Everything You Need to Know About Hair Transplants
If you’re losing your hair, you’re not alone. Hair loss affects nearly one-third of all men under 30, and 50% of all women worldwide (1). Much like our youth and good health, many of us used to take our hair for granted. Thankfully, there is now a way for both men and women to grow their hair back permanently.
Hair transplants are an effective and affordable solution to hair loss thanks to recent advances in technology. Here, we break down everything you need to know about hair transplants.
What is a Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure in which a doctor moves hairs from full areas to balder portions around the head. Hair transplants have been conducted in the United States since the 1950’s, although the techniques and technologies involved have changed drastically.
A surgeon will clean your scalp and will remove a portion of hair, usually from the back of your head where the hair is abundant and thicker. The surgeon then places the hairs on any thinning or balding portions of your head. Depending on the amount of hair you are getting transplanted, the entire procedure will take 4 to 8 hours (1).
Who Can Benefit from a Hair Transplant?
Having a full head of hair can improve your appearance and overall self-confidence. Some good candidates for a hair transplant procedure include:
- Men who suffer from male pattern baldness (Alopecia)
- Women with thinning hair or bald patches
- People who experience hair loss as a result of an injury
Both men and women can now have their self-confidence restored with a hair transplant. Age, weight and height do not impact your eligibility for a hair transplant. Thousands of men and women have received a hair transplant successfully.
Recovery from a Hair Transplant
After you receive a hair transplant, your scalp may become sore. Your surgeon may also prescribe medication such as ibuprofen for several days (1). It is common for hair transplant recipients to have bandages placed on their scalp for at least a day as well. Most can return to work within 2 days of the operation (1).
Your surgeon may advise you to wait a few days prior to washing your hair. If you’ve just received a hair transplant, you should only use gentle or mild shampoos for the first few weeks. You should also avoid wearing hats or pullover shorts until your doctor advises that it’s ok.
Do Hair Transplants Look Natural?
Hair transplants use the hairs that are already on your head to give you a natural look. Thankfully, hair restoration technology has advanced significantly over the last few years, leading to more effective treatments and overall lower costs.
Most surgeons are able to transplant hair in a way that makes the procedure completely undetectable. Your newly transplanted hairs will complement your natural hair growth pattern, hairline, and other facial features.
What are the Long-term Results?
Typically, those who have received a hair transplant will grow hair in the transplanted area on the scalp. Hair transplants are a permanent solution to the hair loss question. Other hair loss solutions are non-permanent and can come with harmful side effects including prostate cancer and even sexual dysfunction (2). When it comes to hair transplants however, patients experience no or minimal side effects.
Dealing with hair loss can be traumatizing for many men and women. It used to be that hair loss was just something you could not change. Thankfully, there are now effective and permanent solutions available that can help restore your hair to the way it once was. With recent advancements in hair transplant technology, finding an affordable and permanent solution to hair loss has never been easier.
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