When most people sign up for a hair transplant operation the intention is normally to combat some kind of hair loss – but former TOWIE star Maria Fowler may have used the operation to reposition her hairline.
In a video posted to Instagram the celebrity seems thrilled that the size of her forehead has been reduced thanks to a hair transplant which looks like it has lowered her old hairline by a centimetre or so.
Replace lost hair?
What is unclear is whether or not the new hairline work was carried out to address signs of a hair loss condition, or if the TV star chose this cosmetic solution due to potential insecurities over the size of her forehead.
Fowler and her fiancé Kelvin Batey had ‘his and hers’ hair transplant procedures in September 2017 and happily Instagrammed about them at the time. Batey’s operation was to tackle his genetic hair thinning caused by male pattern baldness. His procedure is suspected, from the tell-tale bloodied red marks left post-op, to have been on his receding hairline though it is thought that he may have had some hairs implanted onto his crown as well.
Fowler is more of a mystery. What seems possible is that she too had a receding hairline but pictures of the beauty blogger suggest this is unlikely to have been caused by female pattern baldness – which tends to cause thinning hair around the temples and top of the scalp. We think this is more likely to be due to something called Traction Alopecia.
This is a fully-preventable condition that is brought on by frequently wearing the hair in tight hairstyles such as high ponytails and braids. Heavy hair extensions are also a common culprit and Maria has mentioned using these, as well as wearing some of the hairstyles known to be common culprits when it comes to Traction Alopecia. These styles and adornments cause excessive tension to the scalp, with the resulting strain on the hair follicles around the whole frontal hairline – and often where the styles are fixed – causing hair loss. If a solution is not sought promptly and the offending styles continue to be worn, this can lead to permanent baldness.
Whilst it is still somewhat rare for women to undergo cosmetic surgery to adjust their hairline but Fowler appears delighted with it and said: “I just want to say, how good is my hair transplant going?! My forehead is, like, reduced and I’ve actually got a good hairline. I’m so impressed. It’s not there yet though, but it’s getting there.”
Hair transplants have enjoyed a significant boost in popularity over the last few years thanks in no small part to celebrities publicly having them and being encouraged to talk about it by canny transplant surgeons. Women, however, rarely own up to one – possibly because they commonly choose a more discrete solution to their thinning: a personalised hair loss treatment course. This can quietly and gradually help to address thinning experienced by both men and women.
Women’s hair loss under-reported
Like men, women can be susceptible to genetic hair loss, but this is not nearly as widely reported as it is for men. What is surprising to many people is that some reports suggest that untold millions of women in the UK alone may be affected. It should be noted, though, that the pattern of thinning hair in women with androgenetic alopecia is markedly different than it is for men with the condition. It can certainly be less obvious, with many women first noticing signs of ‘invisible hair loss‘ such as a drop in their hair density, and their parting looking wider than normal.
Female pattern hair loss treatment at Belgravia is a popular option, as is treatment for traction alopecia, both of which are available to medically-suitable women from age 16 upwards. Treatment courses are devised by their treatment team and customised on a client-by-client basis, based on an individual’s condition, medical history and lifestyle.
As well as formulations of high-strength minoxidil from the clinics’ in house pharmacies, when appropriate, women’s hair loss treatment also makes use of booster products. These include Hair Vitalics for Women, a highly-targeted food supplement for healthy hair growth developed exclusively by The Belgravia Centre hair experts.
Following research, they identified crucial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts that were beneficial to the hair’s health and blended a premium formula that is suitable for vegetarians, and free from a number of allergens including gluten, lactose and yeast. In addition to key nutrients including biotin, zinc and selenium, these one-a-day tablets feature the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein, which were specifically chosen for the Women’s formulation due to their proven ability to reduce levels of DHT in the bloodstream.
Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet or hair loss treatment, this easy-to-use nutritional support can help to give the hair a boost from the inside out. Additional hair growth boosters include the LaserBand, which uses low level laser therapy, carried out at home, to stimulate the follicles.
In cases of Traction Alopecia, it is of paramount importance that the hair is worn naturally, or loosely, during recovery in order for the follicles to recouperate. It is also wise to stick to a more hair-friendly styling regime in future in order to minimise the negative effects to the hair and prevent hair loss from Traction Alopecia recurring. As, whilst some of the booster products can continue to be used once treatment has ended (Traction Alopecia treatment can be stopped once sufficient regrowth has been reached), it is still important to be mindful of what caused the hair loss in the first place in order to avoid it happening again. Should the condition become permanent, surgery may be the only form of hair restoration option left due to the destruction of the follicles rendering them incapable of growing hair naturally.
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.