The most frequently asked questions are answered here
Hair Loss? A common problem
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.
What is hair loss?
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.
What can be done about hair loss?
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.
Means against hair loss
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.
Can transplanted hair grow?
Yes, hair transplantation permanently moves healthy hair follicles to the balding, thinning spots.
Where does the donor hair come from?
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.
What types of hair replacement methods are there?
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.
What is a hair transplant?
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.
Which treatment is best for me?
This entirely depends on the size of the bald spot(s) and your amount of donor hair.
How will my new hair look?
At first it will be slightly curly, but, if the donor hair was originally straight, it will quickly become straight again, unless one has natural curly hair.
How long will it take before my new hair starts to grow?
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.
Is the implanted hair permanent?
Implanted hair stays alive and continuously grows. Theoretically, an implant could even live 150 years.
What procedures do I need?
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.
Can I get a transplant if I wear a wig?
Yes, assuming that the wig is not glued to the area where the surgery is to be performed.
Can I use hair follicles from other people?
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.
What happens after treatment?
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.
Is a hair transplant safe?
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.
Who are common hair transplant clients?
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
Why do some people have bad results with hair transplants?
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.