Here’s my not-so-impartial guide to the pros and cons of hair transplant surgery. I couldn’t write an even-handed, objective account of surgical hair loss solutions; it would be disingenuous, as, after all, I don’t want you to have painful surgery to remedy your baldness. I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer because their hair selfishly abandoned them.
However, I do recognise there are some merits to lying back on the surgeon’s table and having strips of your hair extracted and re-planted into your bald spots. Ouch. Just writing that sentence makes my stomach flip.
Without doubt, hair transplant surgery can yield some impressive results; a flick through the nearest tabloid newspaper will reveal photos of the latest celebrity to fall into the arms of the nearest surgical-glove-wearing physician. The results are undeniably miraculous.
Yet, pursuing the surgical route needs careful consideration, as, despite what the many adverts claim, hair transplant surgery is not suitable for everyone.
Firstly, during surgery, healthy, strong donor hairs are removed from your head, typically the back, and then implanted into the areas of baldness, usually the sides and top. Therefore, you must have a sufficient supply of suitable donor hairs to begin with. Thus, the procedure is often most suited to young pups; for those in the early stages of hair-loss; and/or for those individuals who have fabulously full and abundant hair from which the donor hair is to be extracted.
In an ideal world, you’d have one surgical procedure, in which the donor hair is re-located, but, if your hair-loss is progressive, which most cases are, you will need to have repeated visits to ensure your area of hair-loss is replaced with new donor hair. Unfortunately, should your donor hair diminish over time, you could be faced with a very healthy front hairline and sides, but a thinning or bald back. Once the donor hair has gone, it’s gone for good!
For many, the costs of surgical hair replacement are prohibitive and I’d exercise extreme caution in travelling to Umbongo Umbongo to have surgery for $500. A qualified, professional hair replacement surgeon with references as long as your arm AND leg, will not come cheap. And, as you will need repeated surgical procedures during your lifetime, you will part with a small fortune.
However, if you are one of the very few individuals who has pockets as deep as the Mariana Trench, has an abundance of suitable donor hair and handles pain like a Marvel superhero, hair transplant surgery is a good option. The results are fantastic and I couldn’t pretend otherwise.
Yet, if this is one hair loss solution you cannot/will not entertain, you could consider non-surgical hair replacement; an option which is often misunderstood and misrepresented.
Moppy wigs and toupees belong firmly in the fancy dress chest. They’re still available, but unless you’re actively seeking ridicule, you’ll want to avoid the 1970s’ wigs. Non-surgical hair replacement is the modern, adapted and advanced alternative.
Hair systems are customised to your exact requirements and therefore, once correctly bonded, will discreetly sit within the natural contours of your head. Hair systems do not blow off in the wind, nor slide off should you jump into a pool. They’re made with high-quality human hair, hand-sewn onto a base of ultra-fine material (lace, skin/polyurethane or monofilament) and then firmly bonded using skin-friendly adhesives.
The biggest upside of a hair system is that they’re worn without pain or discomfort. In fact, once bonded, you shouldn’t be able to feel it at all. Plus, even if your area of hair loss increases, your hair replacement system can be adjusted to incorporate this change.
Furthermore, a fully bespoke hair system with Hair Hub costs from £245 and our ready-made systems are £165 (for more information about the differences, please review this previous blog post).
However, hair systems do not last for ever. They will need replacing, and whilst some customers prefer to wear their systems for a year or more, we do not recommend it, especially if made with a delicate lace or skin base. For advice on hair system bonding times, take a peek at this post.
Also, to ensure your hair system stays looking natural and healthy, you will need to learn how to take care of it to prevent damage, colour fade or dryness. Tips on hair system care can be found here.
There really are a plethora of hair loss solutions out there, and it is incredibly confusing for those experiencing hair loss. If you want to discuss affordable, pain-free and realistic options, please call us on: 0800 014 8085 (UK) or 740-337-4470 (USA), 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.
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Have a great day.
Catherine & Hair Hub.