Hair transplants increase five-fold in five years
Increasing numbers of men are turning to hair transplants in a bid to beat baldness with the number of operations carried out increasing almost five-fold in five years.
It is thought the increasing popularity is due to celebrities making it more acceptable to undergo the surgery – which typically costs £3,000 – to beat hair loss.
Actor James Nesbitt and comedian Rob Brydon have both been spotted with thicker thatches this year promping rumours they’ve undergone treatment.
New figures released by leading hair transplant provider, The Hospital Group, show a 444 per cent growth in treatment between 2004 and 2009.
During the first nine months of this year 1,166 hair restoration procedures were performed.
The cosmetic surgery group, which carries out more hair transplants than any other British clinic, also saw the amount of treatments for women rise by 300 per cent over the five year period.
Dr Peter Williams, of The Hospital Group, said: “There seem to be more younger people losing their hair these days. It has also become more of an issue when men and women suffer from hair loss.
“Both men and women can be left feeling frustrated about losing their hair.For women, it can be very embarrassing, with stress causing patches to fall out.
“For men, it is more likely to be hereditary and something they feel they can’t change. The effects of hair loss can cause irritation, anxiety of even suicidal depression.
“Hair transplants have become more acceptable because celebrities have no problem with talking about it. The technology has gradually improved and the results are a lot more natural.
“Both men and women have come around to thinking about the alternatives to hair loss and they are now willing to do something about it.”
Eyebrow transplants for the overplucked
Over-zealous eyebrow pluckers with £2,000 to spare can now take advantage of a hair transplant to regain a bit of bushiness.
The treatment, which has been imported from the US and was previously used to help burns victims, involves the back of the head being shaved and the follicles extracted.
The surgeon then makes small incisions above the eye to create the new brow’s shape, with holes angled to determine the way the hair should grow.
Individual hairs, up to 350 for each brow, are then inserted into the holes.
The whole process takes between two and three hours and ideally, the surgery recipient will end up with the bushy, dark brows that are in fashion at present, and can be seen adorning the faces of stars such as Brooke Shields, the Olsen twins and Sienna Miller.
But attentive grooming is essential. Within a month the implanted hair will fall out but will be followed by more from the implanted follicle within two months.
Since head hair grows faster than eyebrow hair, this must be trimmed weekly to avoid the patient taking on the look of beetle-browed former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont.
The first eyebrow transplant was performed in the United States in the early 1990s and last year there were around 100 operations carried out in the UK.
Dr Greg Williams from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said: “It is a treatment that was originally for burn victims and those with thinning eyebrows. People might bring in pictures of how they used to look – or of celebrities that have particularly good eyebrows.”