There are few factors as debilitating to a person’s self-confidence as hair loss. You can diet and workout to change your shape. You can smile with your mouth closed if you’re embarrassed of your teeth. You can wear makeup to cover facial imperfections. It is far more difficult to disguise a bald head.
If we just described you, and you make your plans around where you can wear a hat to cover your bare head, you might find a significant improvement in your lifestyle with hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplant surgery is a procedure that involves removing healthy hair follicles (usually from around the nape of the head, where hair is the most vivacious) and placing them around the hairline, to bring back that youthful, full-head-of-hair appearance. If this is the first you’re hearing of hair transplant clinics, it might sound too good to be true. If you go to the wrong hair clinic, it could be. To help you out, here are a few things you should know about hair transplant surgery:
- Understand the type of hair transplant procedure that the hair clinic offers.
There are two common types of hair transplant surgery: FUE hair transplants(Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT hair transplants (Follicular Unit Transplantation). The FUT method involves removing entire strips of skin from the bottom of your head and moving it to the top. The FUE involves removing each hair follicle individually and transplanting it.
As you can imagine, the FUE treatment takes significantly longer for the hair clinic to perform, and costs more than the FUT method. However, the results achieved with the FUE method are hand down better. The final result is more natural looking, and involves less scarring than the FUT method, since only very small areas of skin are removed. Also, your down time after undergoing the FUE method is less, and being able to return to work faster might help you recover the cost of treatment faster. It is important to understand the types of procedures and what meets your needs best before you choose a hair clinic to provide your hair transplant.
- Please do not choose your hair transplant provider by cost.
As with all cosmetic procedures, if your hair transplant is performed poorly, you’ll look worse than you did to begin with. And, as with every purchasing decision you make anywhere, what you pay for is what you get. If you want to save money, switch to single-ply toilet paper or eat generic-brand cereal; you don’t want to sacrifice quality when it comes to hair transplants! If you can’t afford to get it done right yet, continue saving until you’re ready to. The last thing you want to do is go with a cut-rate hair clinic who does a poor job, and then you hate the way you look even more and have to shell out more money to get the quality service you should have gone with to begin with (not to mention that you don’t have an infinite number of hair follicles to work with).
- The best results might come with a combination of surgery and medication.
While a good hair transplant surgery can do a lot to restore that full head of hair you once had, it doesn’t prevent alopecia (hair loss) if that is what heredity blessed you with. In other words, if your father and grandfather were as bald as a pool cue, you can expect your hair to continue to fall out after your hair transplant. Your hair transplant doesn’t future-proof your scalp.
To prevent your new head of hair from quickly becoming thin again, your hair restoration specialist might recommend that you undergo a hair transplant and then take medication to prevent the hair God gave you from falling out as well. This will give you the best long-term results.
- Give yourself the time to make the best choice for your scalp.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your hairline. Give yourself some time to do research and to meet with a few hair restoration specialists to determine the best plan for your hairline. If the hair clinic you are meeting with is pressuring you into signing a contract and going under the scalpel today, you might want to proceed with caution.