Hair loss is a condition that affects millions of individuals all around the world. Although it is treatable, to an extent, with products such as Rogaine, Propecia and the newly developed and FDA approved laser combs. However, these products are not guaranteed to grow back all your hair, especially if the follicles have been dormant for an extended period of time. This is why hair transplants are the most beneficial and permanent options available to you. With a hair transplant, a medical expert takes hair that is already growing on the side of your head and surgically transplants the follicles to the hair loss area. Depending on the severity of the hair loss, multiple procedures may be required, but it is possible to regrow a significant amount of hair, without taking a pill or apply foam every day for the rest of your life. Of course, there are side effects to a transplant procedure, so if you are considering such an option it is very important for you to know and understand exact what might lie ahead of you.
After the initial procedure, you might actually begin to see some hair loss. This is natural as there is some trauma caused in the transplant area. However, the hair loss is only temporary, and the follicles that drop their hair do quickly return to natural form. Over time, the transplanted hair area does begin to regrow hair. This hair generally starts off as thing, downy and soft hair, colorless and similar to peach fuzz, but as the hair grows stronger it does begin to producer thicker, fuller hair.
The wait time between surgeries is several months, as a scalp needs time to heal after the procedure. The hair follicles are surgically inserted into the bald spot, which makes the area tender. You don’t want to re-agravate the area after the initial surgery, otherwise it may cause some current hair to fall out.
There are some side effects and risks you need to consider when thinking about a hair transplant. For starters, there might be some scarring. This is generally kept to a minimum, but where the hair is initially removed from the scalp there is some scaring, plus hair will never grow from this area again as the hair follicles are now gone. Excessive bleeding can occur in the area, so it might be wise to schedule the hair transplant on a friday or late in the week, this way you have some tome for the scalp to heal before going back into work. On top of this, depending on your current pattern of baldness, you might have an unnatural look of patchy hair, but this is only temporary, at least until you have the next procedure performed.