Am I the Right Candidate for a Hair Transplant Surgery?

ID-10088673Just like we tend to take our youth and health for granted, most of us assume that our shapely eyebrows and full heads of hair will stay with us for the rest of our lives. The truth is that many people experience hair loss due to simple genetics, aging or other lifestyle factors during their lifetime.

Fortunately, advances in medical science have made it possible for eligible patients of hair loss, even advanced hair loss, to undergo hair transplant procedures to help restore their lost hair and improve their general appearance.

Are you wondering if hair transplant surgery is right for you? With a number of factors that influence your eligibility, having a clear understanding of this procedure will help you and your consulting physician to make the appropriate determination.

What is a Hair Transplant Procedure?

Hair transplantation have been around for over 60 years. It is a surgical procedure, which typically involves the removal of a narrow strip of hair and the hair follicles from your scalp, usually from the back of your head and relocating those follicles to fill in the areas that have little or no hair.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the hair loss and the area being treated, the procedure can take anywhere from four to eight hours. For example, an eyebrow restoration procedure may take just a few hours whereas a large scalp hair transplant procedure may take up to 8 hours.  

What to Expect Following the Procedure?

Right after you undergo the hair transplant surgery, your scalp may be  a little tender and sensitive.  The donor area, where your follicles were removed may be a bit sore.  Many describe the sensation in the recipient area as being similar to that of sunburn.   Your surgeon will prescribe to you some medication to manage any discomfort in the first day or two.

Most people are able to return to work the next day, and resume all their normal daily routines within a week of the procedure. After two or three weeks, you’re the hair shafts from the transplanted follicles will shed – this is perfectly normal and expected.   Subsequently, new growth will be noticeable within a few months, and substantial growth is achieved in 9-12 months following the procedure.

Are there Any Risks Involved?

As it is with any other surgical procedure, undergoing a hair transplant comes with a minor risk of infection and bleeding. Some patients report minor discomfort or swelling in the transplant area – but this is easily managed through medication, cold compresses and passes quickly.

A few patients experience inflammation or infection of the hair follicles around the same time new hair begins to grow, most often the result of ingrown hairs.  Typically, these instances resolve themselves quickly, but can easily be addressed by your physician if necessary.

Assessing your Candidacy for a Hair Transplant

Before you commit to the procedure, make sure the transplant procedure is right for you.

  • Speak to your surgeon, who will be able to assess your overall health, the nature of your hair loss, the speed at which you are losing hair, and what your realistic restoration objectives should be.
  • Conduct preliminary research to understand what the procedure entails. Make a personal assessment of whether or not you really need it.
  • While selecting a surgeon, make sure you do a background check on their qualifications and experience. Go through reviews online, speak to old patients to understand their experience, and get references from family and friends. Ask current and past patients to share before and after photos if they are comfortable.

It is most important that you set realistic expectations about the transplant. A typical hair transplant takes several hours to perform and several months to show positive results. Depending on the extent of your hair loss and your desired results, you may need more than one procedure. Have an open discussion with your surgeon to make an informed decision.


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