Hair loss is natural and to be expected in men and women as we age. Men and women normally lose around 50 to 150 strands of hair daily; hair follicles live up to 3 months and hair is continually falling out. This is referred to the hair renewal system. When the hair follicles stop reproducing, hair that falls out is not replaced and balding begins.
The cause of premature hair loss is often alopecia, a condition in which round patches of hair loss is suddenly apparent. Alopecia is caused by the patients immune system attacking the hair follicles, preventing regrowth. Hair transplant surgery does not provide a cure to alopecia but can cover the effects of alopecia hair loss.
Hair transplant surgery is a procedure which offers patients a solution to hair loss. Patients who experience premature balding, suffer from alopecia or have experienced health problems which have caused hair loss may be a suitable candidate for hair transplant surgery.
Hair transplants involve taking healthy hair follicles from a donor area of the scalp and relocating the donor hair into the areas of the scalp where hair loss has occurred (recipient area).
Because hair transplant surgery uses the patients own hair, the hair regrowth is natural. Hair transplant surgeons are experts at inserting the donor hair so that hair regrowth is invisible.
There are two method options for hair transplant surgery : Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) (FUT). The type of hair transplant most suitable for each candidate will depend on the cause of and the extent of the hair loss and the desired hair style post-surgery.
Men and women of all ages who are dealing with significant hair loss may be suitable candidates for hair transplant surgery. If you notice bald patches appearing or your hair becoming noticeably thinner, a hair transplant could restore this hair loss.
Hair transplant surgeons will determine how much hair loss has occurred using the Norwood and Ludwick scales. Surgeons must then determine if there is a suitable donor area on the scalp or body with healthy hair follicles present. If a potential hair transplant candidate does not have enough healthy follicles to provide donor follicles, hair transplant surgery may not be possible.
Most people who visit a hair transplant specialist for a consultation are suitable candidates for hair transplant surgery.
The cost of hair transplant surgery depends on the type of hair transplant needed. FUE and FUT transplant costs vary due to the differing techniques used and the difference in time taken to perform the procedures.
Hair transplant clinics calculate the cost of hair transplant based on the number of grafts a patient needs to cover the hair loss area. Hair transplant surgeons will be able to provide exact quotes for the cost of the hair transplant surgery on an individual basis following a consultation with the patient.
The cost of hair transplant surgery may be cheaper abroad than in the UK and United States. Traveling abroad for hair transplant surgery is becoming increasingly popular as patients can save up to 50% on the cost of treatment.
The information on this site is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are experiencing a serious medical condition call your local emergency services or your doctor.