Hair Restoration Surgery

Male Pattern Baldness

Typically, male pattern baldness (MPB) begins with the hair at the front of the head thinning and the hairline receding. At the same time, the hair on the crown of the head also begins to thin and a bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp.

Male pattern baldness develops in most men at some stage and is the common type of hair loss. Some men can go bald in less than a 5 year period, whereas this usually takes a period of some 15-25 years.

Hair growth occurs in hair follicles. The hair growth occurs from the follicle over a period of about 3 years before the hair is shed and new hair growth occurs. This cycle continues throughout life.

In Male Pattern Baldness, it is thought that the hair follicles of the scalp gradually reduce in size and as the follicle shrinks, the hairs produced become thinner. The period of growth also reduces prior to the shedding of the hair itself; over time, this results in a much smaller hair follicle and hair which does not grow beyond the skin surface.

Hair Replacement Surgery

Hair replacement involves the use of your own growing hair. Once re-positioned, the hair requires no additional or special maintenance in relation to washing, grooming and cutting etc.

In hair replacement treatment, living hair from the back and side of the head, where the hair is much denser and genetically programmed to grow for life, is surgically removed and re-positioned (transplanted) to areas where the hair has stopped growing using one of two methods referred to as FUT or FUE, Follicular Unit Transplant or Follicular Unit Extraction.

The hair replacement procedure is a minor day case surgical procedure performed under Local Anaesthetic. It only deals with the surface layers of the skin - the epidermis and the dermis. When the hair grows, it recreates the natural distribution of hair while leaving the surface of the scalp smooth and unaltered.

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