Hair transplants used to be thought to be the only option for hair restoration. These days there are many other treatment choices out there, including medications that claim to slow down or even reverse hair loss, and scalp micropigmentation, which creates the illusion of a full head of hair that has been closely shaven.
Hair transplant surgery is often mocked by the general public, as Wayne Rooney discovered recently when Twitter went wild after a photo of him with thinning hair was published – he was known to have undergone a second hair transplant recently and so it was assumed the surgery had been unsuccessful.
However, the truth is a little more complicated, so we decided to put together some basic truths about this male pattern baldness solution
#1 Hair will fall out shortly after surgery
We've all heard the phrase: “it has to get worse before it gets better” and the same thing applies to hair transplants. It is the hair follicle that is being transplanted, rather than the hair itself, and the follicles will often shed their hairs between two and five weeks post surgery, as part of the healing process. New, stronger hairs will grow in their place.
#2 Every transplant will have a different price
If your friend underwent a hair transplant lately and paid less than you have just been quoted by the same clinic, this is not unusual. The cost of a hair transplant depends on the amount of hair to be transplanted.
#3 It will take at least a year to see the final result
This is not a quick fix hair loss solution. Because these are real hairs, they will take time to grow, and it may be 12-18 months before they have grown to the desired length and thickness. It may be a slow process, but it is also permanent – once those hair follicles have been implanted, they are not going anywhere.
#4 You may need a second hair transplant further down the line
Although a hair transplant does give permanent results, hair loss is often ongoing, which means you may need another transplant at a later date to deal with thinning hair on other parts of the head, as happened in Wayne Rooney's case.
For example, if you have your initial transplant to deal with hair that is beginning to thin at the temples, you may well find there is a line of thinner hair behind the transplant area, where your original hair is continuing to thin.