Hair transplantation has become more popular in recent years, especially with more exposure in mainstream media. Because of this, people have been seeking more information on the specifics of the procedure. The most common questions on the subject are about how hair transplants work. To clear the air, we’re going to answer the public’s most common questions associated with hair transplants.
What Is A Hair Transplant?
Let’s start off by explaining what a hair transplant actually is. Hair transplantation is the process of taking hair follicles from one part of the body and moving them to another part of the body. This surgical procedure is performed in order to minimize the appearance of hair thinning and balding. Men who are experiencing Male-Pattern Baldness are the most likely to seek this procedure.
How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?
Most insurance plans do not cover hair transplant surgeries. Because of this, it is quite a costly procedure. The cost of the surgery depends on the amount of hair being transplanted and the individual doctor. At Colorado Surgical Center and Hair Institute, we charge $2.00 per graft. Our surgeries cost between $3,000 to $6,000.
How Do Hair Transplants Work?
Hair transplantation is a complicated process. It may begin with a surgeon shaving the scalp, but it depends on the surgeon’s planned course of action. If not, the surgery begins by cleaning the hairline and then numbing it, as the patient will typically be awake for the procedure.
The two most common types of hair transplants are Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Strip Surgery. Based on the patient’s personal preferences and the surgeon’s recommendations, one of those procedures will be performed. The surgery can take up to ten hours.
After the surgery, the area will scab and remain tender for three to five days and must remain bandaged for that time. Many patients will take medication to ease the pain. After a few weeks, the hair that had been transplanted will actually fall out, which will leave room for the new hair to begin to grow. Over the course of six to nine months, the patient’s natural hair will begin to grow again, sometimes with the help of medication.
Do Hair Transplants Work?
The fact that doctors can move hair from one part of the body to another is incredible. It seems almost too good to be true. So this makes sense that a big concern of the public’s is, “do hair transplants work?”
Short answer: Yes, they do!
The procedure typically results in 10% to 80% of full hair re-growth for most patients after two months and continues new growth for up to one year. It depends on a variety of factors such as the individual’s physiology and the specifics of the procedure.
There are some risks associated with the procedure. The most common being bleeding and infection, but these can be easily treated by a doctor.
What Is A FUE Hair Transplant?
One of the most common procedures is known as Follicular Unit Extraction. The FUE hair transplant involves taking grafts of skin that contains healthy hair follicles and moving them to the bald or balding area. The procedure takes between eight and ten hours, with a recovery period of up to five days. The FUE leaves a very faint scar line that fades more and more with time.
Having a full head of hair can bring confidence to people, and because of that, the lack of it can be devastating. More and more are seeking hair transplants every year and thankfully, the industry’s technology is constantly advancing. In the future, we hope to see a 100% success rate.
If you are considering receiving a hair transplant, call Colorado Surgical Center and Hair Institute.