Losing hair at any age can be embarrassing, if not devastating, for many. Wigs and other temporary solutions are barely feasible for most, and hair restoration treatments are expensive in the UK. The good news is that UK residents and others living abroad do not need to pay outlandish fees for a hair transplant, though it all starts with determining whether or not you are a good candidate for this cutting edge form of treatment.
Are You a Good Hair Transplant Candidate?
Your hair recovery journey begins with determining whether or not you are a good candidate for hair transplant surgery. While this is best discussed with a hair transplant and restoration surgeon, some of the general rules for candidacy include:
- Men and women who have lost their hair due to burns or trauma (this includes other surgical procedures, such as a face-lift)
- Men and women who have been balding for several years and whose hair loss has stabilised
- Men who have been losing their hair because of MPB (male pattern baldness) for over five years
- Men and women who have realistic expectations about the procedure
Who may not be a good candidate for the procedure is an individual who is continuing to lose hair, or who expects the procedure to give them a thick, full head of hair. The hair transplant professional will be able to give you a prediction of the best possible outcome of the procedure based on genetics and your past medical history, but even then they cannot guarantee that you will not continue to lose hair.
How the Process Works
The hair transplant process begins with an experienced surgeon harvesting hair follicles from a donor site (the donor site is usually the back of one’s head, though they may be obtained from other areas of the body). These hair follicles will then be transplanted in what are called ‘follicular units’, or areas where hair naturally would grow. There are usually anywhere from one to four hairs transplanted in that area, leaving patients with a much more natural appearance than past techniques.
What is important for patients to remember is that hair transplant surgery will not deliver immediate results. In fact, many patients will not see the positive results of the surgery for two months or more depending on their hair growth. It is also not uncommon for patients to lose some hair after the procedure due to any trauma inflicted on their scalp.
Hair Transplant Surgery Does Not Need to Be Expensive
The number one reason why those who are good candidates for hair transplant surgery often do not look any further into this option is because of the cost. While this type of surgery can be expensive in the UK, you can get a great hair transplant in Turkey for as much as 65% less than in the UK.
Keep in mind that it is important to look beyond the price when choosing who will be performing your hair transplant surgery. If the hair transplant professional offers a much lower price than the UK, make sure that they are experienced and qualified, and that they use only the most cutting-edge and successful treatments, such as the micro FUE technique.