Do Hair Transplants Really Work?
Hair transplants are an aggressively-marketed treatment for hair loss, with practices spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on infomercials, print ads, and billboards across the U.S. The procedures involve taking hair that already exists and redistributing it on bald areas of your scalp. However, hair transplants are usually not a permanent solution. In many cases, hair loss is attributed to conditions like alopecia which continue to cause hair loss even after the hair transplant has been performed.
There is also a host of risks that come with this type of procedure. WebMD says that these treatments can cost up to $15,000 and are prone to infections and scalp bleeding. Inflammation of the transplanted hair follicles or folliculitis can also develop causing pain and swelling. Other side effects are permanent scar tissue and unnatural looking hair growth. In fact, in an interview with the Daily Mail, 51-year-old Graham Ryder said that he left the procedure with over 50 scars all over his scalp after his surgery failed. He booked a hair transplant after losing his hair 30 years ago and rapidly lost the rest of his hair in the days after his procedure. This left 50 very distinct tufts of hair from the transplanted follicles standing on his scalp. If Graham tried a scalp micropigmentation treatment with us at Hairline Ink, he would have no scars and a brand new, custom-designed hairline. At this point, Graham is trying to maintain a positive outlook and is seeking one last surgery to remove the scars.
The typical hair transplant procedure involves the removal of a strip of hair from the lower neck where the hair is more or less permanent. This strip is then placed over the balding areas on the top of the scalp. However, this can cause unforeseen problems. If the balding pattern isn’t fully understood or continues after the transplant then the transplanted hair can continue growing while the hair around it falls out. This can cause an odd, patchy pattern of permanent hair and bare scalp.
When it comes to combating hair loss, proper research into all the different procedures available is the most important step. Talk with a doctor before pursuing any kind of treatment so you fully understand your scalp’s balding pattern and can find the procedure that compliments your hairline. To understand more about scalp micropigmentation and why it may be the best option for you, contact the experts at Hairline Ink at (585) 250-0835 today.