In the last decade or so, hair transplants have become much more common. No longer are they just for the rich and famous; new techniques and more affordable pricing means that almost anyone can afford, and benefit from, a hair transplant.
However, undergoing hair transplant surgery is not something that should be done lightly. So, with that in mind, it makes sense to understand the main questions that people ask when it comes to researching and planning a hair transplant, and the associated answers.
1. Are hair transplants just for men?
Traditionally, hair transplants have usually been purchased by men. However, while men tend to make up the majority of people undergoing hair transplants, they are in no way only for males. Both men and women suffer from issues related to hair loss, and FUE hair transplants in particular are now becoming more common for women. In fact, between 2004 and 2012, the number of women around the world having hair transplants increased by 20%.
2. Where does the hair come from?
This is a very common question, which is hardly a surprise. However, the answer is very simple (and reassuring). For a hair transplant to be successful, individual follicular units are taken from the patient, and are then subsequently relocated to the place specified by the patient. If the hair follicles were to be taken from another person, it is possible that your body would reject them, so this tends to be avoided in nearly all circumstances.
3. What exactly is an FUE hair transplant?
FUE stands for follicular unit extraction. This process is proven to work, is minimally invasive, and can be done at a relatively low cost. Research carried out by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal has found that nearly all patients are ‘generally satisfied’ with their FUE hair transplants, with the procedure earning a rating of 7.8 out of 10 in terms of the quality of the healing process.
4. Is there an age limit?
Patients tend to be between the ages of 20 and 50, but there is no definitive age limit (as long as the client is over 18). As long as you are in good health, it is likely that you will be able to benefit from a hair transplant. However, it is worth noting that every individual will respond differently to the process.
5. How long does it take for hair to grow?
This is the big one, and it’s worth being aware of the answer because it’s not particularly intuitive. A few weeks following the surgery, it is very possible that hair will actually fall out; this is, however, completely normal. Once this initial ‘shedding’ phase has taken place, the next 12 to 18 months will see your hair transplant begin to grow in properly. In fact, around 60% of the hair should have grown in after nine months.
It takes time for hair to become strong, so bide your time and believe in the process!