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About Us - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What causes hair loss?

The most common cause of hair loss is inheritance. Men and women inherit the gene for hair loss from either or both parents. Men are most commonly affected by the inherited gene as the hormone, testosterone, activates the genetic program causing loss of hair follicles. The age of onset, extent, and rate of hair loss vary from person to person. Severe illness, malnutrition, or vitamin deficiency can accelerate this process. Hair loss is NOT caused by wearing a hat, excessive shampooing or clogged pores.

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2. Does hair transplant surgery really work?

YES – hair transplant surgery does work! The transplanted hair is removed from one area of the body (donor site) and transferred to another (recipient site). The transferred tissue is not "rejected" as it is not foreign tissue. Once transplanted and the hair starts to regrow, it retains its own characteristics, color, texture, growth rate and curl. The vitality of the grafted follicle is maintained by the rich blood supply to the scalp. Over recent years, techniques and instruments have been developed that allow us to achieve truly natural results.

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3. Can anyone get a hair transplant?

Most men in good general health are candidates for hair transplantation. It is important to understand the limitations to your own hair characteristics, such as color and type and your pattern of thinning or balding. At The Crown Clinic we educate our clients on all treatment alternatives – the procedure you want may not be the most appropriate solution for you.

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4. Is hair transplantation painful?

Essentially, the procedure should be painless as it is performed under a local anaesthetic. Most people are surprised at how little pain there is during the procedure. Some discomfort is to be expected as the anaesthetic is injected into the scalp, but once the skin is anesthetized, there is no pain.

Most of our hair transplant patients say it is a lot less painful than going to the dentist and everyone has said the hair transplant surgery was much easier than they thought.

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5. What will my hair look like after hair transplant surgery?

Immediately following surgery, your grafts are held in place by the body's natural glue (fibrin) produced by a chemical reaction in serum when the graft sites are made. The hairs that are present in your new grafts usually fall out during the first 2-6 weeks after the procedure. At this time, you will usually look just like you did before the transplant. Hair transplant surgery is a relatively minor surgical procedure; most people recover in several days, and many return to work right away.

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6. Is synthetic implantation suitable for everyone?

The NIDO® synthetic implantation system is not suitable for everyone and depends on your pattern of thinning or balding. It also requires on-going maintenance of the hair to ensure the best possible results. A private consultation with one of our staff will determine whether this procedure will suit you.

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7. How long will the NIDO® synthetic hairs last?

The life of your newly implanted hair can vary significantly and will be determined by the number of hairs implanted, your lifestyle and the on-going maintenance of the hair. Our consultant will be able to provide more details specific to your individual requirements.

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8. Can you tell the difference between real hair and NIDO®?

The synthetic NIDO® hairs are so realistic that no one will be able to tell the difference between your own hair and the implanted hairs.

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9. Will the TwinSkin™ Non-Surgical System affect my remaining hair?

The TwinSkin System will definitely not affect your remaining hair. The system will blend in with your existing hair, providing a totally natural looking result.

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10. How long will the TwinSkin™ System last for?

Our state of the art TwinSkin Systems are natural looking and are designed to look better, longer. They are made from human hair which is the best material available for this task, but they do not last indefinitely. The cuticle of the hair is eroded each time you brush, blow dry, wash, or scratch your head. When your hair was growing you would see split ends developing, usually when your hair was long. They were taken care of with a haircut that removed the oldest part of the hair shaft. As your new hair doesn't grow all the same factors are at work and eventually the hair will wear out. Essentially, the system should last for about 12 to 18 months.

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11. Can anyone use the medications Minoxidil and Propecia?

For the best results, these medications should be used when in the early stages of hair loss. Minoxidil is a topical lotion used on the scalp twice a day and has shown to be successful in slowing down the rate of hair loss in both men and women. Propecia is a prescription medication and can prevent and eventually reverse hair loss, however it may have side effects and should not be used by women.

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12. What sort of results can I expect from using Minoxidil and Propecia?

Your success with Minoxidil depends on you and your commitment to a twice a day, every day routine. Results may be seen between two and 12 months. In clinical studies 26% of men with moderate degrees of hair loss reported moderate to dense hair re-growth after using Minoxidil for 4 months.

Clinical trials of men with moderate degrees of hair loss show that Propecia stopped hair loss in over 80% of cases and re-growth was noticed in over 64% - an excellent success rate, unbeaten by any other treatment.

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