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15/Sep/2019

The Effect Of Sports And Healthy Hair

Exercise and a healthy diet have a fantastic effect on the body’s overall health, including hair health. It is important to have a balanced diet to fuel your body sustainably, without the need for binges or relying on alternative supplements. Remember, a healthy, balanced diet can promote healthy hair and reduce the risk of hair loss, especially if you ensure you are consuming the proper amount of vitamin B and iron-rich foods.

Taking part in regular activities (varied to strengthen all parts of the body) can help you live longer and enjoy a better quality of life, also. Exercise and sports reduce joint pain, boost your mood, boost your energy, promotes better sleep and improves heart health. The same positive relationship exists between sports and healthy hair.

How Exercising And Sports Affect Hair Health

Regular exercise is proven to improve your mental health. Exercise releases the happiness hormone called serotonin, which is also the stress-relieving hormone. Not only does this mean you feel better, but you can also look better, as reduced stress can reduce or slow down hair loss.

Exercise also improves blood circulation in the body. Good blood circulation will mean that hair follicles receive more oxygen and the minerals they need to grow. Thus, sports and healthy hair go hand in hand! The body naturally produces stress-relieving, happiness-inducing chemicals during sports and encourages healthy hair.

Does Excessive Sport Cause Hair Loss?

As with everything, too much of a good thing can ruin it! Over-exercising has negative effects on the whole body, particularly muscle and joint health. Thus, there is also a relationship between hair loss and sports, as exercise naturally releases testosterone, the hormone that causes hair loss.

Testosterone is naturally released in small quantities. During exercise, particularly heavy exercise, testosterone peaks and can cause hair loss. Testosterone will need to be released in vast quantities for excessive or noticeable hair loss to accelerate. It is more likely that there is another factor causing your hair loss.

In fact, the more damaging effect or relationship between exercise and hair loss is when individuals take supplements to improve their strength or performance. Whilst this might have a positive effect on exercise and physical performance and even increase fitness levels, it may have negative side effects for your hair.

If you are trying to improve your fitness level, start with your diet! This is the healthiest way to promote exercise and hair loss prevention. Focus on protein and iron-rich foods for both sports and healthy hair! However, if you still feel you need something to boost your physical performance, you should pay careful attention to the supplements you take, as they can have a negative effect on your hair.

Natural supplements such as omega 3 can improve your skin, hair and nails. They have also been proven to benefit the heart and lungs and fighting inflammation and muscle fatigue caused by exercise. This means you can push harder at the gym and enjoy both sports and healthy hair!

Folic acid helps exercise and hair loss reduction as it fuels healthy cells and tissues which results in healthy and happy hair growth. Folic acid deficiency can also reduce the number of red blood cells and impair the delivery of oxygen to your muscles, causing the body to tire easily and, in chronic cases, cause anaemia. It’s a catch 22, as folic acid is naturally released in the body after exercise, but you do require it to even begin!

What’s The Conclusion On Hair Loss and Sports?

Sports and exercise have a positive impact on the whole body from your major internal organs to your hair follicles. It is extremely rare to experience hair loss because of exercise and there is likely to be another factor contributing to your shedding. In fact, adopting a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise and a well-balanced, nutritional diet can vastly improve the quality of your hair as well as prevent hair loss by reducing stress!

If you do think you are experiencing hair loss because of another factor but aren’t sure what to do, get in touch with the expert team here at Longevita. We will be able to advise you on how to tackle your hair loss. Book a consultation, today!


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15/Sep/2019

Hair Loss During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a magical time, but women do experience some unexpected changes to their body that they are not always best pleased with. Pregnancy hair loss is one of those side effects that does not impress mothers to be. It is a completely natural experience; in fact, you are just as likely to experience lustrous, extra-shiny and increased hair growth as you are to experience hair loss during pregnancy. Before you panic, it’s important to understand why this occurs:

Nutritional Deficiencies

Iron deficiency is extremely common during pregnancy. Iron deficiency or anaemia can come as a result of pregnancies close together or carrying multiple babies. This limits the number of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the different tissues in your body, including your hair follicles, causing pregnancy hair loss. Other side effects could be fatigue, shortness of breath and headaches. If this is the reason for your pregnancy hair loss, you should expect to see hair return to its normal condition and growth cycle when your iron levels return to normal.

Studies show that up to 50% of women can also become deficient in biotin whilst they are pregnant. Biotin is a vitamin that supports keratin, which is the protein that makes up hair, skin and nails. Biotin is a member of the vitamin B family and you can naturally increase your intake if you notice pregnancy hair loss.

Pregnancy-Related Disorders

If you are experiencing high blood pressure or mental illness as a result of your pregnancy, you may have been prescribed medication to treat the problem. This could cause pregnancy hair loss. Alternatively, you may have been advised or prescribed new medication to deal with ongoing conditions such as diabetes or a fungal infection. These might also be causing your hair loss. Consult your doctor as these medications are likely to be unharmful to your baby but other side effects could be occurring.

Hormonal Changes

Of course, when you fall pregnant, your whole hormonal cycle changes. This can actually affect your hair growth cycle and interrupt the process. The body can experience unknown stress (usually masked by the happiness of the new arrival), especially during the first trimester. This stress then interrupts the natural growth cycle and forces it into the rest stage (telogen).

This could also happen during any stage of pregnancy but pregnancy hair loss can increase by up to 30%. Hormonal changes should not result in permanent hair loss as the growth cycle will resume after your hormones balance out.

How To Combat Pregnancy Hair Loss

Noticing and keeping on top of your hair loss during pregnancy could help reduce stress. Studies suggest that the placebo effect of counteracting hair loss can reduce stress and encourage re-growth. It will also be healthier for the baby for you to avoid stress. These are the healthy, at-home remedies that could help manage your pregnancy hair loss.

Oils

Oils that contain natural ingredients such as coconut, almond, jojoba and castor can reduce the appearance of pregnancy hair loss. These natural ingredients will not interrupt your pregnancy and can relax the hair follicles to reduce stress in the tissue and naturally encourage re-growth.

You should avoid using essential oils to encourage hair growth during pregnancy as they can cause complications. Consult your doctor before using essential oils during pregnancy.

Vitamin Supplements

As biotin is a member of the vitamin B family, you can always take supplements to increase your intake. These are available over the counter, but it is also possible to consume biotin-heavy foods to counteract the deficiency.

Other vitamins that can help with pregnancy hair loss:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Zinc

Hair Loss After Pregnancy

Pregnancy hair loss is usually temporary. You may experience thinner hair, but continued hair loss should cease. Excessive hair shedding can also occur post-partum as oestrogen levels naturally drop in the body. This can also resolve naturally and without interference. However, if you experience ongoing hair loss or have experienced severe and unrecoverable hair loss you might want to consider a permanent solution.

After you have recovered from the birth, you can be eligible for a hair transplant. For women who do not want to shave their hair or draw more attention to hair loss, Longevita offers U-FUE hair transplant, which does not require the patient to shave their head to complete treatment. Hair transplant is a permanent solution to get your hair back after pregnancy.

Longevita are also able to provide PRP treatment to combat pregnancy hair loss. This can rejuvenate the tissues in the scalp and encourage hair growth. Longevita hair transplant specialists will be able to advise you on the most suitable treatment plan. Contact Longevita for a consultation and combat pregnancy hair loss, today!


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15/Sep/2019

In this blog post, we are going to outline for you why we do not at Longevita recommend that you ever have hair transplanted to your head using hair from your body. If this is ever offered to you as an option then we would suggest that you look elsewhere, raise the points in the blog as points of concern to the surgery or to the doctor in question. Hair transplants with body hair have a very low success rate and aren’t among the things we practice here at Longevita! Please read on to learn why this is not something that we do, condone or recommend.

Body Hair Is Much Hard To Harvest

Before we even get into the success and safety implications of a hair transplant with body hair, the long and short of it is that body hair is much harder to harvest than hair that is growing naturally on your head. This is owing to a number of factors but the most important of these is that the hairs that grow from the body do so at a particular angle beneath the skin. This angle makes traditional extraction techniques (particularly FUE techniques) very difficult as these tools do not account for hairs that grow in this way. When the extraction is attempted, it will almost always fail which will, therefore, render the follicle itself completely useless.

In addition to this, the actual hair itself is far thinner than those that grow on the head, the roots are smaller and overall, success rates of transplantation are much, much lower.

Body Hair Will Not Look Natural

As you can imagine, if you do somehow manage to successfully transplant hair from somewhere on the body to the head (and if this hair grows successfully) then it will not look like head hair! If this hair is transplanted from the chest, or the leg for example, then this hair will grow into to look like chest or leg hair i.e. far more curly and less coarse, thinner and softer. If it was transplanted from the leg, then it will also behave like leg hair i.e. it will grow slower and won’t grow as long as head hair naturally does. So as discussed before, even if these transplants do somehow take, they will look odd and disjointed especially if you do still have some hair left on your head! This means that no matter what, a hair transplant with body hair simply will not look natural.

The whole purpose of the hair transplant procedure is to restore confidence and to restore an individual’s natural look, inclusive of hairline and hair density. A hair transplant with body hair, therefore, goes against the very purpose of the procedure instead creating an odd appearance with hair that does not match, looks disjointed and will in all likelihood reduce the confidence of an individual even further.

The Donor Areas Are Insufficient

The donor areas, in almost all cases of body hair to head transplants, are insufficient and do not contain anywhere near enough grafts to cover the target area. This would mean that either more (and therefore excessive) grafts are required, or in fact, the result would look completely wrong and strange. As an example, to cover the head you would need in the region of around 3500 grafts. The chest area consists of roughly 1000 potential graft areas, which is of course not even nearly enough.

The Body Hair Is Not Worth The Investment

Overall, body hair is simply not worth the investment, because of all the reasons as listed above but also because of one final and rather huge reason. The body hair that is chosen to be transplanted is lacking a vital resistance to the hormone that causes the hair loss that would have brought a client to us or to a hair transplant clinic in the first place! This means that you may go through the whole hair transplant process, have the hair grow in slowly, curly (essentially mirroring the donor site) just to have it all fall out all over again because the donor site hair is missing the resistance to the hormone that causes the hair loss. Not only will you have wasted a great deal of time, energy and effort but you will have also wasted a potentially large sum of money!

This is why we will never condone the use of a hair transplant with body hair. If you would like to talk to a member of our experienced, professional and friendly team about a hair transplant procedure using hair from your head (which is, of course, the proper, the safest and the best way of doing a hair transplant) then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact us page. If you would rather you can email us directly info@longevita.co.uk. For those who would rather speak to us directly please feel free to call us for free on 0845 5198 948 to get your free treatment plan and a treatment quote! We look forward to hearing from you.


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15/Sep/2019

What Is An Eyelash Transplant?

Before we delve into the details of eyelash transplants, it is important to understand the importance of the eyelash itself. As a vital part of facial symmetry, the eyelashes are used to emphasise the eyes, and can form a huge part of the first impressions that people formulate about others! They are something that people will always notice, whether they are long or short, eyelashes are an extremely important aspect of the face for both men and women.

If you are reading this and are looking for an eyelash transplant, chances are high that your lack of eyelashes/your unhappiness at your own eyelashes has felt like it has been damaging or at the very least troubling to you and to your self-esteem. If you have thin or few eyelashes then you may feel self-conscious or overly concerned about your appearance, whilst also lacking confidence that you should have! An eyelash transplant therefore can restore this lost confidence, it can help with self-esteem and it can also help you feel better about the way that you look – improving how you see yourself in social situations as well as in a professional environment.

Why Would People Need An Eyelash Transplant?

There are many reasons why people would need an eyelash transplant, as follows:

  • You may have experienced a trauma to the face or to the eyes that may have resulted in the loss of some or all of your eyelashes on one or both of your eyes, itself caused by scarring. These can include such things as car accidents, burns, tattoos, or chemical incidents. These such things can result in the permanent loss of the eyelashes and would therefore facilitate the need for an eyelash transplant as the only means by which to recover the lost eyelashes.
  • Some treatments for specific medical conditions can cause the loss of the eyelashes. These treatments could include such things as localised operations to remove cancerous objects. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy could also be causes of permanent or semi-permanent loss of the eyelashes.
  • There is a specific medical condition that is called “Trichotillomania”. This condition involves an individual repeatedly and compulsively plucking all of their hairs (not just localised to the eyelashes and all bodily hairs can be involved) until no hairs remain.
  • Other conditions such as certain types of alopecia can cause body-wide hair loss which can also include the eyelashes. Some of these types are permanent and is therefore a popular reason as to why people need an eyelash transplant
  • You may have, over a long period of time, caused irreparable damage to your eyelashes by overusing makeup. You may have also caused this damage by over curling, removing them accidentally during your beauty routine or by over-using false eyelashes.

The Dangers Of Eyelash Transplant Alternatives

Before we get into the potential dangers of eyelash transplant alternatives, it is important that we start with cost. The cost of eyelash transplant alternatives such as expensive mascara, fake eyelashes such as stick-on eyelashes and other similar products are expensive and of course, non-permanent. This means that the costs of these alternatives can quickly stack up. With cost, you also need to factor in the fact that you have a seemingly infinite choice. What this means is that you may spend a lot of money on a treatment, a set of false lashes, an expensive mascara only to find that the results are simply not to your liking, or not in keeping with your style/not the look you wanted to achieve.

So what are the dangers of non-permanent eyelash alternatives? Essentially the main and most important danger is that false lashes and the associated products and treatments have the potential to damage and even destroy your natural lashes. Ironically, these treatments would be used by those who are dissatisfied with their lashes, and if these are overused then the lashes will get damaged further or grow thinner or less desirable ultimately leading the person in question to get themselves an eyelash transplant! Therefore, a person may be able to save themselves a great deal of money by skipping the years of damaging their lashes further by simply getting themselves an eyelash transplant in the first place.

Furthermore, these treatments and products may also damage the skin surrounding the eye, the eye itself or even the surrounding facial areas.

Eyelash Transplant With Longevita

Here at Longevita, we have completed many successful eyelash transplants, transforming damaged or naturally thin lashes into ones that are thick and lustrous! This transformation always brings a great sense of satisfaction and joy to the person in question. It is worth saying also that you need not have damaged eyelashes to get yourself the eyelashes of your dreams. If you are currently unhappy with your lashes then we recommend that you still get yourself a free treatment plan, and we will be able to show you what is possible.

For a permanent no fuss solution to all of your eyelash anxieties, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our professional team to ask any questions that you might have, and to get yourself a free and no-obligation treatment plan. Please use our contact form to leave your details with us, or you can email us directly on info@longevita.co.uk, or if you would prefer you can call us on our UK freephone number: 0845 5198 948.

 

 

 

 


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15/Sep/2019

Before we jump into the details of this blog, we thought it would be best to give you a bit of background around the specifics of the Afro hair type, as it is distinctly different to other types of hair.

It is true throughout the world that people of different ethnic origins have obvious visible differences in the structure, style, growth rate, colour and density of their hair. We all share the basic chemical compositions in regards to keratin, but the African hair type has some chemical differences as well as the visible differences. These differences include:

  • Differences in the lipid distribution throughout the shaft of the hair itself
  • Afro hair is not always as populated (in terms of density) on the scalp as other types of follicles. The average density of the hair was found to be 190 hairs per square centimetre. Whereas Caucasian hair was found to be, on average approx. 227 hairs per square centimetre.
  • It was also found that Afro hair grows at a slower rate than Caucasian hair. The former growing at around 256 micrometres per day, whereas the latter grows at an average rate of around 396 micrometres per day

The above listed points are just a sample of the differences that define these two disparate hair types.

Why Do Women With The Typical Afro Hair Type Suffer Hair Loss?

There are many reasons why Afro women might suffer hair loss. Below we will outline for you just a handful of these reasons. As follows:

  • One of the most prevalent reasons of hair loss in black women is a condition called Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia, or CCCA for short. This condition is known to cause localised destruction of the hair follicles on the head, which in turn can cause widespread hair loss that may be permanent, and which may also lead to scarring.
  • Wearing weaves, or styling the hair in ways that cause great stress on the scalp and the follicles themselves, such as tight braids, twists, or knots, can exacerbate hereditary hair loss, the above condition (CCCA) or hair loss that occurs over time due to repeated stress. It is important to note that braids and weaves etc are not themselves direct causes of hair loss in black women and can be used safely. However, if they are done too tightly, are left in for too long, or a combination of these two things then they can over time be very damaging to the hair.
  • Black women are particularly prone to a type of hair loss that is known by its medical name: Traction Alopecia. This condition has a number of causes, mainly the consistent application of heat, chemicals associated with certain hairstyles, or other hairstyles that are known to pull at the root, including some styles that include braids, dreadlocks or weaves.
  • Hair that is naturally curly, as is the case with many black women’s hair, is naturally fragile and is therefore more prone to breaking – especially if under stress from any of the things as mentioned above. Bends in the hair, as is the case with those with curly hair, means that the natural protectant that is produced by the hair is unable to travel all the way down the length of the shaft where it is needed most.

How To Treat Hair Loss In Black Women

Before the treatment of your hair loss begins, you will need to get in touch with us regarding your desired treatment and look. This can be done easily by filling in our consultation form. Once this has been completed a patient consultant will be in touch with you to discuss your treatment! Typically, those with the Afro hair type may benefit equally from both the FUE and FUT hair method of hair transplantation, with an exact decision being made during your face to face consultation. Your consultant may also decide that the use of supportive PRP injections may also be necessary.

Longevita And Paigey Cakey

We have completed many successful hair transplants on men and women of all nationalities and cultures – including the famous singer/songwriter Paigey Cakey!

If you would like to discuss a hair transplant procedure then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly and professional team via our contact us page, via our email which is info@longevita.co.uk or if you would rather you can call us directly on 0845 5198 948


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15/Sep/2019

The short answer: yes, eyebrow transplants could indeed be the next big trend for 2019. Thick, full and voluptuous eyebrows are ever-present in high fashion and in Hollywood, with this having been the case for quite some time now the eyebrow transplant itself has never been more popular.

A natural looking eyebrow is making a strong resurgence in beauty magazines, in advertising, with Instagram influencers and indeed even in everyday life with women now embracing their natural look or aspiring to have a thicker looking eyebrow. We here at Longevita believe strongly that this trend is here to stay.

The thinner looking sharp style of eyebrow, that was the beauty standard for a great many years is now a thing of the past with women ditching the tweezers and learning to love the eyebrows they were born with. The voluminous eyebrow is now the most fashionable and the most desirable look for women and there are, as a result, countless beauty and eyebrow-specific products that claim to create a thicker and fuller eyebrow, however these all too often fall short of the mark as they fail to emulate the eyebrows of those who are lucky enough to have them grow in naturally thick and shapely. Many individuals, therefore, both men and women, are choosing to undergo an eyebrow transplant procedure in order to create the perfect natural eyebrow.

Is An Eyebrow Transplant Right For You?

Having eyebrows that grow in a way that is not symmetrical, that grow in a colour that is different to the rest of the hair or in a way that would appear “out of control” can cause a great deal of stress and unhappiness. Furthermore, asymmetrical eyebrows or overly bushy eyebrows can make an individual’s face look out of proportion, whilst having eyebrow hairs out of place or thinner in some areas can prematurely age a person.

The influence of Hollywood celebrities and popular culture has had a tremendous effect on how people view their eyebrows, however, there are a great many other reasons why a person may want or in fact need an eyebrow transplant, including but not limited to:

  • Excessive plucking or shaping of the eyebrows, especially from a young age as this can have a dramatic effect on the growth of the eyebrows themselves in later life
  • Behaviours and disorders that cause an individual to remove the hairs themselves by way of nervous ticks or compulsive behaviours
  • Treatments that cause the hairs to fall out immediately or over a period of time, such as chemotherapy
  • Piercings of the brow area, once removed these can cause the hair to grow in an incorrect fashion, especially if the brow piercing in question had been in place for a number of years and/or located directly where the eyebrow hairs grow
  • Having the eyebrow skin or the hairs themselves removed due to an accident, a trauma or localised scarring

Making the decision to have an eyebrow transplant is something that should not be taken lightly. It is important to know the procedure, and what to expect. Thankfully, you are able to ask your surgeon exactly how you want your brows to look, where you want your new hairs to grow and the overall thickness and look of the brow. To learn more about the procedure itself, about aftercare and cost, you can view our dedicated eyebrow transplant page, or if you would rather you can call a member of our friendly and professional team on 0845 5198 948, alternatively you can contact us here.

 


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15/Sep/2019

The impression you make at work or when seeking a potential new partner can play a considerable part in the rest of the relationship. Despite the fact that the world is actively encouraging us to look past appearance and focus on what’s important, many of us still take looks into consideration as a natural response. This is especially true when it comes to dating, or when we’re at work. A scruffy, unkempt appearance can turn people away before they get to know you, but how true is this when it comes to our hair?

For those of us with hair loss, it can be easy to wonder whether this could be affecting our chances of a promotion or a date. Here, we’re exploring whether this is the case.

The Power Of Appearance At Work

When it comes to your appearance at work, it’s likely that your workplace has a dress code dependant on the career that you do. Whether it’s a uniform to create uniformity amongst the staff, career-specific clothing like high-visibility jackets if you work on a building site or the age-old business wear for an office job, the clothing we wear at work will have been designed with appropriateness in mind. But dressing correctly isn’t the only thing that employers can look at when it comes to picking the most ‘capable’ looking workers.

While our appearance should never play a part in the perception of how capable we are, good grooming can help to create a better first impression. Clean hands, nails, teeth and general hygiene are important, but our hair can also come into this. Ensuring you have clean hair that’s in a style appropriate to your workplace is important. Hair loss, unfortunately, can influence this, especially when working within business or face-to-face with clients.

Does Physical Attraction Really Matter?

Step out of the workplace and into day to day life, and physical appearance still plays a part in our lives. Physical attraction and what we find appealing can differ from person to person, and for this reason, hair loss might not always be a cause for concern when looking for a date. However, it can lead to confidence concerns, which could be what effects a person’s overall ability to date.

In a world in which our appearance often plays a vital role in dating, especially in terms of online dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble, having the confidence to put ourselves out there is often a leading factor in our success. However, hair loss can have a devastating effect on our confidence. So, while there is likely to be someone out there who finds us attractive regardless of how we look, being comfortable with ourselves remains important. This is where hair transplants may help.

How Might A Hair Transplant Help?

While hair transplants aren’t designed to solve mental health concerns relating to self-image, they can provide a solution for those that need an uplift. Hair transplants have come a long way, offering natural results with very little downtime and minimal, if any, scarring. While some patients may benefit from more traditional methods such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), which sees a strip of skin taken from the back of the scalp and used to harvest the follicles, treatments like Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) have improved upon this considerably.

FUE sees the extraction of single follicles at a time, which are then transplanted back into the scalp using small incisions that are only about a millimetre wide. This ensures that not only is scarring kept to a minimum, but the results appear natural, following the same pattern of growth as the follicles that are already at the site.

While our success at work and within relationships doesn’t rely solely on how we look, confidence can play a leading role. For this reason, hair transplants for those that are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss could help to bring about a boost in overall confidence, ultimately helping to improve their motivation and, as a result, their performance at work and in dating.

For more information about our hair transplants or to book your initial consultation, get in touch with us on 0845 5198 948.


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15/Sep/2019

One of the most common questions that our hair transplant surgeons face is whether a single procedure will be enough. In most cases, only one session is needed but some patients could benefit from a second hair transplant to improve density, definition and the overall look. Here, we’re answering this common question in more detail.

The Goals Of Your First Transplant

When your treatment plan is organised, it’s important to note that your surgeon will design your transplant around only having a single session. A hair transplant is intended to be a standalone procedure, with the goal to not only improve the overall density of hair on your scalp but improving the hairline and providing full coverage to the thinning or balding areas of the scalp.

This is typically done using one of a few different methods depending on the level of hair loss, the state of the scalp and the desired final result. This could be:

FUEFollicular Unit Extraction sees single follicles being extracted from the scalp and implanted at the recipient site. This is done one-by-one and results in minimal scarring, natural results and minimal downtime.

FUT – While not as commonly used as FUE, Follicular Unit Transplantation can be used for those who may not benefit as greatly from single follicle extraction. This procedure sees a strip of tissue taken from the back of the scalp where hair growth is healthier and fuller, and the follicles cut from this strip and transplanted into the thinning area. This can sometimes see a higher density, but requires more downtime and will leave scarring.

DHIDirect Hair Implantation utilises a similar method to FUE, but is done using the Choi Implanter Pen. This ensures that the follicles are out of the scalp for a reduced period of time, which can help improve the chances of a successful transplant. It is also reported to produce more precise and natural-looking results.

Why Might Someone Opt For A Second Hair Transplant?

While in the majority of cases, a single hair transplant procedure will see satisfactory results and many patients are happy with this. However, in some cases, the first transplant may not always reach the desired density during the first procedure or they may not be entirely satisfied with the definition of the hairline or crown coverage. If this is the case, patients may find that the 2nd hair transplant density is more satisfactory.

Some patients can also suffer from further hair loss after the initial transplant due to ongoing or genetic causes for their hair loss. In these cases, 2nd hair transplant density may be lesser than the first, but can still help to improve the appearance of balding patches.

What You Need To Know Ahead Of Additional Transplants

For those who may be looking to undergo a second hair transplant, it’s important to note that most surgeons will advise you to wait at least 10-12 months before considering the second procedure. Throughout the first year, your transplanted hair will begin to grow out and provide a better insight into how the final result will look. The hair can increase in diameter, texture and of course, length, and can even be styled and cut, all of which can have a huge effect on how the hair sits and looks.

If you and your surgeon are still unhappy with the results at this point, you can discuss the potential for a second hair transplant and whether you are a viable candidate for the procedure. This will ultimately depend on your scalp’s skin laxity and the volume of hair available to be extracted ahead of the transplant.

For more information regarding 2nd hair transplant density, the procedure itself or whether you’d be a likely candidate, you can get in touch on 0845 5198 948.


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15/Sep/2019

Suffering from hair loss can be very frustrating and finding a solution to the problem can be tough – there are so many different natural remedies available to try out and, unfortunately, a lot of them don’t bring about the results that you dream of when you envision your new look. Whilst hair loss can be difficult to come to terms with, having a moving or receding hairline can be equally as difficult and can leave you feeling incredibly self-conscious. If you feel as though you have tried every other remedy out there, then it may well be worth considering surgery to both give you back your confidence and improve your hairline for the future.

What is a receding hairline?

A receding hairline is where the hair starts to move backwards across the top of the head. It is much more common in men than it is women, with women much more prone to thinning hair rather than a receding hairline. When the hair moves backwards across the top of the head, a ring of hair around the top of the scalp is often left behind and thinning hair may continue to grow on the top of the head. Causes of receding hairlines can vary – they can be hereditary or else caused by natural loss of hair as you get older. If you’re a woman, a shift in your hormones during the menopause can also lead to hair loss.

How can my surgeon ensure that I get the best, most natural look?

Often when having consultations for hairline constructions, patients express their desire for thick and voluptuous hair, but such a change can often end in results that don’t look anywhere near as natural as you were hoping for. Surgeons are very insightful and have spent a long time studying techniques that help them to understand their clients and the types of procedures that work well depending on a number of factors. For hair transplants to be successful in the long term, the amount of genetic hair that you currently have is key – this hair is transferred to balding areas, so the new hairline is established depending on how much genetic hair is viable.

How does the surgeon decide where my hairline should be?

There are four key points to consider when realigning a hairline – the anterior, which is the starting point of the frontal hairline; the lateral portion, which is the width of the hairline across your head; the direction in which the hair grows and how irregular the hairline currently is. With these things considered, the surgeon is able to correctly predict where on your head the hairline should be placed to ensure that it looks as natural as possible.

This framing of the hairline is incredibly important – if the hairline is misaligned, it will be blatantly apparent, and the hair will look strange on your head. Hair is normally transplanted onto the scalp at an angle, making it appear all the more natural and giving the hair a layered, full look when it is combed backwards away from the forehead – hair that comes straight out at the scalp will appear less natural and could even look as though a hairpiece has been fitted to the head.

To book a consultation with one of our patient consultants, contact us on 0845 5198 948, today.


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15/Sep/2019

For those suffering from hair loss, finding the right solution can be a confusing matter and often frustrating when home remedies just don’t seem to be working. Thankfully, technological advancements in cosmetic procedures have improved the opportunity to opt for a hair transplant – but what does this entail? With different methods and a number of common questions to answer, we’ve put together a guide to help you make a more informed decision.

Types Of Hair Transplants

There are a number of different methods that could be chosen when it comes to hair transplants and the best one for you will differ depending on your hair type. However, there are two main types on offer here at Longevita:

  • FUE

FUE –  or Follicular Unit Extraction – is a process designed to offer efficient hair transplants with minimal or no scarring. Throughout this procedure, hair follicles are removed from the scalp of the donor areas individually with the help of a specialised tool. From this, each hair follicle is inserted into the pre-made cuts in the area of the recipient site. These cuts made are purposely made at an angle in order to recreate the usual direction of growth that already exists. Healthy hairs will them grow from the new site, offering the patient a full head of hair in just a few months as it grows.

  • FUT

FUT – Follicular Unit Transplantation – was replaced by FUE, but is still used in some cases where FUE may not be the best option. This procedure requires the surgeon to cut a strip of hair follicles away from the donor site, as opposed to removing each follicle individually. Once the strip has been cut away, it is divided into small groups of 1-4 follicles, which are then inserted in the recipient area, in a similar way to FUE.

Do Hair Transplants Leave Scars?

FUE treatments have been carefully designed and optimised to ensure minimal, if any scarring and in the hands of our expert surgeons, this is enhanced further. FUT treatments do leave scarring, however, due to the strip of skin removed from the head throughout the treatment. For this reason, FUE was introduced as a more aesthetically pleasing method that meant shorter downtime, less pain and ultimately, better results.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

Typically the procedure will take around 8 hours, though this will differ from patient to patient depending on how many individual hair follicles need to be transplanted and the area that needs to be covered. The number of procedures required for full coverage can vary depending on the current state of your hair, or the area that needs to be worked on. In most cases, you may only need a few appointments, but some patients may require upwards of 2 or 3.

The recovery, once again, is reliant on whether you opt for FUT or FUE surgery. If you opt for Follicular Unit Extraction, then you can expect a quick recovery, while a Follicular Unit Transplantation will come with a recovery period of about a month. It is likely that you will feel some discomfort throughout this recuperating period, as the operation is more invasive than FUE and requires a higher level of healing. This can be managed easily with mild painkillers.

Are Hair Transplants Painful?

All hair transplants conducted here at Longevita are done so under local anaesthetic to reduce the discomfort our clients may feel throughout the procedure. You will also be given full aftercare instructions that will help you to manage any further discomfort after the procedure and enhance the healing process. In most cases, any pain or discomfort felt after the procedure can be managed with standard painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Are Hair Transplants Expensive?

The million dollar question that can break or make your decision regarding hair transplants is this; how much do they cost? Ultimately, this can vary dependant on the operation and how many grafts are needed, though the average expected price for FUE surgery is between £5,000 and £10,000 in the UK. When you travel to Turkey with a reputable company like Longevita, however, a hair transplant procedure will cost between £1000 and £2500 depending on the number of grafts required and the technique.

When Do The Results Appear?

After your surgery, you will be eager to see the results so you can embark on your new life with newfound confidence, but how long will you have to wait to see the results?

After around 4 months, you will begin to see your first results, but it’s at about a year that you will begin to see the full effect of the hair transplant.

If, over time you notice that the follicles have shrunken or that some areas may not be growing as well as others, contact your surgeon as you may find that you require another transplant procedure.

Is The Success Rate Good?

While success ultimately depends from person to person, our success rates for FUE and FUT procedures are above average. Our surgeons are some of the best in the industry and are well versed in how to promote better results in every patient.

However, there are a number of factors that can have an effect on the success rate of hair transplants, which is why there are a number of patients that have not been completely happy with the outcome, these include:

  • How many good follicles are left on your scalp, to begin with
  • The size of the recipient area that you want to cover
  • The experience and skill of the surgeon

Are There Any Risks Of Hair Transplants?

Any surgical procedure comes with its risks, however, you can rest assured that both FUT and FUE transplants are very safe with Longevita. We will take every care in our A+ rated clinics to ensure that the treatment not only goes well but that you are fully cared for after the procedure to enhance the chances of healthy growth. After the operation, you may experience some bleeding, bruising or swelling, but this is normal and will settle within a week in most cases. There is the risk of small cysts forming, but these can be treated easily and can disappear. Your host will remain on hand and with doctors and nurses available in the UK upon your return home after your treatment, any potential side-effects can be quickly solved.

With this guide, we aim to provide our current and potential clients and patients with the information they need to make an informed decision regarding their hair transplant. For any further questions or to request a quote, simply get in touch or fill in our online form, today.


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Longevita offer private, yet affordable medical procedures in A+ rated, JCI accredited facilities based in Turkey. As a medical travel group who are registered in both Turkey and the UK, Longevita’s rates are subsidised by the Turkish government, meaning best prices are guaranteed.

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