AGA or pattern hair loss is the most common hair loss in men and women. Clinical characteristics include a reduction of terminal hair density on the scalp that follows a typical pattern in both genders, with a conversion of terminal to vellus-like hairs and an increase of telogen hair (in an episode of active shedding).
Male pattern hair loss results from a combination of androgen and genetics. Its pattern will develop with recession of the frontal hairline to M-shaped and can be classified by Norwood-Hamilton classification. Ethnic variation in the incidence has been reported. Caucasian has higher incidence than Asian and African.
Female pattern is age-related. 40% of Caucasian women have developed some degree of this hair loss at age 70 but less frequent in Asian women, presented with a diffuse loss of hair on the crown and persistence of the frontal hairline.
Patient history and physical exam usually give a definite diagnosis. In young women, further investigations are recommended to rule out other diseases.
Currently, two medications are approved for the treatment of AGA: oral finasteride and topical minoxidail. However, hair restoration or hair transplantation is the most successful and permanent treatment for AGA.
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The implanted hair will fall out after 10 – 14 days, and then it will start to grow back again after about 2 or 3 months. In some patients the forehead can be slightly swollen the first few days after surgery.
Implanted hair stays alive and continuously grows. Theoretically, an implant could even live 150 years.
That depends on how thick you want your hair to be. For filling up a thinning area, 1 to 2 sessions should be sufficient. Sufficient filling of a completely hairless spot takes 2 to 3 treatments.
Yes, assuming that the wig is not glued to the area where the surgery is to be performed.
No. This is not possible because hair follicles from other people are of a different genotype. The only exception is hair follicles of identical twins. With this there have been successful experiments.
The day after the treatment you can gently wash your scalp and clean it with some (medicinal) shampoo. After a few weeks the ‘stubbles’ will fall off and 1 to3 months later the implanted hairs will start to grow.
Hair transplantation is considered to be a very safe form of cosmetic surgery when it is carried out in a professional clinic.
- It is performed under local anesthesia, usually with an intravenous-applied analgesic.
- It is always performed by a well-trained, professional medical team and the surgery itself takes place on the upper skin layer of the scalp.
- As the scalp is very well supplied with blood, the risk of infection, is minimized as long as the prescribed antibiotics are taken correctly.
Adults aged 25 years and up. Among other things, in:
- Younger people who suffer from alopecia
- Male and female patients with symptoms of hair loss
- Men and women who desire a fuller head of hair or those who want to reduce their hairline, for example, to create a slight V-shape in the middle (also known as a widow’s peak)
- People with balding spots caused by scars, for example, after accidents or after a facelift
- People who want to have their eyebrows, eyelashes, sideburns, mustache or beard restored or enhanced
Possible causes are:
- This may be related to the wound after surgery.
- There is a small group of patients (<5%) in whom transplanted hair does not really grow. (<40%). he cause is unknown and maybe genetic.
- The survival chances of individual hair follicles are not the same for everyone.
Alopecia or androgenic alopecia is caused by:
- Genetic factors, such as inheriting the very common prerequisite ‘baldness gene’ or, in rare cases, there is a mutation of the genes
- Male hormones such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone
- Ageing or a rapid decline in health.
Massaging the scalp and using one of two types of drugs can sometimes reduce hair loss. Ultimately, hair transplantation has proved to be the most successful solution.
Alopecia is quite a common thing in the world. But its effects on self-confidence are nevertheless enormous. Many people suffer a lot from their hair loss. According to research, some even become so obsessed that they spend all day comparing their own hair with that of others. Hair transplantation is an excellent way to solve these kinds of problems. Even those who really don’t have a problem with their alopecia but would just like to have some more hair can be helped by a hair transplant. However, it is important to be well informed not just believe every story.
The best way to promote hair growth is through transplantation. This is only possible if there are living hair follicles. Without these, no single drug or chemical substance can stimulate hair growth. There are stories that light- and laser therapy, electromagnetic therapy and exotic elixirs with secret formulas stimulate hair growth. However, there has never been any scientific evidence that anyone ever benefitted from these except the manufacturers.
The only drugs that, in some people, demonstrably affect hair growth are Finasteride and Minoxidil lotion. Both of which stimulate blood supply to the hair roots. They also have possible side-effects such as unwanted hair growth on the face and body. Minoxidil is available in two formulas and women should only use the version without progesterone.
Finasteride, and its stronger version Dutasteride, are available under the trade name Propecia. Finasteride is not suitable for women of childbearing age because of possible side effects on a male fetus. According to preliminary research, for women who are past childbearing age it does not seem to work.
Finasteride (Propecia) in men may cause (temporary) reduction of libido and infertility as a side effect. It inhibits the functioning of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, reducing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride, and Dutasteride, the stronger variant, in most countries are prescription drugs.
Yes, hair transplantation permanently moves healthy hair follicles to the balding, thinning spots.
Hair transplantation is a type of autologous transplant procedure that uses permanent hair from the donor from the back of the head and the side (near the ears) of the head to transplant to the balding spots.
There are quite a few different types of hair restoration methods offered, of which only a few really work in practice. The two methods in which HHH Natural Hair Transplant Center is specialized, FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation-see homepage), have proven to be valuable and effective over the years. Of each of these two methods, hundreds of thousands of surgeries have been performed globally.
Simply said, a working hair follicle from a part of the head with plenty of hair is removed and reinserted in a place with less hair and positioned in the right direction.