True, Wayne Rooney had a hair transplant and his hair looks thicker. But is it really worth the pain (not to mention the money), when there are other alternatives available that do a damn near good a job that are far less invasive?
What is a hair transplant?
It is a surgical procedure that moves individual hair follicles to the balding part of the body, often known as the ‘recipient site’ from the ‘donor site’. It’s primarily used to treat problems such as male pattern baldness. Grafts are made from hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding; these are then transplanted onto the scalp. Here, many tiny grafts are transplanted opposed to a single strip of skin to create follicular units of groups of hair; it helps to achieve a natural appearance since it mimics nature’s natural hair growing process, hair by hair.
The pros and the cons
- If successful, it can be very natural in appearance due to the uniformity of distribution that mimics nature’s natural growth.
- Perfect for small balding of thinning areas.
- Results can be achieved from just one surgical procedure.
- During surgery a strip of skin for the area of head that has good hair growth is needed, unfortunately this can cause permanent serious scarring.
- It is a serious surgical procedure, meaning all the side effects that are typically associated with surgery can still occur.
- Then the hair follicles are implanted they can grow in the wrong direction. This can cause inflammation during the healing process, which may kill off newly transplanted hair follicles as well as existing ones.
- Hair transplants are only a valid option for small areas of balding. No one has enough hair on his or her head to be able to restore a full head of hair on a bald scalp.
- If you have a hair transplant before the age of 50-60 there is risk that your hair will continue to recede further than the area that received the transplant.
- Cost is a major factor when it comes to hair transplantation, it can range anything form £4000 to £20,000.
Generally speaking, the success rate of hair transplants is low to medium. Some say it does little more than simply redistribute hair around the head on to areas that were once bald. The prospects of long-term success are usually only achieved in a few very specific cases.
Wigs- modern day wigs are hard to distinguish with their incredible attention to detail. They come in a variety of different styles and most of the time many people would never know it wasn’t real.
Laser hair comb- a safe, easy and generally fast way to stimulate hair regrowth that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Concealers (sprays and powders)- for those of you who are thinning or at the early stages of hair loss this is a great method of quickly and naturally restoring thickness.
Shampoos and conditioners- these enable you to transfer any beneficial ingredients directly to the scalp and areas of concern directly. Many of which you can simply replace your normal shampoo or conditioner with, such as Revita, meaning you don’t have to make any kind of lifestyle alterations in order to gain great results.
Natural hair loss capsules- these are discreet and easy to take. They can support the health and often the appearance of your hair, encouraging it to grow back thicker and shinier than before.
The extremes you go to in order to slow down the hair loss process and encourage healthy regrowth depends on two major factors. The amount of money you have to spend and the amount that hair loss impacts on your life and well-being. For some men it’s devastating, for others it’s only a mild concern. Having a hair transplant is one of the most invasive methods with many side effects, therefore it is important that you consider all your options first, many of which are seen to be equally effective, before jumping in at the deep end!