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Welcome to the Glasgow Clinic blog. We hope that you find what we post on here informative in your search for answers relating to hair loss and hair transplants.

Scotland is lacking in information for those suffering from hair loss so we hope that our blog will provide a reliable source on a personal level to those battling against it and in search of a solution.

We want to share experiences and stories of our patients and give you an insight into what the procedure involves. We aim to raise awareness of how the hair transplant industry has advanced over the past decade and help people talk about hair loss to remove the stigma that surrounds those trying to tackle male and female pattern baldness.

For us here at the GC it’s not just about vanity. Losing your hair gradually over time or suddenly due to an illness or medical condition, can have an emotional and physical effect on any sufferer.

We often have consultations with burns victims and cancer patients who have suffered hair loss because of their medical condition or accident. We treat each case confidentially and on its own merit. We always endeavour to give the best and honest advice we can.

All the best,

Fraser and the GC team.

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“We wouldn’t get the quality results without them.”

We get a lot of interest on a regular basis from patients and followers asking about the intricate removal and planting of hair grafts.

Our very own senior nurse Joanne Scannell loves to inform our patients about the geeky stuff – as most of our followers already know.

Here she tells us about Zeiss Magnification Loupes, Joanne said: “At the Glasgow Clinic we use Zeiss Magnification Surgical Loupes because we make very small incisions during our FUE procedures.

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“Our incision sizes are point zero zero six millimetres in width by zero point nine to one point four millimetres in length, depending on the size of the individual hair.

“We make the blade ourselves and it’s slightly bigger than the individual hair. This is important in order to plant the hair without damaging it. Accuracy is vital.

“The operation is all about precision. If you don’t use magnification you can’t see in enough detail to competently pack all of the grafts into a dense area.

“There is also more likelihood that the grafts will be damaged and if they are, then this adversely effects the outcome of the operation as well as the density and quality of subsequent hair growth.

“A damaged graft can also result in frizzy hair growth which is not an outcome we tolerate at the Glasgow Clinic.

“It may seem a little nerdy but experience has taught me that these details are of huge significance for the outcome of the procedure.

“Once the loupes are on, what looks like a small scratch on the skin is amplified, as it might be in 3D and this allows us to plant the grafts without any damage.”

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Here at the Glasgow Clinic we also have a policy of single-action planting.

Joanne said: “When the graft is collected from the holding solution we plant it directly and in one complete motion without touching the bulb of the hair or the sides of the incision. The bulb is where the growth comes from and can be easily damaged if over-handled.

“Again, the magnification helps us to perform this deftly and swiftly, ensuring the quality of hair-growth.

“It is so important that we don’t damage any of the native hair, any of the tissue or the grafts themselves. Damaged grafts simply do not grow as well as healthy terminal hair; they can lose their colour cells and sometimes become very dry because the sebaceous glands, the cells that oil the hair have been compromised.

“The Zeiss magnification loupes are expensive and are actual surgeons loupes but we insist all of our staff at the Glasgow Clinic wear them.

“We wouldn’t be able to handle the small grafts that we do without the loupes nor we we get such excellent post-procedure outcomes.”

“The grafts are incised into the appropriate area to allow the hair transplant to mimic nature.”

“The grafts are incised into the appropriate area to allow the hair transplant to mimic nature.”

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We know how much you – our followers love to read about the geeky stuff. Here at the Glasgow Clinic we research and continually evolve our procedures to benefit the patient and make sure we keep up-to-date with industry developments.

Discussing the importance of blade size during an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant, Joanne said: “During an FUE hair transplant the blades we use for making the incisions are designed to cause as little damage as possible to the recipient area of the patient.

“The width of the blade is 0.006mm and the length depends on where in the head we are making the incision.

“If the incision is on the hairline, the blade can be as small as 0.9mm. Around the transition zone (where the follicles are replanted) the blade is usually about 1.1-1.2mm and for any larger grafts we will use a 1.4-1.5mm blade.

“The size of the blades ensure that the grafts are incised into the appropriate area to allow the hair transplant to mimic nature by going from fine hairline to density.

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“The blades also ensure that a minimal amount of damage is done to the scalp so that at the end of the surgery and post-operative when the scalp comes to heal, it only has to heal a minor wound.

“The scalp won’t grow a graft until it heals the wound. So any damage done to the area has to be repaired before the blood supply will attach to the follicle.”

Our Joanne has worked in the hair transplant industry for twenty years and brings a wealth of practical skills and managerial experience.

Check back soon for lots more updates and of course the geeky stuff.

All the best,

The GC Team

 

New Before & After Images

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Hi folks,
Happy Easter, we hope you’ve got something fun planned for your weekend. We thought we’d update you with the before and after images of one of our most recent patients.
55-year-old, John from Glasgow was more than happy to share his images with us. He had a total of 1,500 FUE grafts implanted by our team here at the Glasgow Clinic.
It’s only 6 months on and he’s looking great. It’s still very early days so make sure to check back with us for more updates.

Have a great weekend folks!

All the best,

The GC Team

Glasgow Clinic at the Scottish Golf Show

image.jpegAre you visiting the Scottish Golf Show this weekend? If you are heading down to the SECC in Glasgow then please pop by our stand and say hello. We’re keen golfers ourselves here at the Glasgow Clinic.

Dont be shy folks we won’t bite!

The GC Team

 

 

 

Ex-Rangers Goalie Lee Robinson Saves His Hairline At The Glasgow Clinic

Another hair signing for the Glasgow Clinic this week as ex-Rangers goalkeeper Lee Robinson, who hails from Sunderland underwent an FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant.

The 29-year-old had a total of 1,801 grafts implanted, giving him a new look perhaps just in time to sign a new deal.

What made you get a hair transplant?

“Since I was about twenty-one I started losing my hair. I’m sure it was one of my team mates that first pointed it out ha.

“I tried laser surgery at a company in Glasgow around three years ago but it wasn’t a great experience and it felt more like I was sitting underneath a hair-dryer for half an hour twice a week.

“Over the last three or four years, I started looking into hair transplants. I always thought I’d look terrible if I lost all my hair.”

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Have you ever had questions about hair transplant such as, does it really work? Where’s the right place to go?

“I was originally looking into getting it done in America because I thought it would be cheaper than in the UK. I’d also heard a lot about Turkey being good for them but wouldn’t have felt comfortable about going there. The Glasgow Clinic just seemed the perfect place.”

Is thinning hair common in the family? What about your dad?

“Yeah he started losing it around thirty years old. I think he’s keen on getting his done too, ha, ha. On my mother’s side I didn’t know her dad but her brother has a good head of hair.”

How do you feel now you’ve had it done?

“I feel great. I slept the last couple of hours and I was delighted when it was finally over. I was a bit nervous at first but the staff are great and made me feel really comfortable. I settled down quickly and never felt anything during the procedure.”IMG_9734 IMG_9743

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan in growing your hair long?

“I normally would grow my hair long but mainly to cover up the fact I was losing it. Now I’d like to keep it a bit shorter. I suppose I have more options now that I’ve had it done.”

Who’s your hero in football?

“My football hero is Fabien Barthez, he used to play for Manchester United. He’s the baldest person I’ve ever seen.”

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So Kris Boyd isn’t your favourite then?

“Ha, Boydy is about second or third on my list. Barthez was my hero and yet he was completely bald. I think he suited being bald a lot more than I would.

“When Paul Le Guen first came to Rangers there was talk of him signing Barthez and it would have been amazing for me to train with him every day.

“Stephan Klos was there when I was at Rangers as well, he’s a good friend of mine and a great keeper. He’s a really nice man. You don’t meet many people like him in football. He had great hair too, ha.”

When you’re watching a game of football, do you watch the goalkeepers mainly?

“Not really. I actually prefer to watch goalkeepers when they’re training just to see what they’re really like. A lot of players play games different to how they train.”

Would you recommend an FUE hair transplant?

“Definitely. After originally looking into the FUT strip option there’s really no decision to make. I had looked at the FUT but after speaking to the Glasgow Clinic I realised that FUE is the only way to go. I was actually about to get FUT surgery in America and if it wasn’t for speaking to Fraser, I would have went ahead. I’m so glad I spoke with him and didn’t have that done.”

What do you think about the Glasgow Clinic team?

“They couldn’t be anymore welcome. The team were great from the start. Anyone that complains about losing their hair I’d say to them to go straight to the Glasgow Clinic.”

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Did James McFadden and Kris Boyd’s results have any influence on you?

“I met James a few months ago and his hair looked great. He seemed really happy with it so it definitely helped influence me.

“It was actually me that said to Boydy about getting it done last year but before I knew it, he was booked in for last summer. I can’t believe the difference it’s made to him. He’s delighted with it.

“It’s only half a day out your life to get it done and not much bother at all so I’d definitely recommend it.”

 

“Hair follicles are an organ – they are living things.”

Introducing to you our very own Joanne Scannell:

The Glasgow Clinic’s senior nurse Joanne Scannell has worked in the hair transplant industry for twenty years and brings a wealth of practical skills and managerial experience.

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Originally educated and trained as a nurse at Bath & Swindon School of Nursing, she first joined the industry in 1996. Joanne has worked in various clinics across the UK and Europe. As a member of the ISHRS (International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery) she has regularly attended hair transplant conferences and has written educational papers on industry procedures. She has taught and trained at conferences, and is a firm believer in continuing education.

Joanne said: “For me organising and time-keeping is extremely important within our team here at the Glasgow Clinic. I continuously update our daily structure within the surgery to make sure we’re working to the best of our ability.

“FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a new way of transplanting hair and there are fifteen tasks within the procedure that have to be overlapped. So it’s extremely important for us to find and develop the best way forward.

“Details such as the amount of time the follicles are outside the body are key in what we do. We’re trying to find the most effective and efficient way of transplanting.

“Hair follicles are an organ just like any other kind of transplantation. They have a sebaceous gland, they have a blood supply and they are living things.

“A team who is transplanting a lung or a liver will put the same care and importance into how long that organ is outside the body.

“We’re trying to keep the time limited to around three hours at the very most. Our average time is around two hours but to us it’s about every single follicle – each one is important in our procedure.

“We have strict health and safety policies here within the Glasgow clinic. I make sure we have the right equipment and that we’re implementing new educational practices all the time.

“It’s these important details that help us as a team achieve the results we are respected for within our industry today.”

Joanne is a member of the Doune curling club – she recently won a trophy. She also owns a small boat on Loch Fyne and often spends her time sailing.

James McFadden’s Latest Update – check it out!

Hi Folks,

We thought you’d like to see another update of Jame’s progress and see how good his hair is looking.

He’s really happy with his results and so are we.

Have a great weekend folks!

All the best,

The GC team.

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