Types of hair transplants
The two most popular types of hair transplants are FUSS and FUE, which are outlined below.
Follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)
FUSS involves removing the strip of skin from the bald area. This donor site is usually the back of the head. The hidden is then hidden and hidden by the surrounding hair.
The scalp strip, which is removed, is divided into small sections called grafts, each containing only one hair or a few hair. Each is transferred to the treated bald areas, known as recipient sites.
The cost of hair transplantation can depend on the number of baits that are transferred. This can be an advantage if a person only needs a few baits, since it may be cheaper than paying a fixed price for treatment.
One of the major drawbacks of FUSS transplants is that they usually lead to scarring around the donor site. Some people may also suffer from pain and swelling in this area.
Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
FUE surgery involves shaving the back of the head and removing individual hair follicles, rather than taking a full slice of the scalp.
Donor sites are relatively well healed. There are only small dots noticeable, but covered with the surrounding hair.
As with FUSS, the surgeon will prepare the grafts and place them on the recipient areas. The whole process takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the size of the implant.
FUE is usually less invasive than FUSS, and there is a lower risk of complications such as scarring or postoperative pain. Also, hair follicles can be removed from several areas instead of one location, so hair thickness is not affected in donor locations.
FUE transplant surgery is often more expensive than FUSS.
The scalp may be very sensitive after hair transplant surgery. It will be necessary to wear bandages for a few days, the doctor may prescribe pain medication, or antibiotic to prevent infection, or anti-inflammatory to stop swelling.
Recovery time depends on the type of surgery used, as FUE provides faster recovery times.
In general, most people return to work within a week of the operation. If sutures are used, they will be removed within 10 days.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most implanted hair will fall within 6 weeks of surgery. New hair growth should be visible in the receiving areas within months, with hair growing by half an inch each month.
Possible costs after a transplant
Along with the cost of the hair transplant surgery, there may be recovery costs, such as:
- pain medication
Treatment may also be necessary for complications after surgery, such as infection, which may involve spending money on doctor visits and additional medications.
Also, some surgeons prescribe minoxidil (Rogin), a drug for hair growth, after implantation. This can be expensive, and its effectiveness is unclear.
Risks and considerations
Hair transplant surgery is safe when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. However, all surgeries carry risks.
Risks associated with hair transplantation include:
- Severe bleeding
- Inflammation of hair follicles
- Scars on the scalp
- Bumps on the scalp
- Abnormal, new hair growth is incomplete
- Sometimes, some of the original hair can fall in the recipient’s location, which is known as shock loss. Usually, this is not always, and hair will return with time.
- In addition, there is a risk that “baits” will not “take” and surgery should be repeated.
Not everyone who wants heavy hair will undergo hair transplantation. For some, the cost of hair transplantation is very high, while others prefer a non-surgical approach.
The Hairskill lists some of the most common alternatives to hair transplant surgery as follows:
- Minoxidil (Rogen): This is available to both men and women without a prescription.
- Finasteride by mouth (Propecia): Available to men only as a prescription, this medicine may encourage hair growth or slow hair loss.
- Estrogen: Women who are exposed to hair loss may benefit from topical or oral estrogens.
- Cortisone: Topical cortisone and injections may accelerate hair growth in some people.
- Laser therapy: Low-dose laser therapy can be used to treat hair loss and baldness in men and women.
Finally, hair loss caused by medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, may be reversed by treating the underlying condition.
The cost of hair transplantation can be high, and there is no guarantee of success. There are also other factors to consider when considering hair transplantation, such as the cost of travel and medication needed after transplantation and recovery time.
Those seeking a hair transplant should conduct a thorough research of the subject first and choose a skilled and experienced surgeon for treatment.
It is advisable to discuss surgical risks and healing times with the surgeon before proceeding with the procedure.
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