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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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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 were seen to be 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 led 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 were 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 trichophytic 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 to 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, 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 achieve the natural-looking results you wish to achieve. Book your consult today, and let’s get started!

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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, but it should be taken 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 a significant improvement in 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 a 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 hair grafts 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 hair grafts 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 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 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 has 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 hairline
  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 consultation today and allow us to help you know more about the potential treatments that would be suitable for you!

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Superfoods for Hair Loss: Eat your way to hair regrowth

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

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

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

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

 

Spinach

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

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

 

Sunflower (Oil & Seeds)

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

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

 

Eggs

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

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

 

Black Raisins

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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. If you think that there are some concerns that are not covered here, come talk to us today by sending us an inquiry.

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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 could do so too. The blow is much harder when a person loses it while he is young. If you are going bald at 23, then you are not alone. Premature hair loss has 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 culprits 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 is 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 backward. 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 of 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 of hair loss.

Drugs and certain medications

There are certain medications that cause hair loss. The best example is the kind of 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 manage your hair loss problems. 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 drives you to whatever is necessary to achieve 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 occurs 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 by 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 for 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 to 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 in the management of your hair loss as we educate you through this beautiful process. Drop us a line today!

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8 Unusual Hair Loss Remedies Throughout the History

Hair loss has inspired a lot of impressive technologies today that can even create the most natural-looking results you could imagine. However, behind the advancements and successes in hair restoration are some bizarre remedies along the way. Here are some that made a mark in history.

A Greek tragedy

Hippocrates was definitely a thinker way beyond his time which is only why he is called the ‘Father of Modern Medicine.’ It was him who first saw the connection between hair loss and male hormones. He observed that men who are castrated before they hit puberty were not affected by hair loss.

Today, this was known to be due to the absence of testosterone which could convert to the hair loss culprit – DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

For this, Hippocrates developed several treatments in which one included a mixture of cumin, nettles, horseradish, and pigeon droppings. This was to be applied on the scalp for the intent of re-growing hair, but it was unsuccessful. Castration was later on confirmed by Duke University to prevent hair loss but was also deemed to be commercially unacceptable. Today, a fringe around a bald pate is called a Hippocratic Wreath, which was done so by his colleagues in his honor.

Egyptian hair loss magic

The Egyptians have been known for their signature wigs, but behind the hairpiece, they were also in a constant search for a cure for hair loss. One of their interesting solutions includes reciting a magic spell to the sun god and then swallowing a mixture of onions, honey, iron, red lead, and alabaster.

Another measure was rubbing different animal fats on the scalp, which also lead to disappointing results. Some accounts found on The Eber’s Papyrus described a concoction of fats from a crocodile, hippo, snake, tomcat, and ibex. If this fails, another option is to boil porcupine hair and leave it on the scalp for four days.

Caesar and his leaves

When Julius Caesar started to lose his hair, he tried to everything to reverse it and keep the condition a secret. In his attempts to conceal his thinning hair, the Roman dictator tried to grow his remaining hair longer at the back. In a less than a successful attempt, he tried to cover his bald spot by combing all his hair forward, giving the infamous comb-over its ancient roots.

Seeing that this technique was no good, his lover Cleopatra recommended a rather unusual topical remedy which consisted of horse teeth, ground mice, and bear grease. This had very little effect, so the dictator took to nature for his final solution and one which soon became his signature look – he donned a laurel wreath around his scalp.

Chicken for follicles that “chickened” out

In the 17th century, British men were really at the hard end in trying to keep their hair. Male health magazines at the time advised the gentlemen to apply chicken dung to their head to protect them from going bald. On the other end of the spectrum, it was also advised that cat dung helps remove unwanted hair.

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Snake oil

In the 19th century “snake oil” salesmen became a big thing in the United States. These people are actually swindlers masquerading to be doctors who are peddling these potions which are basically phony concoctions. What made them a hit are the lofty promises that this was supposed to reverse hair loss and pretty much every condition that ails you.

This is also the time when the infamous ointment called Seven Sutherland Sister’s Hair Grower was shoved into the throats of desperate and naïve buyers by a family of sideshow performers with tresses which spanned 37 feet between them.

Victorian locks

Around 1876 to 1913, people in America were doing the opposite of what most people suffering from hair loss would do – they were brushing their hair incessantly. What makes matter worse is the fact that they use stiff brushes for the job, thinking that this can promote soft and shiny hair. Applying a mixture of cologne, spirit of camphor and a pigment of cantharides every night was also believed to halt hair loss.

Sucking it up

In 1936, a certain company called the Crosley Corporation which manufactures radios and automobiles ventured into personal care products. They created the Xervac machine which was supposed to create a suction on the head through a helmet-encased vacuum pump to stimulate hair growth. It can be rented for home use or it can be found in barbershops. Men can kick back and relax while the vacuum works on the follicles. Today this machine is displayed in the Museum of Quackery Medicine, although the sole intent of this invention was not to fool anyone.

The 20th-century hot heads

At this time in history, manufacturers attempted to take huge strides in developing cutting-edge solutions for hair loss. These efforts brought the market the Thermocap device by a company called Merke Institute. Men, and even women, who are suffering from thinning locks only had to spend 15 minutes each day under the heat introduced by the bonnet-like gear and blue light. This was intended to stimulate dormant hair bulbs into growing. Unfortunately, this solution didn’t come out to be successful.

Thanks to modern medicine, we now have better options for hair loss. We are even better equipped with knowledge regarding home remedies, instead of going for the strange and disgusting. However, if you want to take bigger strides to restore your hair, a hair transplant can be a good final option. Like some of the treatments mentioned above, this procedure also had its crude beginnings but has far improved over the years making it reliable.

If you want to know about this in detail, come and talk to us at the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic or you could drop us a line here.
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