As in any economic downturn, the prices of elective cosmetic surgeries are under pressure to fall. Fewer people have the money to spend on these procedures, so to stay in business, hair restoration clinics need to reduce the cost of their procedures to stay in business. So what does this mean for you? First, you must understand the causes of your hair loss to determine if the hair transplant is the correct procedure.
About 95% of men who claim to have thin, bare hair have a health problem called baldness in men, which is known in the medical literature as androgenic alopecia. This is a serious problem because the hair follicles (which are the roots of the hair that actually make the material of the hair shaft) finally stop producing hair as the symptoms of this disease progress. The mechanism by which this occurs is well known. A hormonal metabolite of testosterone, the male hormone, called DHT or dihydrotestosterone, is the culprit that causes dormant follicles and stops their production.
This DHT occurs naturally in men and women and also contributes to the problems of the male urinary tract, including the hypertrophy of the prostate. In fact, the hormone substance binds to hair follicle receptors predisposed to loss due to the genetics behind male pattern baldness. Over time, more and more DHT adheres to the receptors of these hair follicles and the follicle becomes less able to produce keratin, the material of the hair shaft. Over time, the hair shaft becomes conical, thin and weak, causing it to break and fall. At this point, the hair roots have been so weak that they can no longer produce replacement hair. Once enough follicles have been reached, you will notice thinning or, in the extreme case, bald spots.
There are some medications that can prolong the inevitable hair loss, but once the bald spot appears, they will not help. At this point, the only method of hair restoration is to transplant the growing hair from another part of your scalp to the area that has been effective. An interesting aspect of androgenic alopecia is that it does not usually affect the hairs of the posterior region of the head. This means that the surgeon can easily extract the living and growing hair follicles from this area and transplant them to the bald area.
If you want the hair to grow back in your bald area, the only solution is to graft from a donor site on the back of the scalp. Hair in this area is not affected by male pattern baldness, so once implanted, it will continue to grow for years.