Can You Get A Hair Transplant With Psoriasis?

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Can You Get A Hair Transplant With Psoriasis

Can You Get A Hair Transplant With Psoriasis?

Can You Get A Hair Transplant With Psoriasis
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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If you have thinning hair and Psoriasis, will a hair transplant surgeon conduct the surgery? Is it possible to have a hair transplant with Psoriasis?

You can have a hair transplant with Psoriasis. In most cases, the success rate is high. However, there are some risks, and you need to consult your potential hair transplant surgeon. Psoriasis is an itchy condition, and scratching your scalp after hair transplant surgery is a big no.

Can psoriasis patients do hair transplants?

Yes, you can. In most cases, hair transplants work well with patients with Psoriasis. If the Psoriasis is particularly inflamed, you may need other treatment to calm the Psoriasis before surgery can commence.

Your doctor may want you to have a course of treatment and use special shampoos to reduce a Psoriasis flare-up before and after hair transplant surgery.

One of the main difficulties with Psoriasis Koebnerization is exposure to sunlight. Now, hair transplants and sunlight do not go hand in hand, and you need to avoid sunlight wherever possible for at least six months after hair transplant surgery.

But, if you have Psoriasis, you will know sunlight can trigger developing inflammation and plaques on the scalp, part of the Koebnerization effect.

What is Koebnerization? Koeben was a dermatologist studying the triggers for Psoriasis outbreaks.

Specific skin injuries, including sunlight, can cause Psoriasis to flare up for no reason. Something as innocuous as a flea bite can have the same effect, and this is what’s known as Koebnerization.

So, in a nutshell, if your Psoriasis is under control, there is no reason you cannot proceed with a hair transplant and expect good results from the procedure.

Can you lose hair from psoriasis?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that you can experience hair fall from psoriasis. However, it’s not all bad news. Once the psoriasis outbreak calms down, and the plaques fall away, the hair usually grows back. This is why having psoriasis does not exclude you from having a hair transplant surgery.

The problem with psoriasis is damn itchy, and the urge to scratch and feel some relief from the itching can be overwhelming.

Scratching your scalp and hair transplants are taboo in any society and will only result in the possibility of damaging the hair transplant, which inevitably causes a failure in regrowth.

What can you do to minimise the failure rate after a hair transplant

If you have psoriasis, then there are procedures you will need to follow to ensure the best possible outcome.

Hair transplants need a clean scalp. I’m not saying having psoriasis means you are not clean. But cleaning your scalp daily with special mild medicated shampoos is an absolute must.

After your hair transplant, you will not be able to comb and brush away the skin flakes for relief. Instead, you will need a gentle massage. Make sure in all cases your fingernails are short, making scratching less of a possibility.

Do not pick and remove scabs! While you are healing after hair transplant surgery, it is vital not to pick scabs. Picking scabs can dislodge the follicle damaging it irreparably.

There is good news for people with psoriasis who want a hair transplant. You will need to massage your scalp daily and as often as you wish with natural oils like almond oil to keep the scalp from drying out.

Gentle massaging does two things: it eases the urge to scratch and encourages a fresh blood supply to nourish the newly implanted hair follicle.

In conjunction with your hair transplant team, your dermatologist will advise on the best shampoos and conditioning oil to use on your scalp.

Unfortunately, you may have to skip light therapy if you use this method to calm your psoriasis. UV light can cause hair transplant to die in situ, and UV should be avoided at all costs.

What should you not do if you have scalp psoriasis?

Never let your scalp become dry. It is vital to use medicated shampoos and conditioners to keep moisture on your scalp preventing itching.

Picking and scratching bring instant relief to your scalp, but the truth is this is making the conditions worse as you introduce tiny lesions and wounds to your scalp.

Weather conditions can be your enemy. Arid cold conditions can cause psoriasis to flare up.

Cold weather causes most of the mixture to drop out of the air, so using a humidifier could be an additional benefit and offer relief to you.

Stress needs to be avoided. Psoriasis can be triggered by stress, so the less stress, the fewer psoriasis outbreaks.

Avoid alcohol; It’s thought that alcohol is a significant contributor to psoriasis flare-ups and should be avoided. If you need to drink alcohol, drink in moderation.

Certain foods trigger psoriasis and should be avoided; these include red meats, eggs, dairy products.

Avoid processed food like canned meats and sausages. If it’s not natural, don’t eat it.

There are some vegetables you need to avoid, Vegetables belonging to the nightshade family containing solanine like tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes and peppers.

These are all great tips to adhere to before a hair transplant surgery consultation. If your surgeon sees you can manage your psoriasis, he is likely to proceed with the surgery once the cost has been agreed upon.

Can you get a hair transplant if you have psoriasis?

It is not going to be straightforward for the recipient of the hair transplant. However, the hair transplant surgeon will agree if you can manage your psoriasis symptoms and keep flare-ups under control.

It is known that there is a high success rate of hair regrowth in patients who have psoriasis. Providing the patient with the willpower to follow the post-operative protocols is not much different from any other patient receiving a hair transplant.

The answer to the question is a resounding yes!

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

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