Hair transplant explained
Hair transplant surgery is a cosmetic procedure which works by extracting hairs you already have and implanting them to areas of the head that are either thinning or have no hair.
For a lot of men going bald or experiencing some form of hair loss is a major concern. It can often have psychological impact that results in the loss of confidence and self-esteem.
Hair, or lack of hair, is a prominent feature of the face and one of the first things anyone is going to notice. Regaining hair with a hair transplant is the kind of thing that’ll massively alter the way you look, and the way others perceive you.
It can be argued that the way a person perceives you, to a certain extent, is correlated to how you feel about yourself. If going bald is a concern, It could impact the way you feel about yourself and how others see you.
Hair transplant surgery is an effective way to change your appearance and make you feel more confident.
Why have hair transplant surgery?
Hair transplant surgery is performed on men who have gone bald, have a receding hairline or thinning on top
Here are some benefits of hair transplant surgery:
- Improve your self-esteem
- Be a more confident person
- Appear more youthful
- Improve the balance of your facial features
- Style your hair and change your appearance as you desire.
Here are some reasons for having hair transplant surgery:
- You have gone bald
- You have a receding hairline
- You’re going think on top
What’s involved in hair transplant surgery?
This type of surgery requires hair to be removed from parts of the head that have hair to the areas that are being implanted.
Initially, medicine to numb the area of the head where the follicles will be removed is injected, usually at the back of the head. Following this the surgeon will have to choose one of two methods to carry out the procedure. Either follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS) or follicular unit extraction (FUE).
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS): A strip of skin is removed from the section of the head where the follicles will be taken to carry out the implant. The area of the scalp where the strip was taken is sewed back together, leaving any scarring to remain hidden by the hair.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE): Back of the head is shaved and individual follicles of hair are removed one by one by the surgeon and their team. May leave some marks, small dots, but will be covered by the hair when it grows back.
Other than the extraction method the rest of the procedure is very similar. After preparing the area transplantation, the surgeon will implant each follicle or graft one by one.
The full procedure can take somewhere in the region of four to eight hours to complete.
After hair transplant surgery and recovery
You may experience some tenderness and discomfort for the first few days after surgery and should be given pain relief medication.
As part of your recovery you may be required to take some time off work, usually a week, but your surgeon will advise.
After your procedure a bandage will be placed on the scalp which should remain there for a few days. Within the first few weeks of surgery the implanted hair should fall out. New hair grow will grow back in a few months.
If follow up sessions are arranged, make sure you attend them as it’s an opportunity to see how your recovery is progressing.
Side effects of hair transplant surgery and complications
Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure and like all surgical procedures you can expect to see some typical side effects and symptoms associated with treatment.
It is common to experience some of the following effects after surgery:
- Swelling in the area treated
- Some bruising
- Some bleeding
- Pain and discomfort
- The implanted hair to fall out before growing back
Like a lot of cosmetic procedure there are some risks associated to hair transplant surgery.
- Mild to heavy bleeding
- Visible scarring
- Unnatural new hair growth
- Inflammation of hair follicles
A more comprehensive discussion on the risks and side effect of hair transplant surgery should be had with your surgeon.
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Things to consider before hair transplant surgery
Opting for any form of cosmetic treatment requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
- What do you need to do to maintain the results of the procedure?
How much does hair transplant surgery cost?
The cost of hair transplant surgery is difficult to say because the procedure is pretty much customised for each patient. There are many factors that affect cost including, but not limited to, the extent of the procedure, how many follicles need to be implanted, where the treatment is carried out and whether additional treatment will be requires achieving the desired outcome.
Grafting 1200 to 3000 follicles can cost in the range of £5,000 to £9,000 in the UK. For an accurate estimate you’ll need to arrange a consultation with a surgeon who can assess the situation and recommend the most appropriate solution.
It’s likely that many people who are considering hair transplant surgery have already spent a lot of time and money on alternative, nonsurgical, methods. To truly assess the cost, or the value, of the procedure it’s important to put things into perspective. The cost of hair transplant surgery can easily be weighed up against the likely savings made from alternative treatments.
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