What is hair restoration surgery and should I get it?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

What is hair restoration surgery and should I get it?

Also known as a hair transplant, hair restoration surgery involves removing part of the scalp and grafting it to another part of the scalp where there is no hair growth. This stimulates growth in that area and allows a full head of hair to flourish.

It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all procedure, though. If you’re not sure if this is the right choice for you, check out these pros and cons, and see what side of the fence you fall on.

Pro #1: Effectiveness

The majority of clients who receive a hair transplant leave the procedure satisfied with the results. Said results are immediate, so the client can instantly see the transformation. There’s no waiting around for weeks on end, hoping that it was a success. If someone craves immediate gratification, this procedure can give them just what they need.

Con #1: Cost

This is a medical procedure, typically done under some sort of anesthesia. As such, it’s not cheap. A typical transplant can quickly cost thousands of dollars. Almost every insurance company views this as a cosmetic procedure rather than a medical one, so it must be paid for completely out-of-pocket.

Pro #2: Longevity 

Hair transplants allow the follicles to maintain their regular growth cycles. This makes it so the hair can continue to grow back naturally. Except for a few rare cases, growth is not stunted after the procedure.

Con #2: Scarring

This procedure involves many shallow incisions being made throughout the entirety of the patient’s scalp. Usually, scarring is rare and minimal, even invisible the majority of the time. Though, these scars can be made visible if the patient decides to shave his or her head.

Pro #3: It’s Natural

The hair being transplanted is taken directly from the patient. It’s always going to look natural because, well, it is. The hair is bound to be a perfect match every single time, right down to the length, color, and texture.

Con #3: Hair Loss

Slight hair loss can be a side effect of this treatment, as the hair goes into a shock of sorts. This is normally temporary, but is permanent in rare cases. There’s always the risk of the transplanted hair shedding with no signs of regrowth.

Final Verdict

After weighing the pros and cons, it’s safe to say that there’s an argument to be made for both sides. However, I can’t make that decision for you. This is something unique for everyone, so make sure you’re fully confident in whatever choice you make.

If you’ve read through these and decided against hair restoration, there are still options available. Permanent cosmetic training has ushered in a new wave of hair styling. Scalp micropigmentation has quickly become a popular method of styling thinning hair. It can appear identical to real hair, and it a much more affordable option than hair restoration surgery. On top of that, it is less invasive and doesn’t have any sort of recovery period. No matter which method you decide to go with, I’m sure you’ll make the right choice. 

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