If you’re bald, it may be a temptation to ditch the DHT blockers and try a hair transplant. Will it work for you? That all depends on how wealthy and lucky you are. It seems like a quicker way than using a DHT blocker without the sexual side effects, but read on.
Before you opt for a hair transplant, it is important to become acquainted with the two common types. First is the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method which is a procedure used to take hair from an area where it’s most dense and move it to a bald area (the FUT, follicular unit transplantation process). In this method, individual grafts of hair units, typically in 4 mm diameter circles or individual follicular units are removed from a dense section, inspected, and trimmed, then transplanted to a sparse area. Second, is the strip method which takes entire strips of hair moving them to bald sections.
Do hair transplants deliver guaranteed results over DHT blockers? If you said yes, think again! Keep in mind that some men are fine candidates for FUE or strip hair transplants, and thus these operations might have done sensational results. Then again, some men are not for reasons only known to the surgeons. Granted, the advertisements are irresistible with the “before” and “after” images. Quite often, these pictures are taken from different angles, under various lighting conditions, or with wet or dry hair. Overall, these advertisements are deceptive.
Another major woe making hair transplants even worse than DHT blockers is the fact that they’re extremely expensive. We’re talking on average about $4 or $5 dollars per moved graft of hair (less than 10 strands each). The larger the bald areas on your head, the greater the number of grafts transplants needed making the cost of the transplant possibly exceed $12,000 to who knows how high. That’s far more costly than DHT blockers.
A third big con about hair transplants is the amount of time required to grow back hair. Sure, your surgeon may be proficient at what he does, but still the transplanted hair follicles aren’t guaranteed to “spurt out” immediately. The surgical process may take multiple sessions spanning over several months. He may even request that you take a particular DHT blocker to enable these hairs to grow. Even if you stick religiously to his program, you still may see a very insignificant amount of growth over a long period of time. The waiting frustration will make you doubt its worth.
Some who have had hair transplants have found them even harmful. Areas where follicular units were moved from were scarred or took a long time to heal. Much of the scalp remains exposed making it easy to get sunburn. Productive grafts of the head were ruined while the transferred grafts failed to grow. Top that off with side effects from DHT blockers that were taken simultaneously. Not to mention that some of the new hair falls out a year or so later.
So will it be a DHT blocker or a hair transplant? Whatever you decide, don’t fall for the first advertisement you see. See a dermatologist for a professional evaluation. While a
DHT blocker may ruin your love life, a hair transplant may break your pocketbook and leave you with a sore head.
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