‘Can’t do more’
Best told a fan on Twitter that, although he has a ‘good donor area’ he ‘can’t do more’ hair transplants. Although he did not explain further, one reason for this could possibly be due to his donor site having been exhausted from the three previous surgeries.
The actor and businessman who is preparing to release his first book about life with his famous father, the late football legend George Best, has spoken openly about his struggles with male pattern hair loss and the resulting lack of self-esteem. However, after undergoing three separate hair transplants, Calum recently remarked that he was now happy with his hair – particularly the fact that he could wear it the way he used to before he started losing his hair.
Although he started to notice signs of balding at age 23, Best decided to go the surgical route to restoring his receding hairline four years ago when he was 31. Because of his honesty surrounding his thinning hair and restoration procedures, Calum Best is frequently cited as one of the key influencers, alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, inspiring more young men than ever to seek professional help for their balding.
Many hair restoration clinics in the UK have reported a significant increase in the number of men seeking hair transplants recently – with a Scottish clinic claiming a 400% increase in surgical restoration enquiries between 2013 and 2014. This is thought to be, at least in part, down to a better understanding and awareness of this type of procedure thanks to the increased media coverage of high profile men, like Calum, having transplants.
Another reason for this uptake in hair transplant surgery is undoubtedly the advances that have been made in the field, allowing for more natural looking results. The two main methods are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transportation (FUT), with the main difference between the two types of surgery being in the way the donor hair is harvested.
FUT involves a strip of donor hair, including the surrounding skin and hair follicles, being taken from the donor area – usually at the back of the head – and trimming it into small clusters under a microscope. These clusters are then transplanted into the area that needs restoring. FUE uses a robotic ‘punch’ device to remove the donor hair and so can be quicker and requires less healing time.
Additionally a new technique known as ‘vertical harvesting‘ has recently been debuted during a live TV broadcast from an Indian hair transplant clinic. This method is thought to minimise scarring.
Hair transplants and hair loss treatment
If you are considering a hair transplant it is worth noting that leading surgeons advise following a comprehensive combination course of pharmaceutical male hair loss treatments for at least six months prior to surgery. This is to ensure that your hair loss has stabilised and the hair is in the best condition for the surgeon to work with, in order to produce the best results. It is important to continue using either or both of the only medically-proven treatments for male pattern baldness after your surgery too. By failing to take preventative measures you run the risk of failing to stabilise your genetic hair loss in other areas of the scalp, which can lead to the hair around the transplanted area shedding.
If you are considering getting treatment for your hair loss but are not sure which method is right for you, make an appointment to discuss your options with a hair specialist. They will be able to talk you through your choices in order to find the most effective type of treatment for your specific situation.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.