Frequently Asked Questions About Hair Transplants
A hair transplant is a form of plastic surgery in which healthy hair is taken from a donor site and transplanted to bald patches or thin spots.
Men and women who are in good health, who understand the pros and cons of a hair transplant, and who have healthy hair in a donor area are ideal candidates. If you do have a pre-existing medical condition, tell the doctor during the consultation.
Anesthesia numbs the areas where the hair transplant takes place. The procedure begins with the plastic surgeon taking grafts of donor hair from an area like the back and side of the scalp or the chest. Those grafts are then placed in tiny incisions to the area where balding or thinning occurs. Once in place, the incisions are closed with sutures, washed, and covered in bandages. Plan for the hair transplant to last for most of the day, but you do go home in the evening.
While risks are minimal, they can occur, especially if you do not carefully follow your doctor’s orders. Make sure you take precautions to avoid infection. If an infection sets in, take the entire course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. You may have some scarring, but scars are hidden within the hairline.
A day after the hair transplant, expect to return to your plastic surgeon’s office to have bandages removed. By the end of the week, the grafts have taken and sutures heal up. You may need to return for a second round of hair transplants in a few months.
The cost of hair transplants depends on a number of criteria. Costs vary from city to city, and plastic surgeon fees also differ. You need to calculate how many grafts are being performed too. When you weigh all of these factors, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery put the average fee at just over $7,182 in 2012. Expect the procedure to range from as little as $1,500 all the way up to $20,000.