Trying to combat hair loss can be hard, especially when over-the-counter solutions don’t do much to help stimulate growth. You might have heard of people jetting off to get a hair transplant in Turkey, and might be wondering if this could work for you. Keep reading to find out if hair transplants can offer a permanent solution to hair loss.
What Is A Hair Transplant?
A hair transplant is a procedure that involves adding hair follicles back into areas that are experiencing baldness. There are two types of ways surgeons will do this, a follicular unit strip (FUSS) or a follicular unit extraction (FUE). A FUSS involves removing a small part of your scalp from the back of your head and splitting it up into tiny skin grafts. These are then implanted in the areas with the most hair loss. An FUE is when surgeons shave the back of your head and then remove the hair follicles from there that will be implanted into the front.
Typically, the whole procedure will take up to 8 hours and you can expect to feel some tenderness for a few days afterward. After a couple of weeks, the implanted hairs will fall out, but new hairs will sprout from the follicles, thus filling any gaps within your hair.
Is It Permanent?
A hair transplant is one of the most permanent hair loss procedures you can get, however it can be a long process. The affected areas can take up to 12 months to heal properly and for the results to really show. The procedure is irreversible, so it’s a permanent decision, but the results may not be.
Will I Need Touch-Ups?
Some people find that they do need a second transplant after a few years because the hair might still not be thick enough to cover the surrounding hair loss. Some clinics will advise that you wait for your hair loss to become stable before having a transplant, as you could still experience further loss. You may need further procedures to cover different areas of your head too. For example, if your implant is for the front of your scalp, over time you might experience hair loss down the sides, so you’d need another implant to cover this. A transplant is designed to last, so taking good care of your new hair will help to reduce the chance of you needing another one in the same spot.
How Will It Look As I Age?
Once the follicles are transplanted, the new hair will behave like the rest of it, so it will look natural no matter how old you get. They can also thin the same way your hair would naturally but having the follicles in place will mean the receding won’t be as far back as it was before, and the transplant will hopefully produce hairs for years to come.
A hair transplant can be a good solution to help with thinning hair and loss while keeping your natural look. The procedure aims to provide permanent results, but as always, this can vary from person to person. Take some time to research a reputable provider near you and they can discuss what will work best to get your desired results.