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.”
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