The Philosophy of hair restoration
To get the best hair treatment results from hair transplants, medication or hair restoration, it is essential to consider how the different treatments available work and the timing of them.
Each treatment treats the hair loss in different ways and “one size” does not fit all. Often these treatments are combined and some are more appropriate at different stages of hair loss – The philosophy of hair restoration
Early hair Loss – Norwood 2 -3
In the early stages, particularly in the younger years (20 – 35 years), it is a good idea to think about preventative hair loss treatments. It is a fact that modern medicines available now and well proven to work and be safe, are able to stop, reduce or even regrow male pattern hair loss in 90% of men! We realise that not everybody likes the idea of taking medication but on the other hand, such effective treatments cannot be discounted out of hand. These include Propecia, Regaine and Avodart (aka Finasteride, Minoxidil and Dutasteride).
Medium hair loss – Norwood 3-5
Once you have some hair loss, either on the temples, frontal or crown regions, it is unlikely that medications alone will regrow that hair. A decision then needs to be made whether hair transplants are the answer for you. It is important to be realistic – a low, teenage or 20’s hairline is not a good idea for a number of reasons. As you age, a youthful hairline will tend to look odd. In addition, it requires a large number of hair grafts to achieve and these will not then be useable later, if you start losing hair further back. But a good strong hairline and frontal thickness, albeit receding, suggests youthful vigour but is very natural looking. It is still important to consider medication as retaining as much hair as possible will give a better long term result.
Advanced hair loss – Norwood 6-7
At this stage, although medication may help retain some hair and hair quality in particular, too much hair has been lost to achieve a full look without other treatments, such as hair transplants or wigs. The focus should be hair transplanting to the front, restoring a hair line and mid vertex. If a good donor allows, then the crown may also be transplanted for a full coverage.
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What our patients say
Dr Rogers Compliment Letter 2015 – SG
When I arrived at the clinic on Harley Street I was welcomed warmly by the staff and did not have to wait long before the Surgeon (Dr Richard Rogers) came and introduced himself. I then sat down with Dr Rogers who spent time getting to know me, asking very detailed questions. He then spent some time with me penciling on different hairlines giving me plenty of time to think, whilst giving his expert opinion and advice on what would look the most realistic. When I had decided on the placement of my new hair line Dr Rogers made sure that I was happy with the outline drawn one last time walking round showing me it from different angles using a mirror.
Through Dr Rogers being so intent on making sure I was 100% happy with the procedure before going ahead really helped me feel comfortable and sure with my decision. With my hairline drawn and having been made to feel completely relaxed by Dr Rogers I was walked to the surgery. Even then Dr Rogers continued to make me feel comfortable introducing me to each of his nurses and explaining each step to me in detail of what they would be doing whilst he performed the procedure.
Having talked through the procedure with me and going over everything in extreme detail Dr Rogers asked me to place myself on the chair and then began to adjust the position making sure that I was completely comfortable. Now that I was sat comfortably and ready for the procedure to begin Dr Rogers began to guide me through each step before doing so. To begin with he explained that he would be administering general anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, and told me that it may hurt a little like a pinch. However, I did not feel a thing! In fact I didn’t even realise Dr Rogers had begun, he was so gentle and light handed I was shocked and of course extremely pleased!
With the first part out of the way and the surrounding area completely numb, Dr Rogers told me that he would now begin to remove the strip of skin. At this stage I could honestly not believe how it was possible that I could not feel my skin being cut away. Throughout the procedure I was not once in pain and Dr Rogers continually made sure that I was ok and checked that I was in no kind of pain.
Better still Dr Rogers talked to me throughout the procedure and joined in with conversations between the nurses and myself. This really made me feel at ease and at times I nearly forgot that I was having a hair transplant. With my strip of skin removed and the nurses now taking each hair follicle from the skin, Dr Rogers began to stitch my skin back together. Even now I could not feel a thing and before I knew it Dr Rogers had finished.
Whilst the nurses continued to separate the hair follicles Dr Rogers offered me some water and asked if I had any food to eat to help boost my sugar levels. Once I had eaten a snack and topped myself up with water Dr Rogers made sure that I was comfortable before the procedure continued. He then explained that he would be administering some local anesthetic to the surrounding area for the hair follicles to be placed. With the area numbed and having been told what was to happen next Dr Rogers began to make tiny pin pricks into my skin for the hair follicles to be placed in by his nurses. I cannot stress enough how I did not feel a thing and it was over with so quickly, he was a magician with his hands! It was now time for the final part of the procedure; the nurses began to delicately place my hair follicles in one by one.
With the procedure now finished and my new hairline complete, I was given plenty of time to slowly sit myself up. Dr Rogers then offered me some water and food to help boost my sugar levels. Now that I had my bearings back, Dr Rogers walked me into a quiet room and showed me to a mirror. He then said that he would leave me for a few minutes to look at the hairline. After a few minutes had passed he knocked on the door and asked if I was happy with the outcome, to which I found myself near on speechless! I told him how happy I was with it and continually thanked him for doing such an amazing job.
He then asked me to take a seat and began to explain in detail how to care for my new hair each day and gave me a detailed plan on paper. He then gave me a spray that he explained would help to clean any blood away from the surrounding area. After making sure that I was completely happy with the outcome and asking if I had any questions Dr Rogers shook my hand and wished me the best of luck with my new hairline.