What are the Pros and Cons of Hair Transplants?
Nobody likes to lose their hair. For lots of us, our hair becomes a defining feature, one which we use to signify what kind of person we are. As that hair begins to recede and eventually disappear altogether, the sense of loss can be profound. That’s why many of us are looking for a way to get back to the person we used to see in the mirror, and why many of us are looking at hair transplants. But what are hair transplants, are they right for you and are they worth it? Join us as we explain all.
What are hair transplants?
Hair transplant procedures have grown significantly in popularity over the last decade. Major celebrities like David Beckham, Matthew McConaughey and John Travolta have all undertaken the procedure and seen dramatic results, but what is it?
Put simply, hair transplant procedures involve the removal of hair follicles from a part of the head called the ‘donor site’ to a bald or balding part of your body. Because of the way hair loss progresses, the majority of loss is found at the top of the head. The hair that grows around the side and, in particular, on the back of the neck, is genetically resistant to balding. So, by removing the follicles from that area and transplanting them on to the top of your hair, hair begins to re-grow naturally.
What are the benefits?
Unlike many other hair re-growth systems, hair transplants are extremely successful, and can guarantee re-growth for decades to come. Indeed, because they’re coming from your own body, the thickness, colour and wave of your hair is perfectly natural and indistinguishable from what came before. That’s obviously a huge benefit, and why many of us are so attracted to the process.
Indeed, because hair transplants can be done at any stage of hair loss, it’s entirely possible to replace hair as it’s lost, completely eliminating the unease that traditionally comes from balding. Full re-growth of your hair typically takes between 12 and 14 months, and transplanted hairs have a 98% re-growth success rate.
What are the downsides?
Hair transplanting is considered a form of surgery, but it’s one of the least invasive of all. It’s an extremely safe procedure that’s normally completed without complications, however, with all surgery there are risks, which will be presented and discussed in detail before you undergo it. Some side effects have been noted, but these are rare and usually very mild. You might experience some light swelling, some numbness and in rare cases, thinning of pre-existing hair. This latter side effect is usually reversed within a couple of months.
One of the main downsides of hair transplant procedures is that because they move hairs either one at a time or in very small strips, the process can be slow. A transplantation of 2,000 grafts will take approximately 6 hours, and it could take multiple sessions to complete your head, depending on how much hair loss you’ve experienced.
Here at our hair loss partner clinics, we believe there are better alternatives to transplants. Please call us for a consultation