Hair Transplant: Costs, Process, Before and After

Hair Transplant: Costs, Process, Before and After

Hair Transplant

We have covered a great number of hair loss treatments on this site and more than once we have said that a hair transplant is one of the most effective. It is the only one that works every time and the only one that actively works to regrow hair, as opposed to simply stopping hair loss.

But just how effective is a hair transplant? In this guide we aim to answer all of the questions that you have about hair transplants, questions that have been put to us over the last few months. These include the following, all of which have bene answered in full below:

  • What Should I Expect with a Hair Transplant?
  • How Long Does a Hair Transplant Take to Heal?
  • Where do they Take the Hair From?
  • How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?
  • Is It Worth It?
  • Is it Safe?

What is a Hair Transplant?

Simply put, a hair transplant involves taking hair from one place and surgically implanting it into your scalp. They take the actual hair follicles, which means that the hair will grow like it should.

There are two types of transplant, known as Follicular Unit Strip Surgery and Follicle Unit Extraction. These are often shortened to FUSS and FUE respectably. With FUSS, a strip of skin is taken as a graft; with FUE, hairs are taken one by one.

Where do They Take Hair From?

Hair Transplant Cost

There is a misconception that the hair is taken from the backside. This is perhaps the fault of the tabloids, who can’t resist writing articles about celebrities covering their heads in hair that was once on their backsides. The headlines practically write themselves.

However, they need to cut the hair out, which means the place will be tender to the touch and will need time to heal. You need to sit on your buttocks, so this is not ideal. Instead, the hair is often taken from the actual scalp, but at the back so that the hair easily falls over it. It can also be taken from the leg.

What Can I Expect from the Procedure?

Hair Transplant Process

The procedure should take place in a doctor’s surgery, as opposed to a hospital. Firstly, your scalp will be cleaned and numbed via an injection. The graft will then be taken and the hair follicles will be added to your scalp in the places previously chosen. To add the follicles, small slits are made and they are inserted into place.

This is a laborious process and it can take up to 10 hours to complete, depending on the number of hairs being added.

How Long Does it Take to Heal from a Hair Transplant?

Your scalp will be very tender after the surgery. It also won’t be very pretty to look at. You will probably be prescribed pain meds to get through the pain and will be told to rest up and wear bandages. You may be given anti-inflammatory drugs as well to keep potential swelling to a minimum.

A few weeks after the surgery, the hair that was transplanted will have fallen out. From there the new hair will begin to grow into place. It will take a few months for this to grow in fully, which is why many patients are told to use products like Minoxidil as they wait. Typically, within a year all patients will be able to style their hair as they see fit, with no visible signs of a transplant having taken place.

How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?

Hair Transplant Before and After

The costs differ depending on the amount of hair that needs to be transplanted and the person that you choose to do it. There are many specialists out there that offer this service and the prices can be competitive as a result. But if you choose a well known and respected physician then you’re obviously going to pay a premium.

If you are on limited budget then you can look around and get the job done for as little as $3,000, providing you don’t need a full head of hair to be transplanted. Just make sure you check that they are accredited and licensed. You may also want to read some reviews on them beforehand. Any doctor worth their degree in this day and age will have reviews online.

The price can go as high as $20,000, so it pays to do your research. You can also ask for a discount and try to negotiate a deal. You have more chance of doing this if you’re working with a self-employed physician, as opposed to one working for an organization.

Will my Insurance Cover a Hair Transplant?

Unfortunately, no. There might be some companies and policies out there that do, but we haven’t seen them. It is not life threatening, it is not a health issue.

Is a Hair Transplant Safe?

Is a Hair Transplant Safe?
There are always risks associated with surgery. This is minor surgery, but there are still some potential problems. Infection is one of the biggest, which is why many doctors will prescribe a course of antibiotics after the surgery, making sure that if there is an infection, it will be cured before it displays any symptoms.

As with all surgery, scarring is also a possibility. Your hair may grow-in strange. You may experience some visible scarring on the front or the top of your head. You may experience problems with the graft area and you may also experience some inflammation, both on the head and around the graft area, which is where the anti-inflammatory drugs come in.

Again, all of this is rare, but it’s something that needs to be considered before you jump head-first (quite literally) into this procedure. These days we are often too quick to volunteer our bodies for surgeries that we deem to be quick, easy and safe ways to get the look we want. But they are not miracle cures and things can go wrong.

You should discuss these issues with your doctor during the consultation, which will happen prior to the surgery and prior to any agreements being made. They should provide an unbiased perspective on the procedure. They should be honest and upfront with you. This can be essential for someone going through this procedure as it’s important for them to understand the potential risks, while also understanding just how rare such risks are.

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