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I lose some hair every time I wash my hair. How many hairs is it normal to lose daily?
Normal hair loss is 50 to 100 hairs daily but these will re-grow as part of the normal growth cycle.

Does frequent hair washing cause hair loss?
Exactly the opposite! Frequent washing is beneficial because it removes the sebum (a secretion of the sebaceous glands of the scalp) that contains large quantities of DHT. DHT contained in the sebum can be re-absorbed by the skin and affect hair, increasing hair loss.

Is it possible to transplant hair from one person to another?
No. Hair transplantation is, more accurately, hair relocation. Follicles can only be implanted into the same person from whom they were taken. Follicles moved from one body to another will be rejected by the body of the recipient.

Does stress contribute to hair loss?
Of course! Stressful experiences such as surgery or a death of friend of family member can be followed by hair loss. This is a temporary phenomenon (called alopecia areata). Unless other problems co-exist, hair should grow back after a while.

Can a long period of iron deficiency (anaemia) cause permanent hair loss?
No. As soon you treat the deficiency and normalise the iron level in your blood, your hair will grow back again

My hair loss was caused by hormone problems. Will the lost hair grow back again?
If hormone problems are treated quickly, then hair will grow back normally but the longer treatment is delayed, the less likely re-growth will occur.

My 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.

Will pills and food supplements solve the problem of women's hair loss?
Specialised food supplements can stop hair loss if it is symptomatic alopecia. If hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia these treatments are just a temporary help.

Can 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.

Is 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.

What is dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and why is it responsible for hair loss?
Dihydrotestosterone is one of the main androgens of the human body and is produced by testosterone with the help of an enzyme called 5 alpha-reductase. Dihydrotestosterone stimulates hair growth in the face and body, but at the same time also causes shrinkage of hair follicles that are sensitive to it (genetic predisposition).

Which 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.

Where 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.

Why 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.

How 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.

How 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, using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) method it could take up to 8.

Is 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.

How 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.

How 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).

How 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.

What will my new hair be like?
After transplantation, your new hair will be just like your normal hair and you should treat it normally too. The hair will grow normally and you can wash, cut and dye it just like normal healthy hair.

How 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.

I 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.

How long after the first transplant can I have a second procedure?
After 10-12 months you can safely carry out the second procedure.

Are 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.

Why 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.

Can a woman have a hair transplantation?
Certainly. When hair loss has been caused by androgenetic effect, transplantation can be used to cover the areas of hair loss. It can also be used to correct the shape and density of the hair front line and to increase the density of thinning hair by implanting between existing hairs. By carefully selecting the follicles, Plastic Surgeons are able to resolve the problems of the most demanding clients. If hair loss has been caused by hormonal problems, transplantation is not suitable.

How long before I see results from a hair transplantation?
It takes about a year for the results of hair restoration to be fully appreciated. By that time, the implanted hair will have grown and you will be able to brush and trim your hair as normal.

How 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.