Operation: hair thickening 30-45 minutes / hair transplant up to 8 hours
Anesthesia: local anesthesia
Length of stay: outpatient
Suture removal: with the FUT method after 1-2 weeks
Healing time: up to 2 weeks
Full, thick hair is currently the ideal of beauty. For many people, however, this is not achievable in a natural way, as hair loss is common – especially in old age and through stress. However, there are several methods in aesthetic medicine that declare war on hair loss and thinning. In the following text you will learn everything about hair thickening and hair transplantation.
When is hair thickening or hair transplant used in men?
Hair thickening or hair transplant is used for people who suffer from thinning hair or severe hair loss. This is a loss of more than 100 hairs per day. A certain amount of hair loss is normal and should be differentiated from pathological hair loss, also known as effluvium.
Both men and women can be affected by hair loss and wish for a thickening of the scalp hair. This is most common with the so-called androgenetic effluvium, which can occur in almost 70 percent of all men and up to 50 percent of women in old age. The reason for this are the androgens, i.e. male sex hormones. But hereditary predisposition, which makes the hair follicles more sensitive to these same hormones, also plays a role in androgenetic hair loss. Early androgenetic hair loss in particular can be effectively treated with hair transplants or hair thickening. In addition to this form of hair loss, there are others that are associated with autoimmune diseases or deficiency symptoms, among other things. Hair thickening or hair transplants are usually not useful.
Who is hair thickening or hair transplantation suitable for?
Hair thickening or hair transplantation is particularly suitable for people who feel uncomfortable because of their thinning hair. This is particularly common with premature hair loss, as those affected appear much older and their self-confidence can suffer as a result. Only people who still have enough healthy hair follicles with hair roots are suitable for a hair transplant, as these serve as a transplant. In the case of hair thickening through autologous blood treatment, the same requirements do not apply as for a transplant, but patients must not present any disease that affects the blood or is transmitted through the blood. These include infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV or blood clotting disorders. Autoimmune, liver and cancer diseases are also contraindications to autologous blood injections.
As a man, what do I have to consider before a hair thickening or hair transplant?
Before hair thickening or transplantation, Dr. Matiasek will hold a detailed consultation with you. He will go into detail about your wishes and ideas and discuss with you the best option for your individual hair situation. Depending on the pattern of hair loss, age and the patient’s wishes, either a hair transplant or hair thickening using the PRP method is recommended.
One week before a hair transplant, it is important to refrain from alcohol and nicotine and, if necessary, from blood-thinning medication. You should also know that the hair at the point of removal has to be shaved and that this will result in bald spots on the back of the head, which, however, will not be visible for long after the hair transplant. Before hair thickening with PRP, it may also be necessary to discontinue blood-thinning or pain-relieving medication, as these impair the function of the blood platelets. You will be informed in advance about all the necessary precautionary measures and what you should consider in your individual case.
How does hair thickening work in men?
Hair thickening using the PRP method is based on the principle that hair needs sufficient nutrients for healthy growth. To ensure this, patients are injected with a component of their own blood: platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The blood platelets, also called thrombocytes, contain growth factors which, when injected directly into the scalp, stimulate hair growth.
To obtain this blood component, a small amount of blood is first drawn from the arm vein. Then a special device called a centrifuge separates the blood into its components, so that the PRP is created. This is then injected into the scalp with a very fine needle. The entire treatment usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes and is usually not painful because the needles used are particularly thin.
The best results achieved with PRP hair thickening are when hair loss begins. In the case of advanced hair loss, Dr. Matiasesk recommends a hair transplant, whereby the two procedures can also be combined and thus achieve very good results.
Hair thickening and hair transplantation in men: what are the possible side effects?
Complications are extremely rare in hair thickening because the injected blood is your own. Rarely, however, redness, swelling or bruising may occur, but these will disappear on their own after a few days. With hair transplantation, swelling and pain at the removal sites can occur, especially in the night after the procedure. Pain and swelling in the forehead and eye area can also occur but will diminish by itself after a few days. With the FUT method, visible scarring can occur in the removal area of the donor strip, which does not happen with the FUE method because of the gentler hair extraction. In rare cases the graft does not grow satisfactorily, which can happen especially after infection.
As a man, what do I have to consider after a hair thickening or hair transplant?
After hair thickening with the PRP method, you should cool the affected areas to prevent swelling and pain. In addition, sun protection with a hat is essential for the first week after PRP treatment. A second session is planned after about four to six months. Depending on the patient’s response, the PRP treatment can be repeated up to six times.
After a hair transplant, it should be noted that the treated skin is severely irritated, which is why normal hair washing is prohibited for about two weeks. However, four days after the operation, patients can gently cleanse the scalp with a special lotion and a spray bottle. In the case of a sutured incision using the FUT method, the sutures must also be removed after approximately one to two weeks. In order to check the success of the therapy, regular follow-up examinations take place, in which the healing progress is also discussed.
When are the results of hair thickening or hair transplantation visible in men?
Both hair thickening and hair transplantation do not achieve instant results. Since hair thickening by PRP first brings the hair roots into an active growth phase, you have to be patient. Denser hair growth is therefore only noticeable after about three to six months. With a hair transplant, the hair follicles go into a resting phase immediately after the procedure, which is only lifted after around four months. The complete result can be assessed after eight to twelve months.
If you are interested in hair thickening or hair transplantation or if you would like further information about these treatments, Dr. Matiasek would be happy to invite you to his practice for a consultation.