Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Interview with an Expert – Part 3

This is the final Part 3 of our in-depth interview on hair transplants, hair loss and male pattern baldness with an expert on the subject. A must read for all men, whether balding or not!

 

INTERVIEW – PART 3

How has your life changed after going through this hair transplant journey? Was it worth it?

My hair restoration journey was a long one, but was well worth it and one I’d definitely repeat if I was forced back in time. Hair transplantation isn’t for everyone and realistically, some men are ok with going bald. For me however, like many men, I began to lose my self confidence and felt extremely self-conscious about the way I looked without a hat. How I interpreted my hair loss hindered my ability to interact normally in social situations and it really consumed my thoughts. Restoring my hair helped to give me back my confidence and enabled me to freely express myself without worrying that others were starring at and judging my balding scalp.

 

Bill, today

Bill after a successful hair transplant journey

 

For those men considering the hair transplant option, what should they expect in terms of monetary involvement? I know this will vary according to many options, but how much does a hair transplant cost on average? What are the main factors affecting its cost?

Hair transplant surgery can be expensive. But let’s face it…those who choose to undergo surgical hair restoration often view it as a lifelong investment in their appearance and overall self-confidence. To many, an improved self esteem is truly priceless.

Hair transplant costs depend on the number of follicular units required for a single procedure, the type of procedure selected (FUT versus FUE), the varying costs charged by the physicians/clinic and the number of procedures required to meet the patients’ goals over a lifetime.

Many hair transplant clinics charge per follicular unit. For FUT, costs are approximately $3 to $5 per follicular unit and for FUE, costs are approximately $6 to $10 per follicular unit. The average FUT hair transplant patient may pay between $10,000 and $20,000 over the course of a lifetime to surgically restore their hair. Those with large areas of baldness to cover like I had may end up paying more.

Ultimately, whether or not the benefit of surgically restoring one’s hair and confidence is worth the higher costs is up to the individual. In my case, I was able to justify it with the following example. On average, Americans pay approximately $30,000 on a car every 5 years. I figured, if I simply keep my car for 10 years instead of 5 and spend the $30,000 I would have spent on a car on restoring my hair instead, I’ve spent no more than the average American. And that’s exactly what I did.

Looking back, I don’t regret spending my hard earned money on restoring my hair instead of replacing my car as fast as others do. Frankly, I feel much more confident in my appearance and no longer worry that others are staring at my scalp. This to me, was well worth the investment.

Bill’s before and after pictures

Bill's before and after pictures for his hair loss and hair transplants

 

Money aside, what would be your advice for those men out there considering a hair transplant?

Take your time, research and explore all of your options before undergoing hair transplant surgery. Hair transplants can really be a great solution for the right candidates and those who’ve taken the time to educate themselves and explore all of their options. However, please don’t make a decision to undergo surgery strictly on emotion. While you may get lucky, the risks of proceeding with surgery without understanding the advantages, limitations and potential problems with hair transplant surgery and researching physicians could be disastrous.

 

For those interested in hair transplants, where could they reach you at?

For those interested in learning more about state of the art hair transplant surgery, researching non-surgical treatments and discussing hair loss related issues with others just like you, I recommend visiting our free hair loss resources below:

The Hair Transplant Network

The Hair Loss Learning Center

The Hair Loss Forum and Social Community

The Hair Loss Q&A Blog

You can also view hair transplant videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook.

 

Many thanks for sharing your words with us Bill, it has been my pleasure.

I appreciate your interest in educating your readers about hair loss, its causes and non-surgical and surgical treatments. While hair doesn’t make the man (or woman), a good hairline and hairstyle can frame the face and provide men and women with a unique and attractive look. Thus, I suspect anyone who likes hair and is interested in their physical appearance will find the above information helpful in restoring their hair and finding a hairstyle that uniquely fits them :-).

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4 comments for “Hair Transplant & Hair Loss Interview with an Expert – Part 3

  1. Lorne
    May 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Bill et al,
    I am wondering what the real story is about body hair -to scalp – transplants. 30 years ago I had a couple or transplants, scalp reductions …and now the mess is showing. As my donor area is depleted, my only option for repair is body hair – of which I have an abundance.
    As you may know, there are conflicting stories / opinions on the net regarding the success of such a procedure. What can you tell me about BHT.
    Thanks.

    • Rogelio
      June 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Dear Lorne,

      I have personally forwarded your question to Bill to see if he can provide an answer, as this question is out of my scope/expertise.

      I personally recommend you to join their forums too and interact with their users as there are many “expert” patients themselves in their forum as well as actual expert professionals. You can find their discussion forum here

      http://www.hairrestorationnetwork.com/home.php

      As I say, I have forwarded this question to Bill so that he can offer his opinion on this, so keep an eye here.

      All the best.

    • June 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Lorne,

      Firstly, I’m sorry for the delay in responding to your question. Your question is an important one since there are varying schools of thought on transplanting body hair to the scalp (referred to as body hair transplantation).

      Let me say first that I’ve seen both some very impressive body hair transplant results and some horrific ones. I personally know a few physicians, who in my opinion, have done wonders with transplanting body to scalp hair. However, the reality is, body hair transplantation isn’t nearly as consistent as regular scalp hair transplantation. There are also some potential problems with the procedure that those considering the procedure should be aware of.

      For starters, body hair goes through shorter growth cycles and as a result, a larger percentage of body hair will be dormant and thus, it will take a larger quantity of body hair to provide the same kind of density as scalp hair. Furthermore, because of “donor dominance” I described in this interview, body hair will still look like body hair once it’s been transplanted. This includes its short length and potentially thicker, pubic like appearance.

      It is also more difficult to extract body hair from donor areas due to blind dissection (which is also the case during a scalp follicular unit extraction procedure) and “mushy” skin. While the scalp is pretty tight with not much give, other areas of the body are softer/mushier which makes the extraction process much more difficult without potentially damaging/transecting the hair follicles.

      Because of the potential damage to the body hair grafts during the extraction process and its distinct characteristics from that of scalp hair, growth is typically less consistent and may not appear very natural if not combined with a signficant amount of scalp hair.

      In my opinion, it may be worth consulting with a few reputable hair restoration physicians in the field who’ve mastered (as much as possible anyway) the body hair transplant procedure. In my opinion, Dr. Sanusi Umar of Redondo Beach, California has done some amazing repair procedures with body hair and may be worth considering.

      Do know however, that while Dr. Umar and other surgeons may do excellent work, they still have to work within the boundaries of nature and thus, the risks I’ve mentioned above associated with body hair transplantation apply no matter which surgeon you talk to.

      In my opinion, please run as fast and far away as you can from any surgeon you speak with that tries to oversell the benefits of any particular procedure without being upfront about the risks.

      I hope this helps.

      Bill

      • Rogelio
        June 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        Thanks for commenting Bill. As usual, a great reply from you!

        Lorne, I cannot stress enough what Bill said in terms of being realistic of what to expect. Choose the specialist careful and read on the procedures first (the Hair Transplant Network is fantastic for reading material and interacting with others). You must understand that for good HT results (such as Bill’s), you need to look at it as a life changing decision and educate yourself on what you are about to do, weight in the pros and cons, and choose the right specialist.

        If you have any other questions, feel free to let us know.

        All the best.

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