Hair transplants are a permanent solution to balding and hair loss. Unlike many other cosmetic surgical procedures that wear off and require patients to return, again and again, a hair transplant will result in real, natural-looking hair that will last a lifetime and increase hair density.
A hair transplant is a medical procedure performed by a qualified surgeon, like those at Jae Pak MD Medical, where hair “transplants” are taken from a donor area on your scalp (most commonly the back of your head) and grafted or inserted into the balding part of your scalp. These new hairs eventually work to stimulate your hair follicles and create new hair growth where you previously may have thought it impossible.
There are two types of hair transplant methods: FUT procedure (Follicular Unit Transplantation) and FUE hair transplant(Follicular Unit Extraction). The hair transplant option varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon should only make a recommendation after examining your scalp and discussing your unique situation without you.
The FUE technique of hair transplantation was developed as a solution to some of the touted “drawbacks” or the FUT method. Rather than removing a strip of tissue, like in a Follicular Unit Transplant, a Follicular Unit Extraction is done by a skilled surgeon, whoremoves individual follicles one-by-one and then implants them into their new location on the balding area of your scalp.
When it was first developed over two decades ago, the FUT method was a revolution. It resulted in fantastic looking hair transplants that had never before been achieved. The concept of hair transplants has actually been around since the late 70s. Since the development of this concept and through the 90s, hair transplants carried a bad reputation for looking fake or unnatural. These results were due to the newness of the procedure, lack of microscopic technology, and few experienced physicians capable of performing natural-looking hair transplants. Many resorted to hair “plugs.”
The cost of a hair transplant varies greatly depending on several factors. In general, though, you can expect a hair transplant to cost between $5,000 and $20,000.
The reasons for the wide cost range include:
Specifically, on a per-graft basis at the Jae Pak MD Medical, the FUT method costs $6 per-graft, and the FUE method costs $8 per-graft.
FUT hair transplants typically take between 4-7 hours. Then ten or so days later, when you return to your doctor, it will take another few minutes to remove the stitches or staples from the donor area of your scalp.
FUE transplants take longer but do not require stitches or staples to be removed. An FUE transplant can take as long as several seven-hour sessions. Remember, during an FUE procedure, your surgeon is literally going in one-by-one and removing hairs from the donor area of your scalp and then grafting them into the recipient area. While the results are often phenomenal, it is not something that can be done quickly!
You do not keep your initial transplant hair. Your initial hair that is grafted onto the bald area of your scalp will fall out a few weeks after your surgery. Afterward, your new, permanent hair will begin to grow. You will see some of these new hairs relatively quickly, but it can take up to six months or longer to see the final, natural results.
Although you can, and many people do start losing their hair soon after puberty, most will not experience significant baldness until their late twenties or early thirties—although, for most people, it is later. If you experience premature balding in your mid-to-early twenties, most surgeons will still recommend that you wait a few years until you are likely in your early thirties before you look into having a hair transplant. The reason for this has to do with your individual baldness pattern. For most people, this pattern will not be clear until they are at least in their early thirties, and without it, surgeons are unable to perform to their full potential when doing your hair transplant.
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