Like so many other aspects of life we tend to take our hair for granted until it’s gone. Whether you are male or female, we are all able to suffer from hair loss as a result of medication, genes and stress and one of the most popular ways to combat this is through hair transplants. If thinning hair and bald spots have destroyed your confidence then it may be time to consider having a hair transplant. But what exactly does the process involve and how much does it cost?
What is a hair transplant?
A hair transplant is one of the most popular ways to fill an area that has little to no hair in order to help towards restoring the effects of hair loss. Hair transplants have been around for decades but it is only recently that we have seen them become readily available and the way that they have been conducted has changed dramatically. A surgeon essentially takes hair from other areas of your head and transfers the follicles to areas where you need them.
What to expect
After surgery you can expect the affected area to be a little sore and may need some pain relief for a few days. After a few weeks you should notice that the transplanted hair will fall out and that it will take approximately 5 to 6 months to see the hair grow back and to see the full effects of the procedure.
Cost of a hair transplant
The cost of a hair transplant procedure depends on the amount of hair you are moving but can cost anywhere upwards of £1000. As treatments such as hair transplants are not available on the NHS and can be costly to receive in the UK, many of us are taking to travelling to other countries in a trend called medical tourism. For example, a hair transplant procedure costs far less in Turkey than it does here and they also have highly skilled professionals in this field there to take care of you. While this is not an option for everyone, it is certainly something to consider.
As with all types of surgery, there are risks associated. As the procedure is not as invasive as some others, it is important to note that there are not a wide range of complications associates with hair transplants. The main things to look out for in infection and the chance of scarring on your scalp. Some people do witness inflammation when the hair begins to grow back but that is typically solved with some antibiotics.
Be sure to get in touch with various practitioners before deciding if you would like to have a hair transplant or not. It is important that you weigh up your risks and consider costs before committing. Hair transplants can have the power to transform your life and give you back some much needed confidence, just be sure to be knowledgeable about the process and after care.