For men with genetic hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness, deciding whether or not to pursue hair transplant surgery can be a major decision.
While modern hair restoration procedures can be effective, like many operations they can also come with a huge dose of doubt. Are you paying too much? Is your surgeon any good? Will they be using the best possible method for you? And will you get the results you want?
These questions help explain why many men choose a personalised pharmaceutical hair loss treatment course instead. This non-invasive approach has helped large number of men with thinning hair and/or a receding hairline to regrow their hair as the examples pictured in Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery illustrate.
This method uses clinically-proven treatments – usually a combination of the oral once-per-day tablet finasteride 1mg and minoxidil, a topical solution which is applied directly to the scalp – which are easily slotted into a daily routine.
But this tried and tested approach is not suitable for everyone, especially men who have delayed seeking help and, as a result, their genetic hair loss is at an advanced stage. These are the people who typically find themselves thumbing through the brochures of hair transplant surgeries and wondering if they’re making the right decision.
Recognising just how concerned and confused potential patients can be, a hair transplant surgeon in Los Angeles has announced plans for a new multi-centre trial in which he and fellow doctors hope to ascertain just which hair transplant method is the best.
Chiefly, his aim is to assess how the “traditional” method of implanting new hair follicles using forceps compares to more modern routes in which specially-made implantation devices are employed. In the long-term, he is also hoping to find out if grafted hair is especially sensitive to the trauma of being moved, and, if so, if there is a way to minimise that trauma.
“Around 35-million men in the United States alone have some form of Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia,” says Dr Parsa Mohebi, who is leading the study from his practice in California. “Hair loss can have a negative effect on the self-image of a person. While follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants have evolved during the last decade, it’s still not known how they respond to the manipulations usually performed during an implantation procedure.”
Survival rate of hair grafts
The study is sponsored by The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, and assistance will come from transplant surgeons in Switzerland, Brazil, Germany and Belgium. Test subjects will all be men aged 18 or older who have all lost a patch of hair measuring at least 4cm x 4cm to Male Pattern Baldness, and researchers will determine if there is a significant difference in the survival rate of hair grafts implanted by forceps or the implanter method.
Although a combination male hair loss treatment course can be followed from 18 years of age, where appropriate, the age of the test subjects here is interesting. Top hair restoration surgeons normally advise men wait until they are at least 30 years old before considering a hair transplant.
Dr Mohebi doesn’t detail exactly how results will be gathered, but it seems likely that half of the subjects will have donor hair implanted with forceps and the other half with implanters. It is also possible that each patient will be subjected to both methods on different parts of their scalp. He hopes to share his findings with the medical community in 2017.
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.