Hair implants for men are one of those things that most people are pretty clear on. They either hate them and think they're not worth the money or they're secretly kind of curious about them. Well, if you're leaning towards the curious side then this article is for you. We'll go through some of the most common hair implant surgeries and weigh up the pros and cons of each, helping you decide whether or not to take the leap.
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Hair Transplant Surgery
Commonly referred to as hair plugs for men, hair transplants are when hair is taken from the back or sides of the head and transplanted to the front or top, where there are signs of hair loss. As hair follicles at the side of the side of the head aren't usually affected by male pattern baldness, they can continue to grow and easily produce more hair in the balding areas.
There are a few different men's hair transplant options you can go for, and over the years the success rate and overall appearance of them have improved considerably. However, one thing that's likely to remain constant is getting what you pay for, and although some transplants can cost as little as £3,000, we're talking about someone taking grafts of skins here, so don't go for budget surgery.
Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE is a procedure where a small punch is used to take around three to four hair follicles from a dense area of hair before they're transplanted into a balding area. Typically, most surgeries can lift around 7,000 hairs in one day.
As the surgery is non-invasive each small graft takes around 10 days to leave and tends to leave a small scar that isn't usually visible to the human eye. This surgery tends to be most effective for guys who have mild male pattern baldness and still requires preventative treatments afterwards.
- Non-invasive and doesn't leave visible scars across the head.
- Not suitable for large balding areas.
Follicular Unit Transplantation
An FUT hair transplant is something that might appeal to men with larger areas of male pattern balding. The procedure involves harvesting a thin strip of hair from the back of the head where it's then trimmed into individual units before being transplanted. Wider balding areas can be filled more quickly, although it can take a long time for the wound to heal.
- Ideal for covering large balding areas.
- Gives natural looking results.
- Takes a long time to heal.
- Leaves the patient with scarring across the scalp.
Hair Transplant without Surgery
While hair growth surgery sounds like a great solution to male pattern baldness, it's not the only way to help regrow hair. If you're afraid of going under the knife, you don't like the idea of having scars on your scalp or you just don't want to spend a fortune on surgery, there are other, non-surgical options you can go for.
Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication that can slow down hair loss as well as promote new growth. It's usually applied topically using a syringe that distributes an even amount of liquid or cream. Minoxidil tends to provide results in around 12-14 months, although some people have seen hair growth in only 4 months.
The side effects of Minoxidil can be varied, including irregular heartbeat and chest pains, and it's always best to consult your doctor before you consider using it.
This ingenious little pill works by preventing testosterone from turning into Dihydrotestosterone - the hormone that causes hair to thin and weaken. This can drastically slow down the effect of male pattern baldness, and, if you don't like taking pills, comes in a topical form as well.
The side effects of Propecia, like Minoxidil, are varied, but patients have reported problems such as erectile dysfunction, dizziness and abnormal ejaculation (we'll leave you to figure out what that one involves).
On That Note
Hair transplantation results can vary from person to person, and while some people may not see the benefit of the time consuming and expensive hair loss surgery, others can discover a new found confidence with their thicker head of hair. There are various options you can go for, investing in different surgeries as well as medication, but make sure to learn everything you can about each procedure to see if it's the right fit for you.