are a long-established method of combating hair loss albeit not the most cost-effective or straightforward method.
Celebrities including Gordon Ramsay and Wayne Rooney have undergone the painstaking procedure, which usually involves the removal of healthy hair follicles from an area at the back of the patient's head. This hair is then transplanted individually onto other areas of the scalp, such as the crown, where hair is receding or thinning. This technique is known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
Until now, hair transplants have been available to men experiencing male pattern baldness and thinning hair in specific areas, but they have not been suited to those whose hair is thinning all over the scalp.
Now, a new technique is available which uses not only head hair but also hair from other parts of the body, such as the chest, to improve the density of hair in the transplanted area.
Dr. Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, who performs this type of transplant, explains, “For some patients, a straightforward transplant, using only hairs from the head, is not possible. In these cases it may be an option for us to look at using hair from their chest to help us achieve a greater level of density and therefore improving the overall result.”
Chest hair is curlier, thicker and more wiry than the hair on the head, meaning it can't be used as the sole source of hair for men who are completely bald. The quantity of chest hair used is usually kept to a minimum.
Dr. Kouremada-Zioga explained: “As a result, a patient always needs to be able to 'donate' some hair from the back of their head to the area requiring the transplant. But in instances where this hair at the back is thinning, using body hair for part of the treatment may be a viable option for some patients.”
The FUE procedure, which costs around £10,000, can take several hours to complete. The patient's chest is shaved and healthy hair follicles are removed from the back of the head and the chest, being individually transplanted onto receding or thinning areas on the scalp. Following the procedure, it's normal for the head to become swollen and red, and a period of 'shedding' will occur. During this time the superficial transplanted hair follicles fall out of the head, the hair roots embed and settle and hair carries on growing normally.
At The Belgravia Centre, we advocate the use of non-surgical, non-invasive hair loss treatments that are scientifically proven to treat genetic baldness. Such treatments are considerably more cost-effective than a surgical hair transplant.
For optimum results, anyone considering treatment should consult a hair loss expert to obtain an individual diagnosis and bespoke treatment plan.
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