact that hair transplant has been done for several years now, many people remain to be apprehensive about it. It may be the most invasive hair restoration process, but it has also improved so much. The techniques are done in such a way that results come out looking natural and the scars are better concealed.

Back in the day, people are particularly holding out on techniques like the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) because it creates a strip of scar that runs across the back of the scalp. This limits the person from wearing short hairstyles because it reveals that a procedure has been done. However, with the use of a tricophytic closure, it is possible to conceal scars better. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) also makes it possible to reduce scar formation and healing time.

This, among many others, is the reason why a lot of men are gaining more confidence over the procedure. And a surgeon’s portfolio would give you the receipts you need to trust the procedure. Statistics also showed that hair transplant increased by up to 76% from 2006 to 2014.

A lot of men are realizing that hair loss affected their appearance and their self esteem putting them at a disadvantage at work or in other social situations prompting them to seek this procedure.

The Catch

However, before you go ahead and sign up for a procedure, it is worth noting that hair transplant is not that simple. As much as it can improve a person’s look and confidence, it can also go the total opposite. This all boils down to your surgeon of choice.

It can be remembered that hair transplant has been tossed out to the sidelines and ridiculed for creating unnatural results. However, we are far from that now because men suffering from hair loss can actually do something beautiful about their balding pate.

It takes a good deal of artistry and precision to ensure that an excellent result will come out of it. You just can’t randomly pick any hair surgeon without carefully scrutinizing their work. So you have to do your homework and make sure that you choose wisely. And when you do, the recent study results show what is coming for you.

Hair transplants are really worth the cost for men, and even for women, who are trying to cope with their hair loss granted that it is also done properly. The bottomline here is that any decision to undergo the procedure should be made for the person’s best interest, and not mainly to please a crowd.

To know more about how a hair transplant can help you restore your crown’s real glory, come and talk to us at the Sydney Hair Transplant clinic. We perform FUT and FUE to ensure that you have a range of options to best achieve the natural-looking results you wish to achieve. Book your consult today, and let’s get started!

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