Hair transplants, like any other cosmetic procedure, are a very private and personal life decision but the treatment continues to be a trend for men who are facing the problem of baldness even in their early adulthood; Justin Jedlica to name one.
Justin Jedlica, the famous Human Ken Doll, went through a quite long male hair transplant procedure as he had around 900 hair follicles transplanted on his bald area. Nonetheless, a lot of people tend to ignore the process because of the amazing, natural-looking results.
Realistically speaking, hair transplants can look far more natural contrary to the common notion that they yield a fake-looking outcome and this is all because of the highly advanced hair transplantation technologies and the gifted hands and knowledge of hair transplantation experts like New York’s Dr. Jeffrey S. Epstein.
By now, I am sure you are beginning to be a lot more convinced to get such a remarkable solution for your hair loss. But before you take a step forward, here are important things you need to know:
Male Hair Transplant 101
It is not a hair loss solution for everyone.
Male hair transplant is perceived to be the ultimate solution for hair loss, making a lot of wealthy men eager to undergo such a quivering procedure. However, it is not for everyone with hair loss problems because of some essential conditions.
For you to be a good hair transplant candidate, first, you have to have enough donor hair to transfer to your bald or thin areas. The procedure is not going to use somebody else’s hair for it because your body will naturally reject hair follicles that are not yours. Second, this procedure best works if you have male pattern baldness or you are suffering from androgenetic hair loss. It is a condition where hair loss is prevalent in a well-defined pattern which usually starts from both temples. And lastly, if your hair is already going through the miniaturization process which means they are already falling out, then you are least likely going to get the optimal result for it. In other words, the result will likely last only for a short while.
You have two hair transplant types to choose from.
To make your hair equally dense, your hair transplantation expert can use either FUE or FUT method. How these two methods harvest the hair from the donor area to the bald area differ.
FUT or Follicular Unit Transplantation starts the procedure by taking out a thin ellipse of the donor area. After harvesting, the donor area will be closed with sutures and then the surgeon will start transplanting the follicles to the bald area. This method is quite invasive and might leave a thin linear scar but it is usually left hardly visible when covered within the permanent hair.
FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction, from the last word itself, takes the donor hair follicles by extracting them out from the donor area with a tiny motorized punch. In this method, hair trimming is a must but on the upside, there is no suturing required. FUE is a non-invasive method but the duration of the procedure is usually long because of the manual extraction. Hence, should you go for this type, boosting patience should be a part of your preparation.
You will be given anesthesia at the early part of the procedure to ensure a painless and smooth operation and in terms of result, an increased hair density is always a guarantee no matter the transplantation method.
The procedure might last up to eight hours.
Male hair transplant procedures can take up five to eight hours of your day. As earlier mentioned, it will be carried out under local anesthesia. So, since you will be mildly sedated, you will want to bring a family member or a friend with you to transport you home once the procedure is done.
The procedure will not yield instant results.
Contrary to one of the greatest myths about hair transplantation, there will be no instantly long hair after the procedure. The procedure transplants hair follicles, thus as naturally, it will take three to five months from the operation to notice considerable hair growth.
It is a costly procedure but the result is worth it.
Standard male hair transplant procedures can cost you $5000 to $20,000 depending on the quality and reputation of your hair transplant surgeon, and the number of hair follicles the transplant entails. A lot of men think of it as a worthy investment, nonetheless, especially those who need to be presentable in their line of work.
Only the right surgeon will achieve that natural-looking result.
It does not end in being able to save up for the procedure. You also need to be conspicuous about your choice of surgeon if you want to ensure quality result. As much as possible, only get the hands of an expert do the job – one who knows that hair color, density, caliber, curl, and hairline play a major role in achieving a natural-looking output. If you are living within the New York area, having the founder and director of the foundation for hair restoration himself, Dr. Jeffrey S. Epstein, will be the best life-changing decision you will ever make. He has got extensive surgical hair transplant experience and testimonials from his past clients are proof.
Experiencing hair loss a few days to weeks after the procedure is normal.
That phase is called “shock loss” wherein the pre-existing hair goes through temporary thinning because of the trauma from tiny incisions. The real amazing result can start showing five to six months after the surgery.
- Besides hair loss, other post-procedural side effects include swelling of the temples and the forehead which will last for a few days. The top of your head will also most likely feel numb at some point and it might last up to a few months.
The decision to undergo a male hair transplant is ultimately a private one to be made between you and a reputable surgeon. Nonetheless, knowing the abovementioned information is definitely the key to having a guided and successful hair transplantation experience.