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Does Hair Transplant Surgery Really Work?

hair transplantsIf you are one of the millions of men who suffer from male pattern baldness, you may be looking for a solution that can restore your former look. You may have tried to wide array of creams, shampoos, and other topical treatments to try and make your hair grow. Unfortunately, these products do not offer a permanent solution, which makes it difficult on your personal and social life. If you begin to look into hair transplant surgery, you may find that there are multiple variables the contribute to the effectiveness in each person.

Type of Procedure

There are two different types of procedures you may undergo during a hair transplant surgery – FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). The FUT method is older, but more tested, removing a strip of skin and hair from your scalp to divide amongst the hair follicles that have stopped producing hair. The FUE method is more recent, making a small incision around each hair follicle to transplant to the balding area. Both methods can effectively transplant your hair, but the FUE method involves less scarring and pain.


The effectiveness of your hair transplant may depend on your particular ethnicities. Caucasian men will usually have no problem transferring hair to another location on the head, since hair follicles are spread out. African American men have denser hair, making it harder to effectively replenish the balding area. A specialist is usually required, if you are not Caucasian. Find out about your doctor’s experience with your specific hair type.

Preparation and Aftercare

You will receive a list of instruction you must follow both before and after the procedure, if you want to make sure the transplant is effective. Before your hair transplant, you should avoid exercise, spicy food, alcohol, and drugs. After the transplant is complete, your treatment will vary, based on your procedure. Typically, the FUE procedure takes longer to heal from, since strips of your scalp are transplanted and not just individual follicles. Make sure to follow instructions carefully for the best results.

 It Depends On Multiple Factors

The effectiveness of your hair transplant depends on multiple factors. Having the right doctors, following preparation and aftercare and instructions, and considering the type of hair you have are all things that can impact if your scalp accepts the transplant. A hair transplant is effective as a replacement for balding areas, but your attention to detail dictates the long-lasting effects.