Many men with hair loss consider having hair transplantation to replace their hair loss. However, it is important to realize that many surgeons recommend postponing surgery until the extent of hair loss is determined. That is because if you have a transplant, and you experience further balding as the years go by, you will need a series of procedures over time to cover those areas with transplanted hair.
Whether to undergo hair transplantation is a big decision, as it is a surgical procedure carried out as described below:
First the surgeon cleans the scalp, then injects an anesthetic to numb the area where a 3- to 4-inch strip of scalp will be removed. After removing the strip of scalp with a scalpel, the surgeon sets it aside and sews the scalp closed which is hidden by the hair around it. Next, the surgeon divides the strip of removed scalp into approximately 500 to 2,000 tiny grafts containing an individual hair or just a few hairs each. After the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the area where the hair will be placed, creates holes or slits with a scalpel or needle, and delicately places each graft in one of the holes.
As with any surgical procedure, hair transplantation carries risks, including bleeding and infection. Other risks that can occur with hair transplants include scarring and unnatural-looking new hair growth. Finally cost is a big consideration, as the cost of hair transplantation will depend largely on the amount of hair to be transplanted, but it generally ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. The procedure is rarely covered by insurance.
While hair transplantation is an excellent option for the most severe forms of hair loss, what can be done when hair loss starts early on? The first ‘rule of thumb’ is that when you first start losing your hair, take action and seek out an effective hair loss treatment that will stimulate hair growth right away. That is because if you are suffering with hereditary hair loss, the condition will not ‘go away’, but will only progress to the point someday where you may have no other choice but to consider a transplant.
For early onset of baldness, there are 3 choices for men that have FDA imprimatur, i.e. the topical drug Rogaine®/minoxidil, the oral drug Propecia®/finasteride, or topical laser treatment. All 3 of these modalities have similar efficacy, so the choice comes down to whether you want to treat your condition with drugs that have had some serious side effects reported, or laser therapy which has an excellent safety record with no reports of serious side effects occurring since the device was introduced in 2001.
If you choose not to use drugs to regrow your hair, and wish to use a laser device, the HairMax LaserComb® is the ideal device to use, as it is designed with a patented hair parting mechanism built in, which parts the hair as you use it to assure optimal delivery of laser energy to your scalp and follicles. Also, the FDA Cleared HairMax LaserComb is the most clinically tested device on the market, with 6 double-blind clinical studies completed, and the results of 4 of these studies have been published in peer-review journals. Here is a link to the 2 published clinical paper proving the efficacy and safety of the HairMax LaserComb.
First Article: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40257-013-0060-6
Finally, there are 3 light-weight models to choose from to fit any ‘pocket book’, and the devices are easy and convenient to use, requiring only 8 – 15 minutes of treatment (depending on model), just 3 times a week.
In conclusion, hair transplantation is an ideal option to consider when the extent of hair loss is known. However, in the earlier stages of hair loss, hair transplantation is not the only option. It is important to learn about the other non-surgical options available which includes the HairMax LaserComb, so that you can make a decision early on to whether to stimulate hair growth, or replace your hair surgically.