Before we can go further, let me explain to you what transplants are. Hair transplants is a surgery that removes the hair that exists and replaces it with another hair. Hair transplants help men and women to be more confident and avoid stigmatization from the society. Most hair transplants help to return back the full or fuller head of hair. If you are worried about going baldly or thinning up, you can comfortably go for hair transplant. Hair transplants are one of the ways that can improve your confidence. It is also advisable to discuss with a specialist doctor about your situation, and what you expect during and after surgery.
People commonly use hair transplant to treat male pattern baldness. During hair transplants, hair experts remove hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding especially at the back of the head and transplants them to the bald head. The same procedure is also done to eyelashes, beard hair, chest hair, eyebrows, pubic hair, and scars caused by accident or fire. Naturally, hair grows in the grouping of 1 to 4 hairs. Currently, modern hair transplant of follicular units copies this original hair orientation. Hence becoming similar to the natural hair because of mimicking the original hair. This procedure of hair transplant is known as Follicular Unit Transplant (F.U.T).
The Procedure of Hair Transplant
There are two methods of hair transplants namely:
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
- Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS)
Procedure for FUE
Follicular unit extraction is a type of hair transplant that is done by very experienced doctors. Follicular unit extraction is also known as Follicular Unit Transplantation. This type of transplant is the modern hair restoration technique. The procedure of follicular unit extraction is as follows:
- A surgeon cleans the area with scarps
- He or she injects anesthesia to numb the area
- The surgeon extracts hair follicle from the donor area
- Then the surgeon transfers the hair to the recipient area
- Implantation is complete, and using a stereo microscope in groups of 1 to 4; growing will occur naturally.
When this minor surgery is going on, the patient is in most cases fully conscious, hence making recovery time short and the risks of complications are low. When performing this procedure, the surgeon should clear instructions and care about medication for better results possible.
Follicular Unit Scrip Surgery
When a surgeon decides to use this second method, this is what happens:
- The surgeon shaves the scalp
- He or she removes 6 to 10-inch strip of skin from the back of the head.
- removes hair follicles one by one
- He or she divides the strips or removed scalp into 500 to 2000 tiny grafts
- Then, he or she transplants and shows the scalp.
- Hair around the scalp immediately hides the sown area.
When using this method, the number of transplants will depend on the size of the area where the surgeon is getting the transplant, the type, quality and color of hair.
The Cost of Hair Transplants
According to recent studies on hair transplants, results show that most patients who inquire about the cost, often ask for the cost of follicular unit extraction. So, this brings us to the question, what is the cost of FUE procedure. To answer their question, we usually tell them that the cost varies based on a number of factors such as;
- The complexity of the case. I.e., the amount of hair to be transplanted.
- The results the patient desires
- The procedure that the surgeon will use
- How best the surgeon can use donor hair to treat the patient for a lifetime.
For you to have a successful hair transplant, you must visit a doctor, and assess everything well. This is because every head has different needs and every case is unique. However, hair transplant is not an expensive procedure that you can’t afford. Some clinics provide hair transplant graft calculators to their customers. Hair specialists normally estimate a reasonable cost based on the area to be treated, and the number of grafts to be done. Also, the cost will further depend on the hair loss and how many grafts are needed. Below is a breakdown of the transplant costs.
Male pattern hair loss 1 sessions
|1||500 -1,200||$ 3,000 -$ 5,000|
|2||1,200 – 2,880||$ 5,000 – $9, 000|
Male pattern hair loss 2
|1||1,200 -3,000||$ 5,000 -$ 9,000|
|2||3,000 – 7,000||$ 8,000 – $15, 000|
Eyebrow hair loss
|1||200 -450||$ 3,000 -$ 5,000|
|2||400 – 900||$ 5,000 – $9, 000|
The Results of the Transplants
Most of the people who do hair transplants are T.V presenters, famous footballers, and actors. Some of these hair transplant patients get income directly by looking younger. On the other hand, others tend to attract a wider audience by looking younger hence improving their confidence. Another positive side of this procedure is that most of the patients who undergo this procedure are pleased with the outcome. This is more common with those who do the follicular unit extraction. Depending on the way the hair is implanted, a surgeon can know and exactly tell the angle of the hair follicle. The follicular unit extraction is thus the most recommended hair transplant that one can comfortably use. This is because in follicular unit extraction is your natural hair moved from one part of the body to another, and it grows normally and permanently. Follicular unit extraction thus helps you to enjoy your natural hair.
Hair transplants have been proven to be safe. They are also natural because surgeons use neither special medicine nor chemicals that might damage your hair. The hair that you get after the transplant is very manageable. You don’t need special chemical or shampoo to maintain the hair. Nevertheless, a patient who is to undergo hair transplant should be aware of the age at which to undergo the transplant. For instance, if you are 20 to 30 years and your hair loss is genetic, then there a possibility of continuing to lose hair even after a transplant. Moreover, a transplant is a painful experience, and for it to recover, 8-10 years may lapse for a complete recovery. However, the better part of a transplant is that it boosts your self-esteem by improving your appearance.
Does hair Transplant Affect Your Health?
The answer is yes. Follicular Unit Strip Surgery has long recovery time. Follicular unit extraction also causes bleeding that can take about seven days to recover. In addition, the scars can take weeks before healing. Just like other surgeries, hair transplants have some risks, some of which can be noticed during surgery. For instance, bleeding and infections. This often happens if instructions are not well followed, and or materials are not thoroughly sterilized before use. Also, there are high chances of scarring both in the donor and recipient areas. Further, your hair might look unnatural when the new hair grows. Alternatively, new looks can start to emerge when the hair grows.
Another health effect is that hair follicles may get infected. This type of infection is called folliculitis. Fortunately, using antibiotics can heal this problem. There is also the possibility of losing hair in the area that got new strands. This condition is called shock loss. However, this is not permanent as with time the hair will grow. The best thing for you is to seek advice from your specialist about the best possible method for you. Consulting a doctor before undergoing the procedure will minimize any risk that may occur. Going for hair transplant will improve your appearance, some sides effects may occur. These side effects include:
Although going for hair transplant will improve your appearance, and boosts your self-esteem, you should weigh the merits and demerits before doing it. You also need to be aware of the cost. But the most key is the involvement of professional medical practitioner.