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18/Mar/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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18/Mar/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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18/Mar/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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18/Mar/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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18/Mar/2019

As with any surgical procedure, a hair transplant can come with various risks that you’ll need to be aware of prior to undergoing the surgery. While a hair transplant is typically considered to be safe, the process involved may see you experiencing some pain, swelling and inflammation of the scalp in the minutes, hours and days following the procedure. Here, we’re taking a closer look at the risks and side effects of a hair transplant:

Short-Term Complications

Typically, any side effects which follow a hair transplant will be minor and will often clear up within a few weeks of the procedure. These short-term side effects include:

Bleeding & Swelling Of The Scalp

One of the most common side effects patients may experience is bleeding and swelling of the scalp. The nature of the hair transplant means that follicles will be removed from areas of the head that see healthy hair growth and be transplanted into the treatment areas through incisions. While the FUE method is far less intrusive than the traditional FUT method, which required strips to be cut from the scalp, there is still a possibility of some minor bleeding and swelling as the transplants heal.

Itching

Itching is a common side effect of any surgery as areas of the body are trying to heal and as a result, it’s an understandable common occurrence after a hair transplant. It is important, however, not to scratch the scalp to relieve itching, as this can lead to the displacement of the newly transplanted hair follicles. It could also lead to dirt being passed into the wounds, which could ultimately lead to an infection and become dangerous. If the itching is prolonged after the hair transplant procedure, it may be a result of the shampoo you are using, but you can contact one of our aftercare specialists for further information on how to prevent an itching scalp.

Infection

Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles is known as folliculitis and can occur as a complication of a hair transplant. Infections of this kind can often be treated by a mild antibiotic cream, lotion or gel. If the infection becomes more serious, then it is advised to contact our aftercare specialists in order to gain additional medical help or advice.

Shock Loss

Shock loss refers to the scenario when newly transplanted hair suddenly falls out post-procedure. This is a surprisingly common complication, but it is not one for patients to be concerned about. In fact, patients who experience shock loss will find that their newly transplanted hair will re-grow within a few months, as the follicles transplanted into their scalp will remain intact.

Long-Term Complications

While there are a number of short-term complications, these are often resolved within the first few weeks after the procedure takes place and the hair begins to grow back. However, there are some long-term complications which may also need to be considered:

Scalp Laxity

The laxity of the scalp could be impacted after a hair transplant procedure, due to the trauma your head is put through during the surgery. This is most common after the FUT procedure. Typically, the scalp will regain the majority of its laxity within the first six-eight months after the procedure, but it will continue to loosen after this. If the patient had a loose scalp to begin with then the scalp is more likely to return to full laxity, while a tighter scalp prior to the surgery will see a more noticeable change.

Grafts Which Fail To Take

While our success rate here at Longevita is high, there are some circumstances where a patient’s grafts will not take to the scalp and therefore a repetition of the surgery is required. All of our surgeons are fully insured, offering peace of mind and support for each of our patients if this is the case. In the event that your hair transplant procedure has not taken, the patient consultant will review the progress of growth and take any required action.

Hair Curl

A long-term complication after a hair transplant can be a ‘hair curl’. This means that the hair follicle which has been transplanted into the scalp has curled under which could result in an ingrown hair. This can be highly irritating for a patient and could result in infection. If there are a large number of curled hairs on the head, the results of the hair transplant may appear unnatural.

Aftercare With Longevita Hair Transplant

Once you return to your home country, the dedicated host who was with you for the duration of your surgical journey will continue to check up on you for up to one year post-procedure. They will provide you with full aftercare advice and will continue to ensure that the hair transplant re-growth remains a success throughout the first crucial 12 months. If you are experiencing any post-surgical complications, we have a team of dedicated nurses and doctors based in the UK to provide any follow-up treatment where required.

Here at Longevita Hair Transplant, we pride ourselves on the quality of the procedures that we provide and the professionalism of our surgeons. We work with some of the most highly-respected and sought-after surgeons from around the world, meaning you can put your trust in us with your hair transplant procedure.

For more information about the procedures or to book a consultation with one of our patient consultants, get in touch on 0845 5198 948, today.


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18/Mar/2019

As with any surgical procedure, the possibility of complications or side effects after a hair transplant is a common concern. As your surgeon will tell you prior to the procedure, there are a number of potential problems you could face during the healing process or further down the line, but it’s important not to let these put you off of your decision. In fact, some issues, such as shock loss, are common in hair transplant patients and shouldn’t trigger as much concern as they do.

Shock loss could take place after a hair transplant has been completed but isn’t a permanent issue. To help you understand what to expect, we have detailed this prevalent issue and explained why it provides no immediate cause for concern.

What is “Shock Loss?”

Every single hair transplant procedure here at Longevita will see detailed work completed by the most highly-trained professionals we have on our staff. Your surgeon will make accurate extractions of hair from donor areas and then transplant them with equal precision into any thinning or balding areas. However, even the most skilled surgeons can’t prevent every side-effect.

On rare occasions, the action or extracting and transplanting hair can lead to the loss of healthy hair just days after the initial surgery has taken place. This isn’t a bad transplant or damaged follicles in most cases – in fact, the issue has been given its very own name – “shock loss.”

Shock loss involves the loss of follicles within treated areas after transplantation, but it is important to note that this issue only affects around 5% of all patients and only takes a temporary effect. It is important to be aware that it is just the hair follicles which fall off as a result of the trauma which the scalp experiences as part of the surgery. The roots which are transplanted do not fall off and any lost hair will begin to grow stronger and healthier within just months after the issue takes place.

On the rare occasion that shock loss occurs, this is generally due to damage caused to nearby healthy follicles, stress to the scalp or simply a broken hair shaft. In order to prevent any complications, most surgeons will remove each hair one at a time using FUE methods, depending on your hair type. When taking strands of hair from a donor area, each strand will be taken using a punch device to ensure minimal movement during the procedure.

Unless every measure is taken when removing hairs, there is every possibility that you will have a negative impact on any follicles within the immediate vicinity, which could cause them to come out completely. Equal care needs to be taken in the case of the transplantation, especially within the area that is being transplanted. When the incision process is being undertaken, you could disrupt nearby follicles which can also lead to hairs falling out.

Statistically, women have experienced the shock loss phenomenon on a more frequent basis than men, but both genders are likely to see their hair return to normal in 2-4 week cycles after the initial hair loss. Once your scalp has healed and settled, you will be able to re-grow hair with the possibility of it being even thicker and more vibrant than before.

Should I Be Concerned About “Shock Loss?”

As we’ve already mentioned, there really is no need to be alarmed if you experience shock loss after a hair transplant. After a few days, your hair will completely regrow, leaving you with a full head of hair.

When the regrowth period takes place, don’t be concerned if you notice that your hairs initially appear thin and slightly colourless. Over the course of around a year, your hair will start to take on a much thicker and mature tone as it starts to fully grow. In order to maximise the process, you could use lotions and specialist products to help encourage your hair to grow at a much faster rate- you can speak to your consultant about this before or after the initial treatment to determine what is best for your hair type.

It is also important to note that any transplanted hairs are equally susceptible to shock loss and also provide no real calls for concern. They will simply fall out and then regrow into place within a four-month cycle. Any hair loss after a successful transplant is very much a rare occurrence and not something that many people ever have to deal with throughout their life. Shock loss is a perfectly natural part of all hair transplants. The only thing anyone can do when this takes place is to simply wait until it re-grows back into place.

If you would like to find out even more information about shock loss or any hair transplant procedures, then you are more than welcome to contact any of the professional surgeons at Longevita.

 


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18/Mar/2019

For those with permanent hair loss, a hair transplant can be a valuable way to not only promote hair growth once more but give you back some well-deserved confidence. Both men and women can suffer hair loss, but thankfully improvements in transplantation methods have made the entire process not only simpler but more accessible.

FUE – or Follicular Unit Extraction – offers patients a follicle-by-follicle extraction and implantation system that crafts a natural look as their hair begins to grow again and here, we’re taking a look at exactly what you’ll see during the re-growth stages of a hair transplant.

The First Telogen

You may be surprised to know that the first stage of growth after a hair transplant is actually for the hairs to shed. When transplanting a follicle, the surgeon will be moving short hairs from one part of your scalp to the balding or thinning section. The shedding is usually due to the stress that each follicle will go under when extracted and re-placed, but also makes way for new, healthy hair growth. This stage typically lasts up to two weeks dependant on your personal speed of hair growth. However, you may experience the Telogen stage for up to four months in some cases before the hair begins to grow properly.

Anagen

Anagen, more commonly known as the growth stage, is when you’ll begin to see the new hairs beginning to grow and is also the point at which your surgeon can more effectively determine whether further grafts may be needed. As the follicles leave the Telogen stage, they’ll begin to produce hair and grow at a rate typical for average hair growth. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, but the average level of growth can be up to half an inch or so per month. This stage will last anything from 2-6 years which differs from hair to hair.

Catagen

Catagen is the point where hair will essentially stop growing. The follicles reach a standstill, becoming effectively dormant for some time but you’re unlikely to experience any hair loss in this stage. However, it only actually lasts for around 2 weeks or so before it moves onto the final stage.

The Second Telogen

Unlike the first Telogen phase, the second will last around 3-4 months depending on your hair follicles and how quickly they work. This is a period in which you will experience some shedding, but don’t worry – it’s not going to be noticeable! Instead, you’ll find that only a small amount of your hair will ever be at this stage, with the others all either growing or in the Catagen stage at any time. This will then lead to the Exogen phase of hair growth, which is defined as an extension of the telogen phase. This is where old hair will shed and new hair will simultaneously begin to grow, therefore trigering the next Anagen phase in the cycle.

Hair transplants can provide confidence to those currently experiencing advanced levels of permanent hair loss and techniques such as FUE even require minimal downtime. While you won’t see results immediately, the 18 months after your procedure will begin to show just how your hair will look while it grows.

 

If you’re interested in a hair transplant at either of our Turkey clinics in Istanbul or Izmir, feel free to get in touch with one of our team, today.


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18/Mar/2019

When it comes to a hair transplant, a major part of your procedure will be the treatment planning, to help determine the number of required grafts and the technique which is best suited to your requirements. While there are some non-reputable surgeons who may make-up the number of grafts required, there is an international standard for both male and female patients in order to determine the treatment that is required and the number of grafts, meaning treatment plans should not vary from surgeon to surgeon. These scales, Norwood-Hamilton scale for men and Ludwig-Savin scale for women, are used to help categorise the level of balding that a patient may be experiencing, and therefore the required number of grafts in order to achieve natural coverage and density. Here, we’re taking a closer look at these scales in order to give you an idea of where you may rank.

Norwood-Hamilton Scale

Designed specifically for male patients, the Norwood-Hamilton Scale, allows surgeons to accurately classify patients into groups depending on the severity of their hair loss. This scale was originally determined in the 1950’s by Dr. James Hamilton, and was later updated by Dr. O’Tar Norwood in the 1970’s. Typically, men will lose their hair in different patterns and stages – some may suffer from a receding hairline, whereas others may lose the hair at the vertex of the head. Others may lose hair from all over the head.

Norwood Hamilton Hair Loss Chart For Men

 

The Norwood-Hamilton scale helps to break down hair loss into a series of stages, in order to determine the most appropriate treatment and when it is required to have a hair transplant or begin to use other forms of treatment.

Stage 1 – Minimal amount of hair loss on the hairline. There is no need for treatment at this stage.

Stage 2/2A – Hair loss at the front temporal sides, creating a triangular shape. Hair loss may also begin to appear in the middle of the front of the hair. At this stage, diagnosis is important to determine whether hair loss is a result of male pattern baldness or lifestyle choices.

Stage 3/3A/3V – This is where baldness is scaled from small to moderate. Baldness on the crown area may occur at this stage and baldness on the temples will be clearly visible.

Stage 4/4A – This stage is a stage of moderate hair loss, mainly in the front temporal sides and receding hairline, as well as hair loss on the vertex area.

Stage 5/5A/5V – In this stage, a moderate to large amount of hair loss is visible, particularly at the back and front of the scalp (although these will still be connected with natural hair).

Stage 6 – Here is when surgeons will begin talking about a considerable amount of hair loss, starting from the hairline to the crown. Hair loss on the sides of the head will have also increased during this stage and a large number of grafts will be required if the patient opts for a hair transplant.

Stage 7 – This is the highest stage on the baldness scale, and hair is likely to only be present at the back of the head from one side to the other. A hair transplant at this scale will not be able to cover the full level of baldness in one sitting and more than one hair transplantation may be required to achieve the best results.  

The stages will determine how many grafts are likely to be required. For example, if the patient is experiencing stage 2A, then they may require 1000-1500 grafts. If they are experiencing stage 6 however, then they will require 4500-5000 grafts.

Ludwig-Savin Scale

In a similar way to how men’s hair loss is measured, women’s hair loss also has a scale to accurately measure the extent of the balding. However, due to the fact that women typically bald in a different way to men, they required their own scale. The Ludwig-Savin scale was originally two separate scales, with the Savin scale also measuring overall thinning as well as the density of the hair on the scalp, but this was then integrated into a single scale by many surgeons to help ensure that the right hair transplant technique was used.

Stage I-1 – The first stage of the scale is when the central parting of the scalp showed no hair loss.

Stage I-2 – There is a small amount of hair loss which can be seen on the central parting of the scalp.

Stage I-3 – A much larger amount of hair loss is visible on the scalp.

Stage I-4 – The parting is showing prominent signs of hair loss and is the widest parting indication on the scale showing that the hair is becoming much thinner on the scalp.

Stage II-1 – The hair is not only thinning around the parting but it is also diffusing over the top of the scalp.

Stage II-2 – The thinning on the scalp is very prominent.

Stage III – This stage is where the woman showcases extensive and diffuse hair loss on the scalp, although some hair will survive this.

Advanced – This is a very advanced stage of hair loss and typically the hair on the scalp will be non-existent, with some hair still visible on the side.

Frontal – This is where the hairline is beginning to thin, which is far less common in female patients than male patients.

Similar to the Norwood-Hamilton scale, the Ludwig-Savin scale is used to determine the number of grafts required. For example, if the patient is experiencing stage I-2, then they will require 250-750 grafts. However, if they are experiencing the most advanced stage of hair loss, then they will require 3500-4500 grafts.

At Longevita, our surgeons closely follow these two scales to ensure that our patients are receiving the right amount of grafts in order to achieve the best possible results in terms of natural coverage and density. To find out where on the scale your hair loss sits, book a free face-to-face consultation with a patient expert by calling 0845 5198 948.


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18/Mar/2019

When it comes to choosing the right technique for your hair transplant procedure, there are a number of things to consider. Firstly, the size of the area that is being transplanted will determine which technique will work best for your requirements. Secondly, the results that you are looking for can be influenced by the technique that is used to perform the procedure. While FUE hair transplants remain one of the most popular techniques, Direct Hair Implantation is becoming a more popular choice for many patients. Here, we’re taking a closer look at what Direct Hair Implantation and The Choi Implanter Pen actually are.

What Is A Direct Hair Implantation?

Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) is one of the most advanced hair transplant techniques of them all, despite sounding like a simple procedure. While the FUT hair transplant technique extracts grafts in a strip or harvest a number of follicles at the same time, DHI extracts and implants hair follicles one by one, similar to the FUE technique.

The Benefits Of Direct Hair Implantation

There are a number of benefits to DHI procedures, including the fact that they offer a higher level of viability of the hair follicle, reducing the time left out of the scalp and therefore reducing the risk of the hair follicle being damaged or dying in the process. DHI also offers full and complete control of the angle, direction and depth in which the individual hair follicle is being implanted, in order to ensure that the end result looks as natural as possible at all times. Once the hair follicle has been removed from the donor area, the follicle can then be stored in a solution to ensure that development is enhanced or can be implanted directly back into the thinning area almost as soon as the follicle has been harvested.

The Drawbacks Of Direct Hair Implantation

Due to how precise this particular technique is, Direct Hair Implantation can take a significant amount of time to perform, even with a number of surgeons working on one patient at a time. As a result, if the area which is being treated requires a high number of grafts, DHI isn’t going to be the best option for the patient – FUE is likely to be much more effective.

What Is The Choi Implanter Pen?

The Choi Implanter Pen is the tool which is used to implant the hair follicle back into the scalp once it has been removed from the donor area.  The Choi Implanter Pen provides a very precise outcome and can also improve the survival rate of the hair follicle once it has been removed by reducing the amount of times the hair follicle is touched.

Due to the precision of the Choi Implanter Pen, the patient can benefit from reduced trauma to the scalp, meaning scarring is minimised as the follicles are implanted one by one instead of in bulk. This technique also promotes faster healing times. Due to the small nature of the pen, a number of hair follicles can be implanted at the same time by a number of different surgeons in order to speed up this typically slow process, and hair follicles can also be extracted and implanted at the same time.

For more information on the DHI procedure, book in a free consultation with a patient consultant by getting in touch on 0845 5198 948.


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18/Mar/2019

If you have recently undergone a hair transplant procedure, or you are looking to have a hair transplant in the coming months, then you may want to consider how best to look after your hair as it regrows this summer. As you know, exposure to sun, sea and chemicals in swimming pools can have significant drying effects on your hair and as a result, the new hair follicles which have been stimulated to promote new hair growth could become damaged. Here at Longevita, we’re taking a closer look at how you can take care of your new hair this summer.

Avoid Sunburn On The Scalp

After a hair transplant, your scalp may experience hypersensitivity when exposed to the sun, which can increase the risk of sunburn. Experiencing sunburn on the scalp can result in graft damage, and some hair transplant patients have also experienced pigmentation on the skin as a result of exposing their newly transplanted scalp to the sun too soon. In order to protect your scalp, make sure to wear a hat or cover the scalp with cloth of some kind.

The Healing Effects Of Sea Water

While the sea can have drying effects on the hair and will roughen the surface of the hair. However, the salt within the sea can actually have healing effects on the scalp. Salt water kick starts a process called osmosis, which is where the water can help to clean wounds and promote healing. While it is important to avoid swimming where there is direct sunlight on the scalp shortly after a hair transplant, the salt in the sea can provide some benefits.

Avoid Chlorine Exposure

While swimming pools are highly attractive in hot summer sun, chlorine can have damaging effects on the hair. In fact, too much exposure to chlorine can result in the build up of hypochlorous acid, which has the potential to penetrate and destroy cells. While chlorine in swimming pools is of low concentration, it can dry the hair and make it porous, which can see the hair absorb more chemicals than normal resulting in the hair becoming brittle and damaged. This can ultimately slow the growth of the new hair follicles. While chlorine-related damage is reversible, it is advised to avoid swimming pools altogether. If you are looking to dip in a swimming pool, however, avoid putting your head under the water, or make sure that you wet your hair with fresh water prior to entering the pool. This can make it difficult for the hair to absorb the chlorinated water. After leaving the pool, wash your hair with ample amounts of shampoo and utilise a protein-enriched conditioner in order to replenish moisture.

Hair Transplant & Holiday At The Same Time

If you choose a hair transplant in Turkey with Longevita, then you can benefit from having a hair transplant and a holiday at the same time! Turkey is a popular tourist destination, offering you the chance to indulge in sun and sea on both the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Alternatively, you can enjoy the architectural and cultural sites of Istanbul and other historical cities such as Cappadocia. There are a number of benefits to having a hair transplant in Turkey, and this is just one of them!

To find out more about the hair transplant procedures we carry out here at Longevita, or to discuss your treatment with a consultant, get in touch with a member of our expert team, 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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