This hair restoration question was answered by hair loss forum member “ArochaHair”, online representative for Coalition physician Dr. Bernardino Arocha: I am a 62 yr. old white female with hair loss mainly on top of my scalp, mostly towards front area. I have been losing hair since my 40’s. I currently use hair powder like Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Powder or wigs. It is really hot in Texas and wearing a wig every day is very uncomfortable. I’m wondering about how many hair grafts I would need to fix my thin areas. Also, would I be a better candidate for a strip hair transplant or follicular unit extraction (FUE)? As a female, and with the diffused hair loss shown in your photo, you have a fairly strong chance of also having diffused loss in the traditional donor zone so this area has to be carefully examined as well. With cases like yours, and assuming diffused donor loss, there is usually a small area at the back of your donor that has the […]
Temporary Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Top Clinics Currently Offering the Treatment
For the past several years, one of the most anticipated and discussed hair loss treatments has been Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Scalp Micropigmentation is a process where a physician or trained technician uses a tattooing process to mimic the appearance of shortly cropped hair on bald or thinning scalp. The process helps create the illusion of increased density in individuals with thinning hair or a “shaved,” “cropped” appearance in those with a completely bald scalp. Initially, Scalp Micropigmentation was a permanent process, and technicians/physicians performed the procedure with a permanent, non-fading SMP ink. However, recently several new clinics and practitioners began offering a non-permanent Scalp Micropigmentation process, performed with temporary SMP ink. After learning about the new temporary Scalp Micropigmentation process, hair loss sufferers became even more excited; but the new technique leaves several important questions unanswered: what are the advantages of the new procedure? What are the disadvantages of the new technique? Most importantly, which clinics are offering temporary SMP? Temporary Scalp Micropigmentation Advantages Altogether, temporary SMP does offer several […]
This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles: I’m just 1 month post hair transplant and wanted to know when is it safe to resume playing soccer? I play 2-3 times a week but not too aggressive soccer and really don’t use my head at all. However, I do run a lot and fast (i.e., sprints). Is there any risk to the recipient or donor area? You can play now as long as you are not doing the head butting thing. I have had some professional soccer players as patients and have seen what I feel is an increased amount of scar tissue on the top of the scalp. This might be from the trauma of repeated heading of the ball over all those years. Dr. Glenn Charles — David Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
This hair restoration question was answered by hair loss forum member “ArochaHair”, online representative for Coalition physician Dr. Bernardino Arocha: Has anybody got any strategies to make the most of the “tuft” at the front of the head? I have very little hair immediately behind it but my hair is so thick on the sides and mid-scalp that it masks this. This is good as the tuft looks bad on bald men but I also think for men contemplating hair transplant surgery, it can be good as a focal point to form a hairline natural to you. It also means fewer grafts. It may not actually mean fewer grafts because if your tuft is surrounded by hair of native original density then more grafts are necessary to blend in. If this isn’t done then the contrast in density will make the result on either side of the tuft seem thinner. In general it is just a matter of planting around the tuft, and slightly into it for blending. If there is any hair […]
Does Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplantation Cause More Ingrown Hairs than a Strip Procedure?
This question, from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums, was answered by Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. David Josephitis: I had a FUE (Donor was back of scalp + beard hair) about 2 months ago. I saw a few ingrown hair pimples in the donor area at month 1 mark which I addressed via some antibiotics (prescribed by my hair transplant surgeon) and also topical antibacterial cream. Recently I have been seeing much greater incidence of ingrown hair: especially in the beard section as well as a few spots in the donor scalp. I have been told that it is sometimes expected as the hair growth starts around the 3 month mark. I have continued to apply the antibacterial cream as advised and even though the number of pimples is now more than a dozen, it is still somewhat manageable. Have others faced a similar experience post FUE? I never had this problem before with my prior three FUT hair transplants. One reason I was […]