The Complete Guide to Hair Transplant Surgery

Interested in hair transplant surgery?

This comprehensive guide to hair transplant surgery is here to help you make an informed decision about whether to have surgery or not. It also aims to educate you about hair transplant surgery so that you have a greater understanding of the procedure.

Hair transplant surgery is fast becoming a popular choice of procedure for both men and women who have been affected by hair loss. Losing your hair, especially for men, might appear to be a minor problem but there are many people who find it difficult to accept. This leads to frustration, anxiety and depression. Some people find that they become isolated as a result and are unable to discuss their feelings about this with anyone for fear of ridicule. But losing your hair is no laughing matter. Some people are happy to wear a wig or hair extensions or even go bald but others find that having a full head of hair is part of their identity.. Your hair is a statement of who you are; your status, age and position in society.

How we can help you ?

If you are in a position where you are experiencing hair loss and are unhappy with this then a hair transplant can help. This guide will take you through the hair transplant procedure, step by step, with the aim of ensuring that you fully understand what this entails.

Hair transplant surgery like any form of surgical procedure is a big decision to make and not one to undertake lightly. In this guide you will learn about the various types of hair transplant methods, how to find a suitable clinic, what to ask the surgeon and the procedure itself.

Hair transplant surgery has been around for the last fifty years but has developed to the extent that it results in successful, natural looking hair. A hair transplant involves removing or ‘grafting’hairs from the back and sides of your head – the ‘horseshoe’pattern of hair, and placing these in the bald areas. Once there these hairs will grow as normal.

Your step by step guide to hair transplant surgery

This is a detailed subject so we have broken it down into manageable chunks. These chunks or subsections are arranged as follows:

  • A description of hair transplant surgery: what the procedure is and how it may be a good option for you.
  • Whether you are a good candidate for a hair transplant.
  • How to find a reputable hair transplant clinic and what to check once you are there. This includes what questions to ask the surgeon.
  • How to prepare for your hair transplant surgery. This is what we call the ‘pre-operative’ stage and includes information on what you need to do before your procedure.
  • A discussion on what will happen on the day of your hair transplant surgery.
  • Information about your aftercare. This is known as the ‘post-operative’ stage and contains information on how to care for your new head of hair.

The actual procedure is discussed in detail in our hair transplant surgery section. The reason for this is that there is more than one technique for transplanting hair and it is important that you know about all of the hair transplant methods available to you. This will then enable you to decide upon which method may be suitable for you.

This is not meant to replace the advice and guidance which will be given to you by your surgeon and/or clinic. Rather it is meant to compliment that by giving you the facts about this procedure so that you will know what to expect during the initial consultation. The idea is for you to have a basic understanding so that you know what the procedure entails and feel confident about whatever decision you make.

This section of the guide contains the following:

We cannot stress enough the importance of having realistic expectations. It is easy to assume that this procedure will result in your bald areas being completely covered with new hair growth and whilst this is understandable it is not always possible.

A lot will depend upon the scale of your hair loss. The more advanced it is the less likely it is that there will be enough ‘donor hair’to use as grafts. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of the procedure with you but please bear this in mind beforehand. If you find that you are not suitable or that this procedure won’t meet your expectations then a wig or another form of treatment may be preferable.

Cost of Hair transplant surgery

Another important factor is that of cost. The cost of a procedure is one of the most important issues for people and we have included a section on what you can expect to pay for hair transplant surgery.

If you have an urgent question about hair transplant surgery or simply want to know more then have a look at our FAQs section. This contains a list of the most commonly asked questions about hair loss surgery.

Medical terminology is used in this guide but is accompanied by either a description or a link to a glossary. This glossary contains explanations of all medical jargon used in this guide.

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