Hair Loss Option: Hair Transplant

hair transplant involves surgically moving hair from the back of the head, where it does not fall out due to baldness, to the top of the head to give you the appearance of having more hair on top. It is a minor surgical procedure but not with out it’s advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of hair transplants is that it moves your own, permanent hair. No continual treatment is needed to keep it there.

The disadvantages are the high cost (multiple transplants are usually needed to get the desired look or amount of hair), risk of scarring, limited amounts of movable hair, and variable abilities of different doctors and clinics. Because different doctors have differing levels of expertise and experience, finding the best hair transplant surgeon is important. For the most natural appearance, follicular unit grafts are recommended and considered by most to be the standard of the field.

Whether a hair transplant is the right option for you depends on a variety of factors, such as your willingness to undergo the surgery and cost of a hair transplant, the amount of hair you have available for a hair transplant, and the desired amount of coverage and density. Read our guide to find out if you are a hair transplant candidate.

For a description of the actual hair transplant procedure, read our hair transplant step by step guide.

A scar may be left where the hair is removed from the back of the scalp, but this is covered by the hair around it. If you like your hair extremely short you should consider follicular unit extraction, which leaves no large scar. Follicular unit extraction usually costs more than the standard method of hair transplants. For more about what to expect after surgery, read After Hair Transplant Surgery.

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