We are the only private dermatologist led clinic in the Midlands to offer expertise in the diagnosis and management of the whole spectrum of hair disorders causing hair loss. Treatment options may range from lotions right the way through to hair transplantation.
The latest diagnostic aids are used including:
Several conditions are known to cause alopecia. It is important to see a Dermatologist to establish the cause of hair loss. Common causes include:
The treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. It is therefore important to establish this first. When treatment is needed, we are able to offer the whole spectrum of therapies including:
If you are suffering from hair loss and would like to have medical advice on diagnosis and treatment, then we would recommend that you arrange a consultation with one of our consultant Dermatologists.
A hair transplant is a surgical procedure that involves taking hair from the back and sides of the scalp (donor hair) and placing it in areas that are thinning such as the front or the crown.
Essentially, anyone with hair loss and sufficient donor hair. The most common patients to undergo hair transplant surgery are those with male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss.
Other types of hair loss including stable scarring alopecia, traction alopecia and congenital hair defects can also be helped by hair transplantation. Unfortunately, hair transplant is not indicated for active inflammatory scalp diseases or alopecia areata.
This depends on the type of hair loss there is, the likely potential for future hair loss, the amount of donor hair and any financial budgets. This can be ascertained more accurately after a consultation with a hair transplant surgeon. The 'size' of hair transplants are usually measured by the number of follicular units that are transplanted and this can range from 500 to more than 2500 per surgery.
This largely depends on what the goals are. Typically, most patients require between 1 - 3 surgeries.
There are tiny little scabs where the hairs are transplanted. These separate a week after surgery. These may be covered by surrounding hair if there is enough and this has not been trimmed. Otherwise, it is safe to wear a hat, cap or bandana 24 hours after surgery. There may be stitches over the donor area which are usually removed 10 days after surgery.
Absolutely! Modern techniques mean that it is possible to create a natural looking result. We pride ourselves on achieving the right results first time. This takes a mixture of surgical skill and artistic planning and this is done in conjunction with the patient. Follicular units that contain just one hair are used in the front line to provide a soft boundary between the scalp and face. Follicular units that contain 2 or 3 hairs are used behind the hair line to create more density.
24 to 48 hours after surgery, depending on your job.
The procedure normally takes 4 to 8 hours, depending on the size of the surgery. We ask you to have breakfast as normal before attending and to wear something comfortable ( a tracksuit for example). The surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you are awake during the whole procedure. Gentle sedation can be provided. This will help you to doze off during some of the procedure. Feel free to bring along and ipod with headphones.
Full post operative care is included in the package. Written instructions will be provided to you before and after the surgery.
Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anaesthetic is injected into the scalp. Once the skin is anaesthetised, there is no pain. If the numbing medicine wears off during the course of the procedure, more is injected to re-anesthezize the area.
It is normal for the transplanted hair to shed 4 weeks after surgery. Early regrowth is seen in 3 to 4 months. Final results are visible at 9 to 12 months.
Dr Rajpar, Consultant Dermatologist, personally carries out each aspect of the surgery.
The fee for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of hair loss with Dr Rajpar, discussion of treatments including hair transplantation and prescription of medications where indicated, is £150. Please contact The Westbourne Centre for current hair transplant promotions, including complementary consultations (a prescription charge may apply).
Yes. no charge is made for a subsequent consultation where this is in conjunction with discussing hair transplantation or planning a hair transplant.
A list of any medications you take and previous photographs that show how your hair was before you suffered any hair loss, are very helpful.
Hair transplants start from £1750. The exact price depends on the technique used, the complexity of the procedure and the number of follicular units that need transplanting. A full indication of the costs can be given after a consultation.
No, although we may ask permission to contact your GP to advise them if you are having any surgery.
While a consultation for hair loss may be claimable (it is best to check with your insurer before scheduling an appointment and a GP referral is normally required) hair transplantation is not covered by health insurance.
Please call us on 0121 456 0880 to arrange an appointment if you are considering hair transplantation and to find out if we are currently running any hair transplant promotions, including complementary consultations (a prescription charge may apply).