8 Things to Consider Before Getting a Hair Transplant
Written by Pliro
Oct 5, 2017 Last updated: Sep 22, 2018
A hair transplant is a full on procedure that comes with lots of steps and instructions on how to deal with aftercare. However, equally important is the thought process that goes behind it, as well as the number of factors to consider. For some, it is a major game changer, boosting confidence, mood, not to mention looks. In other cases, you may not want to deal with so many complications just to make your hair look good. Here are the top 8 things you need to consider before getting a hair transplant.
Just like you would for a hospital, make sure you do your research when it comes to a hair transplant clinic. It is crucial to know and trust your practitioner, or know someone who has had a good experience. Do your research regarding the consultation process and treatments of the clinic. This is made very easy today as almost every good clinic gets good reviews which you can easily see on the internet. You want to compare the cost but not at the expense of quality. Furthermore, make sure the surgeon is qualified and knows what he or she is doing.
There are two common types of hair transplant procedures. The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), is an advanced method that prepares the balding area to be transplanted by making small incisions around each hair follicle zone. The Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) is the older method, whereby a strip of skin and hair is removed from your scalp to be divided up between the balding areas for transplanting. The FUE method is suggested by most clinics since it is a newer and less invasive method, involving minimal pain and scarring.
When there is a receding hairline, hair is taken from areas where it is abundant so that it may be transplanted. However, if you are completely bald then the procedure may not take place. Therefore, it is important for you to grow your hair as much as you can before you make an appointment. It will need to be trimmed in any case before the transplant, since good quality hair is required for a healthy looking graft. Furthermore, the preparation time depends on the type of procedure, whether it is FUE or FUT.
There is no major aftercare procedure involved with hair transplant. You may be needed to wear a bandage on the head overnight. This is to make sure that all the grafts that are transplanted stay in place. Furthermore, it is advised that you take care of your skin, so as not to cause sensitivity issues because of the transplant.
The FUE method typically takes lesser time healing than the FUT method. Furthermore, FUE is not typically painful, since it involves minimal scarring or bleeding. It takes approximately three days to complete the healing process. This includes a hair wash, bandage removal and area cleansing.
Hair transplant is permanent, or at least 95% permanent. Therefore, it is a huge decision to make, since it is not as temporary as dying your hair and waiting it out for four to six months if you don’t like it. Therefore, it is also advised that a cheap or unreliable source may not be the best way to go about. This is because hair transplant is a one time investment, which is why it should be done right to make it worth it.
It is a good idea to know your skin type in order to avoid post transplant complications. A hair transplant surgeon should be consulted to advise you on how to care for your hair and skin. This is important to avoid dryness, itching or irritation. In some cases, medication may be prescribed in case there is further shedding of hair, if it becomes excessive.
Last but not least, take your time in making a decision about this. It is a big decision, and you don’t want to regret it once it is made. Consult more than one surgeon and find out what each of them has to say. Ask people what they felt regarding their experience in general, and how hair transplant has changed them. Read about the procedure to find about actual risks vs myths. Furthermore, ask yourself whether it will make you happier, or if you are happy the way you are. Most importantly, do not rush into anything by signing documents without reading them properly or giving it a second thought. Remember, you are doing this for yourself, and not for anyone else.
All in all, the worst case scenario would call for going completely bald if the hair transplant doesn’t work out or doesn’t look the way you wanted it to. After all, how bad does Vin Diesel look?