Are you suffering from balding or thinning hair? You may be feeling helpless or just not sure where to start. With age, it is natural to experience hair thinning or loss, but it can also be frustrating and affects many mentally. There are several options for treatment that are less invasive to more invasive and seeing a hair specialist can really narrow down these options as the things they offer are usually the best options available. When someone has entered the more advanced stages and medications or topicals are no longer solely benefitting, it is time to consider a hair transplant. There are many benefits that come along with hair transplant surgery, one of them being natural, long-lasting results.
Boost Your Self-Esteem
There are many individuals that embrace going bald and look great with no hair, however this is not the case for everyone. For those who do not feel like thinning or balding suits them, they often feel embarrassed by their appearance, or it reminds them that they are aging. A low self-esteem can drastically affect one’s personal and even professional life. The results from a hair transplant surgery do require patience but after approximately 12 months following your procedure, regrowth is apparent, and you can be on the road to feeling more confident about your appearance.
Hair Transplant Plus Medication
If you have been dealing with hair loss, you are probably familiar with the popular prescription and over-the-counter medications, Minoxidil and Finasteride. Minoxidil and Finasteride are hair loss medications that are effective but take dedication and consistent use in order to benefit from them. Before and following a hair transplant surgery depending on what type of hair loss you are suffering from, one or both medications may be encouraged by your physician. Men suffering from the most common type of hair loss, male pattern baldness, benefit the most by taking Finasteride to prevent further hair loss and to maintain and regrow thicker, stronger hair.
Natural Looking Results
The days of unnatural, noticeable hair plugs are over. Hair transplant surgery has come a long way and is extremely natural and undetectable. Following hair transplant surgery once the newly transplanted hair follicles have time to heal and regrow, the individual can color, comb, wash, and style the hair without having any problems doing so.
With any procedure, it is important to maintain realistic goals. If you are suffering from severe hair loss, you may need to consider two hair transplant surgeries to achieve your goal. During a consultation with your hair restoration specialist, it is especially important to express your goals and expectations. Having a clear and open conversation with your surgeon will help you have a realistic idea of what to expect following surgery, especially because the results are not apparent immediately.
Did you know that the estimated survival rate for transplanted follicle units is 90-95%? When performed by an experienced, well-qualified surgeon, hair transplant surgery is a very successful, permanent surgery. During a hair transplant procedure, the donor grafts that are used come from the back of the individual’s scalp. These hair follicles on these areas of the scalp have been found to be more resistant to balding and are both areas of strong hair growth, which leads to permanent results.
Safe and Effective Procedures
Whether you are considering FUE (follicular unit extraction) or FUT (follicular unit transplant), they are both safe and effective hair transplant procedures. The process of retrieving the donor grafts and the recovery time are the main differences between the two procedures.
The FUT method, better known as the “strip-method” requires a dense strip of hair be removed from the back of the patient’s scalp, leaving them with a thin linear scar. Since there is skin being excised, this method does require sutures which makes for a little bit of a longer recovery and more aftercare.
The FUE method is becoming the more popular, preferred method for those considering hair transplant surgery because there are no incisions involved, which means no sutures or staples and less downtime. Both techniques are similar in the sense that follicular units are extracted and transplanted to areas that are balding or thinning. The FUE method is slightly different because instead of removing a dense strip of hair, the follicular units are extracted directly from the scalp one by one using revolutionary technology called NeoGraft.
If you are thinking about a hair transplant, here are some questions you should consider asking while consulting with your hair restoration specialist.
- Am I a candidate for hair transplant surgery?
- What experience do you have and what are your credentials?
- Do I have enough hair for hair transplant surgery?
- What would be better for me, FUE or FUT Hair Transplantation?
- Is Hair Restoration permanent?
- What does the procedure entail?
- How long is recovery and what should I expect?
- How long until I see results?