Hair loss affects both men and women, and while seeing hair loss is never a pleasure, two situations of hair loss can be distinguished. At Starks, we are interested in different age management techniques, and therefore also in hair transplantation.
In the case of temporary hair loss, which can be caused by many factors (anxiety, iron or vitamin deficiencies, certain diseases), the lost hair mass simply corresponds to the renewal of one’s hair. It is a natural process, so there is no need to consider a hair transplant. If this is your case, consult a health professional, who will be able to study your lifestyle and diagnose the cause of the loss, in order to direct you towards treatment or any solution.
A hair transplant is only recommended in case of permanent loss, because a transplant in the case of a temporary loss could destabilize the area of the scalp where the hair should be implanted.
In the case of permanent hair loss, the individual may consider this transplant, using a specialist surgeon. But when should we do a hair transplant?
Different factors to take into account
- Patient’s age
Individuals with early alopecia will very often experience large-scale baldness soon enough. The problem being that to consider a transplant, it is absolutely necessary that the baldness has stabilized, in order to avoid the hazardous results.
Beyond these considerations, the patient’s age has no real influence on the transplant, as long as his alopecia is stabilized.
- The discomfort expressed by the patient
Hair transplantation is a solution supposed to repair the discomfort that the patient feels about his hair loss. It should not be forgotten that the transplant is a surgical operation, and that it must therefore be considered and anticipated.
The choice of this solution must come from the will of the patient, and not from those around him.
- The degree of thinning
The development of alopecia is not the same in all individuals, and can affect several capillary areas (gulfs, forehead, vertex, tonsure and temples). Depending on the degree of thinning, the grafting methods are different in order to treat alopecia correctly.
- The quality of the donor area
A transplant consisting of the implantation of the patient’s remaining hair, the quality of the donor area is therefore a very important factor to take into account in carrying out the intervention. This factor should also be taken into account when choosing the grafting technique.
A transplant performed early in hair loss is also a smoother transition
It’s logic. If we treat a baldness at its beginning, the result after intervention will be just as qualitative, you will not have time to see yourself bald, and those around you either. The number of grafts to be implanted being lower, the intervention will be less expensive, and less long, and therefore more comfortable for you.
So only advantages! However, the best time to perform a hair transplant is the one you have chosen, according to your expectations, but especially the degree of stabilization of your alopecia!
Self-diagnose and assess your stage of alopecia
The Norwood-Hamilton scale, bearing the names of the two doctors who created it, measures the development of alopecia. This scale has seven levels, ranging from minimum alopecia to baldness (total hair loss)
- Stage 1
The individual experiences very slight hair loss, just above the proportions of temporary loss. The gulfs are thinning little, and alopecia remains very difficult to diagnose at this stage.
- Stage 2
The temporal and frontal gulfs begin to thin symmetrically, and the vertex begins to thin out. At this stage of alopecia, treatments are possible, such as taking different vitamins, or treatments by LED phototherapy.
- Stage 3
This stage is an accentuation of the previous stage. It is from this moment that we can make a diagnosis of alopecia, monitor its stabilization or not, and therefore consider a hair transplant.
- Stage 4
Not only do the areas mentioned above continue to thin out, but the top of the skull also begins to be affected.
- Stage 5
The two affected areas are so thin that they meet
- Stage 6
This stage once again consists of an accentuation of the preceding stage: the balding areas at the front and at the rear widen.
- Stage 7
Last stage of alopecia: baldness: the stripping of the skull and the frontal area is almost complete.
Thanks to the Norwood-Hamilton scale, you will be able to assess your stage of alopecia, and therefore note whether it stabilizes or not. Depending on this result, you can make an appointment with a specialist, and think about your transplant project!
Confirm your choice of transplant with a specialist
A consultation with a specialist will already allow you to know if it is a temporary or permanent fall of hair, but also to direct you towards a treatment which will suit you better, because the transplant is not necessary in certain cases. A consultation will also allow you to assess the risks associated with treatments or a transplant.
A specialist can, depending on the diagnosis he has made of your situation, answer all your questions about the solutions offered. Starting the follow-up of the transplant procedure as soon as possible is also a great way to reassure yourself about the outcome of the operation, the main thing being to feel comfortable after the operation, it is also important that all the steps are completed. run smoothly!
To make sure you make the right choice of surgeon, here are some tips:
- Do not hesitate to refuse any consultation with a consultant who does not seem professional,
- Ask to see before / after photos of similar cases to yours,
- Do not hesitate to ask all your questions, especially on the results of the intervention,
- You can consult several doctors to obtain one or more comparative opinions which can help guide your decision,
- Do not have a hair transplant with a practitioner with whom you do not feel confident during the consultation,
- To summarize, favor the transparency of the surgeon, and professional monitoring of your situation!
Choose the grafting technique that suits you
There are several methods and techniques used in hair transplantation, and the choice of this method will depend on the patient’s alopecia and their expectations in terms of results. If you want to undertake a transplant, after medical diagnosis, ask your specialist which method is best suited to your needs.
All of these methods are performed under local anesthesia, and are therefore completely painless.
The FUE technique (Follicular Unit Extraction)
FUE is a method of hair transplantation which aims to extract the hair follicles from the donor area without incision, in order to reimplant them in the recipient areas. Several different materials can be used and there are therefore two types of FUE:
- Semi-automated FUE, which is performed using an automated drill. The doctor himself chooses the follicles to be extracted and reimplants them, either manually or using an implantation instrument.
- The robotic FUE, which is performed using a mechanical arm. This arm is controlled by a program, and is equipped with a camera used to identify the follicles able to be re-implanted (these follicles are then also validated by the doctor). The follicles taken are then re-implanted in the bald areas.
- The FUE « One Touch » used by Starks Hair, is an advanced version of the FUE graft allowing many advantages. This solution is painless, leaves no scar, and consists of implanting the follicles one by one, which allows great precision and a very natural result.
The FUE method is the most used because it is painless, and the recovery period is quick. It should also be noted that the operation leaves no scars, so the results are more discreet and natural.
- The strip transplant technique, which involves removing the follicles from the densest areas of hair at the back of the skull. It is the oldest and cheapest method of hair transplant. However, this method leaves scars, and aging grafted hair sometimes leaves something to be desired.
- The DHI technique is the most recent method of hair transplantation. It consists of the introduction of a graft extract into an implanter pen, and therefore a graft at each insertion. Several pens are used, each one having about fifteen needles. This method allows a very high capillary density, and therefore a very successful result. However, this method is the most expensive, and requires a thoroughly trained team.
So choose the grafting technique suited to your diagnosis and your needs, for results that will meet your expectations! Several factors are taken into account in the choice of technique: the size of the baldness, the number of grafts required, the quality and density of the donor area, but also how you style your hair and your habits.
Do not hesitate to consult a specialist far from your home, if he is a specialist in the grafting method you have chosen. As you know, a hair transplant is an expensive operation, which must be carefully considered and prepared. Know that Starks Hair has three clinics, one in Montpellier, one in Milan and finally one in Tessaloniki, in Greece, all three able to provide you with flawless results in monitoring your scalp.
Create a healthy environment before and after the intervention
You can resume all social and professional activity the day after the transplant. However, there are some precautions to take before the operation.
For example, it is strongly advised not to smoke for some time after the transplant, the consequences of tobacco affecting the blood circulation and therefore the functioning of the scalp. So be prepared to start weaning so as not to unnecessarily complicate the growth of your new hair.
The use of local treatments for alopecia (Minoxidil 5%, for example) is also not recommended before a hair transplant. This is also the case for the consumption of alcohol or similar drugs, the taking of which is not recommended in the 48 hours preceding the intervention.
A hair transplant can be done at any time of the year. However, most patients prefer to plan a vacation after the transplant. If such and your case (which is a good idea to optimize the procedure), know that it is better not to swim in the sea or to be too exposed to the sun until 20 days after the operation. Regarding the pool, it is advisable to wait at least five months after the transplant, to avoid contact with chlorinated water.
And finally, trust yourself!
Undertaking a hair transplant is often a way to regain self-confidence following an alopecia that you can no longer bear. There is no reason to complex to have resorted to hair transplant, if you feel the need, and that you apply all the advice set out here, go for it!
There is no specific and ideal time to undertake this intervention. Do it if you feel ready and confident with the procedure.
Know that hair implantation technologies are more and more developed, and that unless you come across a false practitioner, you have no chance of suffering disastrous consequences after surgery.
And if at the end of this article, if you still have questions about the hair transplant, Starks Hair will be delighted to answer it and support you in the treatment of your alopecia!
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