It's normal to lose about 100 hairs from your head a day. But an estimated 20 percent of women will notice excessive hair thinning at some point in their lives - a consequence of aging, illness, or hormonal changes like menopause. Half of all men will experience significant hair loss by 50.
Hair transplants restore receding or thinned out hair. The operation transfers small strips of strands from one area of the scalp (donor site) to another less lush locale (recipient site), reseeding the scalp so that, in time, new hair can sprout.
The theory behind the procedure's success is that your hair's behavior doesn't change, so hair that's grafted from a flourishing area (like the back of your head) will continue to grow with the same vigor when uprooted and planted in a new region.
What It's Good For
Transplants can thicken hair density and fill in bald patches. Whereas male pattern baldness leaves a fringe of hair around the back and sides of the scalp, women tend to experience an overall decrease in hair density.
Who it works for: Hair transplants can't address all types of balding. Speak with your physician to assess why your hair is thinning first. Younger men and women tend to have an easier time with hair transplants. Patients with a predictable pattern of hair loss are also ideal.
Recommended age range: Hair loss can be caused by hormonal shifts or by genetics. In women, hair loss typically accelerates after menopause.
When will I see results?: Hair transplants are not a quick fix. The transplanted pieces shed two to four weeks after surgery, but not to worry! New hair will begin to bud in three to four months, sprouting about half an inch per month. In one to two years, locks should be noticeably denser.
How long it lasts: Successful hair transplants permanently replenish your scalp.
Key benefits of hair transplant: If you're concerned about bald spots forming where the hair is taken from, then worry no more. These strips are removed from beneath layers of hair and are unnoticeable (unless you wear a ponytail or bouffant). Modern technology and a well-trained surgeon can transplant follicles so they mimic the direction and angle of the rest of your hair.
Transplanted hair can keep the same color, texture, growth rate, and curl. Since foreign tissues aren't introduced to your body, the surgery shouldn't be "rejected."