Top 4 Things to Know Before Getting a Hair Transplant
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Is hair transplant the solution for your severe hair loss?
On average, people lose somewhere between 50 to 100 hairs daily. For most people, this is no cause for alarm as the hair being shed will be replaced immediately by new hair.
However, if the rate of your hair loss is greater than the rate of hair growth, or if your hair follicles are destroyed, resulting in scar tissue, you might want to look at all available options to address your hair loss and baldness in some areas of your head.
Experts are still unsure about the true underlying cause of hair loss. However, most of these experts agree that family history or heredity, hormonal changes, some medical conditions, and medications all contribute to the problem.
Today, there are several products and services available for people dealing with hair loss and baldness. However, many of these fail to address the problem on a permanent basis. One exception to this is hair transplant treatment which allows you to grow your own hair in areas that have become bald. If you are considering the idea of undergoing this treatment, here are four important things that you need to know.
Manage your expectations.
During your consultation with the professional who will administer your treatment, your head will be evaluated and photos may be taken. This will allow the professional to fully evaluate and understand your level of hair loss.
From there, the areas on your head which have the thickest hair will also be evaluated. This is the area where the hair to be transplanted on your bald spots will come from.
Be prepared to pay a steep price.
There is no other way to put it but to say that the treatment is not going to be cheap. The two major reasons behind the steep price tag are: 1) It is labour-intensive and 2) The treatment is effective.
Transplant units or grafts contain about four individual hairs. And the price you have to pay will depend on how many grafts you will need. This, in turn, will depend on how large your bald spots are.
Now, it may be tempting to opt for the services of a surgeon that suggests fewer grafts for the procedure. However, be aware that it is better to pay more now and get the results you are after rather than pay a smaller fee only to come back for another hair transplant session.
It's sometimes classified as a form of surgery.
Sometimes, hair transplant is classified as a form of surgery while others simply classify it as a procedure. Either way, there are two ways to perform it: through follicular unit transplantation (FUT) or follicular unit extraction (FUE).
In FUT, a strip of your scalp is removed from your head, which results in a scar. If you opt for this procedure, know that you can't cut your hair too short; otherwise, the scar will show.
In FUE, individual grafts are removed from the donor area. This method does not leave a lasting scar.
Results are not instantaneous.
Typically, it will take about a year before you see noticeable results. In fact, your baldness may seem to persist during the initial months after undergoing the hair transplant.
After the procedure, you will notice some swelling in your face and you will need to wear button-down shirts for the first few days. Within a week, the donor area will have completely healed.
You also have to be very careful and gentle on the part of your head which received transplants. Your doctor will provide you with an aftercare kit consisting of medications and shampoo.
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