Hair loss affects different people in different ways, but if it looks like you’re losing the battle with a receding hairline or thinning patches, then it may be time to consider a more permanent fix – hair transplant therapy.
It is now a well-known process, which has been brought to our attention through a number of high profile cases in the media. Many people know that hair transplant therapy exists, but few know exactly how the process works and the things which need to be considered when embarking on the hair transplant journey.
Design a plan of action with your surgeon
You will have many discussions with your surgeon throughout the process, but one of the first things that you should expect to cover is how you would like your hair to frame your face. Many people experience hair loss at the front of the hair line or around the temples, so it is important to discuss openly what your expectations are from your new hairline. This is a very important factor too in terms of self esteem and confidence. Every time you look at your reflection in the mirror you will see your new hairline, so it is very important to get this right.
Your surgeon will also be considering what is the most appropriate course of action for the other areas of your head – in essence, ensuring that new implants blend successfully with the rest of your natural hair. The areas around the front of the head, and top of the scalp and the crown are all areas that will need to be given due thought and attention.
Taking pride in the outcome
Hair transplant surgeons pride themselves on their work and they should be considering each graft as a standalone, rather than a longer-term work in progress. To that end, a new transplant should blend seamlessly, and not be dependent on future grafts to achieve a look that is natural. If you sense your surgeon is relying too heavily upon future grafts, consider asking for a second opinion from a different transplant specialist.
Finally, when crafting a plan of action for your hair transplant therapy, many surgeons may recommend the assistance of one of the only two products that are clinically proven to help reduce the chance of hair loss, Regaine or Propecia.
Regaine (which is a cream applied directly to the scalp) can encourage hair growth in dormant follicles, and Propecia (a tablet that is consumed orally) tackles the hormone that is responsible for the follicle shutting down. Both of these can work to encourage hair growth, and may be prescribed as part of a comprehensive, multi modal approach to addressing hair loss. However, they should not be relied upon. The transplant therapy should not be dependent upon supplementary methods to achieve the desired look and feel to your hair, so if it sounds like the benefits of these are being replied upon too much in your treatment plan, again it would be wise to seek a second opinion before progressing too far.