Hair Transplant: Everything You Need To Know

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What is a hair transplantation?

Hair transplantation is a surgical technique that removes hair follicles from one part of the body, called the 'donor site', to a bald or balding part of the body known as the 'recipient site'.

The technique is primarily used to treat male pattern baldness, but it can also be done for female pattern baldness. Due to its high price, this cosmetic surgery is usually for people who have already tried other hair loss treatments with no real success.

How effective are hair transplants? 

Results tend to vary from person to person, but generally, a hair transplant will last for your entire lifetime. They are designed to be permanent and rarely do people need them re-doing. However, regular top-ups are likely needed, as other areas of the scalp continue to bald. 

In some cases, hair transplants can fail. The success of a hair transplant depends on a number of factors such as the patient's hair type, the quality of the donor site, and the patient's pattern of hair loss. 

Is a hair transplant expensive?

Hair transplantation surgery is an expensive treatment. Expect to pay in the region of £2,500-£25,000 for a single session. You will likely need multiple sessions, so the costs do add up very quickly. Many men, in particular, are choosing to have their hair transplant procedures done in Turkey, because it is cheaper. You can expect to pay less than half the normal price for a hair transplant in Turkey. 

What are the negative side-effects from getting a hair transplant? 

Most patients experience only slight discomfort as the numbing agent is applied. After the procedure you might feel slight discomfort as the scalp heals, but typically patients experience little to no pain during and after NeoGraft hair transplants.

Side-effects straight after the procedure will likely include painful scalp, bleeding, dizziness, and itching. However, the symptoms soon clear away as the scalp heals.

In rare cases, patients can get infections. 

Should you get a hair transplant?

Hair transplantation surgery is a good option for patients to take if they are financially able to do so. The procedure restores the lost hair in a quick and efficient way. Patients experiencing early stages of hair loss should probably avoid getting a hair transplant too soon. It is wise to let the hair loss develop first, so the transplant can be more accurate and effective. 

Post-surgery treatments will likely be recommended by the doctors, so expect to be using medications such as finasteride and minoxidil, so help prevent further hair loss occurring in the areas of the scalp that were not transplanted. 

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