Will I Benefit from a Hair Transplant?
If you have thinning hair, and it doesn’t seem to be reversible using other methods, then you may be a good candidate for hair transplant surgery!
Effectiveness is determined by how far hair loss has progressed.
The earlier on that restoration is performed, the better the results, and once baldness has reached a certain point satisfactory results become increasingly unlikely.
This means that it is recommended to get treatment as soon as possible.
What Does Hair Grafting Involve?
The procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic. Hair follicles are transferred from areas where your hair grows more thickly, to the areas of the scalp that are suffering from hair loss.
Hair Grafting is a very involved and painstaking operation, performed at a microscopic level, a few hairs at a time, and can take several hours and more than one session to complete the hair restoration process.
After the hair transplant surgery is completed, you will have normal, “living” hair, in the previously bald or thinning are, that will grow normally, just as you would hope.
The area that donated the transplanted hair will then be closed up with dissolvable stitches.
A more advanced, modern method is Follicular Unit Extraction or F.U.E.
This is the method we favour.
Where traditional hair restoration techniques leave a strip scar in the donor area, the F.U.E techniques avoids this problem by plucking out individual hair follicles.
What are the Risks to Consider?
The risks involved are in fact extremely low indeed! However, as with all surgical procedures, there is still a small risk attached.
The main risks are an infection of the areas that have been operated on.
Also, the use of anaesthetic is never entirely without danger, although much less so with a local anaesthetic. Of course, your hair transplant surgeon can be expected to discuss all the risks with you before the hair restoration procedure!
What Results Can I Expect?
The results will not be immediately apparent, as your hair will take a few months to grow.
However, within four to six months, most people who opt for hair restoration are delighted with the results.
It should be mentioned that there is a very small chance that the hair graft will not take root in the new area. This was once much more common, so there is still something of an unfounded myth that hair transplantation often doesn’t work.
The main thing, then is to be patient after your hair transplant surgery, as it generally has a very high level of success.
It used to be that people who had received a hair transplant were quite easy to spot, as the hair had a “pluggy” appearance that is unacceptable by modern standards.
This is no longer the case, and modern results are excellent. The incisions made for the donated hair are made at carefully worked-out angles, so the way your new hair grows matches the way it would grow in nature.
In short, modern techniques mean that if hair restoration surgery is undergone soon enough after the onset of hair loss, the result should be almost indistinguishable from a “normal” full head of hair!
It is important to understand that the procedure is a redistribution of your hair. It is not creating new hair, so your results will depend on how much donor hair is available.
If your hair-loss is not due to typical male pattern baldness, but is instead a more general, all-over thinning of the hair, this can pose a problem. Having realistic expectations is very important!
How Long Will it Take to Recover?
Unlike most forms of cosmetic surgery, with a hair transplant you could really go straight back to work after the operation, although you will be sore.
Most people do, however, choose to take a little time off to let the signs of their hair transplant surgery fade a little.
How Much Does it Cost For Good Quality Hair Restoration?
Costs depend on a number of factors. Whether restoration is performed by the F.U.E method or the F.U.T. strip method impacts both the skill required and the time taken to perform your operation, and prices also depend on where you get it done.
Naturally, it also depends on the extent of restoration needed!
There is no such thing as a cheap hair transplant, as it is a very skilled and specialized profession.
However, it is possible still for you to make some quite considerable savings on hair restoration if you shop around for the best price, and are prepared to travel abroad!
For UK residents, the savings mean you should be able to halve the costs quite easily. Most patients find savings to be 60% to 70%.
Does the Lower Price Tag Mean the Treatment is Lower-Quality?
It is important to be aware that the lower prices you will be paying are not based on a lower level of skill of your surgeon, or care on the part of your clinic.
The lower prices are due to the local economy, and you can be sure that the prices charged for hair transplantation will be just as out of reach for the local people as they are for the majority of people living in rich countries who overlook the possibility of getting treatment abroad.