Male Hair Transplant

Style Your Hair Like David Beckham, Even if Your Balding

For as long as it’s been around, the quaff hairstyle has embodied confidence and a certain amount of pomp. Considering the fact that it does borrow from the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, this is unsurprising. What is surprising to many, however, is the fact that even balding men can achieve this hairstyle — without the use of wigs or hairpieces. Even David Beckham, a male fashion icon and retired athlete, sports his signature quaff after apparent hair loss. So, how is this possible–and can you still style your hair like David Beckham if you are balding?

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Common Reasons for Man Hair Loss

The most common reason for hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, or pattern hair loss. Up to 80% of men and 40% of women will experience significant hair loss from this condition. It is a condition that is understood to be hereditary (passed down from parent to child in the genes) and related to the male hormone, di-hydro-testosterone or DHT.

This pattern of hair loss is progressive and the main feature of it is thinning of the shafts of the hair (i.e. each strand of hair appears thinner and limper) due to damage to the hair follicle (some refer to this as the hair root) – this phenomenon is called ‘miniaturization’.

The condition is called ‘pattern’ hair loss because, in the large majority of those afflicted, it follows a ‘pattern’ of hair thinning. In male hair loss, it usually starts from the hairline or crown and spreads to involve the rest of the scalp. In female hair loss, it starts from the Centre parting and spreads outwards to involve a larger area of the scalp. In women, especially, a prominent amount of shedding can occur as part of this type of hair loss.

Other reasons for hair loss include telogen effluvium, where shedding of hair is the main feature and does not follow any particular pattern, this type of hair loss is often seen around 3-6 months after a sudden stressful event such as childbirth, major surgery or severe emotional stress. If the shedding is severe, it can reveal more areas of the scalp, causing the appearance of balding.

If telogen effluvium persists for more than 6 months, hair restoration practitioners deem this as ‘chronic telogen effluvium’ and further investigations such as blood tests are warranted.

Is Hair Transplantation a Surgical Procedure?

A hair transplant is a minimally invasive surgery in which grafts containing genetically resistant to balding hair follicles from the back of the head are transferred to the bald area.

Within a day, the donor area will dry up, small scabs will form on each graft in the recipient area and your head will no longer require bandaging. These scabs will shed approximately 7 – 10 days later. Patients’ lives go on as usual.

Are Results Immediate?

You can expect the implanted hairs to shed from the 1st month up to the 4th month post procedure at different rates. They usually start growing from the 4th month onwards, at the normal rate of 1cm per month, growing denser in the months to follow up until the 1 year mark, when you will see the final result.

How Many Hair Grafts Will I Need?

The number of grafts vary from patient to patient, depending on the size of the area to be transplanted as well as the intended density.

You may need anything between 500 – 2000 grafts up to 3000 grafts for the typical balding male. While many patients require only one hair transplant session, some may require 2 – 3 sessions to achieve good density.

If you have continued hair loss, we may need to repeat the procedure in the following 5 – 10 years, depending on donor availability.

Is It A Painful Procedure?

You will find that you feel very little to no pain during the hair transplant surgery and slight to moderate discomfort during the initial 5 – 10 minutes when the anaesthesia is being injected. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure but that will be controlled by the medication supplied to you.

How Long Will A Hair Transplant Procedure Take?

Depending on the number of grafts, it typically takes 6 – 9 hours with a lunch break in between. Patients are advised to have nothing else planned on the day of the procedure.

How Long Will I Take To Recover After A Hair Transplant?

It takes about 2 – 3 days to recover and up to a week for your hair to look socially acceptable. Most people choose to stay indoors for a period of 3 – 5 days. You can resume light physical activities after the first 3 – 5 days and return to normal activities after 10 – 14 days. Contact sports and extreme exercises are best avoided for 3 – 4 weeks.

Terra is a medical hair and aesthetic clinic that offers the latest techniques in hair transplantation. Each of our surgical procedures emphasize the creative components to hair restoration as much as the technical aspects. We carefully take into account factors such as age, sex, desires and expectations, degree of donor availability, facial contours, hair characteristics and ethnicity during consultation before finalizing the surgical plan for each of our patients.

We ensure that every one of our patients are well-equipped with accurate do’s and don’ts before and after surgery, and we see them through the entire phase while they anxiously wait for results.

Most Common Procedure of Hair Transplant

The most common techniques for hair transplants today are using the FUE. It is worth method is surgical in nature. By law, any surgical procedure has to be carried out by a licensed medical professional.

FUE Method

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction whereas FUEE stands for Follicular Unit Excision and Extraction. The revised terminology highlights the surgical nature of the procedure, having to excise and dissect scalp tissue from a patient’s scalp.

The FUE (or FUEE) procedure involves individually harvesting follicular units using a harvesting punch (excision), taking great care not to damage any part of the follicles. To perform this well requires training and experience. The same microscopic follicular units are retrieved from the scalp (extraction) and assessed by a team of trained technicians under high powered microscopy – these are now called ‘grafts’ that contain hair follicles and surrounding tissue that supports the follicle’s survival. Suitable grafts are arranged and put in a specialized storage medium called hypothermosol to improve survival for implantation into areas of balding.

The FUE (or FUEE) method has gained in popularity over the last decade. A major reason for this is that the patient can be close to being scar-free (but not scar-less) after the procedure. FUE hair transplant has also gotten popular due to advancements in FUE punch technology . Hybrid punches ensure that grafts come out with minimal or no damage, meaning that we end up with healthier grafts when compared to older systems. At Terra Medical, we use DeVore Instrument’s WAW FUE Hybrid punch system.

FUEE procedures are also carried out by robotic applications like the ARTAS robot. In my opinion, despite being ARTAS-qualified and having utilized it for 3 years, I believe that not everyone is suitable for an ARTAS procedure and that hybrid punch technology has equaled or bettered ARTAS graft quality in recent years. With my patients, I normally do a thorough consultation before recommending which method is more suitable.

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Dr Inder and Nurse Team