Is Hair Transplant the Ultimate Hair Loss Cure?
After understanding the causes of Hair Loss, the factors that make you lose hair and the things that you can do to prevent it, we should now talk about the surest way to bring back your lost hair.
You’ve done many rituals and lifestyle changes but you’re still asking “Why does my hair not growing back?”
You have done this and that but your hair is still falling out of your head. You want to bring back your long and luscious hair, your blonde curls and you also want to comb again your hair for about 3 minutes a day to make it look prettier and straighter.
Perhaps you have finally realized that you can bring back your hair by transplant and asked yourself “Do I want to this? But I don’t know anything about Hair Transplant.”
In this article, we’ll discuss all the things related to Hair Transplant: What is Hair Transplant? How much does it cost to undergo this treatment? What to expect before and after the Hair Transplant?
And most of all, Is your penny worth the cost of the transplant?
There are plenty of questions, queries and doubts regarding all the related activities on the Hair Transplant but we’ll answer all of that in this article.
What is a Hair Transplant?
Before anything else, what really is a Hair Transplant procedure?
Well, Hair Transplant (or Hair restoration, Hair implants) is the replacement of the hair for Men and Women. This kind of procedure basically removes the healthy hair follicles from the healthy part of the scalp and spread it out or put it into the part where the balding or thinning of hair occurs.
Hair Transplants correct the pattern of baldness or what we call male-pattern baldness. It doesn’t just correct male-pattern baldness but also other types of hair loss.
The procedure usually takes a whole day to be performed and the patient should be under a local anesthesia and sedation.
But with some cases of Hair Loss that need a Hair Transplant, general anesthesia is needed for the procedure. Hair Transplant is performed in the doctor’s office together with his/her surgery assistants.
There are two methods that the doctor can choose from: the Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) or the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). The doctor will first clean your scalp and after that he/she will numb the back of your head with a medicine.
Follicular Unit Strip Surgery
When your doctor will do the Follicular Unit Strip Surgery, the procedure goes like this: After cleaning your scalp and putting some medicine to numb your head, the surgeon removes a 6-10 inch strip of skin at the back of your head.
This will be so painful but luckily, you are numb because of the medicine injected to you.
The removed skin will be set aside first for later use then the surgeon will close your scalp by sewing it and the hair around it will cover and hide the sewed wound.
Next, the surgeon’s assistants will divide the removed strip of skin from the back of your head into 500 to 2000 tiny grafts.
Each graft has different numbers or count of hairs in it, other grafts only have one then other grafts have three or more.
The number/count and type of hair that you’ll get will depend on the type of hair you have, quality, color and the size of the area where you will be getting the transplant.
Here is a short Video by Alvi Armani showing you how the procedure of Follicular Unit Strip Hair Transplant is done.
Follicular Unit Extraction
The second method of Hair Transplantation is the Follicular Unit Extraction; if you are undergoing this procedure the surgeon will first shave the back of your scalp to make it clean and for them to easily perform the procedure.
The existing hair on your scalp will cover the area while it heals with small dots.
After preparing the grafts, the surgeon will clean the scalp and numb the area where the hair transplant will be performed.
Using a scalpel or a needle, the surgeon will cut slits or holes at the scalp and he/she will delicately place the grafts on the holes one by one.
The surgeon will need some help from the team to plant the grafts. It usually takes 4-8 hours to be performed. You can go back at the doctor’s office if you want to thicken your hair more.
Here is Video by Bosley showing you how a Follicular Unit Extraction is being performed.
How Much Does Hair Transplant Cost?
The cost of having a Hair Transplant is really, really expensive.
Also, the price of the transplant will be depending on the size of the area that will be planted on.
Nowadays, most insurance companies don’t cover this kind of medical needs so you need to have the funds for this kind of transplants.
Just a quick tip: You should first check if your budget can still come up with the cost of the surgery.
Also, you should check if the surgery’s cost will affect the daily, weekly and monthly budget of your family.
You should ask and consult the doctor first about the prices available and the things that you can arrange to have a discount or something.
Please watch this very informative Video by David DiMuzio about how much doctors really charge for Hair Transplant Procedures.
What to Expect after the Hair Transplant?
There are plenty of things that you should expect after Hair Transplant.
After the surgery, your scalp will be very tender, soft and super fragile. Did you experience touching the head of a 1 to 6 month-old baby? It is soft, isn’t it?
That will be the state of your scalp after undergoing Hair Transplant. Also, you will be super careful on moving around because you need to protect your super tender and fragile scalp from pain causing materials.
You may also need to take some pain relievers or medicine for several days because it will be so painful after the surgery.
I am telling you that even if you’re taking some pain medicines or stuff to prevent the pain, you will feel it no matter what but you can’t do anything but to bear the pain.
Tell yourself that the pain you’re experiencing will be gone very, very soon and it will be. The doctor will recommend that you should wear bandages for a day or two so that your tender scalp will be protected and so that the dirt and dusts will not go into the wounds.
Doctors will also prescribe antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent infections and other stuff that can worsen the case of your wounded scalp.
You may take antibiotics for several days until your wounds get better. Don’t worry if you have work that you need to do in the office or at home.
Some patients went on their work and have done well actually after 3-5 days after the surgery. So you don’t have to worry anything about going back to work and can’t do well and be fired. If you will follow the prescriptions, recommendations and all the tips of your doctor, you will be good to live your life again.
And you can go back to your normal and healthy routine that you’re used to. But always remember, even though you can go back to work you should make sure that you are safe and protected from things than can give your head some pain.
And I almost forgot, after some weeks (2 to 3 weeks) the planted hair will fall out but don’t worry because the new hair will grow until it covers the area on your scalp that lacks hair.
Most of the patients after their surgery saw the result of 60% growth after 6 to 9 months of carefully waiting. Do not worry about how long or how short you will wait for them to fully grow; they will grow just in time. Your doctor may prescribe you to take some medicine or hair growth boosters like Minoxidil (Rogaine) for you to grow your hair faster.
Dr William Yates has this Video Explanation on what to expect after Surgery.
Is it Worth It?
When we’re talking about the good things that the surgery can bring to you, Hair Transplant is worth every cents, pennies and dollars that will come out of your wallet.
You will for sure experience some bleeding and other stuff but don’t you worry, after some days the bleeding will be gone and all that it will leave is your dream hair.
It can be black, brown, red, blonde or even blue if you want. Trust me; if you have undergone the Hair Transplant successfully the blood, sweat, effort and money you have given will be all worth it.
Don’t mind if people told you before that you’re bald hair over shined the sun or something negative, you are a new person now because of the successful Hair Transplant. Be proud of yourself my dear, be proud.
When you want to undergo a Hair Transplant to bring back your luscious hair, be sure that you have what it takes to make it successful.
You are mandated to consult a doctor first before you undergo the treatment. Just make sure that you have the budget and the braveness that a patient needs to make the transplant successful.