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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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Female Vs Male Hair Transplant

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

Hair loss in men and women

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

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

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

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

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

Male Hair Transplant

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  • Considerations

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

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

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

  • The procedure

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

Female Hair transplant

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

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

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

  • Who is a good candidate?

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

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

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

  • Results

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

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

Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic is also keeping abreast of the tools and techniques available for your specific case. Schedule your consultation with us today, and let’s see what can be done. 

 

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Eyebrow Hair Transplant FAQs

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For individuals who may not have the density and shape of a good eyebrow, or any eyebrow at all, they have a chance at having great arches with an eyebrow hair transplant. This left a lot of patients very satisfied, and if you want to get it also here are questions you might be asking as well.

Common Eyebrow Transplant Questions

1. Who is a good candidate for an eyebrow hair transplant surgery?

This is advisable for anyone who has sparse or thinning eyebrows, whether if it was due to over-plucking, scarring, or thyroid disease.

2. How is the surgery performed?

In this procedure, each brow is individually designed or arranged to fit a patient’s facial features, while also considering the person’s preferences. A seasoned hair transplant surgeon takes into account the appropriate thickness, arch shape, brow length, and space between the brows.

The surgeon takes donor grafts from the back of the head or from other parts of the body using either the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method.  Micro-incisions are then created on the recipient site on which to implant the donor grafts.

For the entire procedure, the patient can stay awake from start to finish. However, you may be given a sedative and an oral narcotic before the procedure. An intravenous (IV) sedation may no longer be needed.

3. How is the eyebrow shape determined for the surgery?

Most patients bring in a photo of a certain celebrity whose eyebrows they want to follow, or they also show the surgeon a photo of how their eyebrow looked while they were younger. However, with all that taken into consideration the surgeon also makes sure that the eyebrow he fashions for you is appropriate for the patient’s face.

On the day of the procedure, the shape of the brow would be drawn in place and the patient verifies if they like it or not.

4. How long is the downtime for an eyebrow transplant?

It doesn’t really require a long downtime, but you should give yourself enough rest as swelling subsides. This may take a day or two, and you might even see some scabbing on the surgical site by then. Itching and a mild burning sensation may also be present but it can be temporary and easily managed with topical lotions.

5. Will a bald spot be left on the area where the donor grafts are taken out?

No, it will not. Surgeon’s take every third or fourth hair so as not to significantly affect the distribution of hair in the area. Meanwhile, for the traditional FUT method, the surgeon designs the incisions and closures in a such a way that it does not show any scarring at all.

6. Who performs an eyebrow surgery?

This is performed by a certified hair transplant surgeon. It is important that patient be very keen in choosing the surgeon they want to go with because not everyone is skilled and experienced in pulling off a great eyebrow.

7. How long does an eyebrow transplant surgery take?

Generally, this procedure can take 4-5 hours, and sometimes even as long as 6 for some clinics. Half of the total amount of time is spent harvesting the grafts, and the other half is spent implanting it.

8. Is the procedure painful?

The procedure does not hurt because the surgeon uses anaesthetics. However, it does sting once the effect subsides but this is manageable with medications.

9. How many hair grafts are needed for an eyebrow transplant?

For concealing scars, a dozen or so of grafts might be needed to blend into the eyebrow to create continuity. For reshaping, it can take about 50 to 250 grafts for every brow. The number will slightly vary depending on the desired volume, density, and shape.

10. What are the risks involved with eyebrow transplant?

This procedure has minimal risks, but there are rare instances when the transplanted hair grows in a different direction than desired. If this occurs, the hair can actually be trained to grow in the same direction as the rest of the others. However, in a worst case scenario it can be removed by plucking. Swelling is also highly likely, but it can resolve in a few days.

11. What is the recovery time like, and how soon I go back to my usual activities?

The recovery time is actually pretty fast for this surgery. Some may even go back to work in two days. However, scabbing will be present for up to 5 days after surgery on the area where the grafts are implanted.

12. How long will it take before the final results will be achieved?

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Just like transplanted grafts on the head, the hair grafts on the eyebrow will undergo shock loss within the first two months before the new hairs eventually grow. It will be full grown in 4-6 months, and it continues to do so every month.

13. How much does an eyebrow transplant cost?

This varies for each patient and clinic. This is highly dependent on the number of grafts needed and the surgeon’s professional fee. The patient will be charged per graft, and the price for each will also vary on the region or country where you plan to have it done.

14. How long does the result of an eyebrow transplant last?

The hairs that eventually grow are permanent. It grows just like any other hair on your hair. However, it will not grow as long because it takes on the character of surrounding eyebrow hairs. You may still have to groom it to maintain the proper length and shape.

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Beard Hair Transplant: 10 Things You Should Know

In 2014, beard hair transplants shot to fame as a new branch of surgical hair restoration, and it remains to be a growing trend. However, the practice is not entirely new, this has been done for several years already. Even then, it is still important that you do your homework if ever you are planning to get a beard done. These ten facts will make for a great start.

10 Beard Hair Transplant Facts

1. Facial hair transplants are not limited to beards

Getting a facial hair transplant is not only limited to fashioning a beard transplant. You can also have it done to get a goatee, a mustache or sideburns. It may even be a perfect way to fill out patchiness in facial hairs. It can also be done to hide acne scars or any types of scars for that matter. Furthermore, you can also get some work done on your eyebrows as well.

2. This gets you the beard you always wanted

This procedure can get you the beard you so desire, and not just some random growth. With it, you can have the shape and distribution you want.

3. The donor hairs are taken from the scalp

Just like traditional hair transplant surgery, the donor hairs are taken from the back portion of the scalp. It is can be done either through FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) or FUE (Follicular Unit ExtractIon), two approaches to surgical hair restoration. There is no need to be worried about the aesthetic outcome on the part of the donor area because surgeons design any resulting scars to be easily concealed.

In some cases, the sides of the scalp can also be used. However, whichever site is used is often decided on which has the closest match to facial hair. The new hairs that will grow soon will take on the same characteristics of other facial hairs, such as its texture. And yes, you can even shave these off, without you having to worry about these not growing back.

4. It takes several hundred to thousands of hair grafts

The average number of grafts for a facial hair transplant would be 350-500 grafts for a mustache, 600-700 grafts for a full goatee, 300-700 grafts for a cheek beard, and 200-250 grafts for each sideburn. This would differ and could go up to a thousand if you want a full blown beard, and these patients would require a second procedure for additional grafts.

5. The procedure can take up to four hours

The exact length of the procedure will vary for each patient. This will depend on the type of beard they want to achieve. However, a typical beard hair transplant will take around 2-4 hours to finish. So be wary of places who promise to give you a beard transplant in a shorter amount of time. Quality results will demand a good amount of time because this is a very delicate procedure that takes careful skill and precision for great results. Some patients would even require a second procedure, although most can be done in a single session.

6. Transplanted hairs will fall out after two weeks

There is no need to be worried about this occurrence because this is only a normal process. This is an expected reaction known as “shock loss.” What patients need to know is that this is different from shedding. The hairs will simply grow back usually around three months. It is not fully understood as to why this phenomenon occurs, but some experts weighed in that it might have something to do about changes in blood supply in the scalp, or in this case, the chin.

7. Minimal risk involved

Like any surgical cosmetic procedures, beard hair transplants also come with certain risks. These risks include bruising, swelling, and redness in the area. There is minimal pain involved after the procedure, and this doesn’t last long and is very manageable. Scarring is also a risk, but this will be dependent on factors like skin healing, aftercare, and your strict adherence to antibiotic therapy.

8. You may have to take a day off

You may have to a day or two off from work. The procedure can last up to 5 hours, and you might need to get some downtime the following day.

9. Gray hairs included

Surgeons would even take the extra effort to strategically arrange or scatter gray hairs so the end result will come out natural-looking. So if you have a salt-and-pepper head, your beard should be the same way too.

10. Permanent

The best thing about beard transplant is the fact that it provides a permanent solution. Even if you shave it off, the hairs will grow back. However, it is not advised to do anything with those newly transplanted stubs for the first ten days after surgery. It is also worth knowing that you can’t be a beard donor.

If you plan to get a beard transplant, Australia can have this procedure for $7000-$10000, depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done. So be wise about clinics that would offer much less than this or those who claim that they can do it faster.

If you have more questions about beard transplant in Australia, schedule your free consultation today at Sydney Hair Transplant. Drop us a line here or call us at 1300-656-236.

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10 Ways Clueless Men Are Damaging Their Hair

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Did you know that we lose 50-100 strands of hair daily? Yes, it’s that many – and if you don’t take care of your locks you could lose more. Even with the genetic predisposition to balding aside, you could end up with extensive hair thinning and breakage if you are not careful.

A lot of men have been slowly damaging their hair without them knowing it. And it’s the little everyday stuff that brings on the damage. So what are these factors which are causing all these damages? Here are the 10 common culprits men are unaware of.

10 Damaging Factors to Male Hair

1. Washing your hair every day

Washing your hair every day seems to be reasonable if you aim to be clean and well-groomed. With hair being one of the major factors in a man’s overall appearance and personality, some men would take more time to give it the best care and style. To create and maintain that desired wave or side part pompadour, some men would often use styling products like gels, hair mousse, or clays. This is why regular shampooing becomes necessary.

According to an article by the Business Insider, men should only wash their hair three times a week. This is because shampoos, when used excessively, can be damaging to the hair. It contains chemicals, such as sulfates, which strip the hair of natural oils that keep the hair shiny, strong and soft. There is no need to abstain from shampoos, in general, or avoid taking showers everyday – you still can of course. On days when you don’t shampoo, simply massage the scalp gently. This action can already help remove some dirt and excess oil from the scalp while promoting better circulation at the same time.

2. Hot showers

We are all guilty of enjoying a good, long, and steamy shower. It relaxes the muscles making it a good catharsis for a very stressful day, right? However, if you want to keep your hair, it may be time to cut back on this guilty pleasure. Hot water strips the hair of its natural oils and it also weakens the roots, making it more vulnerable to breakage or falling. Remember, the hair is made up of protein material and collagen which can get damaged when exposed to heat, causing the hair to break in the middle. You can go for warm water instead of hot, this way it will be more gentle to the hair and good for the scalp.

3. The way you dry your hair

Whether if you have short or long hair, how you tousle those strands when drying it can also create some damage. Hair is most sensitive when wet, and when you vigorously rub a towel over your hair immediately after stepping off the shower, you could end up damaging the strands. To make it gentler on your hair, squeeze certain partitions of your hair if it is long, or dab your towel gently for short-haired guys.

4. Styling products

Your gels, mousse and hair dyes can all wreak havoc to your hair if you are not careful. These can be fun and stylish, but it can be damaging in the long run. The chemicals can damage the disulfide bonds of the hair, and it also widens the pores too much making the cuticles susceptible to damage. If you have to dye your hair, go for high-quality dyes instead of cheap brands, because those tend to dry out the hair more due to a certain degree of structural damage. It’s fortunate that dyes now come with conditioners to moisturize the hair and make it smoother after the treatment.

5. Tight hairstyles

From cornrows, ponytails, to man buns – men also have their liking for certain hairstyles. However, the problem is that such hairstyles can be damaging for the hair structure. It’s like having the hair follicles yanked from the roots, and if this keeps on, worse case would be traction alopecia. As the name implies, this type of excessive hair loss (alopecia) is caused by the constant traction applied to your hair.

6. Take it easy on that comb

If you choose to wear your hair long, you need to comb it if you want to look civilized and attractive. Don’t just run that comb roughly through your hair, like you’re straightening a clump of ropes. Those can take a beating, but your hair needs gentler action, especially when it’s wet or damp. It is advised that you dry your hair first before combing it. And if you have longer tresses, use a wide-toothed comb to tame it before using a finer tooth for better styling.

7. Cut back on pool time

Pool water can also be damaging to your hair. It can even dry and damage your locks due to the chlorine content, as well as other chemicals. Showering with tap water before diving into the pool somehow protects your hair from the chemicals, and prevent these from absorbing into the follicles. To prevent dryness and damage it pays to limit your pool time, and if this is unavoidable you can protect your hair before swimming and rinse it thoroughly afterwards. A conditioner also helps moisturize and soften the hair after being exposed to the chemicals in the pool.

8. Stress

Unmanaged stress can take a toll on your hair. In fact, there are three types of hair loss associated to this phenomenon – telogen effluvium, alopecia areata and trichotillomania. With excessive amounts of stress, a huge chunk of hair can be pushed into a resting phase, the immune system could attack the hairs, or a person could get the irresistible urge to pull out some hair. Professional intervention is most effective for these types of problem.

9. Underlying medical conditions

Hypothyroidism is a medical problem which is caused by an underproduction of certain thyroid hormones. It may affect some men without them knowing it, and it could manifest through hair loss and other symptoms. A laboratory exam is a definitive way to know if something is off with your thyroid. Consult your primary care physician to rule out anything that could be medically causing your hair loss.

10. Lack of nutrients

There are certain nutrients, which, in low or excessive amounts, result in excessive hair loss. For instance, not getting enough protein and having excessive vitamin A in your system can make it weak, dry and easily breakable.

How many of these are you guilty of? Hair loss is normal, but if you keep on repeating poor habits, there is a good chance that your hair could suffer.

For those who may be losing more hair than usual, and is already showing signs of baldness, come and talk to us. Let us help you sort out your problem and see what can be done from there. Fill in our contact form, or call us at 1300 656 236 to schedule a consultation.

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

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It seems that women are not the only ones losing locks from hairstyles, but men too. If you look at Hollywood alone, or any celebrity news, you would see that men are growing from the usual cuts to longer hairs tied up in buns. If women like to volume it up with weaves, a lot of men now find it stylish to roll their hairs up in buns. These adorable hairstyles, though may seem rather attractive, can also have some downside.

Current Male Hairstyles

As men ease into becoming metrosexual, they are now opening themselves up to more interesting fashion sense. Yes, there was the skinny jeans, then there were those man purses, but who knew men would also catch up with their hairstyles. Take a clue from David Beckham, Leonardo Di Caprio, to Chris Hemsworth, all these guys wear top-knots or man buns like it was nobody’s business! And a lot of the guys are following suit.

It’s interesting how this hairstyle may have stemmed for the mere purpose of fixing up the hair, but it has created some sort of style revolution. Let’s admit it, some guys can simply pull this off this look and many women find it hot.

The consequences

As much as these hairstyles may be attractive, these can also be harmful to your hair in the long run. Experts are finding a lot of men losing their hair these way nowadays.  According to dermatologists, the longstanding traction or pull on your scalp can end up pulling the hair out. It may even result in permanent scarring into something called traction alopecia. These seemingly hipster top-knots and man buns with their extreme tension bring men to permanent hair loss.  This means bald patches often around the forehead and the temples.

What is traction alopecia?

Harry Styles and Jared Leto seems to be rocking the man bun, but it may not look to cool if the roots of your hair end up being pulled for too long. As it is seemingly pulled forcibly from the scalp with that tight knot, the hair will end up ceasing to grow.

There are different types of hair loss and traction alopecia is one of those that are caused by the person himself. As its name implies, it is hair loss caused by traction or the pulling action. When a hair follicle is pulled it creates a tension through its length right down to the root. This damages the root and pulls it out. Just think about plucking your eyebrows. If you regularly pluck it out, it eventually ceases to grow back.

Unlike androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness which is something your DNA has something to do with, this type of hair loss can be within your control. Fortunately, this hair loss is localized and it can be temporary. However, in a bad twist of things, this may also be permanent.

When the hair follicles end up being scarred, there’s a good chance that you could lose your hair permanently. This may not only scar your hair follicles but your confidence as well. These celebrity women realized the price they had to pay after months of being on those tight weaves, and this could also happen to men if those tight buns are maintained.

Men who lose their hair from the center, or those who end up with a regressing hairline, tends to wear to wear their hair long and into a ponytail. What makes this picture so wrong is that it can only make matters worse.

So what causes traction alopecia?

Aside from man buns and top-knots, tight braids, dreadlocks, and cornrows are also common reasons for traction alopecia in men. Tight headgears, like helmets, which are worn frequently for long periods of time can also create a rubbing and pulling motion which could also result in hair loss.

What can be done about it?

If you notice some areas of your scalp starting to thin out some parts of your hairline starting to widen, you should learn to lay off the buns now. Don’t wait before more follicles get damaged because once it goes there, hair may never get back.

But I’ll let you in on some good news, traction alopecia is relatively rare. So not all men who wear man buns can get hair loss. The idea here is just to avoid pulling your hair too tight. It also helps to dry your hair first before putting them in a bun or a knot because wet hair can be more sensitive, or more vulnerable to hair loss. Other hair experts also advise that you can also slick your hair back and still create the same effect.

What happens with permanent hair loss due to traction alopecia?

In the event where you permanently lose hair due to too much traction, there are still several treatment options available for you. Aside from changing your hairstyles, these also include the following:

Massage

This may not create dramatic results, but it does help promote better circulation. With proper blood flow, the affected scalp areas are then nourished to promote better hair growth. You can also add in natural oils like Rosemary or castor oil. Aside from possessing several nutrients, it also has the properties to promote good circulation.

Medications

There are over-the-counter medications that can reverse traction alopecia. There are some medications that are known to show certain improvements after three months of use. Antibiotics and even intralesional corticosteroids can also do the job when you beat the problem early. However, these treatments may require a physician’s prescription and administration.

Surgery

Permanent scarring of the follicles can be corrected with surgical hair transplantation. In a procedure called a “flap surgery,” hair transplant surgeons attach healthy scalp to the affected areas. This is not necessarily the first option, but it is definitely the best treatment available.

Top-knots and man-buns may be the cool way to wear your hair, but it can have some consequences. To avoid the damaging effects caused by too much traction, learn to let loose once in a while. Damage can be prevented, and it lessens the extent when you loosen it up now.

If you aim to address the permanent effects of traction alopecia, come to Sydney Hair Transplant today. We aim to provide the appropriate treatment based on your own hair loss concern. Call us today for a consult.

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Hair Loss and Why You Have Your Parents to Blame for It

Hair loss can take various forms and extent, but if there is one thing that it brings to the table is the fact that it not only changes your looks but your confidence as well. People may not see this to be too significant, especially when it is not you who are affected by the loss. But it can actually be a struggle especially among those who are not comfortable with losing their hair. Kudos to those who simply accept their lot, but for those who may be struggling I understand you. So to understand this phenomenon, let’s delve into the nit and grit of the problem, and why your parents have a role to play in it.

Hair loss

When we talk about hair loss, it is first important to remember what is also normal. Hair loss is actually a normal everyday phenomenon that we may not be aware of. We usually lose around 50-100 hairs each day. But when you eventually notice thinning in some areas, or bald patches, then you could be experiencing excessive hair loss or male pattern baldness.

What are the causes of hair loss?

There are many reasons that can lead to hair loss, and knowing what these are is important in finding the most appropriate cure. Hair loss may be due to the following factors:

1. Aging

It is normal to notice mild physiologic thinning in both males and females as soon as they hit their 30’s to 40’s. For the ladies, hormonal change is a major contributing factor. It can affect hair growth and patterns. For instance, they may notice lesser hair on their legs, and more showing up on their upper lips or chin. But the rate of hair growth significantly decreases because the follicles no longer have as much hair growth as it used to be in your earlier years.

2. Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes that are caused by puberty, pregnancy and menopause may cause hair loss.

3. Health conditions

Certain conditions such as iron deficiency anemia, diabetes, and thyroid disease can contribute to hair loss. Low iron levels affect hair re-growth rates as well as its quality. Unregulated thyroid hormones can also hasten hair loss and even promotes thinning for each strand. Type 2 diabetes can also cause hormonal imbalance which can lead to hair loss.

However, if there is one major cause that can bring about excessive hair loss, that would be genetics. This is the reason why such a condition is called androgenetic alopecia. Based on statistics, this medical condition also known as male pattern baldness (MPB),  accounts for 95% of hair loss in men. So you see, this is actually far more prevalent than we expect it to be.

Male Pattern Baldness

The famous faces of male pattern baldness include Chris Evans, Prince Charles, Prince William and Wayne Rooney. Being under the glaring media attention, you have seen how their hair loss progressed. They are the unfortunate lot who are afflicted with hereditary hair loss, most referred to as androgenetic alopecia.

There are a lot of misconceptions behind androgenetic alopecia. One of the most common is that this tricky gene only came from your mother’s side of the family. The fact of the matter is that you can get this either from your father or mother’s genes. Simply by looking at certain family members on both sides can already give you a clue at how your hair loss could turn out.

Another fact is that it not only affects the guys but females as well. In fact, there is about 80 million men and women in the US  have this type of hair loss. So just look at how hair loss progresses even among the females in your family.

More insight into androgenetic hair loss

This type of hair loss is due to a genetic predisposition or family history. Although it affects both men and women, this often displays a more rapid, earlier and more extensive effect.

The usual signs and symptoms of androgenetic hair loss are the increased hair shedding. It transitions from large, thick, and pigmented terminal hairs to thinner, shorter and indeterminate hairs that eventually end up looking short and wispy.  Towards the end, the affected areas can result in total denudation which either starts at the frontal hairline or the vertex.

There are several diagnostic tools for androgenetic alopecia. One of the most important aspects is a physical examination. Other more advanced diagnoses include analysis of thyrotropin levels, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)-sulfate and testosterone analysis, and assessment of iron-binding capacity and transferrin saturation for iron deficiency.

Surgical treatment is another treatment for androgenetic hair loss. This has been practiced for so many years, and it has eventually developed into a more advanced treatment.  Micrografting, which is a technique used today, can produce a natural appearance. Certain approaches have also made it possible to customize the results to your overall profile.

A promise beyond your loss

As you can see, androgenetic alopecia is a problem that is highly treatable. There is still a way to get the volume you wish to have, but you also have to accept the fact that it will take some time. Medications can take a while before you see improvement, and even surgery can take you several months before achieving the final results.

It really pays to approach a dermatologist or a hair expert so that you can be properly evaluated or advised. There is no cookie-cutter approach to your hair loss, which means that what may work for the other may not necessarily be applicable to you. But one thing is for sure, androgenetic alopecia is a condition you can get over with.

If you aim to take charge of your hair loss, bring your concerns to the Sydney Hair Transplant Clinic today. We can walk you through the finer details. Book your consultation today, and let’s see what can be done for you.

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10 Things You Should Know If You’re Considering a Hair Transplant

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A Must Read For First Time Hair Transplant Patients

Hair transplant is an expensive hair restoration treatment that has been gaining better acceptance today. It has quite a reputation back in the day due to the numerous botched outcome, but it has far improved today. This is thanks to the development both in techniques and equipment. However, there still remains some poor results every once in a while. Here are the red flags you need to watch out for.

1. Avoid the “gives you more plugs in just one sitting” pitch

Don’t be so quick to grab it like it’s a golden opportunity out of your hair loss woes. This is actually very poor marketing right off the bat, and a clear red flag. A good surgeon would tell you that hair transplant surgery requires a good amount of time to finish; from the extraction down to the transplantation. So if a surgeon says that he can give you more grafts compared to other surgeons, then you should be careful. First of all, he can’t say that without even evaluating your case. Having more grafts don’t mean more value for your money, but rather creating good quality outcome even with fewer grafts is. So be wise in spotting the difference.

2. The doctor or clinic does not focus on hair transplant surgery

There are places who offer hair transplant treatments, but their services are not mainly focused on performing it. In some cases, these places are even advertised as a spa. As customers, it is important that you scrutinize the places or practitioners that you are considering. The doctor should be trained and experienced in hair transplant alone. This speaks a lot when it comes to his expertise and his ability to deliver quality results.  So should you decide to get a consult, always check to see if they have the proper training, equipment, and experience to perform the procedure? You wouldn’t prefer a clinic who only performs hair transplant occasionally over one who has a dozen procedures a week, right?

3. They cannot give you a portfolio of their past work

It’s just like having someone boast of their greatness but have nothing to show for it. A clinic that cannot give you their portfolio is a shady one. How will you be able to check their work against their word to see if what they’re claiming is true? A reliable clinic should have concrete evidence of the quality of work they are able to put out, this means before and after photos, otherwise, cross them off your list.

4. They will not give you any contact with previous patients

It is a common practice for hair transplant clinics or hair surgeons to give you a contact information of any of their previous clients. So if a surgeon refuses to do this, it’s best to steer clear. A good surgeon would have a ready list of clients who can vouch for his work.

5. The doctor or clinic does not have any online reputation

Let’s face it, we are in the digital age and pretty much every information we have can be found on the internet. A good doctor should have an online reputation which you can often find in blogs or forums. People will always talk, and when someone is making a mark in his field, they will always get a mention. Take note of this in doing your online research; credible testimonials are a big plus.

6. The doctor or clinic does not have professional affiliations

Being affiliated or evaluated by a recognized professional organization is a strong indicator of credibility both for the surgeon and the clinic. This means that the surgeon or the clinic has passed stringent qualifying standards. This allows you to go through your hair transplant surgery with confidence.

7. Agrees with everything you say

The reason you go to a consultation is for you to get assessed by a professional. It isn’t any better if the surgeon agrees with everything you want. He is the expert, so he should know better. A good hair transplant surgeon would give you the facts straight out even if it doesn’t necessarily agree with what you want, just as long as it’s best for you. So be very keen if he agrees with everything you say, instead of advising you.

8. Be wary of clinics who are not clear with their prices

It is important that a clinic be upfront with their prices. They should be able to give you a quote depending on your specific case rather than talking in circles around the subject matter. This speaks a lot about the clinic’s transparency when it comes to doing business with you. It is also important to know that hair transplant clinic today either charge you by the graft or give you a sliding scale fee.

9. Shun the one size fits all approach

A surgeon who relates to you in this approach is definitely a bad sign. There is no cookie-cutter solution for every hair loss problem. A good surgeon personalizes his approach based on the needs of the patient. This goes for all hair loss treatments, like shampoos or medications. It will get you the result that is perfectly suited for you.

10. Clinics who offer consultations only through phone or e-mail

A good consultation should be done personally. How best can a surgeon assess your problem unless he sees it for himself. Phone or e-mail consultations prevent the surgeon from giving a proper evaluation. Therefore, you need to cross surgeons who are contented in doing this out of your list.

Every discerning patient should watch out for these red flags. Hair transplant is a procedure that demands careful work because it also comes at a price. There are hair transplant surgeons and clinics today, but this doesn’t necessarily mean to be a good thing because now you have to weed out the shady ones. I hope this will guide you in your search for successful restoration.

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

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

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

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

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

DO’s

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

DON’Ts

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

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

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

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

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