If your hair loss has stabilised and your hair expert has suggested that you consider a hair transplant to get your hair back, there are some things that you need to understand and even research a bit. Hair transplant surgery is a medical procedure that involves moving hair follicles from one part of the body, typically the back or sides of the scalp, to areas experiencing hair loss. This surgery is often sought by individuals looking to restore hair growth and achieve a more youthful appearance. It is important to understand that not everyone is a suitable candidate for a transplant – there are some criteria that need to be met:

• Your hair loss should have stabilised

• There needs to be a clear donor and recipient area

• If the hair loss has been caused due to a trauma or medical condition, you might not need a transplant at all

• You are in reasonably good health

Now, if you have met with a hair restoration expert and they have assessed you on all these factors and suggested that you consider a transplant, there are still some factors that you need to consider, mainly the pros and cons. As is with almost anything in life, there are some benefits of hair transplant surgery, but there are also some side effects or possible problems. It is important to get a clear understanding of both, before making any final decisions. 

Here are the main advantages:

• Minimally invasive techniques – Depending on the extent of your hair loss, you could possibly get a minimally invasive transplant such as FUE, where there are no major cuts or stitches involved. This method is safe and at the hands of an experienced surgeon, can be done quickly and efficiently. 

• Natural-looking results  If the procedure has been done properly, within a few months, you will have your hair back. The results will look incredibly natural and with proper hair growth, you will be able to cut, colour or style them the way you want. 

• Permanent solution  Without a doubt, a hair transplant is one of the most permanent hair loss solutions that is on offer today. When done properly, it will last you your entire life, although you might need a few maintenance sessions. 

• Customizable and natural hairline design  If you have contacted a professional and an expert, they will be able to design a hairline that you want. Whether you want your same hairline back or want something a little more celebrity inspired, it is all possible. 

• Versatility in donor source  But what if there is not enough hair in your donor area? Fret not, because hair for a transplant can be extracted from other parts of the body too!

• High success rate  The overall success rates of a transplant are good – almost 90% and above. If you are getting your transplant done through an expert, the success rate could be as high as 99 or even 100%. 

• Cost savings  Yes, a transplant is an expensive affair, but one of the biggest benefits of hair transplant surgery is that it will prove to be worthwhile in the long run. Rather than constantly spending on various types of hair restoration methods, make the one-time investment and be done! 

• Safe and effective  As mentioned before, if the procedure is being done by someone with expertise, this is an extremely safe procedure, that will be effective too. There are next to no chances of infections or any side effects. 

• Improved self-esteem  Without a doubt, a certain amount of your self-confidence lies in your hair, when you start to lose it, you lose a certain amount of self-esteem. But when your hair is back, looking completely natural and great, you will most certainly gain a new zeal for life! 

Now that we have looked at the pros, it is necessary that we take a look at the cons too:

• Not suitable for everyone – As mentioned at the very beginning, you need to be a suitable candidate for a hair transplant, because the procedure is not meant for everyone. Unless a hair restoration expert examines you thoroughly and ensures that you are a good candidate, you cannot consider this procedure for your hair loss. 

• Cost – This procedure will not be easy on your pocket – depending on where you are planning to get your transplant done, how experienced the surgeon is, how many grafts you need, your final bill is sure to increase. Many times, you will be suggested a tandem procedure such as PRP, which will add on to the final cost.

• Temporary shock loss – Although, within days of your transplant, you are bound to lose hair – some people might face a condition known as shock loss. This is when you start losing hair from your donor area, and while the condition is temporary, the recovery time from the condition might vary from person to person. 

• Artificial looking hairline – When the procedure is done by an experienced hair surgeon, things should go as planned; however, when you choose to go with someone inexperienced, there is a strong chance that your hairline does not look natural. In such situations, your only option might be to go for corrective procedures, which will add to your monetary woes!

• Requirement of multiple sessions – In case, things did not go the way you planned, and you are not happy either with the amount of hair growth or with the manner in which it is growing or if your hairline is not the way you wanted, you might be looking at multiple sessions. This would be not only a strain on your time, but also on your bank account. 

• Scarring  Scarring is definitely a possibility if the procedure has not been done by an experienced professional – there is a chance that your hair growth might not be able to hide the scars. This is more probably in FUT or strip surgery, where an entire strip is removed from your scalp. The linear scar might become more prominent if the procedure has not been done efficiently. 

• Prolonged time for hair growth  In case the procedure has not been done properly or if there was any damage to the hair grafts during extraction or implanting, there is a chance that you will not see results in the time you expect. There could either be a long time taken or there could be no growth at all. 

In case you are considering a transplant, it is important that you see not only the benefits of hair transplant surgery, but also gain a proper understanding of what all could go wrong. 

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Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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