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Celebrity hair transplants – Why are more men undergoing the procedure?

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There has been a big increase in the number of men undergoing hair transplants. Hair transplants are becoming more accepted and there are many celebrities that have confirmed that they have undergone the procedure. These well known individuals have proved that the procedure is very effective in treating hair loss. The changes seen following a hair transplant range from subtle to quite dramatic depending on the number of grafts used and areas treated.


At Skin and Follicle, we use the most advanced hair restoration technique, which is the ARTAS robotic hair transplant system. There are only a small handful of centres throughout the world providing this and we are the only ones in the whole of the Midlands.


The list of celebrity hair transplants is growing and below are some well known cases.


Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney is probably one of the best known celebrity hair transplants. He openly admitted undergoing the FUE procedure on his Twitter. His openness has been responsible for a rise in popularity of the procedure.


Robbie Williams


The singer Robbie Williams talked about his hair transplant on the Graham Norton show.


Louis Walsh

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The X Factor judge Louis Walsh has also spoken about dealing with his hair loss by undergoing a hair transplant.


James Nesbitt

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Irish man, James Nesbitt has also confirmed that he has undergone 2 hair transplant procedures to tackle his hair loss.   He states that ‘I am very pleased with the results.’


Calum Best


The Celebrity Big Brother star has confessed to undergoing 3 hair transplants to restore his hair.


How is a hair transplant performed?


There are number of different methods of hair transplant which include strip or FUT and FUE techniques. The strip or FUT involves taking a strip of hair from the back of the head and slicing this to harvest grafts. The FUE method involves taking grafts with a punch from the back and sides of the head. FUE may also be performed using the ARTAS robot. The FUE technique results in less visible scarring and quick recovery.


How can I find out more?


To book your free consultation with one of our surgeons call now on 08007723501 or book online.

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Hair Transplant Grafts – Everything you need to know about numbers

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So you are thinking about a hair transplant but you need to know exactly what you are being offered by the clinic.  There is a big difference between hair transplant grafts, also known as follicular units, and hairs.

What’s the difference between hair transplant grafts and hairs?

We are often told by patients that they have been offered cheap hair transplants elsewhere particularly abroad in countries such as Turkey. It is important to know exactly what is being provided by these clinics.  They will often be quoting prices based on the number of hairs that are used rather than grafts.

So what is the difference between a hair and graft?

When you have a hair transplant, typically a follicular unit is harvested. This is why the technique is called follicular unit extraction (FUE). The follicular unit may contain a single hair or number of hairs.  The photograph shows a patient who has undergone robotic ARTAS hair transplant. It shows a number of grafts that contain a range of hairs from 1-4. When we talk about how many grafts are harvested we are talking about follicular units. Some clinics will talk about the number of hairs not grafts. This is why it may seem like you are getting more grafts for less money but in reality it is the number of hairs they are using.

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Why does it matter if they use hairs or grafts?

If a clinic uses hairs to calculate your numbers then they may split into individual hairs. We would always suggest keeping whole grafts so if it has 3 or 4 hairs we do not split them. This means it becomes denser or fuller. We often see patients that have had single hairs transplanted and their results appear less dense and thin.

How can I find out more about hair transplants?

You can contact us or use our online booking form to schedule your free consultation. During this appointment we can discuss your specific requirements and detail what would be needed in terms of grafts.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Fillers

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The use of fillers has become very popular and more people are having these treatments. But before you consider having any fillers in Birmingham here are some things you should know.

  1. Not all fillers are the same

There are a huge number of fillers available but they are not all the same. It is important you know what filler is being used on your face. The most commonly used fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers, which are temporary fillers. You should only ever consider having temporary fillers. There have been some permanent fillers available but these have often had problems and serious side effects.

  1. Fillers do have risks

The use of temporary fillers is often considered to be safe but they do have serious potential risks that you must be told about. Some fillers can cause granulomas, which are lumps because you have had a foreign material injected into your face. These tend to happen more frequently with specific types of fillers. There are reports of serious risks following filler injections such as blindness or skin necrosis, which is when the blood supply to the skin is compromised and the skin dies.

  1. Fillers are not just for lips

Fillers are commonly used for the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) and lips. But fillers can be used for many areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, around the eyes and even the nose. These different areas will need different types of filler since fillers come in different thicknesses of gel. For instance, the cheeks need a thicker filler to provide volume whilst around the eyes you need thin fillers. Fillers can also be used to rejuvenate the hands by replacing volume into the back of the hands.

  1. Dermal fillers are classed as medical devices

This means that fillers are not considered to be a prescribed medication despite it being injected into the body. This also means that people who are not medically trained or qualified may use them. It is important that you ensure your practitioner has appropriate qualifications and experience in the use of fillers. Plastic surgeons should be on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery. They will also be a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons or British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

  1. How long fillers last will vary

How long a temporary filler lasts will vary depending on the product used and also person in whom it is injected. Thicker products will generally last longer than thinner ones. Some patients may breakdown the hyaluronic acid more rapidly than others. The additional benefit of using hyaluronic acid fillers is that they may be dissolved rapidly using an injection of hyalase. This is useful should you not like the result or if problems arise. This is only possible with hyaluronic acid fillers so make sure you know what type of filler is being used.

If you would like to find out more about fillers in Birmingham please call us on 0800 7723501 to book an appointment to meet one of our plastic surgeons. Our team at Skin and Follicle are fully qualified and registered plastic surgeons with experience in the use of dermal fillers.

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Do you know who is performing your hair transplant?

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Having a hair transplant is a big decision to make and it can be stressful and difficult to find the right procedure and surgeon. It is very important that you do your research about your doctor and clinic. There are a number of clinics offering hair transplants that are not performed by doctors. It is essential you check what qualifications they have and here are some useful tips to help you find a qualified doctor to perform your hair transplant.

Is your hair transplant surgeon a doctor?

This may seem like a ridiculous question to ask but it is probably the most important one. It is surprising that people that are not medically trained or doctors are performing hair transplants. All doctors in the UK will have to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). You can check if a doctor is registered by using the GMC register online. All of our hair transplant surgeons are fully registered with the GMC with licenses to practice.

Is your hair transplant surgeon a surgeon?

Hair transplant doctors come from all backgrounds with some being General Practitioners and others surgeons. It is good to know the background of your doctor and their experience. The GMC register will have a list of all licensed doctors in the UK. They also have a specialist register which contains the names of specialists in particular fields. For example, a plastic surgeon that is fully accredited in the UK should be on the GMC specialist register in plastic surgery. When you search online for an individual doctor it will also show you if they are on the specialist register.

What training has your hair transplant surgeon had?

You should ask your hair transplant surgeon about their experience. It is important to know what training they have received in the treatments they provide. This can include specialist training such as advanced fellowships in areas such as hair transplants.

Are they a member of a national association?

There are many associations out there and it can be difficult to know which ones are respected authorities. For plastic surgery the two main associations in the UK are the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). The main hair transplant body is the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (BAHRS). There are also well known international associations such as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS).