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In today’s video Hair Transplant – PROS & CONS, we’ll be going through the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure. So if you’ve ever thought about getting a hair transplant or are even considering getting one soon, be sure to watch this video before you make the decision!
Hey guys Leon here from Hairguard.com, the leading resource on the internet for men concerned about hair loss and looking for ways to reverse it. I have a good one for you today: the pros and cons of hair transplant surgery. Is it safe, is it effective, and is it worth your money?
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Now let’s get into it – the advantages of getting a hair transplant.
Straight up guys, the main benefit of this procedure is that does work – hair transplants are for real, and unless you are unlucky you will get at least some of your hair back. There are two main types of hair transplant surgery performed today. One is follicular unit transplantation, referred to also as strip excision. The other is follicular unit extraction. Both of these methods rely on removing healthy hair follicles – known as donor hair follicles – from the back or side of the head and transplanting them onto the bald or thinning areas at the top of your head. We have covered these methods in other videos so I won’t go into too many details here. Very briefly, one of the main differences between the two methods is how the donor hair follicles are removed. In strip excision a strip of skin is removed from your head, and individual hair follicles are then dissected out of this strip before being carefully placed back on your head. In follicular unit extraction on the other hand, thousands of donor hair follicles are individually removed from your head using a surgical micro-punch tool. Both these methods work, and they can both give natural-looking results, though if we had to pick between the two, follicular unit extraction is probably superior.
The other benefit of a hair transplant is that it is quick. The surgery itself is complicated and can take up to 12 hours, but it is performed under topical anesthesia. So you can leave the hospital the same day and be back at work the following day. If you don’t have the patience or inclination to make permanent lifestyle changes or stick to long-term treatments like natural supplements or doctor-prescribed medications, a hair transplant is certainly the way to go about it.
Now let’s go through the downsides of transplants. The big one is obviously the money you will have to spend on the procedure, which can go up to the tens of thousands of dollars. We have made another video where we go into the costs of the hair transplant at length. So if you are not a high earner you will probably have to spend a considerable amount of time saving up for a transplant.
Another downside to the transplant is the risk of complications. The most common complication is folliculitis, the inflammation of the hair follicles. This can happen weeks or even months after the transplant. Another common complication is a temporary phase of increased hair loss, referred to as telogen effluvium. This will usually occure 6 to 8 weeks after the transplant but if it does, don’t panic – it is only temporary and the hair will grow back.
Another downside is the risk of going with a surgeon who is not experienced or not competent enough. Hair transplants are part science, part art. Consider only that in most cases the surgeon will have to recreate your front hairline from scratch – think about how much skill and experience a job like that requires. So if your surgeon is up to task you will end up with unnatural–looking results, or even flat out poor hair growth. Usually around 85-90% of transplanted hair follicles will survive, but if the procedure is poorly executed out this rate can be a lot lower.
There are also some downsides associated with the strip excision method, and which can be avoided if you opt for follicular unit extraction. The most obvious is the scar that the strip excision will leave. The surgical methods involved in stitching up the strip have improved in recent years, but there will still be a scar left in the donor area of the scalp, and this will be permanent.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.