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Frequently Asked Questions
Which remedies help to stop or slow down hair loss?
There are quite a few promises: household remedies, various shampoos as well as quite a number of special preparations for internal and external use are said to be able to combat hair loss. In truth, for the vast majority of these remedies there is no scientific confirmation of their efficacy available to this day. Individual prescription medications (e.g. Propecia®, Avodart® and Regaine®) whose regular application can reduce or even stop hair loss. However, in order to obtain this effect these preparations must be continuously applied. Adverse effects are possible in individual cases. The hair transplantation represents the only permanently effective measure with regard to hair loss. At the same time, the combination of hair transplantation plus medical treatment with finasteride can be useful, too. This is to be clarified during the course of consultation in a given case.
I have ongoing hair loss – what can I do?
More than 60% of men and every third woman are affected by hair loss today. At the same time, every hair situation is individually different. Depending on the causes and the anticipated further development, various solutions come into question – from pure medicinal treatment to transplantation of one’s own hair. It is often quite advantageous to undertake hair transplantation early, because thinning hair can be thickened, whereby those affected – even with progressive hair loss – always retain an aesthetic hair image thanks to the transplanted hair.
Is it normal if sudden hair loss sets in during pregnancy or after the birth of a child?
Arising hair loss is hormonally conditioned and occurs frequently in these phases. Oestrogen, one of the best known of a woman’s hormones, has a decisive influence on hair: the oestrogen level increases during a pregnancy, whereby a hair’s lifecycle is extended. That is to say, during this period a woman’s hair does not fall out to the extent that the natural hair rhythm predetermines, but simply continues to grow. But once the oestrogen level decreases to the normal extent again after the pregnancy, all those hairs fall out as their lifecycle is now exceeded. This increased hair loss occurring in the first 2-4 months after pregnancy is completely normal and as a general rule returns to normal on its own.
Will the result of own hair transplantation look natural?
Yes, of course – naturalness and aesthetic appeal are of utmost importance to us. Particular attention should be given to the frontal hairline, where fine and tiny hairs are specifically implanted in natural irregularity. This is made possible through the preparation of individual follicular units (FUs) under high-resolution monitor microscopes, whereby those FUs which are best suited for the hairline are specifically selected. Increasingly stronger hairs are placed more closely next to each other in a rearward pattern. The combination of these measures guarantees a natural hair image that looks aesthetically flawless at any age. The hairdresser frequently does not even recognise that a hair transplantation has been performed.
How long does the treatment take?
“The length depends on the selected treatment technique (FUT or FUE) and the extent – i.e. the size of the area to be implanted or the number of required follicular units. The extraction of donor hair takes approx. 30 minutes, whereas the entire length of treatment – depending on the number of follicular units (FUs) to be transplanted – is between 3 and 5 hours (with FUT) or about 8 hours (FUE). Difference: FUT is performed in a single treatment on one day, whereas FUE can be split up on two days if required in individual cases.”
Will the hair be shaved off before the treatment?
With respect to the FUT technique, a narrow strip will be extracted from the fringe of hair (donor area). The hairs will be trimmed to a length of approx. 3 mm, only in this small area. The remaining hair will not be impaired. Your hair image is completely unchanged after the hair transplantation, because the remaining hairs cover this narrow line. FUE treatments are usually performed with a shaven extraction area (it is easier for the attending physician). New at Moser Medical: on request our specialists also perform FUE treatments with long hair (without prior shaving).
Is the treatment painful?
No. Local anaesthesia (takes approx. 30 seconds) takes place at the beginning of treatment. This ensures that the own hair transplantation occurs absolutely pain-free. You will also receive a sedative on request. Throughout the entire treatment you will be taken care of by our highly trained medical assistants. You are fully conscious, can relax and listen to music on an iPod, for instance.
Is the extraction point visible?
No. The extraction point is already invisible – if you have normal hair length (from approx. 1 cm) – immediately after the treatment with the FUT technique. However, if FUE with a shaven extraction point is applied, then it takes a few weeks until the hair has grown again.
What do I have to be mindful of after the treatment?
Physical exertions, sweating and dirtying the hair are to be entirely avoided for the first eight to ten days until suture removal (with FUT). In the case of an FUE treatment, the micro-fine scars in the extraction area heal up by themselves. Hair washing is possible again after 48 hours.
When can I participate in sports again?
Following FUE treatments, sports activities are already possible again after 3-5 days. In the case of FUT, a longer resting phase of approx. 3 weeks overall is recommended so that the scar on the extraction point can heal ideally.
When am I presentable and able to work?
From a medical point of view you are already completely presentable and able to work again 24 hours after the treatment, but physical rest is practical for a few days. At any rate, depending on the size of the treated area and the length of your hair, nothing more from the treatment can be seen after a few days (exception: possibly shaven back of the head with FUE).
Do you also undertake mega-sessions with 4,000 and more FUs?
Such extensive own hair transplantations are theoretically feasible, but are often unnecessary in practice. Our goal with hair transplantations is always solving the patient’s hair problem with an aesthetically flawless result. The quantity of FUs to be transplanted is determined by the size of the transplantation area and the desired hair density, which we determine and establish with you in the consultation. Unnecessarily extensive hair transplantation thins out the donor area, which can mean aesthetic restrictions, but above all amounts to overexploitation (not enough donor hair is left behind for a possibly necessary follow-up treatment). In extreme cases, excessively dense transplantation can lead to “shock loss” – i.e. the original hair is negatively influenced in the extraction area as well as the recipient area and there is a tendency towards increased hair loss. And a wider scar in the extraction area can come about through extensive mega-sessions (“dense packing”).
What hair density can be achieved by a hair transplantation?
A person’s natural hair density is equivalent to approx. 100 follicular units (FUs) per cm². However, a density from 25 FUs/cm² is already perceived by viewers as aesthetically flawless. We determine the hair density to be transplanted for every patient individually, depending on their hair image and personal wish. An excessively dense/tight transplantation of FUs can lead to inadequate oxygen supply, which has a negative effect on the growth and growth rate. Plus: donor hairs are limited, every hair is important.
When will the transplanted hair regrow completely?
Hair growth occurs gradually. A resting phase in which the hair roots grow starts immediately after the own hair transplantation. Growth starts slowly after 12-14 weeks. The final result is visible to the greatest possible extent after 12 months, and after approx. one year the hair image is completely established. Moser Medical patients enjoy the advantages of the Storage Solution and the Bioregeneration Solution for better, faster and more robust hair growth. Both products stem from Moser research. Their effect is clinically tested and internationally recognised.
Can hair transplantations be performed so that nothing is recognisable immediately after the treatment?
Donor area: depending on the selected technique (FUT or FUE), nothing is recognised in the extraction area during the first few days after the hair transplantation – if the hair is not extremely short or has been shaved off for the treatment.
Recipient area: small red dots are visible immediately after the treatment. How conspicuous this is depends on whether the transplantation occurred on thinning or entirely bald areas. The hair can be washed again after 48 hours. Due to the application of our Bioregeneration Solution, the healing process is promoted, the red dots consequently disappear after a few days and the visible condition is equivalent to that before the treatment.
Can I still dye my hair or get a permanent wave after hair transplantation?
Yes. Because it involves your own hairs which now only grow on other areas of the head, after a resting phase of 2-3 months you can dye or style your hair just as before.
Why do transplanted hairs grow for the rest of your life?
The hair roots (FUs) in the fringe of hair on the back of the head are genetically programmed to grow for a lifetime. The cells in the fringe of hair differ physiologically (cytology) from those cells in other regions of the head. This region involves so-called “receptor-free cells”. The receptors represent “satellites” for an organ, i.e. all information reaches the organ via the receptors. If there are no receptors, the hair follicle also does not obtain information about transformation processes that take place in the body and accordingly continues to grow quite normally.
In the case of own hair transplantation, such FUs are extracted from the fringe of hair at the back of the head, prepared under a monitor microscope and implanted in pore-size apertures (slits) on bald and thinning areas (recipient area). A redistribution comes about in which the hair roots retain their genetic growth information and therefore continue to grow in the formerly bald areas – for a lifetime.
Is there a risk of infection or are there any adverse effects after the treatment?
The Moser Method has been proven ten thousand times and is fully developed. Thanks to our over 36 years of experience, the extraordinary care and professional training of all employees, the licenced Moser Clinic provides hygiene standards of the very highest international standard. Quality and safety are regularly tested and confirmed.
Will my hair continue to fall out despite a transplantation of my own hair?
Existing hair can still be affected by loss. However, this problem is taken into account during own hair transplantation. Hairs are not only transplanted on bald areas, but also thickened in thinning areas, of which a further progression of hair loss becomes optically less visible. This is why we not only analyse the actual status in the personal consultation, but also prognosticate the further development of your hair situation in order to find the most suitable treatment for you. The additional treatment with medications such as finasteride and/or Regaine® can be useful.
Can foreign hairs be transplanted?
“No. Just like with organ transplantations, the body’s own defence would reject the transplanted hair. Identical twins are the only exception.”
At what age can I be treated?
Basically there is no age limit. At any rate, it is important to initially clarify the cause of the hair loss and the possible further development of the hair image in the personal consultation. For example, if a very young patient suffers from hereditary hair loss, its progression is possibly not yet foreseeable and the treatment would possibly be premature. Our highly trained consultants determine the best solution for your hair problem: from pure medicinal treatment to transplantation of one’s own hair.
How often can I be treated?
This depends on the respective extent of treatment and the elasticity of the scalp. A maximum of three to four treatments are possible, in which case adequate hair density in the fringe of hair is crucial for this purpose. Because donor hairs are not available to an unlimited extent any transplantation must be performed in an extremely careful manner – no hair may be lost.
How much does an own hair transplantation cost?
The costs will be primarily determined by the number of follicular units to be transplanted. The hair structure (density of donor hair) is just as a decisive factor as the expectations: Which desired result shall be achieved? Because every situation has to be treated individually, a detailed personal consultation in required, during which the most suitable form of treatment for you will be determined together with you.
If hair transplantation is actually so simple, why doesn’t every person affected have it done?
Many people plagued by hair loss are not aware that their problem can be solved with only one treatment, on one day within a few hours. According to our experience, many patients often deal with the topic of own hair transplantation for years on end before they actually decide on treatment. Afterwards we usually hear: “Had I known how easy everything is, I would have had the hair transplantation done much sooner.” Postponing treatment in this connection is tantamount to giving up a positive attitude towards life. Hair problems do not solve themselves, but necessitate effective measures.