How does a Hair Transplant Work?

Hair loss is a phenomenon which impacts both males and females. In most cases, hair thinning and baldness becomes synonymous with a significant number of males. Around sixty per cent of males and fifty per cent of females experience some form of hair loss. 

Whilst some accept this as a natural course of life and older age, others find it difficult to accept. There are those who seek solutions which may combat hair thinning and baldness. Such could include hair creams, foams and other medications which have received mixed feedback from different users. Some people say that these products or medications work whilst others remain unconvinced. One of the most promoted solutions for hair loss is a hair transplant.    

So how exactly does a hair transplant work?

The scope of a hair transplant is to add more hair to an area which is lacking. This is done by transferring hair from other areas of the scalp into the thinning or balding areas.

Do they work?

They are considered more successful than other hair regrowth products. In this respect, however, there are some things to keep in mind. Anywhere ranging from ten to eighty per cent of the transplanted hairs will grow in about three to four months. It is important to note that hair transplants do not work for everyone and are mainly intended for those who lost their hair naturally or via an injury. The cost of the surgery will depend heavily on where you decide to do it and the quality of the surgeon. Since hair transplants are considered as cosmetic surgery, they are not normally covered by insurance.

Prior to the surgery, the surgeon gives you a local anaesthetic to numb your scalp. The surgeon then proceeds to one of two hair transplant methods, either Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or Follicular unit excision (FUE). 

The FUT will require the surgeon to remove a piece of your scalp and the strip will be separated into smaller pieces. The area from where the strip is taken is closed with stitches.

A needle or blade is used to create small holes where the hair will be transplanted. The hairs are inserted into the punctured holes in a process referred to as grafting.

The other method is the FUE.  Prior to the intervention, the head is shaved and individual follicles are taken out of the scalp skin. Hair is extracted from the donor area to revitalise “dead” follicles.

Both transplants take several hours to complete. With that said, you will likely return home on the same day the procedure takes place. You may feel some pain and discomfort during the recovery phase.

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