A thick head of hair can be a major confidence booster for men and once that hair begins to thin, many men will begin to panic.
For most, this unwelcome hair thinning will start to occur in the later years of their life, but for others, it may happen as soon as their thirties or even twenties.
And when it does happen, every balding man has his own chosen solution. Some will shave off their remaining hair to sport the bald look, some will don a hat whenever they step outside and others will simply shrug and embrace the head of hair (or lack of) that they’ve been granted.
But if you’re not ready to give up on the dream of a full head of hair, could a hair transplant be the answer?
Tapping into this high-demand market, many companies use in-your-face marketing and big promises to entice consumers to purchase their magical hair growing powder, shampoo or serum and unfortunately, some hair transplant clinics will use these high-pressure methods as well.
While the American Hair Loss Association does in fact endorse surgical hair restoration for patients who will truly benefit from such a procedure, it’s important to remember that there are only a select number of qualified surgeons performing hair transplants out there, so be sure to do your homework and thoroughly research your clinic and Doctor options.
How do hair transplants work?
Not the prettiest of procedures, as it stands, hair transplants can only be achieved by taking hair from the back of the scalp to be transplanted to the balding areas. This is because most men retain most of their hair along the sides and back of the scalp, while the top, front and crown begin to thin.
The hair must be harvested from your own scalp, for if hair is taken from another person, the body will reject the hair unless anti-rejection medication is taken indefinitely.
Then, once their hair has been harvested, it’s then re-inserted into small slits that that the surgeon has made in the balding areas.
These extracted hair follicles and surrounding tissue and skin are called grafts and each of these grafts will contain one or more hair follicles. The thickness, color and texture of your hair will all determine how many grafts are required. For example, thick hair can be transplanted using fewer grafts since it will provide the scalp with more coverage.
The number of transplant procedures you receive will of course depend on the extent of your hair loss. Some men will get the results they seek from one or two treatments, while others will require more.
After the transplant
Once the procedure is complete, you will most likely need to take pain medication, for the scalp will be quite tender. Then, two to three weeks after the transplant, you will notice the transplanted hair fall out, but this will be followed by new in growth in just a few months.
In fact, most people will experience 60% new hair growth in just 6-9 months.
How much will a hair transplant cost?
The cost for a hair transplant can range anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 depending on the amount of hair being transplanted and because it’s considered cosmetic, this procedure is rarely covered by insurance.
Complete your new look
While excess hair on your head will make you look and feel younger, an excess of facial hair can sometimes have the reverse effect.
So pull out your razor and shaving creams, complete your confident new look with a fresh clean shave and put your best face (and new head of hair) forward.