New figures have revealed a record level of demand for hair transplant procedures in Scotland. The number of patients undergoing hair restoration surgery in the country has reportedly quadrupled since 2013.
The rise in demand is thought to be due to the growing acceptance of hair loss treatment and surgery. As more high-profile celebrities publicly reveal their transplant results, the perceived stigma surrounding this type of operation has reduced, resulting in more Scottish men than ever going under the knife.
Those who have taken advantage of the procedure include footballer Wayne Rooney, actor James Nesbitt and model Calum Best. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is also rumoured to have undergone a number of hair transplant surgeries, as well as a whole host of other public figures.
There also seems to be a trend amongst Scottish footballers, including Celtic’s Anthony Stokes, for undergoing hair restoration during the close season; something these younger players are often very open about as they happily share their progress with fans on social media. This could also explain the boom reported by Scottish transplant clinics.
Helping to further fuel demand is improved technology, meaning hair transplant techniques are now less invasive and can produce more natural-looking results.
There are two main options for transplants, Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), or the type said to be favoured by celebrities for its shorter recovery times and more natural results, Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
A new transplantation method known as ‘Vertical Harvesting‘ which takes hair from the donor area in a vertical, rather than horizontal, line in order to minimise scarring and produce that all-important ‘did he, or didn’t he?’ result, also made its debut recently.
Medical hair loss treatments
The increasing acceptance of treating male pattern hair loss may also mean more men are willing to try pharmaceutical treatment programmes, which can be used independently or in association with surgery.
Leading hair transplant surgeons recommend anyone considering a transplant follow a comprehensive male hair loss treatment course for at least six months prior to surgery. This is to stabilise hair loss prior to the operation and to optimise the condition of the hair, making it easier for the surgeon to work with. Hair loss treatments are an important part of the on-going transplant after care too in order to prevent the hair from shedding around the transplanted area.
A hair loss specialist will be able to create a personalised plan using medically-proven treatments which many Belgravia clients find can produce such promising results that surgery is not necessary. You can find hundreds of examples in our Hair Loss Success Stories where you can see for yourself the types of results our clients can experience and the length of time it generally takes to see results.
Additional hair growth boosters and further clinical aftercare options are also available to ensure the most effective regrowth regime for your stage of shedding, whether you decide to undergo surgery or not.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. 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 UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.