Frequently Asked Questions
It can be pretty hard to follow the stages of hair loss. Thanks to a measurement scale called the Hamilton-Norwood scale, it is now easier to understand each stage of hair loss. Check out this blog for more details.
Some of the most popular treatments include:
- Hair Transplant
- PRP Platelet Rich Plasma
- SMP Scalp Micropigmentation
Although it uses to be a common perception, there is no valid evidence that it is one of the main contributors to hair loss.
It usually takes 15-25 years to go bald, however, some men go bald in fewer than five years.
Some of our popular treatments include:
- Hair Transplantation
- Nido Synthetic Hair Implantation
- Laser Therapy
- PRP Platelet Rich Plasma.
For more information about other treatments for hair loss, contact us.
Although there are many possible reasons for hair loss (i.e. stress, serious disease or reaction to certain medicines), most male hair loss is heredity. This type of hair loss can come from either or both parents and develops in most men at certain stages in life.
Alopecia areata is not medically disabling. Those persons with alopecia areata are usually in excellent health otherwise. When it comes to emotions though, this disease can be challenging, especially for those with massive hair loss. Across the world, there are thousands of successful, well-adjusted, contented people living with this disease. It is possible to overcome the emotional pain of alopecia areata with one’s own inner resources, sound medical facts, and the support of others. Sometimes professional counselling from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker is needed to develop one’s self-confidence and positive self-image. There are also several treatment options available that should be able to assist in regrowing hair or masking hair loss.
Alopecia areata (AA) affects around 2.1% of the population and does not discriminate based on sex, age or ethnicity. Anyone can be affected by alopecia areata. It commonly starts during childhood. If you have a close family member with the disease, then your risk of developing it is slightly increased. If your family member lost his or her first patch of hair before age 30, the risk to other family members is greater. Overall, one in five people with the disease has a family member who has alopecia areata as well.
It is possible for alopecia areata to be inherited but most children with alopecia areata do not have a parent with the disease. The vast majority of parents with alopecia areata also do not pass it along to their children. Alopecia areata is not like some genetic diseases where the child will have a 50–50 chance of developing the disease if one parent has it. Though there may be a number of genes that predispose certain people to the disease, it is highly unlikely that a child would inherit all of the genes needed to predispose him or her to the disease.
Yes, we perform FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction). A personal consultation is required to determine your suitability for this type of procedure. The FUE technique is proving extremely popular with the advantage of no scarring and no stitches required.
We have two clinics in Sydney. Our Sydney CBD clinic is located with our cosmetic surgery rooms, ICCM – international centre for cosmetic medicine. We are in the heart of Sydney’s specialist medical area at Level 14, Park House, 187 Macquarie Street Sydney – this is next to Martin Place train station and directly opposite Parliament House. Our Campbelltown clinic is located at Level 1, 251 Queen Street, Campbelltown.
Yes – we offer a free hair health check at your initial consultation. We go through a medical history and look at your scalp and hair under magnification to determine the best treatment option for you. In cases where more in-depth diagnosis is required, a full Trichology appointment may be necessary.
We offer a complete range of hair loss treatments – both surgical and non-surgical. A consultation is required so that we can offer you the best possible treatment advice.
The most common cause of hair loss is inherited. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. Hair loss is NOT caused by wearing a hat, excessive shampooing or clogged pores.
YES – hair transplant surgery does work! The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not “rejected” as it is not foreign tissue. Once transplanted and the hair starts to regrow, it retains its own characteristics, colour, texture, growth rate and curl. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Over recent years, techniques and instruments have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results.
Most men in good general health are candidates for hair transplantation. It is important to understand the limitations to your own hair characteristics, such as colour and type and your pattern of thinning or balding.
For women, it is essential to diagnose the hair loss with our Trichologist before considering hair transplantation. We educate our clients on all treatment alternatives – the procedure you want may not be the most appropriate solution for you.
Essentially, the procedure should be painless as it is performed under a local anaesthetic. Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anaesthetic is injected into the scalp, but once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain.
Most of our hair transplant patients say it is a lot less painful than going to the dentist and most say the hair transplant surgery was much easier than they thought.
Immediately following surgery, your grafts are held in place by the body’s natural glue (fibrin) produced by a chemical reaction in serum when the graft sites are made. The hairs that are present in your new grafts usually fall out during the first 2-6 weeks after the procedure. At this time, you will usually look just like you did before the transplant. Hair transplant surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure; most people recover in several days, and many return to work right away.
The Nido® synthetic implantation system is not suitable for everyone and depends on your pattern of thinning or balding. It also requires on-going maintenance of the hair to ensure the best possible results. A private consultation with one of our staff will determine whether this procedure will suit you.
No, it will not necessarily stop you from losing your hair, but it will help promote the hair you do have to stay on your head for longer. It simply removes a common friction point from day to day living that can increase the risk of hair loss.
Smoking can be a factor in hair loss, but this does not mean it is the only cause. Smoking definitely reduces the effectiveness of hair loss treatments and should be stopped if you want to achieve great results.
The life of your newly implanted hair can vary significantly and will be determined by the number of hairs implanted, your lifestyle and the on-going maintenance of the hair. Our consultant will be able to provide more details specific to your individual requirements.
For the best results, these medications should be used when in the early stages of hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical lotion used on the scalp twice a day and has shown to be successful in stimulating hair growth in both men and women. Finasteride is a prescription medication and can prevent and eventually reverse hair loss in the right candidates, however it may have side effects and should not be used by women.
The synthetic NIDO® hairs are so realistic that no one will be able to tell the difference between your own hair and the implanted hairs.
Your success with Minoxidil depends on you and your commitment to a twice a day, every day routine. Results may be seen between two and 12 months. In clinical studies 26% of men with moderate degrees of hair loss reported moderate to dense hair re-growth after using Minoxidil for 4 months.
Clinical trials of men with moderate degrees of hair loss show that Finasteride stopped hair loss in over 80% of cases and re-growth was noticed in over 64% – an excellent success rate, unbeaten by any other treatment.
Female hair loss is completely normal. On average, you lose between 100 – 200 strands of hair per day. However, if you feel as if you are losing more than this, there could be a more serious issue. In most cases, hair loss is temporary and will grow back but make sure you get to the root of your hair loss. This will help you determine how to fix it or if it is permanent.
Supplements can assist in improving the health of your hair and follicles but won’t necessarily stop the hair loss – it is important to get further advice about your personal situation and cause of your hair loss.
Depending on the type of alopecia you have it can be managed with medication. However, some types of alopecia cannot be reversed. Many women benefit from treatments such as PRP or Factor 4. Topical concealers can also be helpful.
While some concealing sprays have been known to run, look unnatural and leave embarrassing stains and marks, technology advances have now past that type of concealer. Keratein sprays create the appearance of natural hair in seconds and are guaranteed not run or stain your clothing. They can be removed with warm soapy water and are safe to apply daily.
Facts You Need to Know
About Hair Loss
- Androgenic alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is responsible for the vast majority (94%) of hair loss in men. Whilst there are many possible reasons people lose hair (including serious disease, reaction to certain medications and in rare cases extremely stressful events), most hair loss in men can be blamed on heredity. This type of hair loss can come from either or both parents and develops in most men at some stage in their lives.
- Sufferers of male pattern baldness are actually inheriting hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to DHT. Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturise, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected. Eventually, these affected follicles start producing finer hair until eventually hair growth stops completely.
- Male pattern baldness is generally characterized with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. Hair in these areas including the temples and mid-anterior scalp appear to be the most sensitive to DHT. This pattern eventually progresses into more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or “horseshoe” pattern of hair remaining in the more advanced stages of MPB.
- It usually takes 15-25 years to go bald, however, some men go bald in fewer than five years. Treatment can usually prevent further hair loss and often assist in hair regrowth.
- The myriad of hair loss products, procedures and techniques available today makes your decision about what to do all the more confusing. There are a range of successful treatments available but the key is to firstly diagnose your hair loss concerns and secondly, let us recommend the best treatment for you.
Common Myths About Hair Loss
No, hereditary hair loss can be passed down through both your mother’s and father’s side. Even if your mother’s father has a full head of hair, there is no guarantee that you will have the same.
Excessive hair brushing can actually stress your hair and make it more likely to break. Hair tends to be more elastic when it’s wet, which means that it is more likely to break than dry hair. It is best to limit brushing or combing wet hair. Boar-bristle or ball-tipped brushes are recommended for brushing since they are most gentle on your hair.
Hats do not contribute to hair loss. There is no evidence that suggests wearing a hat will cause hair loss. Many people wear hats simply to hide their hair loss. However, a dirty hat can cause a scalp infection, which may accelerate hair loss, so be sure to keep your hats and head clean.
There is no link between balding and hairdryers but air-drying is generally a safer option. Blow drying your hair frequently on too hot of a setting can dry out your existing hair, making it brittle, less healthy-looking, and more prone to breakage. The same is true of flat irons and other heated devices. Air-dry your hair when possible and limit the use of blow dryers and other hot tools to prevent damage to your hair.
This is untrue. Hair growth is genetically programmed. Your growth rate is not affected either way by close shaving or trimming.
While some of these products do have the potential to damage hair, in most cases they will not affect hair follicles or growth cycles when used correctly. However, overuse, misuse, harsh chemicals and relaxers can damage hair follicles and affect growth. These products can cause the hair to break and fall out when used too much or incorrectly. Using them less will most likely result in less damage and breakage. Hair accessories like clips, pins and rubber bands can break hair when holding the hair too tightly.
No, lying on one side or the other won’t affect the growth of your hair. Your follicles are pre-programmed to grow in their own unique way, independent of how you sleep. If you’re worried about your hair while you sleep, some experts suggest sleeping on silk pillowcases. Silk has amino acids in common with your hair that won’t strip your hair of moisture. Additionally, silk is less likely to pull and tug your strands, which means your hair will be smoother with less split ends and breakage.
No, it is quite possibly the opposite. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)—the main culprit in hair loss—is a metabolite of testosterone, a hormone that increases the male sex drive.
No, towel drying hair will not cause hair loss. But rubbing wet hair too hard can cause the hair to break, which can result in hair loss. It’s normal to shed some hairs each day due to the normal growth cycle of your hair, but if your hair doesn’t grow back, it is most likely because of your genetic predisposition, not the towel.