This month, we turn once more to our friends at Nu Cosmetic Clinic for another injection of education within the rapidly increasing field of male cosmetic surgery. Several months ago, we did a special feature ´tried and tested´ on Botox for males. Within the field, Nu Cosmetic Clinic are leading the way in cosmetic excellence, which has put them as one of the front runners in the prestigious Juice FM Style awards.
This month, Pankaj Kishore takes time out from the awards preparation to talk us through one of the fastest-growing male cosmetic beauty procedures, and a favourite of Misters Rooney, Law and Costner; Hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation is an incredibly effective treatment for baldness, based upon the sound scientific principal of ´donor dominance´. Donor dominant hair is that which is found to the rear and sides of the scalp. This area is called the fringe and it usually continues to grow throughout our lifetime. This hair also continues to grow if carefully transplanted to areas of baldness. In terms of success, this method is without peer.
Who is suitable for Hair Transplant Surgery?
To be suitable for hair transplant surgery, patients need to have donor dominant hair remaining in sufficient quantities to make transplanting viable. If there are not enough available donor follicles to cover the balding part of the scalp, or enough to be taken from the fringe without it being noticeable, it is much harder to have complete success. In years gone by, many potential transplant surgery clients where not suitable. However, modern techniques have led to an increase in proficiency and efficiency which allows more people than ever to be eligible.
Why Do Men Tend To Lose Their Hair?
Baldness in men usually occurs between the late teens and the 40 to 50 age range. Men may suffer varying degrees of baldness but, in general, balding will accelerate with age. It is a congenital condition that can be inherited either from the mother or the father. The condition of hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, is caused by abnormally high levels of androgen, a male sex hormone.
” Many years ago, once you lost your hair there were no options available to you (except to buy a hat.) However, today in our clinic we can offer two main types of hair replacement surgery as well as advice on long term sustainable hair restoration and pharmaceuticals’. Going bald is no longer a fact, it is a choice.” – Pankaj Kishor
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)
There are two methods used by Nu Cosmetic Clinic to perform hair transplant surgery. The first is called Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, or FUSS. The patient receives a local anaesthetic to the donor dominant area to be transplanted, usually at the back of the head. Strips of scalp are removed from the donor dominant region and then individual hair follicles are cut from the strip, before being reinserted into the balding area of the head. This leaves a small scar, hidden under the rear hairline. However, through the techniques utilised by Mr Milkani at the Nu clinic, this scarring is left to a minimal amount.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
The second method of transplantation is called Follicular Unit Extraction, also known as the FUE hair transplant. This technique, if carried out by expert hands, will create a natural-looking hair pattern of new hair growth, with no visible scarring. Instead of using a scalpel, the surgeon uses a circular punch to extract individual follicular units of around 1mm diameter. Each follicular unit is transferred individually into tiny incisions, made in the scalp where baldness has occurred. Mr Milkani Nu Hair Transplant Specialist Surgeon has developed a unique technique to maximise the efficacy of FUE hair transplant so that implants are most likely to grow after surgery.
Eye Brow Restoration
This kind of treatment is available for those who have suffered over-thinning of the eye brows. This may be due to many things, such as over-plucking, the ageing process, burns or excess stress. Eye brow restoration takes only a few hours. It requires a great deal of skill to accomplish but gives very gratifying results, making denser, natural-looking eye brows.
Non-Surgical Hair Restoration
There are two bona fide alternatives to surgical treatment. These are U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) approved and are endorsed by leading specialists in the field. Going along the route of using other products can be a health risk and a waste of money.
Rogaine, or Minoxidil, can be used in two concentrations: 2% concentration can be acquired over the counter, whereas 5% concentration can be used in conjunction with a treatment plan, through a hair restoration specialist physician, when it gives its best results. This drug is applied direct to the affected area of scalp and can be used by both sexes, although it has been found most successful in women.
This drug, whose clinical name is Fasteride, is taken orally and causes hair follicles to interact differently with androgens in the scalp. This medication can only be acquired for men by prescription.
Affordable Hair Transplants
With the procedure of hair transplantation becoming cheaper, more people than ever are able to approach the Nu Cosmetic Clinic for treatment.
Hair Raising Facts
- More than 50 per cent of men over the age of 50 will have experienced some form of hair loss.
- The average number of hairs on a male human head is approximately 100,000 – 150,000.
- Interestingly, men with fair hair actually normally have more hair on their heads than men with darker hair.
- Contrary to popular belief, hair loss can affect men of all ages, from their late teens upwards.
- The average hair transplant procedure takes approximately 8 hours to complete (depending on the number of hairs to be transplanted).
- The average number of hairs transplanted in a hair transplant procedure is around 5,000 hairs.
- The U-FUE (Unshaven Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant procedure allows men, now, to undergo a hair transplant without having their head shaved – so it is, in effect, undetectable.
- A normal procedure costs in the region of £2.50 per hair transplanted. An U-FUE procedure, however, where the head is not shaved, takes longer to perform and costs in the region of £4.00 per head.