What to do when you are losing your hair? There are plenty of options out on the market for people suffering with thinning hair. The most effective method of regaining lost hair would be a hair transplant. But this is also the most invasive and costly one. It is invasive because it is an actual surgery where cutting with a scalpel is involved. A strip of hair needs to be cut from the back of your head. This is where your donor hair comes from. This part can be a little bloody even, although surgeons will always try to keep the bleeding to a minimum. The inescapable fact is that this surgery will leave you with a strip wound that will result in a strip scar.
Many people don’t feel like having this done and will first consider other options for doing something about their hair loss. Other options include vitamin supplements, topicals, hair pieces, toupees, or drugs. While vitamins may work in certain circumstances where a person loses hair due to a lack of certain nutrients, in most cases vitamin supplements will do nothing. Why? because hair loss is largely genetic and a simple vitamin isn’t going to do anything about it.
Other things such as topicals and drugs are known to have an actual impact on the biochemistry that underlies hair loss. Our hair follicles are shrunk by DHT, which causes them to lose the ability to grow new hair. With topicals, you can make the follicles healthier. With drugs such as finasteride, you prevent DHT from attacking your hair follicles. Both these changes will slow down the hair loss process.
Hair Loss Options – The Hair Transplant
The hair transplant can be very effective at restoring hair that once grew but is now lost. Modern day surgeons have a lot of experience with this type of treatment, but it is still real surgery that requires real healing time. Through modern technology, the treatment is made very bearable at the time you are having it performed on you. But there can be side effects to the treatment and you are also left with a strip scar in the back of your head. Sometimes, this scar will stretch and raise so that it will bother you more.
Because of the cost and the invasiveness, you will have to think really, really hard before having one performed on yourself. If you are trying to make up your mind about having one done or not, you had best learn what results you should be expecting from it. A good way of doing this, is by having a look at a few sets of before and after pictures.
A good example to start with is David Beckham’s hair transplant. If you click on the link and look at one of the picture at the bottom of the page, you will see his hair has gotten quite thin. But nowadays, his hair looks thick again. Is this the result of hair restoration surgery? To be honest, I’m not quite sure! But it seems to me that he has done something to make his hair look better in the past years. Oh well, as long as he looks good and is feeling happy!
Another good example is Steven Seagal’s hair transplant. His hair work has restored quite a large area. He had lost a lot of hair, so there wasn’t really much choice. Ofcourse, with larger coverage, the density will be less. And in Steven’s case, it is clearly visible that his density is not what it used to be. The hairline has been brought down considerably and it looks fairly natural to me. With the light shining on top of his head, you can definitely tell that these are implants. What gives it away is a small number of thick, healthy looking hairs that have only a bit of little density. The fact that the hairs are thick still make this cosmetically appealing. Steven’s hair looks best when not too much light is shining on it.