You’ve seen the commercials and it doesn’t seem that bad.
Plus, you’re getting a little thin up top. It would be nice to nip hair loss in the bud, while it’s still just a little thin.
And it’s true - there’s nothing, no pill, cream, or spray that works as well as an effective hair graft.
It makes sense – so long as you only watch the commercials.
Once you look closer at hair grafting, you might feel differently. So, let’s do it. Let’s really look at the hair replacement surgery, or hair grafting, and then you can decide for yourself.
To Graft or Not to Graft
Perhaps the most important thing to remember about hair grafting is that it is indeed surgery. It may be called “grafting” but it involves a doctor cutting on your body. That makes it surgery.
Out-patient surgery, sure, but surgery nonetheless. It’s easy to forget that, though, watching late-night infomercials. Here’s how hair grafting works…
It starts when the surgeon sterilizes and numbs the part of your head that will act as the donor site, place the graft will come from. The donor site will be a place on your scalp, usually the back, where hair loss hasn’t begun.
He then cuts a three to four inch strip, or round depending on the doctor, from the donor site. This strip will end up your graft.
Once he has the graft, he’ll sew shut the wound on the back of your head. This will be hidden by the hair on either side of the stitches.
The graft will then be divided into 500 to 2000 smaller pieces with anywhere from one hair to a handful of hairs on each.
The doctor will sterilize and numb the section of your scalp where the grafts will be attached. At this point, he’ll use a needle or a scalpel to cut small holes or slits everywhere the grafts are to be applied. A graft goes into each hole or slit. The whole procedure can take anywhere from four to eight hours.
When he’s done attaching the grafts, he’ll cover your surgical site with gauze. Technically, the procedure is over at this point. Except it’s not quite –
Hair Grafting After Care
As with any surgery, you’re going to need to take care of yourself after hair grafting. Your doctor will probably prescribe pain killers, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories. Expect to be on the pain killers for several days after the procedure, and always take the entire course of antibiotics a doctor prescribes.
Also, you’ll be out of work anywhere from two days to a week. Finally, you’ll need to go back to get the stitches removed from your donor site in about ten days.
Side Effects to Consider
Let’s be honest – how we look matters. And once you’re not thrilled with what you’re seeing in the mirror…or the drain…or in the hairbrush…it’s easy to think you’d be willing to do anything to have a full, thick head of hair again.
Until you start truly considering the side effects.
The good news is the side effects of hair grafting usually clear up within a few weeks. The bad news is those few weeks may include some or even all of this:
- bruising around the eyes
- a crust on or around the surgical sites where hair was removed or grafted
- numbness or lack of sensation at the donor and/or graft sites
- inflammation or infection of the hair follicles
- shock loss, or sudden loss of transplanted hair
- unnatural-looking tufts of hair
And after all that, you may still have to go back for another round of surgeries. In order to get a full, thick head of hair, you may need to repeat the whole process more than once, with two to four months healing time in between each session.
You Get All This For HOW Much?
Any surgery can be a shock to your system, but are you ready for another one? The cost of hair grafting can run anywhere from $4000 to $15,000. That’s fifteen thousand dollars. And most health insurances don’t cover it.
But Are There Really Alternatives?
Here’s the truth: nothing else on the market today works as well as a completely successful hair graft.
But here’s the rest of the truth: hair grafting is also an expensive, time consuming surgery with risks and side effects. It’s not something you can just run down to the local hair place and get done on your lunch break, in spite of how the infomercials may make it seem.
And there are alternatives that really do work, like Restore FX, the hair loss supplement for men and women specially designed to work with your body to stop you from losing hair and to even promote new hair growth.
No dangerous, scary side effects. No unnatural, fake looking results. No budget-busting expenses. Just your hair, growing naturally.
Those are the facts about hair grafting - and the facts about the alternatives. Now the choice is yours.