Anyone who has seen photographs of Wayne Rooney will be aware of hair transplants and the difference they can make. Just 18 months ago Rooney was teased in the media for losing his hair, but now, thanks to a hair transplant, he is sporting a brand new head of hair and looks happier than ever. Rooney is just one of many celebrities opting to have a hair transplant to combat premature hair loss. Other examples include actor James Nesbitt and former Dancing on Ice judge, Jason Gardner.
Why would I consider a hair transplant?
Losing your hair is part and parcel of getting older but for many people, hair loss comes prematurely and this can make them look and feel old. It can also play havoc on one’s self-confidence. Hair loss mainly affects men but it can also affect women. A hair transplant is a long-term solution for hair loss. The results last a lot longer than wigs and hairpieces and the procedure also produces much more realistic results, as natural hair is used from a different part of the head where the hair is still thick.
What are the alternatives?
People who have lost hair have used wigs and hair pieces for many years now and they have improved in quality and aesthetics. Some people may still think of unsightly hair pieces made from artificial materials, which far from blend in with the natural hair, but modern wigs are often lifelike. For people who perhaps do not have a lot of money to spend on a hair transplant, they can be a very effective solution to hair loss. There are also medications and medicated lotions to promote hair growth, although they do not work for everyone.
What does a hair transplant involve?
The procedure involves taking hair from one area of the head and transplanting it to an area of baldness. New methods take single follicular units and implant them in the bald area to ensure that there is no obvious difference between the different areas of the head and to optimise aesthetics. The hair transplant procedure is long and it is an expensive treatment. However, the results can literally be life-changing and most people feel that the outcome more than justifies the means.