Losing your hair at any age can be highly traumatic and affect your self-confidence. It is so important to feel comfortable in your skin to be your best self. Many people will try so many different things to bring their hair back after losing it, but sometimes, the only option is, is a hair transplant procedure.
Hair transplantation is a type of surgery where hair follicles are taken from one part of the body that has viable follicles, and it is moved to the area of the scalp in need of more follicles. This is a very common procedure, and it has been performed since the 1950s. This is not a very invasive procedure, and it typically happens in the hair transplant doctor’s clinic and not a hospital. The surgeon will start by injecting you with medicine to numb the scalp. There are two different methods for these types of transplants, one called FUT (Follicular unit transplant) or strip surgery; with this type of transplant, the surgeon will remove a six-to-ten-inch section of the skin from the back of the scalp just below the occipital bone, and then with the help from a special microscope, the technicians will separate these follicles into tiny units, to then be transplanted/inserted into the desired area on the scalp. Another type of hair replacement surgery is called FUE (follicular unit extraction); for this procedure, the surgeon will shave the scalp, and then they will remove the hair follicles one by one. The surgeon will then place the grafts into the desired area. Depending on the size of the transplant, this procedure typically takes anywhere from four to eight hours and leaves no linear scar.
The procedures mentioned above are not a quick fix by any means, but the results can be excellent. According to WebMD, the price of a hair transplant can vary based on how much hair you decide to move and from which geographical area you have the procedure performed, but the cost can range from $4,000 to $15,000. Nevertheless, a transplant procedure is undoubtedly a viable option for people struggling with hair loss, and it affects your confidence.
Who is a good candidate for a hair transplant? The first step in deciding to go through with the procedure is asking yourself how this would change your life. If this is affecting your everyday confidence, taking different supplements and vitamins that are not working may be the best choice for you. You also need to have enough healthy hair on the scalp to be transplanted. If you find yourself wearing hats every day to cover the hair loss, not wanting to go out in public, and just a general lack of confidence due to your given hair loss, then this is maybe the perfect procedure for you.
Being self-confident is so vital in day-to-day life; it is so important to wake up and look at yourself in the mirror and be happy with what you see. Being confident in your appearance can dramatically change your life for the better; it can help you thrive in your work life, family life, and social life. Getting this procedure can help you have a more youthful appearance which can help make you feel better about yourself in general. This boost in confidence can help with an improved general outlook on life, return to previous norms, and bring back the want to do previous hobbies. Low self-confidence can affect vast parts of your life, from relationships to work life, and a procedure like this would change your life for the better.
With any procedure, not everyone is a candidate for a hair transplant. Not having enough hair to harvest is one of those reasons; underlying medical conditions maybe another one. It is always best that you first consult with a hair loss specialist to determine whether or not you are a candidate for a hair transplant. You need to understand that you may need more than one transplant to get you the desired results, increasing the cost significantly. Other alternative options include non-surgical hair replacement and retention (trichology) treatments.
Dunkin, Mary Anne. “Hair Transplant Procedures: Average Cost, What to Expect, and More.” WebMD, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-transplants.