If you are not satisfied with your current hairline or you are considering a hair transplant because of increased hair loss, you are not alone. SM Hair Clinic is an institution that aims to create the most effective results with its expert and experienced team in hair transplantation.
Hair transplantation procedures can change people's lives and change them every day. With hair transplantation, you can not only regain your old natural hair, but also refresh your self-confidence and have the hairstyle you want.
However, as with many medical procedures, there are some limitations. For example, a hair transplant cannot transform a completely bald scalp into a scalp. In addition, it can not prevent hair loss.
How is Hair Transplantation Performed?
In the hair transplantation process, your doctor takes strong and healthy hair follicles from the 'safe donor area' at the back of your head and transplants them to areas where there is thinning or thinning. The area we call the donor area is an area where hair follicles are strong and hair with low risk of loss is produced. This area of the scalp is more resistant to risk factors that cause hair loss, such as genetic factors and hormones. Areas of the scalp other than this safe donor area have a higher risk of hair loss and thinning, so finding the best and strongest follicles requires an expert team.
In hair transplantation, hair follicles (grafts) collected from the donor area are usually placed one by one in the recipient areas on the upper and front parts of your scalp. These follicles start to produce new and healthy hair after a few months. The scalp still has the ability to naturally nourish the hair follicles, even if your hair is sparse, thinned or shed. And it will continue to do so. However, transplanting new hair follicles does not mean that your natural hair in this area will not fall out.
Filling Hair Appearance
You may have seen some pictures that look like doll hair as a result of a poorly performed hair transplant. However, this does not always mean that the doctor is bad – the natural hair around the transplanted hair may continue to fall out and this kind of sparse hair appearance may occur. In some cases, your hair will only decrease in density, while in the worst cases, an image in the form of clumps of hair may form on your head, clearly indicating that you have had a hair transplant.
Even the most successful hair transplant cannot stop the thinning of hair and eventual hair loss. However, not all of your hair is lost as there are things you can do to prevent hair loss after a hair transplant.
Medical Treatments Used Against Hair Loss
The success of your hair transplant depends on the skill of the hair transplant team and how much you pay attention to your hair health afterwards. Hair does not start to fall out suddenly (except for some medical ailments); It gradually thins and falls off over time. When a hair is shed, a new hair comes out, but this hair is weaker and thinner than the previous one. Eventually, the hair becomes very thin or 'miniature', disappears completely and new hair does not grow in its place.
We know that hair loss in men is primarily caused by genetic factors and hormones. Therefore, there are many products on the market that help prevent hair loss by suppressing these hormones.
When you have a hair transplant, it is recommended to use these drugs to prevent the loss of the existing natural hair growing around the newly transplanted hair. This treatment helps you avoid the doll-like filler hair appearance and ensures that your hair transplant is as successful as possible.
You can also use these drugs without a hair transplant, but these medical supplements do not make the hair thicker or fuller; does not grow new hair. They only serve to stop the shedding and thinning of existing natural hair.
However, you need to use these drugs continuously for as long as you want to prevent hair loss. It usually takes several months for drugs to produce noticeable results. When you stop using these drugs, your hair will start to fall out within a few months.
The drugs used for hair loss in the market can be examined in two groups:
Finasteride (also known by the brand name Propecia)
It is a daily tablet for male pattern hair loss. It works by inhibiting the action of an enzyme in the body called 5-alpha reductase. This enzyme converts the male hormone testosterone into another male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone responsible for male pattern hair loss that affects hair follicles. Finasteride may cause problems such as sexual reluctance and erection and is not suitable for use in women.
Minoxidil (also known by the brand name Rogaine or Regaine)
It is a topical medication (liquid or foam) applied to the scalp twice a day. When hair first comes out, it is in the 'anagen' stage. When it stops growing, it goes into the resting or "telogen" phase.
At this telogen stage, hair starts to fall out. Minoxidil works by prolonging the anagen phase and delaying the telogen phase as much as possible. It does not prevent the hair from thinning, but because it keeps longer hairs on the scalp, it gives an overall thicker appearance. There are separate treatments for minoxidil for men and separate treatments for women. Minoxidil can cause unwanted problems such as sexual reluctance and erection in men.
We know that hair loss may occur in the treated area of the scalp after hair transplantation. However, your newly transplanted hair may also fall out in the weeks and months after the hair transplant. This is called a 'shock spill'. Considering the trauma that these sensitive and small follicles are exposed to during hair transplant surgery, it can be considered normal for them to experience a minor shock.
Doctors call this condition, Telogen Effluvium, where the follicles enter the telogen phase immediately due to surgical trauma. Hair loss, which is the opposite effect of what you expect from hair transplantation, is usually temporary and the hair follicle naturally returns to the anagen phase, that is, the growth phase, after a while. Shock shedding can usually be minimized with medications such as finasteride or minoxidil. When you encounter such a situation, you should consult your doctor.
Continuation of Male Pattern Hair Loss
After hair transplantation, male pattern hair loss may continue to thin and shed in areas outside the treated area. In other words, the balding area expands. The use of finasteride or minoxidil can help slow/prevent this condition. In this case, a second hair transplant may be considered. In fact, it is not recommended for people with ongoing hair loss to have hair transplantation, but knowing the risks, it can be considered for patients who insist on this.