A recent survey regarding cosmetic procedures revealed that while breast augmentation and “nose jobs”, topped the search results by women, the male counterparts were more inclined to search about hair transplants.
Is there really anything that frightens men more than the thought of going bald? Our thick lustrous locks under threat is a reminder of our mortality, a blow to our vanity and many times it can be quite a difficult topic to discuss.
For a lot of men, they might think that hair transplant might be the logical next step. Bald or balding men are vulnerable, and a lot of hoodwinking clinics with less than optimum practices have penned up to con the lot. Trying the age-old trick of paying less – which ends up in the worst result.
If you’re in the market for getting a hair transplant, here are points you need to know:
First and foremost, there are two types of commonly done hair transplant namely ‘FUT’ and ‘FUE’
- FUT stands for Follicular Unit Transplantation and is also known as strip surgery. It involves removing a piece of skin, dividing it into individual follicular units and then those units are transplanted into the recipient’s area.
- FUE, on the other hand, stands for Follicular Unit Extraction. Rather than a strip, FUE involves removing the follicles from within a small circular punch that is generally less than a millimetre in diameter.
FUE is the newer method available, but both should be considered before settling on one, since they both have their own merits.
What you should be looking for in your surgeon
A good surgeon will tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. Many of the time, patients might come with a one or two-year vision ahead, wherein the hair transplants might look good, but as natural hair begins to fall with age, the transplant may look unnatural and in most cases you might start regretting it. A shoddy surgeon will tell you the smooth stuff, they’ll tell you it’s an easy procedure to do, offer you a discount and even get you started the next week. A good surgeon for hair transplant will discuss all your options with you first and explain to you every step of the procedure and leave the decision to you.
You need to be comfortable with whoever you’re going to. They will not only be a part of your surgery, they will also be a part of the aftercare so you need to research carefully and find a surgeon who is well trusted in the industry. Build up a list of questions to ask at the consultation, read the success stories, what are the surgeon’s qualifications? Ask about the quality of the procedures performed by the surgeon, not the quantity. What parts of the surgery will be performed by the surgeon? Does the team consist of the member he has cherry-picked or were they drafted in? Ask for proof of their work. You may also want to meet former patients who can vouch for previous treatments.
Ask about the success rate, what happens if things go wrong, the aftercare support or their policy in case the results go in the wrong direction. If all these questions are successfully addressed by your hair transplant surgeon, there’s a good chance the surgeon in question is thorough and well experienced.
Just like in a breast augmentation or rhinoplasty surgery, aftercare post hair transplant is quite a necessary period. Most people like to take a few days off from work for recuperation and refrain from using public transportation or working out. Other preventative hair transplant measures may include spraying your head with saline solution or washing your hair only with medicated shampoo. There will be a host of precautions and aftercare methods that your surgeon will suggest and you must abide by every one of them to avoid any infections. Much like other cosmetic procedures, the redness and swelling will eventually decrease, but you always have to keep an eye for anything which may seem out of the ordinary.
It is advisable to have regular check-ups and follow-ups with your surgeon to ensure the best results and correct healing.
Results from hair transplant procedures can be witnessed almost immediately. You will eventually shed off the donor hair with time – since it is the root that is transplanted. After that your natural hair will start growing in the region and baldness or thinning of hair will be a thing of the past! A good transplant usually takes around a year to a year and a half to show fully its results so be mindful of the time frames.
Booking a consultation
There are many clinics that try to cut corners to make a profit. The truth is, there are only a handful of surgeons in the UK today who are proficient in state-of-the-art surgery and know which hair to utilise for hair transplant surgery.
In such cases the cost can be a good indication from the off to good hair transplantation – price is usually determined by the level of coverage required as well as the type of hair in question.
Also, be wary of any surgeon or co-ordinator who looks too keen or sounds desperate to get you into the operating theatre!
If you would like to discuss hair transplant surgery or the methods used, we’ll be happy to guide you through the procedure. Feel free to contacts us on 020 7096 6499 or email us at email@example.com.