Combating hair loss can be a stressful endeavor. If you’ve been dealing with thinning hair for a while, you’ve probably already done your fair share of research about your options. There are many different ways you can approach your hair loss ranging from medication to hair transplants. However, if you’re considering the latter, there are some things you should know first about hair transplants.
A hair transplant procedure may seem like the answer to all your problems. It’s certainly one of the most aggressive answers to hair loss out there. During a transplant, hair is taken from other areas of your body and is then surgically implanted into the thinning areas of your scalp. If the transplanted hair takes, it could help reduce the look of your thinning hair or receding hairline. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this procedure is not without risk.
The Problem with Hair Transplants
Scalp transplant procedures have seen some advancements in recent years, however, they are still far from perfect. Many patients go into their procedure with unrealistic expectations. The truth is, a hair transplant may not be the cure-all solution you believe it to be. Hair transplant procedures are not guaranteed to be effective or produce the natural look you hope to accomplish. Some of the other downsides to hair transplant procedures include:
Recovery: Hair transplant patients are typically able to return to their normal day to day activities within a short time. However, aesthetically speaking, it will be a considerable amount of time before your scalp appears “normal”. Scabbing around the grafted areas of the scalp can last for some time. In addition, transplanted hairs can take weeks to grow to a length where they blend naturally with the rest of your hair.
Infection: Keep in mind that a hair transplant is a medical procedure. Patients who undergo this procedure put themselves at risk of excessive hemorrhaging which can result in a serious infection. Infection from excess bleeding can make you seriously ill and lead to scaring down the road.
Cost: Hair transplants are considerably more expensive than other hair-loss solutions. Depending on your unique case, they can be upwards of $10,000. That is a large investment when you consider that your results are not guaranteed.
Further Hair Loss: Many patients believe that a hair transplant will protect them from further hair loss. However, this is simply not the case. Whether it’s genetics or some type of skin condition, a hair transplant does not treat the root of your hair loss problem.
A Better Solution
Rather than dealing with the risk that comes with hair transplant surgery, you may want to consider another option. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), for example, is a safe and cost-effective solution to thinning hair. During this cosmetic procedure, technicians are able to give men the appearance of a freshly shaven head or reduce the appearance of thin or balding spots for women. What’s more, SMP is long-lasting, non-invasive, and looks incredibly natural. If you’re interested in learning more about how Scalp Micropigmentation can help you, contact us today for a free consultation.