Since Elton John decided some years ago to do something about his hair loss, hair transplants have become more popular, especially in the U.S. But despite their popularity, there still seems to be some intrigue surrounding them. If you are considering hair transplantation as an option to treat your hair loss or thinning hair, then you will want to know more about the process.
To start at the beginning, a hair transplant basically involves moving some hair from what is called the permanent hair location, to the area of the head that is thinning or balding. This permanent hair source is generally located around the back and sides of the head.
Although with older transplant techniques it remained very noticeable that someone had undergone a cosmetic hair process, with todays new hair transplants you should be left with a completely natural looking hair-line. Unless anyone knew you before the process, they shouldnt be able to spot that you have had a hair transplant.
Most people are suitable to be considered for hair transplants although it is unusual for a hair transplant process to be carried out on someone very young. In addition, some surgeons prefer for other avenues to have been explored first before a hair transplant is considered, in particular for people with mild or moderate hair loss.
Although most people think of hair transplants as occurring on your scalp – in fact that is also the angle that has been dealt with here so far – hair transplants can also be used on other parts of your body. For example it could be used to restore eyebrows where some accident has stopped their re-growth. It can also be used to cover scars from previous surgery and for men, could be used to fill in a beard.
However when considering a hair transplant as a potential option to treat your hair thinning or hair loss, you need to remember it is still a form of surgery. Like with all surgery, there is a risk associated with it and you need to be clear about these risks before beginning the process. Furthermore, results can never be predicted to an absolute level of certainty, and it may be that you need to undergo several surgical operations in order to get the result you are after.
If you want to find out more details about hair transplants and your suitability for this process, ask your regular medical professional, or contact a person who is a qualified member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.