He’s better known for helping out other people with their embarrassing health problems, but Dr Christian from the morbidly fascinating TV show Embarrassing Bodies has had a hair transplant procedure to move hair from the back of his head to his hairline, after pneumonia left him with “weak follicles” and hair loss.
Embarrassing Hair Loss?
Jessen also spoke about how he had undergone a previous FUT hair restoration procedure four years ago. The TV doctor explained: “Most of my hair grew back after the pneumonia but there was just a bit less. Any serious illness can result in hair loss. The same thing can happen to women after they give birth.”
He added that he hadn’t realised that men can have more than one hair transplant: “When I was told it was possible, I thought it would be good to make my hair thicker at the front. There were also a few gaps which need filling. I am really pleased I have had it done again. The techniques have improved a lot in the four years since I had the first one.”
Whilst technology has undoubtedly advanced in terms of hair transplants, the fact is that a surgical procedure will generally carry more risks than attempting to treat hair loss medically. As Jessen rightfully states, any serious illness can result in hair loss, though the reason that women lose their hair due to post-partum hair loss after birth is slightly different.
Avoid A Transplant
In men, hair loss after illness is generally temporary, though sometimes hair will require some help to return to its previous thickness. When this is the case, a hair loss treatment plan should always be trialed for at least six months before a hair transplant, as using clinically proven medications can often be enough to halt hair loss and regrow hair. Continues below
Propecia, the first of the only two medications to be licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA to treat hair loss, is especially effective at treating thinning hair atop the head and at the crown. Propecia works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that causes follicular shrinkage atop the scalp, leading to weaker, wispy hair being produced. Blocking it in men over the age of 17 presents no problems.
A second medication, minoxidil, can be particularly effective on stubborn patches of thinning, such as a receding hairline. At Belgravia, we recommend high strength minoxidil from a number of options available from our clinic pharmacies. These have often achieved significant results for clients, a selection of whom can be seen in our Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.
Alongside the two medications, a variety of treatment boosters can help ensure that hair is getting all it needs to grow and that it is kept in the best condition possible. Ranging from nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics to the FDA cleared LaserComb, a device that can encourage and speed up regrowth, hair boosters keep hair at its optimum level of health and appearance.
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.