Getting a Hair Transplant? Here’s What You Need to Know First

People often think that baldness and thinning hair is a male-only problem, but the reality is that women face this issue a lot too. It might not be as common, or maybe not as prominent, but thinning hair, receding hairlines, and baldness can afflict them in ways similar to men, which causes similar issues in their lives.

Having a full head of hair has always been a physical status symbol and a confidence booster, so naturally, it can hurt a woman to not feel as confident without long flowing hair, but there is a silver lining. Luckily, hair transplant technology has come a long way, so it is a viable option, and here is what you need to know about it.

How to Tell if You Need a Hair Transplant

There are plenty of ways to tell if you may need to get or want to get a hair transplant at some point in your life. Thinning hair, hair falling out in bunches, or a quickly receding hairline are some of the first signs that you may be looking to get some support, and the information at indicates this is a common first step for women. When you notice these problems, it isn’t too late and a hair transplant consultation may be in your future.

What the Process of Hair Transplants Are Like

First, you will have a consultation with a hair transplant specialist. They will examine your scalp and your follicles and determine if you are both able and in need of the operation. The operation itself involves removing a strip of your hair/scalp (a thin strip, nothing serious) which will then be picked for follicles that will be used for the transplant. These follicles are then individually transplanted into the area where your hair is thinning or in need of rejuvenation. After this, you will have to go through the post-operation cycle.

What to Expect Post-Operation

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The specialist may provide some form of pain relief, but in most cases, it’s minimal irritation, redness, or itchiness. You may experience some bleeding but it’s minor and only temporary. You will then wait as the follicles will take hold, fall out, then the specialist will examine to see if they are beginning to regrow after a few weeks. Following this, you will be expected to return to do more checkups to see how the follicles are growing and to check on the area of your scalp used for the transplant, which is usually the back of your head above the neck’s hairline.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Hair Transplant

If you’re seriously convinced that you would like to get a hair transplant, then there are some things you will want to consider. Firstly, it isn’t a cheap operation. It’s certainly not the most expensive of the cosmetic operations, but it will cost you a couple thousand upwards of 5-figures. Anywhere from $3000 to $15 000 could be realistic, but it depends on how severe the hair situation is and how many sessions you’ll need. 

Secondly, you want to consider if it’s worth it. Not just the dollar cost, but if you want to go through with this amount of work. Hair transplants aren’t invasive, they won’t hurt beyond some of the irritation mentioned, but it might not be for you if you wanted a one-time thing. If you’re not 100% committed, then you should consider how hairstyles can hide your hair loss or hairline, or even consider a wig or being a badass and shaving it all off, but it’s up to you at the end of the day. Take your time to consider your options, even if a hair transplant is worth it.

Hair Transplants Are Not a One-Time Thing

You want your flowing hair back, but it’s going to take time. A hair transplant is a long time experience, you will be going back for checkups and transplants for a while, and after about 6 years you will need to redo the cycle. This is important to note before you and your girlfriends get excited about the new you. Similarly, it’s good to mention that you won’t be missing much work as you will be back in action after less than a week.

For all of you women out there that are dreading hair loss, you don’t have to live in fear of losing your mane. Hair transplants may be marketed predominantly to men, but you are able to get them as well to help restore your confidence, so take this information into consideration.

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