Having your scalp licked by a cow or rubbing curry powder into your head might not seem the most logical way to stop a receding hairline, but for centuries these are just two of the more bizarre methods people have used.
But fear not, balding Brits need suffer in silence no longer. Figures released by leading hair transplant provider, The Hospital Group, show a massive 444 per cent growth in treatment between 2004 – 2009.
Recent years have seen celebrities help raise the profile of hair loss, and in particular how to cure it. Cold Feet star, James Nesbitt, Fawlty Towers actor, John Cleese, former rugby star Austin Healey and even HRH Prince William have all been the victims of increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens), which induces premature hair loss.
Nesbitt and Cleese have tackled the problem head on though, both undergoing cosmetic surgery to cure their ailments.
However it isn’t just men who suffer from the affliction, The Hospital Group have seen treatments for women rise by 300 per cent over the five year period.
An epidemic of alopecia is said to be sweeping across the country, damaging hair follicles so that hair falls out and cannot grow back, with the key contributor said to be stress.
The condition known as Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) can cause women to lose up to five inches from their hairline. If FFA goes undiagnosed, women can even lose hair at the sides and back of their head.
Scientists believe that FFA is a result of the immune system attacking hair follicles, which causes inflammation at the root. This can damage stem cells in the follicles and prevents hair from growing back entirely.
The only treatment available involves controlling this inflammation, so only offers a reduction in overall hair loss rather than a cure. However, the damage for most has already been done and the only alternative is to undergo a hair transplant.
The Hospital Group is at the forefront of hair restoration surgery, treatments and techniques. Those seeking a solution to their hair loss can undergo a hair transplant, which involves splitting the follicles of existing hairs and relocating them in the sparse area.
Since 2004 The Group has seen a phenomenal 444 per-cent increase in the number of hair restoration procedures, performing 1,166 procedures in the first nine months of 2009 alone.
Providing expert advice and assistance, The Group carries out more hair transplantations than any other clinic in the UK, recognising that hair restoration is an art just as much as a surgical procedure.
Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK’s foremost weight loss surgery and cosmetic surgery providers.
For further information of The Hospital Group’s range of surgical procedures, surgery-seekers should visit the website www.thehospitalgroup.org or call our patient care coordinators on 0845 762 6727.