Hair Transplant: Pros and Cons

Hair transplant is the process of transferring growing hair follicles to a site where the growth has stopped in order to treat male pattern baldness. There are many advantages and disadvantages to hair transplanting.

Hair transplant is the medical method of hair revival. All those advertisements that you saw which promise instant hair growth and seems like a miracle are nothing more than hair transplanting. There are many benefits and side effects of hair transplanting.

Hair transplanting is a surgical method of transplanting hair follicles from one part of the body to other parts. The hair is taken from one part of the body where hair growth is normal and transplanted to another part, where hair growth is wanted. The parts of the body where from these follicles are taken are called donor sites and the parts where this follicles are transplanted are called as recipient sites.

There are three different types of hair grafts: Single hair follicular units:  used around the hairline primarily to create a softer, more natural appearance. Follicular units:  generally consist of 2 hairs, used behind the hairline to create a thicker appearance. Modified follicular units:  consist of 3-4 hairs and used to add density to the recipient area.

There are many advantages and disadvantages to hair transplants.

Pros/Advantages

Cons/Disadvantages

  • In addition to hair on the head, hair loss in the eyebrows, eyelashes, face and chest can also revived
  • Helps treat male pattern baldness
  • Does not involve sedation
  • The person is the donor and the recipient
  • Provides confidence for people that are bald
  • Is simple and can be done in one go
  • No pain
  • Gives you a more youthful look
  • Reduces or eliminates the need for a hairpiece or wig
  • Provides a permanent solution to hair loss
  • Costly procedure
  • Factors such as extent of hair loss, availability of donor hair, textural features of hair provided by the donating region and case specific level of expectation also have roles to play in the cost determination.
  • As one of its physiological disadvantages that often sizeable proportion of the dermis has to be extracted for the purpose of implantation. The scalp provides protection to the follicle from trauma. Thus follicles tend to become more vulnerable in cases where a sizeable portion is removed
  • Cases involving dense packing tend to become more costly and time taking- calling for more than one session
  • Cases involving thick packing can lead to scarring and injuries
  • Due to injury and exposure to certain medications, graft planted may not survive resulting in the wastage of both time & money
  • It might take months for hair to grow into the area
  • Multiple sessions spanning over one to two years might be required
  • Can have side effects such as bleeding, pain, numbness, itching, swelling, etc.

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