Of all the hair problems and solutions out there, the one that makes most women hesitate more than any other is getting a transplant. Those who could potentially benefit from surgical techniques to make a real difference to their hair are often very hesitant. Getting a weave or transplant is an obvious hair loss solution for men and yet hair transplants for women are far less common.
Almost all women who suffer for thinning hair even to the point of baldness will go through every possible cosmetic solution before considering a weave or transplant. Without doubt products based on the latest science can work wonders, but there are always going to be those who don’t respond to treatment. This is when surgery becomes a very real alternative.
Unfortunately, many of us are still hung up on the image of plugged hair of a decade or more ago. This sort of hair replacement stood out like sore thumb and wasn’t a lot better than the problem it was supposed to cure!
However, things have changed. The reason why you don’t see a lot of people who have had a hair transplant is simply because it is almost impossible to pick out a transplant from a natural head of hair. This is due to several factors.
Firstly, the quality of surgical instruments, and particularly the use of micro blades has made it possible to pack anything from 40 to 60 follicular units per square centimeter. This gives a completely natural look and a thick head of hair. It also means that it is often necessary to undergo only one session of surgery compared to a whole series a few years ago.
Of course, this sort of surgical procedure is only as good as the surgeon carrying it out. Fortunately as more and more patients benefit from hair transplants, there are more and more top-quality doctors with a wealth of experience in these new areas.
It is worth looking out for those who have a proven track record in the latest techniques and getting them to explain exactly what will be involved. The internet makes this sort of research a whole lot easier as well and it is a good idea to compare a few different possibilities before taking the plunge.
Before contemplating surgery, it is important to know if you are a likely candidate for a successful transplant. In male-pattern baldness this is fairly straightforward. Men lose hair in particular places and doing hair weaves for thinning hair is easy enough in most cases. The balding areas are generally receptive to implanted hair follicles.
For women the cause of the hair loss is important. Hair that is thinning all over is often better treated with other methods, such as shampoos for hair loss. Women with a receding hairline or who are losing their hair in one or more particular spots are probably good potential candidates for a transplant. Other notable conditions would be women suffering from the various forms of non-hormonal alopecia (mechanical or traction alopecia).
The good news is that even with the 1500 to 300 grafts involved in the average transplant, you can be in an out of hospital within one day as an outpatient. The operation uses a local anaesthetic as well and almost all those who undergo surgery report no pain at all either during or afterwards.
Although prices per graft can be 5 dollars or more, this will decrease dramatically if the surgery is performed on a large area. And this one off cost should be measured against the cost of buying various lotions, creams and shampoos not all of which
are necessarily effective, and which need to be constantly renewed. And of course, having a full head of natural hair once more is priceless.
If you are suffering from serious hair loss, but are hesitating over the idea of getting a hair transplant, remember that hair transplants for women are really not that big of a deal. The surgery itself is neither long nor painful and the results are a permanent end to the problems of hair loss. Finding out if you are a good candidate for this sort of treatment doesn’t cost a cent and could potentially solve a lot of problems.