You noticed you’re starting to get a little thin on top. Combing your hair in a certain way, no longer hides the bald spot. Your friends are starting to tease you and you’re getting fed up with their comments. Instead of getting in a fight with them, why not consider getting a hair transplant. It can restore your confidence, make you look years younger and give you a new outlook on life.
Just how does a hair transplant work? A hair transplant is done by taking healthy hair follicles from the back or side of the patients’ head and transplanting it to the thin or balding spots on top of his head. Transplanted hair, no matter what part of the head it is placed is genetically resistant to baldness. If a transplant was done properly, the new hair will last a lifetime.
It can take three to five months before newly transplanted hair follicles become well established. At first hair will be a very fine strain, but, eventually it will grow thicker and more full. After about a year, the transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for the rest of your life.
It is very important to get a skilled hair restoration surgeon. The latest and most successful transplantation method is called follicular unit hair transplation. This recent advance in hair transplant surgery is far superior to the traditional method. Smaller incisions and more precise placement of the hair follicles allow the hair to grow in thicker and closer together than the old methods. Tissue is prepared and trimmed under high powered microscopes, giving the surgeon the opportunity to place more grafts per square inch. Hair follicles are carefully harvested by the highly trained and skilled hair restoration surgeon. Making sure to cut the follicle out without damaging the follicular unit guarantees a greater rate of success. Many surgeons are not equipped or trained in this advanced method, so you will have to shop around and ask questions. You can’t grow another head, so make sure you give the one you have the best care possible.
Hair transplant is not cheap. A minor bald spot can cost near five thousand dollars. If you are sporting a large bald area with some hair on each side of your head, you can expect to pay ten thousand dollars or more. Each follicle transplanted costs about five dollars. A small transplant may require about one thousand grafts and a larger transplant can easily exceed two thousand grafts. When the graft count starts to get high, most surgeons will reduce the rate to a more reasonable level. The degree of baldness will determine how much you’ll pay to get a nice full head of hair.
A well done follicular unit hair transplantation will look very natural. A single visit will produce good results. Follow up visits will only be necessary if you want to make your hair even thicker. You will have some minor discomfort for a few days as the incisions heal up and scab over. Your head may look a bit red around the areas where the incisions were made. You may want to cover your head with a baseball cap. After a week, you should be able to remove the cap and not draw any extra attention to your head.
So if you are considering a hair transplant, expect to spend five to ten thousand dollars for a lifetime of new, natural hair. Make sure to ask around, do some research and choose a hair restoration surgeon that has the skill and experience with the latest transplant techniques. Be patient, in a year or so, no one will remember you once were bald.