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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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Hair Loss: How To Get Creative When You Are Starting to Lose it

 

When the threat of baldness is right around the bend, hinted by that shiny pate peeking through your hair it helps to have some creativity up your sleeve. So you’re balding. It doesn’t mean that you’re just a lost case from here on out – in the hair department that is. Before medications take their effect, or before you decide on a hair transplant, you can get clever about your hair style.

The Combover

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Combovers may not have the best reputation thanks to that infamous Trump hair, but hairstylist are breathing new life into this new hairstyle. It’s versatile because it can come in different styles and lengths, and it’s the easiest one to achieve. To give it a more modern flair, you can have the sides – or the hair over the temples – faded while the top part is shorn to give you that sleek look. Sweep the hair over to one side to fill out the receding hairline. You can grow in some facial hair to compliment the cut.

Buzz It Off

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The easiest way out of your hair misery is a buzz cut, and it suits those who are starting to thin over the crown area. If you don’t want to look like a monk, you can go for a more edgier style with this. The severity of your hair loss will determine the length of the shave.

The Clean Pate

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If you want to go rogue with that electric razor, a clean shaven look also finds favour with a lot of the ladies. This has worked with some  guys in Hollywood, however, it might also have to do with a good shape for a head. This is suits well for men who are left with very little hair on their heads. For a cleaner look, you can seek professional help instead of doing it yourself. The shave has to be done with the sharpest tool without error, so if this is your first time, might as well leave it to the pros.

 Short Mohawk

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Guys who have more angle to their jaw would do well with this hair style as it draws attention to your jaw. You can have the sides shaved to highlight the Mohawk and still give the illusion of volume. Some guys play up the facial hair to compliment the shaved sides.

Grow Facial Hair

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When you’re losing your locks, shaving it all off and embracing facial hair can also be sexy. The secret here is to groom it and not just let it go all bushy. Some may work a lumberjack beard, but a moustache and goatee can be just the right amount of follicle to steer the eyes away from what’s missing on top.

Pomp and Fade

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A very creative way to rock that receding hairline is to style a classic pompadour. This particular style is perfect for those whose receding hairlines form an M shape. It can accentuate your pomp better, even giving the illusion that you’re not losing it up front at all. This style would require a good amount of gel and a fine-toothed comb and you’ll have your retro-inspired hair in place.

The Ivy League Cut

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A nod to the classics will always give you a home run in the styling department. Sometimes referred to as the Harvard Clip or the Princeton, this is a type of crew cut which leaves the hair on top long enough to comb it into a side part. It is a step up in terms of length from the traditional crew cut, and it gives you that preppy and discreet look. The Ivy League is perfect for men who are slowly losing their locks as it is just the right shortness but still renders that illusion of length with an air of masculinity.

Tip: Take the time to find barbers who can nail down a good Ivy league cut as some often tend to confuse this overgrown crew cut with the traditional style.

Messy Side Trim

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If you prefer a more ruffled look that gives off that casual vibe, you can hide a receding hairline with a messy side trim. It starts with your hair slightly buzzed on the sides and the back, while the top is emphatically tousled. It’s also a clever way to hide thinning because all that hair adds structure and an illusion of volume.

Spiky Textured Cut

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A higher hairline can best be displayed through a spiky and textured hairstyle. This is an appropriate style for anyone who are losing hair but have those naturally thick follicles. Not all men who are balding have thin hair, so this style should highlight that and conceal any hint of thinning in some areas. A lightweight mousse or gel to hold that hair up, and you’re good to go!

Hair loss should not keep you from being stylish. If you don’t know where and how to style it yourself, get professional help and learn from there. But if you want to restore that great hairline and get more volume to work with, talk to the experts at Sydney Hair Transplant today.

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International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) 24th World Congress

 

Keeping yourself abreast with the latest in the practice that you are passionate about not only grows your knowledge, but it also improves the quality of your service. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) provides physicians, who specialize on hair transplant surgery, the continuing education necessary to equip them with the knowledge to deliver optimum treatment to patients who are suffering from pattern baldness.

Dr. Jassim Daood did not let the opportunity pass to join the ISHRS 24th World Congress held at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on September 26-October 1, 2016. Dr. Daood believes that hair restoration surgery is a progressive practice on which your craft can be continually improved to meet the varying demands of clients.

If you have questions regarding hair loss and or surgical hair restoration, come and talk to us at the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic today.

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When Should You Be Alarmed About Hair Loss?

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Losing hair is not a death sentence. However, some react to it like its an apocalypse that just pretty much puts a period in their life. The reality is you don’t have to break out in hives the moment you lose a strand or two. What is important is that you get the facts straight so you don’t lose hair over all the unnecessary stress.

Your Hair at a Glance

Your hair is actually a very interesting part of your body that holds a lot of unique characteristics. One that most people don’t know is the fact that most of the structure that you see is actually dead. The length of your hair that grows out of your scalp is actually made up of dead cells, and the only part that thrives is the one hidden behind your scalp, or the roots.

Aside from bone marrow, it is also one of the fastest growing tissue in the body. It can grow anywhere in the body with the exception of the eyelids, lips, hands, palm of the hands, the soles of the feet and the mucus membranes. At any given time about 90% of the hairs on your scalp are growing, while the other 10% are resting. The latter explains why you experience falling hairs.

When Does Ordinary Hair Fall Differ From Excessive Hair Loss?

Daily hair loss is a normal phenomenon that stems from the hair’s resting phase. You lose around 50-100 hairs a day, most of the time, without you knowing it! So if you see a few strands on your brush, It doesn’t mean you’re going bald. Balding only begins to be apparent when you lose 50% of the hairs on your scalp.

Ordinary hair fall is actually a normal process that allows your hair to bring in a new and healthy strand in its place. A single hair has a lifespan of five years, so you expect to be losing a number every day since each strand grow at different paces.

What is also important is that you also need to be keen when something already goes awry – like in the instance of excessive hair loss.

Hair usually show signs of deterioration before you finally notice thinning on certain areas of the scalp, or it could come in a diffuse manner. In cases where a person could be affected by androgenetic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness), thyroid conditions, or certain medications and therapy, what happens on the inside is that the hair follicle gradually shrinks. This makes it unable to grow new hair, eventually this leads to hair shedding, and ultimately results in baldness.

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Not everybody is at risk, so that’s a sigh of relief. However, for those who are genetically predisposed, this can be a real challenge. Meanwhile, for people who lose their hair due to medications or certain therapeutic treatment, they may lose it temporarily but they eventually grow it back.

How Do You Respond to Hair Loss?

In dealing with the usual hair fall

Your normal hair loss, as mentioned earlier, should not be a cause for concern. However, you can keep it to a minimum by ensuring that you nourish and care for your hair well.  Giving it the right vitamins and minerals will strengthen the structure making them less prone to breakage. On the outside, you should avoid stressing it out by poor hairstyle choices and excessive product use. When you learn to keep the balance, then you significantly lessen hair fall.

In overcoming pattern baldness

If your DNA is already coded with hair loss, it doesn’t mean that you are a lost cause. When you treat it early, you will be able to hold on to those strands better, and protect the remaining ones from succumbing to your genetic predisposition.

There is a range of treatments available for such cases. You can go for maintenance medications like Propecia or Minoxidil, but with a doctor’s advise and supervision. You may also try laser therapy to help initiate hair growth, or you could take a drastic step towards hair transplant surgery, just as long as you avoid unappealing comb-overs.

In having to content with temporary hair loss due to medications and treatment

Thyroid disease and chemotherapy are among the reasons why a person can lose excessive amounts of hair to the point of balding, albeit being temporary. For thyroid disorders, the hair will be characteristically thin and a person will also experience thinning on the scalp. When you get the proper treatment, you can reduce the reaction significantly. However, realistically speaking, your hair will not be as voluminous as you would wish it to be. Celebrities like Wendy Williams share this struggle, but she deals with it stylishly by wearing wigs.

Chemotherapy, on the other hand, will cause a person to experience severe hair thinning and hair fall. Once the entire course of treatment is finished, a person will eventually grow their hair back, although the quality may not be the same prior to chemo.

Hair shedding shouldn’t be an end all and be all that would have you settling for a life of being hairless. The earlier you detect it, and when you know the exact causes, you can prevent the possibility of going bald. The best course of action is to act quickly. When there is significant amount of hair already falling off, go to your doctor right away.

It is only when a prompt diagnosis is made that you reduce your chances of a full blown hair exodus from your scalp. Be keen on the signs, and act accordingly.

If you have more questions, or if you see that you already need professional advise with your hair fall problem, come talk to us. Let’s talk and see what can be done. Send us your questions or book your consultation here.

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Not Everyone Can Get a Hair Transplant, and Here’s Why

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Hair transplant is a procedure that calls for certain factors for you to be considered a good candidate. It’s not to give an air of exclusivity, rather it’s more of protecting the patient. With the right candidate, hair transplant will definitely create significant improvement to one’s appearance. So, why then can’t anybody suffering from hair loss immediately qualify for hair restoration surgery?

If you think that going for surgery is a practical answer to your hair loss, then you might want to read on further. This is not to dissuade you against surgery, but to help you make an informed decision. Here are the reasons that will tell you whether you are good candidate or not.

Finite amount of donors

Upon assessment the surgeon will determine how much hair is viable and available for use. The donor site, found at the back of the head, is evaluated to see which among those strands would make for good potential grafts. Considering the area and the amount of hair that it contains, you can see that there is a finite amount of donor hair that can be moved to the recipient site.

When there isn’t enough hair to cover the thinning or bald areas, or if it is not used efficiently, then hair transplant might just be a futile exercise as it could fail in providing you the coverage you want.

So when you go for a consultation, remember to keep an open mind. A good surgeon would not be afraid to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly part of the situation.

Age

There is no hard set limit as to the age of a hair transplant candidate, however, surgeons are most careful in dealing with patients under 18. Since the pattern that the hair loss is evolving into is yet to be determined, surgeons would prefer that they be fully mature. It is crucial that the patient has realistic expectations of how their hair loss might potentially unfold.

Younger patients have immature hair loss which means the shedding will only continue to progress as they age. Therefore, getting a hair transplant too early would require other procedures in the future to maintain the results because hair loss will still continue to progress.

Experts would say that the right patients would be those at least around 30 years of age. It is usually at this time that the hair loss pattern has already been well established. Therefore, any hair restoration procedure done are more likely to provide natural-looking results over the years.

Severity

The severity of hair loss can also make or break a person’s candidacy for a hair transplant. In relation to the first factor discussed earlier, the extent of your hair loss will also determine the amount of donor hair needed. So if you hit Class 7 on the Norwood Scale for men or Class 3 for women, which are actually classified as severe hair loss cases. Since the amount of hair largely determines the results, your surgeon will might open you up to more details about other hair restoration options.

General Health

Another important consideration prior to any surgery is that patients ought to be healthy enough to undergo a certain invasive procedure. It is important that any serious medical condition should be treated first since a healthy immune system is a step forward to surgical success.

There are certain medical maladies such as diabetes which could affect your recovery process. Bleeding problems, or medications that might increase its tendency, can also be a deterrent. Furthermore, thyroid problems should also be managed first before a hair transplant surgery is considered.

Given that the you fall within the four mentioned above, it shouldn’t readily mean that you just leave surgical option off your list. Talk to a surgeon and know what available options are there for your specific case.

After a consultation, the surgeon will then make an evaluation to point out the root cause of your hair loss and from there he would be able to recommend the appropriate treatment option.

So who then would be a good candidate?

It would be an individual who is generally healthy without any contraindications for the surgery. The absence of any family history of severe male pattern baldness and ideally it should be one who have already tried medications to reduce hair loss.

In most cases those who can most benefit from surgical hair restoration include the following:

  1. Men and women with male pattern hair loss
  2. Those who wish to cover scars obtained from surgery, injuries or skin disease
  3. Men and women who wish to restore or change the shape of their hair line
  4. Individuals who wish to thicken or restore the volume of their eyebrows or beard.
  5. Those who wish to correct a previous hair transplant

The criteria set by surgeons may slightly vary, but overall, a good one would be conscientious of the red flags in certain cases they encounter. With that, it would tell you that your choice of surgeon is crucial to your surgical success. For you might not be a good candidate and yet here comes an unscrupulous practitioner who would lure you into immediately going for a surgery.

So now that you know, keep an open mind and ensure to hold on to realistic expectations. Surgery may seem like the end-all and be-all but it is still best to determine whether if it is indeed the right course of action for your case.

If you have more questions, book your FREE consultation today and allow us to help you know more about the potential treatments that would be suitable for you!

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What You Could Be Giving Up When You’re Bulking Up

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Men, it seems, are getting more conscious of their appearance, sometimes even competing with the ladies. From sleek haircuts, groomed eyebrows, to looking all dapper, a lot of guys today give breath to what being “metrosexual” means – sometimes to a fault. Some, in their attempts to look every bit of perfection, are willing to do anything to their bodies. But is it really worth it if it means facing potential hair loss?

Getting the desired body at a cost

Beyond the ensemble or any outward accoutrements, a lot of men are very much concerned with the structure underneath. A lot of guys are bent on getting into good shape which explains the dramatic spike in gym memberships in the past years. This is evident in the $8.5 million shelled by Aussies each year.

As much as health is an outlying concern, appearance can also be a large motivator. When you add desperation and impatience into the mix, people tend to dive into quick and easier solutions. This is where gym supplements come in with all their glossy promises of a muscular physique.

Supplements often come in powdered or capsule form  and these work by either giving a person more energy, protein, or a boost in one’s metabolism. Many gym enthusiasts rely on supplements to aid them in muscle building to achieve a more dramatic transformation. Protein supplements, in particular, are preferable options to buff up really well, to achieve a good form.

There is nothing wrong with using these supplements, however, it should be worth knowing that these also come with untoward reactions. In this case, it is usually hair that gets the brunt of the harmful effects.

The Irony Behind Growth Hormones

Certain protein shake include additives like inorganic growth hormones and creatine which are intended to promote the growth of muscle mass. However, in doing so this also raises testosterone levels in your blood stream. In and of itself, these growth hormones are not harmful, but if men who are already genetically predisposed to balding is exposed to it, the effects can be accelerated.

Men with a family history of hair thinning or hair loss should be particularly concerned when their testosterone levels get high, because these hormones exacerbate the situation. What is so interesting is that our bodies react to these hormones differently, and for some guys elevated testosterone levels can be rather problematic.

This primary male hormone can be broken down by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase which results in a chemical called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT),or the culprit behind hair thinning and hair loss. It works by inhibiting the growth of new hair cells in the scalp. To an untrained eye, the man may seem to be losing hair normally, however, the problem with this case is that he will no longer have any more growth to replace those that have shed. Eventually, this will become observable which will even lead to a more pronounced balding.

The protein shakes that men take prior to or after their workout can lead to such problems because it makes men susceptible to male pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. The more testosterone is introduced into your system, the more hormone is there available to be transformed into DHT.

It is important to make a clear distinction that protein shakes per se doesn’t cause a receding hairline or baldness, it can only accelerate the process in certain men. There has been an increase in the trend of young men losing their hair early. In an interview, Dr. Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, shared that “growth hormones such as creatine and DHEA not only increase muscle mass, but also increase testosterone levels in the bloodstream.”

What can you do about it?

If you are among those who are at risk for hair loss, the best advise that experts give is to kick the protein shake habit. Get your protein fix from high-protein foods instead. Incorporate chicken, fish, and eggs into your meal.

The hair follicles that were already damaged may no longer be recovered, but you can stop further damage if you stop the ongoing destructive process.

You might also want to check the exercises you are doing, as there are some that could also increase testosterone levels by a mile, which can also lead to the same hair loss effect.

If you want to keep your hair, make the change today. If you want to restore what’s been lost, come talk to us at Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic. Call in for a free consultation today and know that being hairless doesn’t have to be permanent!

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Hair Transplant: 5 Things to Expect When You Cut Corners

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It is expected for people to jump right into something that would give them the most at a low cost. This is the premise behind the captivating power of sales and discounts. But when it comes to surgical procedures, this may not be such a good idea to entertain – and this includes a hair transplant. This shouldn’t be one of those instances when you pinch pennies and settle on what comes cheapest, because largely relying on a low price could leave you with the following problems.

  1. Incompetence

A low price doesn’t always mean that you’re getting the shorter end of the rope, as there are some places which can also deliver a decent outcome. However, more often than not, a significantly cheaper hair transplant procedure may seem suspect.

One might be easily blinded by discounted prices or a cheap one at that, however, this is not the essential requisite when you intend to arrive at a safe and successful outcome. Always be inquisitive of the finer details behind the dollar sign, and in doing so, always err on the side of caution. Sometimes, something that sounds too good to be true, could simply be just that.

Here’s a tip: Surgeons who have the training, experience, and reputation put a premium on their work, which explains why hair transplants are pegged at a certain price range.

In Australia, the average hair transplant cost is around $6-$30 per hair graft. The price varies depending on the area or clinic, the type of technique used, the amount of work that needs to be done, and the number of grafts needed for a particular procedure.

As laws governing cosmetic surgery in Australia are tightening, patients are now in a better position to be protected from botched outcomes. Since this isn’t a guarantee, it is still necessary that patients do their research to look for the reliable and reputable surgeons.

  1. Lower expectations

Isn’t it true that when we buy a cheaper version of something, like a TV or a pair of shoes perhaps, we don’t get our expectations up. Rather, we simply manage them. But is this what you want to feel after a radical procedure?

Cosmetic surgery may be regarded as the “wild west” of medicine due to the less stringent regulations. But this shouldn’t discredit those whose practice is evidenced by an impressive portfolio of previous procedures. Australia alone is home to several surgeons who have the training, skills and experience to create highly satisfying results. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that you entrust your finite resources to someone who has the credentials to give you the outcome you want, not what you are forced to settle for.

  1. Complications

The risk of complications is always present in any invasive procedure, and this can happen at any time during the entire intraoperative process (pre-op to post-op). Adverse reactions to medications, bleeding, and infection just sit at the other side of success.

How do you then lessen the chances of complications?

Find a competent surgeon

Choosing a good hair transplant surgeon would be of primary importance. This sets the tone for how a hair transplant procedure turns out. Patients need to be aware that not everyone who performs hair surgery is a cosmetic surgeon, and that is what you need to steer clear of. Good research can go a long way, and it will help you narrow down your choices to reputable surgeons who are able to provide good results that you can also be satisfied with.

Adequately prepare for surgery

We have mentioned financial preparations and how they can affect your surgical success. Being physically and psychologically prepared for your procedure is also an indispensable part of the process. For instance, surgeons would advise patients to avoid alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, and other blood thinning medications at least a week before surgery and even while you recuperate. This is to prevent prolonged healing and potential complications like bleeding, infections, and poor scar formation.

Preparing your mind for your surgery is just as important as the physical aspect. A realistic grasp of the procedure allows a patient to have a sensible expectation for the outcome. For example, if a patient is well within his 50’s, his expected hairline post-operatively may not be the same as that of someone who is in his 30’s. Surgeons design this as such so that end results would turn out looking natural. In a hair transplant, there are no cookie-cutter results. A good surgeon plans for a treatment that would create an outcome most suitable for a specific patient.

Follow post-op instructions

The success of the post-operative period relies largely on how you follow through with the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. Yes, he would still be overseeing your general healing process, but it is how you adhere to the aftercare that also makes a huge difference.

Religiously going through the entire course of antibiotic treatment, even in the absence of any infection, makes your healing process much safer from opportunistic bacteria, which could spell disaster should you let your guard down. Conversely, throwing caution to the wind and taking that puff of a cigarette a few days after your surgery thinking that you’re not showing untoward signs anyway, would delay healing.

  1. Uneven Distribution of Grafts

In relation to the first reason mentioned above, this one can be a result of poor decision making on the part of the surgeon. Hair transplants require precision and a good eye for aesthetics to create an impressive and natural-looking result.

Uneven distribution of donor grafts can either result in poor hair density in some areas or a bad hairline. Remember, you don’t want your outcome to be screaming that you just had a hair transplant, and neither should you want it to be obvious for the wrong reasons.

Graft distribution, direction, and even its angle of protrusion are all important aspects to be considered with a hair transplant. This can be achieved when you entrust your procedure to a good hair transplant surgeon. And when you make the rounds in looking for one, always ask how they would approach your treatment and your case.

  1. A Second Hair Transplant

A second hair transplant is definitely more expensive than the first. This can simply be your reason for ensuring that you don’t cut corners on the first one. Yes, there are surgeons who are able to remedy a botched hair transplant outcome, but these will never come cheap. So take the necessary measures to ensure that should any subsequent procedure be necessary, it would only be progressive in nature and not corrective.

Preparing for hair transplant surgery is a very important part of the process that leads you to a successful outcome. If you think that there are some concerns that are not covered here, come talk to us today by sending us an enquiry.

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Common Hair Loss Treatments: Pros & Cons

 

Back in the day a person suffering from hair loss can only choose between a wig, a hat, or maybe go as far as hitching their hopes on snake oil. Some are left simply accepting their lot, however even on the other hand there is not much to get either. Fortunately for us today, we are given several options that are products of research and years of improvement, hence more reliable and effective. Let’s take a closer look at these common hair loss treatments available.

Saw Palmetto

There is an inclination towards natural solutions deeming that these are “safer” than other available options.  The treatment of hair loss is no exception with saw palmetto brought to the fore as one of the easier all-natural solutions.

Research on its effectiveness is still limited, but the effects claimed that saw palmetto is able to create is promising. It is said that the extract of the plant’s berries can block 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) – the culprit behind male pattern baldness. This action earned saw palmetto its name as “nature’s Propecia.”

One study by Prager et. al. found that some components of saw palmetto is made into supplement form and given to participants who are males between the ages of 23 and 64. Results showed that study 60% of study participants taking the said supplement showed an improvement with their hair.

Pros:

  • Natural solution, hence it is relatively safer than medications.
  • It is a potent natural 5-alpha reductase inhibitor.
  • Unlike Propecia, which is known to have accompanying sexual side effects, saw palmetto is used to treat low sex drive and low sperm count.

Cons

  • Not the one and done hair loss treatment, and can only be considered as a supplementary hair loss treatment.
  • Assuming that it works for you, it is necessary that you take it daily in the long term to maintain the effects.
  • It can have some blood-thinning components, and it can also cause minor discomforts in some such as fatigue, headache, and dizziness.

Hairpieces

We are so fortunate today that we can choose from a plethora of wigs that are exquisitely designed to the point that they look seamless and natural. Even though Donald Trump may not have gotten the memo, but we are eons away from simply settling for bad comb-overs. This option can give you an easier way out of feeling awkward in certain situations where thinning areas may get more attention.

Aside from wigs, you may also opt for adhesive hair extensions or clip-ons if it can be well hidden and styled, and not  get ugly track marks like Britney Spears.

Pros:

  • Wigs can look natural, and it can come in different forms and colors to suit your preference and features.
  • Wigs are easy to put on and go, making it more convenient.

Cons

  • This can only be a temporary solution.
  • Weaves can also be good for so long because even if it creates natural-looking outcome, it can be detrimental for your locks in the long run.

Minoxidil

Also known as Rogaine, this medications is formulated to combat hair loss in women. It is an FDA-approved treatment that is applied topically on the scalp. It is only used for hair loss caused by female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, and not anything else.

Minoxidil may be popularly known to correct hair loss in females, but it can also be used on men. The ladies can use the 2% formula, while men fare well with 5%. Many claim that this works best when your hair is just starting to shed. Some even went as far as using this as a hair hack to thicken their eyebrows. However, some experts would say that it doesn’t stimulate growth in these areas.

Pros

  • This product can be bought over-the-counter, which means you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to get it.
  • Minoxidil have been seen to slow down or stop hair loss in some women who used it.

Cons

  • It can be expensive as two ounces could go as much as $32 on the average in Sydney, and you may have to use this indefinitely to maintain the result.
  • The effects can take several months to be noticed. You may have to take it for at least 4 months to a year to see some results.
  • It can be inconvenient because the regimen has to be done twice a day.
  • There are some complaints about it being irritating to the skin.
  • It can cause more hair loss during the first four weeks that you are using it, and experts explain this to be due to the old hairs being forced out by new ones making their way to the surface.

Finasteride

Know in its brand name, Propecia, this medication was originally formulated for benign prostatic hypertophy (BPH). However, it was later on discovered that it can also cause hair growth, and it soon lead to its use for hair loss treatments. In line with this, another thing that is also worth noting is that Finasteride is for adult men only and not for those below 18. It is also advised against women.

This drug has always been the most widely used hair loss treatment with a lot of men vouching for its effectiveness. But it isn’t always sunshine with this drug either as it also comes with some side effects. Recently, it has been called into question due to what is said to be irreversible sexual side effects.

Pros:

  • It is effective in the vast majority of users.
  • It is convenient to use, as it can only be taken orally.
  • It stabilizes further hair loss in most cases.
  • Almost cost negligible especially if you get the generic, Proscar.

Cons:

  • It has to be taken indefinitely to ensure that you maintain the results.
  • It takes substantial time to see stabilization or growth, usually around 6-9 months.
  • There are several reports of different sexual problems in long-term users such as erectile dysfunction and the loss of libido among many others.
  • Gynecomastia (man boobs) is also another reported side effect.

Low Level Laser

Another non-invasive option to halt hair loss and promote hair restoration is low level laser therapy.  It is more advanced in a sense that it only uses laser light to perform its action. Aside from being offered in clinics, you can also get laser combs which you can use right at the comfort of your home.

LLL is not used as a sole hair loss treatment because often it is used in conjunction with others to boost their effects. There have been several good reviews although experts maintain that this is not a cut and dry treatment for hair loss.

Pros:

  • This is non-invasive and it is not painful.
  • It is convenient, especially if you can get hold of the laser comb types.
  • It is able to boost hair health.
  • This treatment is generally safe.

Cons:

  • It is not a stand-alone treatment.
  • There still needs to be more evidence regarding the effectiveness of this type of treatment.

Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is by far the most invasive hair loss treatment, and one that can give long lasting results. It involves removing hair grafts, or what is referred to as donor hairs, which are then transferred to the balding areas.

This is a very complicated procedure that requires experience and a good eye for aesthetics. Therefore, it is important to go for a surgeon with those qualifications. This procedure has been in practice for several years, and over that span of time the practice has far improved. If you browse through portfolios today, you can see that there are several impressive results, however you need to make your research to land someone who can give you this outcome.

Pros:

  • It leaves you with permanent and natural-looking results.
  • Your hairline can be customized right down to the smallest groove to suit your profile.
  • Many who have gone under the knife for this procedure have become very satisfied with their results, granted of course, that they went with a good surgeon.

Cons:

  • Like any surgery, this procedure comes with risks such as bleeding, infection, and many other. Although occurence is rare, but this should be taken into consideration.
  • It may look worse before it gets better. The actual results can actually take around 10-12 months.

Hair loss treatments have their strong points and certain drawbacks, but ultimately their highest positive output that should be considered by an individual, and how it would be suitable for his case.

Do you have more questions or concerns that we haven’t covered here? Come talk to us at the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic and let’s sort through the problem with our free consultation.

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Why are Younger Men Losing Hair?

In hair loss, it’s not just hairs that go down the drain but one’s confidence as well. The blow is much harder when a person loses it while young. If you are going bald at 23, then you are not alone. Premature hair loss have been far too common today with the affected demographic getting much younger. So what then is the reason behind all this mess?

Losing it early

Did you know that we normally lose as many as a hundred hair strands a day? This may sound like a lot but the amount you are shedding may not be too obvious since hair loss is a natural biological process that is actively ongoing everyday. It takes approximately 6 months for a hair follicle to rejuvenate and produce a new strand of hair, and over the course of a lifetime these hairs will eventually become fatigued and shriveled.

Aging will make it much harder for a person to generate new follicles, and stronger ones which explains why hair thinning is common in old age. But if you are shedding it in clumps, and at a much younger age, then this is definitely something out of whack with your system.

But why do some lose it much earlier?

Genetics is one of the major culprit behind premature balding, so if any of your relatives are affected, then there is a good chance that you’d be a victim of this type of hair loss as well. Typically, older individuals get the rough end of the stick, but the recent trend are moving towards the younger generation. Many as young as those in their early 20s are starting to lose their hair in degrees that earlier generations walk into it in their 40s. Geordie Shore star, Kyle Christie is an example, having gotten his hair transplant just recently at the age of 23.

Your genetic makeup can be a major player, but other factors such as lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors can also have a hand in the problem. These factors come at a different intensity for the younger generation of today this is why many are losing their locks early. But before we take a closer look let’s see what male pattern baldness is and how it progresses.

Male pattern baldness (MPB)

Androgenetic alopecia is another term for MPB. This not your usual hair loss but rather a condition where excessive amounts of the hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) affects your strands causing them to thin and shed in clumps. The hair loss occurs at a certain pattern usually commencing from the frontal hairline progressing backwards. It could also start at the crown area, and eventually increases in diameter.

This condition is often associated with aging men, however there is a shift in the demographic with men as young as 20 starting to shed significant amounts of hair in the usual problem areas. Some even end up with obvious pattern hair loss before they even hit the big 3-0. Let’s go through the individual factors, aside from genetics, that aggravate the problem.

Probable hair loss causes in young men:

Smoking

This alone cannot be blamed for hair loss, but it can aggravate existing circumstances. Smoking may affect DNA and it can affect the blood circulation to your hair follicles. A study on the impact of smoking upon male hair loss in a population survey of Taiwanese men showed that there is a significant positive association between moderate male pattern baldness and smoking 20 cigarettes or more per day. Aside from more pressing reasons to quit the habit, hair loss can be one good reason to do so!

Stress

We have all experienced how stress easily shows up on our face, but did you know that stress and hair loss are also related? The Mayo Clinic mentions three types of hair loss associated with high stress levels, and these are, telogen effluvium, trichotillomania, and alopecia areata. We are all exposed to different types of stress on a daily basis, and if left unmanaged this will eventually show symptoms. High levels of stress can be common in young men as they juggle education, career and personal life. Fortunately, stress and hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent, and you can do something to control it.

High amounts vitamin A

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, overdoing vitamin A supplements can trigger hair loss. Thankfully, this type of hair loss can be reversed, and hair will be able to grow back to normal once you halt the intake.

Protein shakes

News recently broke out that certain protein shakes and powders contain ingredients that can contribute to the balding process. Inorganic growth hormones and creatine found in a lot of muscle building shakes is deemed to raise blood testosterone levels which can result in hair loss.

Environmental causes

Prolonged sun exposure can dry out the hair and damages the cells of the hair cuticle causing the hair to become dry and brittle. This can stress out the area, resulting in the scalp to tighten. The body eventually shuts down hair production. The good thing is that this is an easily avoidable cause for hair loss.

Drugs and certain medications

There are certain medications that cause hair loss. The best example are the drugs used in cancer chemotherapy. Aside from targeting the cancer cells, it can also affect healthy ones, and one of the easy victims are the hair cells. Other drugs that can create the same effect one way or another include, amphetamines, anticoagulants, and antidepressants.

If you find yourself to be saying yes to some of these reasons cited above and losing hair along the way, then take the necessary steps to halt it right away. Nip the damage in the bud, and you just might keep a good amount of your original hair.

Do you have more questions about this topic? Come talk to us! We’d be more than happy to help you block the progression of hair loss. Send your questions on our inquiry form, or call us for an appointment.

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10 Things to Expect After a Hair Transplant

If you are still not yet sold on getting a hair transplant, or if you are already on your way of getting it, knowing what to expect afterward is a big step for success. Having this knowledge is like learning how to make a raft while stranded out on an island. So here are 10 things that you can expect after a hair transplant.

Proper aftercare is needed.

Let’s put emphasis on the term “proper.” This means that it is not just some haphazard treatment, but careful consideration of aseptic technique. It doesn’t mean that you will be donning sterile masks and suits to clean the affected areas, but you need to follow your surgeon’s instructions on wound care properly.

Since there is a break in skin integrity, it is important that you constantly wash your hands before doing aftercare, as this can be a primary source of infection. Follow the entire course of antibiotic treatment to prevent any chances of infection.

It is also important to immediately report the following:

  • Pain or discomfort with increasing intensity.
  • Prolonged or severe bleeding days after the surgery.
  • Foul odor or drainage on the surgical site.
  • High fever

It gets worse before it gets better

Shock loss is the type of hair loss that occur after a hair transplant surgery which occurs a few weeks after the procedure. This might be disheartening to look at but it is not something serious or permanent. It is a temporary reaction of the follicles after this type of surgery due to the amount of stress that the scalp is subjected to, and it happens to most hair transplant patients. At this point, the follicles are at a resting phase up until the patient has fully recovered.

Grafts grow at varying rates

Don’t get too worked up in comparing your results to the next person who had the same work done since each individual heals at a different rate. Surgeons claim that most patients have fair growth around the six-month period, and the results double on the 12th month. These measures are all relative because it can grow fast or the grafts can take its time to lengthen.

Swelling is normal

We often relate swelling to something gone wrong. However, in this case, swelling is a normal reaction especially within the first 2-3 days after surgery. This type of swelling is painless and it usually localizes on the forehead to the bridge of the nose. It then starts to subside usually around 72 hours, so if it worsens and is eventually accompanied with pain or tenderness, immediately report this to your surgeon so prompt treatment is given.

To let the normal swelling subside faster you can:

  • Elevate your head by propping it on 2-3 stacks of pillows.
  • Apply cold compress on the eye area, since some swelling also focuses here. However, you need to be careful not to apply too much cold since it could also hamper hair growth.
  • Avoid steroidal drugs as you heal since this can only worsen the situation.
  • Use medications, which has to be prescribed by your doctor.

This might not be your last

For some patients, they may need more than one session to complete the restoration needed for a good aesthetic outcome. In such a case, surgeons use this approach because they first want to assess the pattern and behavior of hair growth of the first surgery to decide whether a second procedure is still needed.

Medications needed

If you have been taking hair loss medications prior to surgery, this would have to be continued even after the procedure. While you don’t need it for the surgery to work, but this prevents the native hairs from falling off since hair loss is progressive. Surgeons would suggest this especially if there is a significant family history of baldness. If you have any questions or concerns, address them accordingly to your surgeon. Don’t just halt treatment without your doctor’s advice.

The potential for infections

As new hairs start to grow some develop inflammation or infection of the follicles caused by a fungus or bacteria. This is referred to as folliculitis and it can happen to some hair transplant patients. This is a potential risk that comes along with the procedure, fortunately, these heal on their own and will go away in a couple of weeks. In fact, most cases don’t need pharmacological treatment, but if it persists, an antibiotic treatment or an antifungal cream can help fix the problem especially if a large area of redness develops around it. Applying a clean, warm and damp face cloth can also help bring that soreness and swelling down.

Your new hair won’t grow all at once

Just like the hairs which inhabited that scalp once upon a time, the new follicles don’t sprout all the same time. Unlike carefully arranged rice fields that bloom in almost perfect unison, your hairs have their individual timetable. So you have to be patient and wait on these grafts to eventually reach their full growth that brings a suitable aesthetic appeal to your face.

Remember, about 20% of hair grows within the first 2-4 months, while 60-70% density is achieved within 5-8 months.

Altered scalp sensitivity

Some patients report of dullness or decreased scalp sensitivity over the surgical areas. This is not a major threat since it is only a temporary effect due to some nerves that were disrupted during the surgery. This will soon revert within 3-18 months as the nerves eventually regenerate.

Other treatments can help hair growth

Just because you have a hair transplant means that you can just lay there on your laurels and let nature take its course. If you want to assist the healing process and ensure that you recover with the best results, complementary treatments can help you along. Aside from medications, procedures like PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment can also boost your chances for better hair growth.

Others swear by supplements or natural oils to promote a healthier scalp that is conducive for healthier hair growth. Share this with your surgeon and know what other options are there to enhance your hair transplant results further.

If you have more questions and concerns, come talk to us. Allow us to help you get over your hair loss as we educate you through this beautiful process. Drop us a line and get on your way to a full head of hair!

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