Hair loss. It’s one of those things most men or women don’t want to discuss. It can be caused by a variety of reasons. Aside from being a relatively natural part of aging for some people, it can also be attributed to a family history of baldness, tissue expansion from accidents, trauma, or tension. Hormone changes —(specifically the loss of available testosterone in many men, can also be the culprit.
Hair loss can begin at any age – even as early as the teens and 20s. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the earlier in life you begin losing hair, the more complete the hair loss will be.
Regardless of the causes of baldness, most men dealing with it, simply want to stop the madness and get their hair back. In the past, that wasn’t necessarily simple to do. Times are changing, though, and now we have many technological advances that allow men to transplant hair from one part of their scalp to another through a process called grafting.
The Average Cost of Hair Transplants
Chances are that you have tried one or more products on the market today designed to prevent or reverse hair loss. The costs of products like these can add up quickly. You may have even joined a variety of clubs and groups promising beautiful results and a complete restoration of lost hair without anything to show for it other than losing a little more hair in the process.
Hair transplants promise effective hair restoration and cost on average between $4,000 and $16,000. The wide variations in cost have to do primarily with:
- The amount of hair being restored.
- The area of hair being transplanted.
- The geographic location where the hair transplant is taken place.
If you want a more accurate or specific quote, many clinics that offer hair restoration services also offer free consultations in which they will provide a customized quote for your unique hair loss situation and transplant needs.
Hair Transplant Treatments
What you may not know about hair transplants is that there are two primary options for hair transplants.
- Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS). This hair transplantation option involves the surgeon removing a strip of skin from the back of your head that is six to ten inches in length. He then sews your scalp closed, so that no one knows the strip is missing. Next, he divides the removed strip of scalp into tiny grafts (between 500 and 2,000 depending on the scope of the procedure) to be transplanted. Finally, the transplant takes place.
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). With this option, your surgeon shaves the back of your scalp for this procedure before removing individual hair follicles from the area. Then the transplant takes place beginning with the surgeon cleaning and numbing the transplant area and creating tiny slits where the grafts will go. This process usually takes between four and eight hours and involves a surgical team to assist with the grafting.
Some people will need an additional procedure to thicken the hair that has been transplanted or, on rare occasions when the initial transplant doesn’t take.
Recovering from Hair Transplant Surgery
You should expect to feel quite a bit of tenderness in the aftermath of the hair transplantation surgery. Your surgeon is likely to prescribe pain medication to help you deal with scalp tenderness. You will probably need to wear bandages covering your scalp for a few days while recovering.
Hair transplant surgery is not a highly invasive procedure, but all surgeries have risks. Antibiotics are prescribed to reduce the risks of infections, but other risks remain, including the risk of bleeding, scarring, and hair regrowth that doesn’t appear natural. Therefore, your surgeon may prescribe you with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications to take for the next few days.
Most hair transplant patients can go back to work within a few days of surgery. You should notice the transplanted hair begin to fall out around two to three weeks after the surgery, or this may take up to six weeks post surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons assures that this is normal and temporary. Thus, it’s not a cause for alarm or a sure sign the surgery didn’t take. Within a few months, you should notice new growth in the area indicating that the surgery was, in fact, a success.
If you are losing confidence as you lose your hair, then you might find the potential benefits of hair transplant far outweigh the risks and are worth every penny invested. This is often the case if successful. Only you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.