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The Basics

Surgical hair transplantation has manifested in many forms over the past several decades but one factor has remained constant; hair transplant surgery is still, by far, the most reliable option for achieving quantifiable and consistent results for treating hair loss. This references the ability to grow hair where once there was no hair and is not intended to imply cosmetic outcomes. This greatly depends on the type of hair loss as not all forms of hair loss can justify surgical intervention.

Am I A Candidate

There are many factors that go into considering surgical hair restoration. On the surface it appears to be a simple affair. You see that you are losing your hair so you go online and start looking at the galleries of the first few hair transplant clinics you find. You see one or two that look good with favorable Yelp reviews so you call or visit for a consultation and you make the decision to have surgery. This is exactly what you should do when researching a mechanic to fix your car but not what you should do when considering surgery.

Procedures

Hair transplant strip surgery has been the dominant form of surgical hair restoration since the early 1990’s.

Follicular unit extraction, more commonly known as “FUE”, is the latest hair transplant surgery available on the market.

Hairline hair transplant surgery is the most important type of hair transplant surgery that can be performed today.

The crown region of a patient’s scalp has, for many years, been considered the “taboo” region for surgical intervention.

Surgical hair restoration is more popular today than at any time in history. This is due in part to the advent of follicular unit extraction (FUE).

Facial hair transplantation has gained more popularity in recent years with beard hair transplantation seeing the biggest gains. There are several different kinds of facial hair transplant surgery available.

When one undergoes a hair transplant surgery they should give the procedure as much consideration as they would any serious surgical procedure.

Most men make good or moderately good candidates for surgical hair restoration. Unfortunately this is not the case for women.

Planning For Surgery

If you have decided to have surgical hair restoration you have made a very serious decision that should not be taken lightly. The planning for such a procedure is perhaps one of the most important undertakings you will ever do. The success or failure of your procedure will influence and even potentially dominate your daily life for many years.

Cost

Hair transplant costs have varied widely for the past few decades. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the cost of a single “plug” graft would cost anywhere from $20.00 to $50.00 each. When the doctor would perform surgeries of 200 grafts on four or five different patients every day the money would pile up quickly.

Find A Surgeon

The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplatation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique. Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline, the true leaders in the field of surgical hair restoration.