Benefits of a Hair Transplant

Benefits of a hair transplant

There are several benefits of having a hair transplant which include a relatively quick procedure, an improved physical appearance and a much needed boost to your confidence and self-esteem.

One of the advantages of a hair transplant is that it triggers the growth of new hair unlike other non-surgical treatments. Hair loss drugs, UV light therapy and immunotherapy can slow down the rate of this loss but they do not act as a replacement. In other words they do not result in new hair growth.

If done correctly the end result is a fine head of hair which is indistinguishable from the rest of your natural hair and in many cases, is thicker. In fact, many people will be unable to tell the difference.

But you need to find the right surgeon and clinic in order for this to happen.

Are you suitable for a hair transplant?

Not every patient is suitable for a hair transplant. This depends on the area to be treated, i.e. the bald patch, the amount of donor hair to be used and the expected result. The structure of your hair, e.g. curly, will also be taken into account.

Some patients will require a greater number of grafts than others.

Does your age make a difference?

Age is a factor in cases of young men under 21 who have lost their hair and want a hair transplant. Whilst this is an effective form of treatment it is not always recommended for young men for the following reasons:

  • The pattern of hair loss is still progressing so it is difficult to determine the final outcome.
  • The patient will require more than procedure to maintain the results which they may not be able to (or keen to) continue.
  • The results may not as desired due to the incomplete pattern of hair loss.

Many clinics are reluctant to perform a hair transplant on someone in the very early stages of hair loss and/or under the age of 21.

Plus hair transplants can be prohibitively expensive for young men.

Other advantages of hair transplants

This is a highly versatile treatment can also be used to restore facial hair, e.g. eyebrows, beard and chest hair. So don't just think of this as a means of growing a new head of hair. This treatment also:

  • Covers up any scars caused by surgery, e.g. face lift
  • Is used as part of facial reconstruction surgery

Plus it also fills in areas treated in previous hair transplant procedures.

Results from a hair transplant appear much quicker than other non-surgical treatments. It means an improved appearance and a confidence boost which is often the main reason for undergoing this procedure.

Disadvantages of hair transplants

Are there are any disadvantages? A hair transplant is a surgical procedure which like all procedures, comes with a small amount of risk.

Even though this is a minor procedure which is carried out under a local anaesthetic there is still a risk of complications which occur in a small percentage of cases.

This is something you need to consider when making a decision.

The risks are:

  • Infection
  • Pain and swelling around the treated areas
  • Thinning of the hair or 'shock loss'
  • Numbness around the treated area

These risks apply to any surgical procedure.

It is important to understand that a hair transplant will not stop hair loss. If your hair loss has occurred as a result of male pattern baldness then this process will continue irrespective of surgery. Unfortunately, we cannot stop growing older and losing your hair is one aspect of that.

You will need more than one hair transplant if you want to keep your new head of hair.