Most people don’t realise but hairs come in all shapes and sizes.

In our last update from our senior nurse, Joanne, she chatted about our use of the Zeiss Magnification Loupes. This was only one example of why the Glasgow Clinic is set apart from other clinics.

Here at the GC, we really enjoy giving our patients as many details as possible. It’s important they understand the complexities and intricacies of their procedure as it demystifies what we do and empowers the patient with knowledge and confidence.

It also helps our patients understand how we can achieve such great results.

Our Joanne is back again with a bit more geeky stuff for you. Here she gives us a little insight into the hair transplant design.

Joanne explains: “The designing of the hair involves many factors and skill-sets in order to achieve a great outcome.

“Most people don’t realise this but hairs come in all shapes and sizes, not just colours and textures.

“From each hair bulb only one hair will grow, this is known as a follicular unit.

“However, its common that several hairs can be clustered together in one follicular unit and linked by a bundle of collagen with one sebaceous gland.

“As part of the procedure we have to collate how many single hair follicular units we have along with how many double, triple and quadruple hairs there are. This has to be done microscopically.

“It’s extremely important, as not all of the different types of follicular units can be planted in the same place on the scalp.

“During the design of the individual transplant, we have to be aware that planting for example quadruple bundles of follicular units at the front of the hairline would look unnatural, as this would not occur in nature.

“As we work we can chose which particular hair types we want to harvest for the area that requires them. So we can plant single units at the hairline and quadruple units for density in the mid-scalp area.”

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The work at the Glasgow Clinic is very bespoke and is dependent on what the patient is looking for.

Joanne said: “If density is the most important feature of the hair design then we can target the double, triple and quadruple grafts.

“If the hairline is the focus we will target predominately single follicular units but we would also harvest doubles for the area behind the hairline to assist with a delicate density, as we would find in nature.

“Colour is also another significant and important factor as well as texture and strength but these issues will be for further blogs.”

Our Joanne will be back with more updates in the coming weeks and months so keep checking back with us. We know how much you love it!

The GC Team

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9 month update for FUE Glasgow Clinic patient

Hi folks,

We have a few images for you to see. Before and after images for our 37-year-old male who visited us only just 9 months ago. The patient who is from Glasgow was delighted to show us his new hairline and regrowth.

Have a look!

The GC team

37 year-old pre-op

37 year-old pre-op

37-year-old 9 months update (1,794 FUE grafts)

37-year-old 9 months update (1,794 FUE grafts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

37-year-old pre-op

37-year-old pre-op

37-year-old 9 months update (1,794 FUE grafts)

37-year-old 9 months update (1,794 FUE grafts)

“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

 

Dumbarton FC Player ‘Aggy’ Tackles His Hair Issues Head On In 2015

We get so many different patients coming through our door each day. One particular problem which is a lot more common than people think is triangular alopecia.

Scott Agnew, Dumbarton Football Club’s midfield player has suffered from triangular alopecia since birth. The condition appears typically in childhood as a permanent patch of hair loss and is thought to be genetic.

Our manual FUE based specialist, implanted around 202 FUE grafts giving the Dumbarton champ Agnew an improved look for the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been entertaining fans at the Bet Butler Stadium since 2011 and has become a firm crowd favourite after scoring a notable 12 goals in the 2012-13 season. Agnew played a major part in the team gaining promotion to the first division and finishing fifth in the SPFL Championship.

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The Glasgow Clinic Director said: “This is the third case we’ve treated this year. The condition is a lot more common than you’d think and until now there really hasn’t been a solution out there for sufferers.

“We’re delighted that Scott came to us for help and happy that we were able to offer him FUE surgery. Hair loss isn’t easy for a lot of people to deal with. Things are definitely changing and it’s becoming a more talked about subject and less of a big deal. Hair transplants in general are now a more affordable solution to people especially when they learn more about the procedure.

“Here at the Glasgow Clinic we perform advanced FUE surgery a technique that’s revolutionary across the field and has to be performed by an expert surgeon. We take our procedures very seriously and are keen to educate those seeking a solution as to the best way forward.

“Ideal candidates for FUE hair transplants are those suffering from male or female pattern baldness, people suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania and hair loss due to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. It’s also a procedure used for beard reconstruction, eyebrow rebuild or burned scalp and scar repair.

“Having already set the bench mark with FUE surgery in terms of results and achievements, patients no longer have to travel abroad for this specialist surgery when we have Europe’s most talented team here in Scotland.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Scott’s results and wish him all the best at Dumbarton Football Club in the future.”

Scott Agnew

Known as ‘Aggy’ in football circles the midfielder is enjoying his time at Dumbarton, surely a small bald patch would be the least of his concerns. He said: “Triangular Alopecia is something I’ve had since birth. It’s always bothered me having this small patch of hair missing and I never thought there was anything I could do about it. I’ve just lived with it and tried my best to ignore it.

“I found the Glasgow Clinic online and set up a consultation with Fraser Christensen. It’s been great discovering that there is a solution out there and it’s a permanent one.

“The surgery itself was not invasive in the slightest and everyone at the clinic made me feel relaxed and welcome.

“I’m already seeing the difference and just overjoyed that I’ve had it fixed and no longer have to put up with it.”

The Glasgow Clinic, in 2012, performed the first ever FUE hair transplant surgery to take place in the country and implanted a world record in the number of grafts (2,684) implanted in one day by manual FUE. They also performed an FUE hair transplant on Scottish footballer James McFadden in 2014.

The FUE procedure begins with hairs being grafted directly from the scalp using a punch to remove the complete follicular units. They are then harvested under a microscope and by using very thin blades or needles to create new incisions; the hairs are replaced one by one as quickly as possible into the selected re-implantation sites with small forceps.

It’s a less invasive hair transplant procedure than other available treatments and causes only minimal scarring that is virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Check back here folks to see Scott’s progress in a few months time.

All the best,

GC team.

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Scott Agnew 202 grafts

Scott Agnew 202 grafts

A very Merry Christmas from the GC team

We just want to wish all our patients and followers a very merry Christmas.

It’s been a great year and we are looking forward to an even better 2015. All the best folks!

From all the team at the Glasgow Clinic.

Merry-Christmas

McFadden scoring in more ways than one – 6 month update

Not only is James McFadden displaying his quality on the pitch with St Johnstone but he’s showing off the quality of our FUE hair transplant at the Glasgow Clinic.

James came in to see us this week and allowed us to take a few snaps of his hair 6 months down the line. He told us he’s more than happy with how his hair is looking even at this early stage.

See all his images below.

See the match highlights of McFadden’s goal here from St Johnstone v Ross County.

All the best,

The GC team.

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