FAQ - MEN ::: Hair Loss Help ::: www.groupofindependentdoctors.com
Click for English language pages κάντε κλίκ εδώ για Ελληνικά
Hair-loss questions - general
Questions by Men
Questions by Women
Index to FAQs
Glossary of Terms
C L I C K    H E R E

Everyone suffers hair loss. It is part of the ageing process. As the density of our hair is reduced through hair loss, the effect gradually becomes more noticeable. As hair becomes more sparse, the term 'thinning' turns to' balding' which turns to 'baldness', although exactly where one stage ends and the other begins is more of a subjective judgement.

What do all of these men have in common? They all used to be bald. They have all had hair transplants.

QWhere is hair
transplanted from?

Hair is taken from the back and sides of the head and implanted into areas of hair loss or hair thinning. This donor hair is genetically programmed to last a lifetime. Wherever it is implanted, it will resist the androgens in the blood which caused the original hair to fall out. The donor hair follicles will continue to grow and thrive as they would have done in the area from which they were taken. 

QWhy is there no hair loss
in the donor area?

Hair growing on the back and sides of the head is programmed genetically not to fall out. Even people with extreme hair loss keep their hair in these places. This hair is resistant to the effects of testosterone - the cause of hair loss in other parts of the head. What is more, the hair from these areas continues to be resistant to the effects of testosterone even when it is moved to a different part of the head. 

QHow permanent will transplanted hair be?

Hair transplantation lasts a lifetime. The follicles used for transplantation come from areas which are resistant to the effects of DHT - the cause of hair loss. For this reason, care should be taken with the placing of the implanted hair - it will be with you a long time. Plastic surgeons are able to give advice based on years of experience and are skilled at creating a new hairline which looks natural and attractive. 

QWill it show if I have hair
taken from the donor area?

No. The donor area can have up to 50% of hairs removed before it starts to show. With a normal head of hair this means that up to 10,000 hairs can be taken for transplantation. 

QHow long does it take?

This depends on the method(s) used and the area to be covered. Using the Micro-Dense-Pack T-T technique with multiple follicular extraction it could take up to 4 hours, using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method it could take up to 8 hours. 

QIs it painful?

No. Transplantations are carried out with topic anaesthesia so you won't feel any discomfort. Also, the procedure is carried out in a nice friendly medical environment making you feel comfortable. 

QHow long does it take to heal?

After 7 to 10 days there will be no outward signs that you have had a hair transplantation. The transplanted follicles will be almost invisible until the new hair starts to grow. 

QHow much hair can be transplanted in one session?

With modern techniques it is possible to treat extensive baldness in one session. A lot depends on the size of the donor area and the method used. If there is sufficient hair available, using the Micro-Dense-Pack method it is possible for a skilled Plastic Surgeon to implant 3,500 grafts in one session (each graft may contain between 1-5 hairs so it is equivalent to about 10,000 hairs). The follicular unit extraction method involves taking and placing grafts one by one so the maximum number of grafts which can be placed in one session is 500 (about 1000-1500 hairs). 

QHow long does it take for the
new hair to start to grow?

With hair transplantation, it is only the hair root which is implanted. Although the skin in the implantation area heals in a few days, it takes about 3-4 months for the root to establish itself and to start to produce a new hair. The hair will then grow at a normal rate and will reach an appreciable length by about 10-12 months after transplantation. 

QCan I draw the front line of
my hair exactly as I wish?

Yes you can. Even if you want something eccentric, the doctors will do whatever is possible for you to achieve your expectations. Plastic surgeons have specialised in aesthetic alterations and their experience and skills enable them to advise you of the best way to create the effect you desire. In all cases, the personal approach of the Group means that the doctor will discuss with you how the front line of your hair should look and take account of your expectations. 

QHow much hair loss can be covered by transplantation?

The area which can be covered and the density of transplanted hair will depend on the hair in the donor area. A Plastic Surgeon will be able to advise you of the best way to make the most of the available hair in your particular case. 

QWhich is the best method of
hair restoration for me?

Everyone is different. A method suitable for one person might not give the best results for someone else. In many cases, a combination of methods are used to achieve the desired effect. When you have an Initial Consultation, your doctor will be able to assess your situation and advise you of the most suitable techniques for your particular case.

QI have already had a hair transplantation but am unhappy with the result. Can I correct it?

Of course. Plastic surgeons using modern techniques are able to correct many of the problems caused by the poor quality of previous procedures. A Personal Consultation with a Plastic Surgeon will establish what is required to rectify the problems. 

QI think I have reached the last stage of baldness - Stage 6. Can I still have a hair transplant?

Of course. The area which can be covered will depend on the density and amount of hair in the donor area. If you have sufficient donor hair and need to cover a large area it might take two procedures to complete. 

QHow long after the first transplant can I have a
second procedure?

After 10 months you can safely carry out the second procedure. 

QMy father suffered from hair loss. Will I lose my hair too?

From the genetic code that we all inherit from our parents, there is, unfortunately, a 60% possibility of this happening. 

QAre there any age restrictions with transplantation?

There are no age restrictions. As soon as you become concerned about hair loss it is best to seek advice from a specialist. 

QCan anyone have a hair transplantation?

Not everyone. It is necessary to consult a Plastic Surgeon before it can be established exactly what can be done. Only after the Plastic Surgeon has studied your case can it be clear exactly how much hair can be transplanted and which methods are suitable. 

QWhy would a transplantation
be impossible?

One reason would be the lack of donor hair. This can happen when the baldness is caused by something other than androgenetic alopecia - for instance, burns or medical conditions. Another reason is that the donor area could be too small to provide sufficient hairs for the area which needs to be transplanted as a result of previous procedures. Blood disorders too can prevent or restrict transplantation. 

QCan I treat my hair loss with therapy for the moment and have a hair transplantation
later if needed?

Therapy and hair care is useful in the earlier stages of hair loss. However, it is advisable to consider hair transplantation early if you want to maintain your facial characteristics. 

QWill pills and food supplements solve the problem of male
hair loss?

Specialised food supplements can sometimes stop hair loss in some cases but if you find that your hair loss continues then the cause is likely to be androgenetic alopecia and the only treatment for this is transplantation. 

QCan I stop hair loss by cutting my hair short or shaving it?

Cutting and shaving does not affect the hair root so the rate of hair loss is unchanged. Hair loss only occurs when something affects the formation of new hair in the root. 

QIs there a pharmaceutical answer to hair loss?

In some cases, yes. Drugs can be used to slow the rate of, or even prevent, further hair loss. There is no pharmaceutical treatment which can permanently re-grow lost hair. If you are in the first stage of baldness, a combination of finasteride-minoxidil can help you keep your existing hair. The only way for hair to grow permanently in areas of hair loss is by transplantation. Any pharmaceutical therapy should only be used after consultation with, and only on the recommendation of, a doctor. For reference, Propecia (finasteride 1mg) is a pill originally developed for prostate treatment. Research has shown that some patients taking the drug noticed a delay in hair loss from the top and back of the head (though not from other areas). It should be noted that this only occurred where there were live hair follicles and that it only happened whilst the patients were taking the drug. Only 2% of men taking the pill for 1 year and 5 % of those taking it for 2 years had positive results and these positive results stopped 6 months after ceasing to take Propecia. Rogaine (minoxidil 5% solution) was originally used in the 1970s for patients with high blood pressure. As a lotion, it can delay hair loss and can sometimes result in hair re-growth whilst the drug is being used. The lotion is sometimes used after hair transplants.

Click here to go to Group of Independent Doctors Introduction page
The Group of Independent Doctors are all Plastic Surgeons based in Greece, a centre of excellence in the treatment of hair loss. You will be guaranteed personal, individual, discreet and confidential treatment by the doctor of your choice.
Click here to go to
website introduction page
To speak to a Consultation Manager in the UK
call 0845 6977230



 © Copyright two bees together limited
Links to this site    Home Page    Introduction    Doctors    Consultations    Transplant Methods    About hair    Male Hair Loss    Female Hair Loss    Gallery
FAQs    The Costs    Advantages of Greece    Contact Us    Downloads
OTHER LINKS     A Short History of Hair Loss Treatment    Today's Birthday