Dr Martinick, of Martinick Hair Restoration, says although these patients wear hats while working outdoors a lot of them still have sun damaged scalps.
The sun damage, which can include sun spots, keratosis and active skin cancer, is always treated before she performs a hair transplant.
While less severe skin damage is treated with a light chemical peel about four weeks prior to performing the hair transplant, more serious cases of sun damage are referred to a dermatologist.
“Men with thinning hair can incur sun damage on their scalp during seemingly brief exposure such as getting in and out of their vehicles or farm machinery, attending appointments or social functions,” Dr Martinick says.
“The skin on your head is very sensitive and quite susceptible to skin cancer so it is essential that it is protected in some way at all times.
“While people who are totally bald can increase protection by applying sunscreen to their head before they start their daily activities this is not as easy for those with thinning hair.”
Dr Martinick says many farmers who opt to permanently treat their hair loss with a transplant tell her that, along with an improved appearance, they have the additional benefit of permanent sun protection for their scalp.
“I see men from all types of backgrounds from some of the most remote parts of regional Western Australia,” Dr Martinick says.
“They are really pleased to learn it is now possible to get a completely natural looking hair transplant.”
Dr Martinick, who is past president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), says she encourages patients to research a hair restoration physician’s experience, their international reputation and the professionalism and surgical and sterilisation standards of their proposed clinic, before committing to surgery.
Further information is available by calling toll free on 1800 689 939 or visiting http://www.martinickhair.com.au/.