That question in itself is enough to sow the seeds of doubt in your head. And question you must – after all you are taking an important life decision – perhaps earlier than you might have expected. So you are a ‘fence sitter’ who has all sorts of thoughts – should I take the hair transplant plunge? How will it help? Will it help me professionally? Will it boost my confidence? Will it give me a natural look? And optimistic thoughts allow you to take flights of fancy – will the hair restoration procedure – a watershed event in my life – completely transform the way I look? Swinging like a pendulum between extremes, in a moment of disillusionment you end up asking yourself – do hair transplant even work?
We suggest that as opposed to answering that question yourself – you should consult an expert and do your own research simultaneously. And if you happen to be reading this piece – then we hopes it answers most of your questions. So let’s begin with the basics:
Hair restoration is a procedure where hair from the donor area (back or side of the head usually) is transplanted onto the recipient or balding area. The reasons for hair loss are many – they could be lifestyle disorders, stress, or hormonal imbalance but genetics is largely the reason why most people lose their hair – often prematurely.Millions of people globally have lost or are losing their hair because of one reason or the other – that does not make them an ideal candidate for hair restoration procedure. Since you are among the millions – the first question you should ask is – am I the ideal candidate? It is here that expert consultation and your research will prove handy. Take your time and determine – with expert advice – whether you should go for a restoration. Once your mind is made, an expert has looked at your hair loss history and determined that it is genetic, it is only then you should go ahead. Others factors like the availability of donor hair are important as well. It is important that you don’t take a hasty decision – may be just because your friend got it done.
Once you have decided to go ahead, you should learn more about FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE hair transplant (Follicular Unit Extraction) – the two methods used to transplant hair from the donor to the recipient area. In the former, a narrow strip of scalp is removed from the donor area and follicular units from this strip are surgically transplanted. Whereas in an FUE, individual grafts are extracted and transplanted on to the balding area. FUE is normally the preferred method; it is minimally invasive and is proven to give great results. Irrespective of the method you choose, it is important that you set realistic expectations. Imagine a situation where you have aggressive hair loss and wish for a strong hairline with high density – well that is highly improbable. And if you have not discussed your expectations with the expert and the result is not to your liking – no matter how improbable medically it might be – you will be disappointed and will end up calling your procedure an utter waste of time and resources.
It is important to understand that the density of the hair post transplant depends on the availability of donor hair and how well the surgeon is able to design your hairline and how well they can spread the implants on the bald spots.
The bottom line here is – discuss your expectations with the expert to avoid any post transplant horror and know well in advance about what is possible and achievable.
Other than the above, there are important contingencies to the success of your transplant. Post transplant care is one of them. You will of course be able to get back to your routine within a week to ten days after your procedure. However, regular consultation with the expert is necessary along with the prescribed medications. Add to that, a nutritious diet and regular exercise will go a long way in ensuring the desired look.
So let’s revisit the question – do hair transplants really work? – The short answer is yes, and it is for this very reason a lot many people are opting for it than ever before. However, for them to succeed – you should do your own research, meet the best expert for advice and most importantly – keep your expectations real.