So, you’re losing your hair.
You’re not alone. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, male pattern baldness affects around a third of white men under 30, increasing to around 80 per cent of men over 70 (it’s less common amongst black men, and occurs later and more slowly in Asian men). Men are losing hair at such an alarming rate that recent statistics, published by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, show that hair restoration procedures are up 60 per cent from 2014.
If you’re considering joining the thousands of men who have already undergone the procedure, we have some bad news for you, they can be extremely costly and painful.
According to the NHS, a hair transplant in the UK can cost anywhere between £1,000 and £30,000. That’s a lot of money. But is it worth it? If the rich and famous are anything to go by, then yes. Wayne Rooney has famously admitted having a hair transplant, and the likes of David Beckham, Matthew McConaughey, Sylvester Stallone and most recently Manchester City footballer David Silva have all apparently defied the ageing process and grown more hair as they moved into middle age. Well done, chaps.
But hair Transplant in Turkey cost is much more cheaper. You can have a hair Transplant in Turkey around 500£-1000£. And this will be maybe cheapest hair Transplant in world. Turkey is the place where everyday thousands of people having hair Transplant so Turkey is the best country to have hair Transplant.
“If I give any advice,” says rugby league scrum half Luke Gale, “it’s get it done. I wish I’d have had it done two or three years earlier if I’m honest because I’m that impressed with the results.”
Despite Gale’s advice, hair transplants aren’t for everyone and there’s a lot of questions to ask before going through with one. So we’ve complied a complete guide to hair transplants. Below you’ll find answers to everything from how they’re done and how much they cost to whether it’s worth going abroad to get one done.
Hair Transplants: The Procedures
A hair transplant is a procedure that involves transferring hair from an area unaffected by hair loss (the donor area) to an area where the hair is thinning or is entirely bald. If you have absolutely no hair on your head then a good hat is a more appropriate option than a hair transplant. Sorry.
For those who are eligible, there are two different methods for performing transplants: follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT).
Follicular Unit Transplantation
For FUT, a doctor would remove strips of tissue from the donor area, and, once extracted, cut these strips into individual follicular units. Tiny cuts are then made in the scalp for the follicular unit grafts to be carefully placed into, which can leave some scarring. Sounds lovely.
Follicular Unit Extraction
FUE is the modern approach to hair transplants and is usually favoured by patients because it leaves less obvious scarring. For FUE, individual hair follicles are extracted directly from the patient’s donor area, which is typically the back of the neck, and then moved to the hair transplant site using a specialist micro surgical needle.
Whatever surgery you choose, the transplanted hair will usually fall out within 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery, so you’ll be stuck with a bald head for a while. You should start to notice new growth within a few months, and, according to WebMD, most people will see 60 per cent of new hair growth after 6 to 9 months.
Follicular Unit Extraction: A User’s Opinion
FUT is the option Gale went for. He explains how the procedure is split into three separate stages, starting with the individual hair follicles being extracted.
“You kind of go face down into a chair and then they pluck around 3000 hair follicles individually out of the back of your head, so they drill down the root and then the assistant will come and pluck them out,” says Gale.
You get numbing injections, so that bit wasn’t that bad. Still, it’s two hours and when you come up your eyes are filling up and your face is swollen. It’s like you’ve been punched in the face.”
Once the hair has been extracted the surgeon must then create somewhere for the hair to go, so if you’re having around 3000 hair follicles inserted into your scalp, as Gale did, then 3000 incisions will have to be made. Unsurprisingly, Gale describes this process as “the worst bit by a country mile.”
“Literally you’ve got to be pricked like 3000 times in the front of your head,” says Gale. “They told me to bring headphones and said this is the moment you want to put them on because you can hear the actual piercing of your skin and your skull, which is the most unpleasant bit. There were a couple of times where I had to say ‘Look, can you put more anaesthetic in because I’m feeling it’, so that by far and away was the worst bit.”
Stage three is the part where the surgeon puts the hair into the holes that have just been made, and you’ll be pleased to know that having suffered through the first two stages Gale describes the third stage as a “doddle”.
“I think I walked out at about 4 o’clock, so it’s probably a seven-hour job. Literally as soon as my girlfriend came and picked me up it’s like you’ve been in the ring with Mike Tyson, you’re battered and bruised.”
What Actually Causes Male Pattern Hair Loss?
Male hair loss is caused when a modified form of testosterone, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), attacks hair follicles on the scalp. The hairs produced by the affected follicles become progressively smaller in diameter, shorter in length and lighter in colour until eventually they shrink completely and hair stops being producing.
Not all men will succumb to DHT though. Some peoples’ genes are coded to resist DHT, which means they’ll probably be able to run their fingers through their luscious locks well into old age.
Usually the follicles at the back and sides of a man’s head are coded to fend off DHT, which is why it’s common for men to keep their hair there and go bald in a way that makes them look like a secondary school Geography teacher.
As well as hereditary male hair loss, other factors can also contribute to men seeking out hair transplants. Medical conditions like alopecia areata and alopcia universalis can cause you to lose either small patches or all of your hair, but unfortunately a hair transplant won’t be able to fix these conditions. Hair loss can also be caused by taking certain drugs, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout and high blood pressure. Your hair can also start to fall out when you experience stressful events.
Your hairstyle can contribute to hair loss, too. So while braids may look cool in your twenties, they’re maybe not the smartest option for your 30s, 40s, 50s, well, you get the picture.
Is It Possible to Slow Down Male Hair Loss?
If you want to slow down hair loss then you need to know the cause. So if, for example, your hair loss is the result of stress, then deal with the stress and your hair may reappear. “You should get a diagnosis of the type of hair loss, as there are different paths and treatment options for each type,” Lilly Dillon, director of The Barber Agency, told MH.
The food that you eat, and the shampoo you use, can also affect the hair on your head. According to Dillon, your hair needs sufficient amounts of protein, iron, zinc and B12 to keep it healthy. When it comes to shampoos, you should be looking for products engineered to remove the gunk that clogs your follicles. A shampoo like Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans, which promises to “make your scalp the cleanest and best possible place for hair growth”, will do this for you.
At What Age Should You Consider a Hair Transplant?
Since his surgery in 2011, Wayne Rooney has become a bit of a poster child for the procedure.
But Rooney has famously needed multiple transplants, as his hair continued to recede. So why has England’s greatest ever goalscorer needed to go back to get his hair done time and time again, when for some people one procedure can last for decades?
Well, the answer may lie in the fact that Rooney got his first transplant at the age of 25, while he was still going bald, whereas Gale waited until he was 29 before undergoing the procedure, when his hairline was more or less set.
“The guy who did it on mine, he wanted me to wait until I was this age because your hair line is more set,” says Gale. “I think Wayne Rooney got his done in his early 20s, and he was still going bald. At 30 you kind of know what hair you’ve got and stuff like that, so he knew that mine would look good. I’ve not got loads missing at the back or anything, so I think the older you can get it done, you almost know where you are.”
Now Rooney is well into his thirties, hopefully we’ve seen him go bald for the last time, but make sure you don’t make the same mistake as him: if you’re considering getting a hair transplant, it’s probably better to wait until you hair line has settled first. If you’re in your early twenties, consider going for a stylish shaved headed look for now.
Try these best haircuts for a receding hairline.
How to Find a Decent Hair Transplant Surgeon in the Turkey
If you’re not put off by the cost and the pain of a hair transplant, and you’ve decided to go ahead, the next step is to find a surgeon to perform the procedure.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a personal recommendation from a friend, but you should still do your due-diligence to make sure you end up with a surgeon who’s right for you. If you’re looking in Turkey from England, check the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website for treatment centres that can perform hair transplants.
Once you’ve decided to meet with a surgeon there are certain questions that it’s always wise to ask such as:
- What level of care can you expect after the operation?
- What happens if something goes wrong?
- How much will it cost, and is aftercare included in the price?
- How many transplants has the surgeon performed and what kind of complications have they had to deal with, if any?
How Much Does a Hair Transplant Cost?
Your hair transplant could cost as little as £500 or as much as £10,000 depending on the extent of hair loss, the type of procedure you have and the quality of the clinic and its team in Turkey.
Your hair transplant could cost as little as £500 or as much as £10,000
To give you a clearer idea of what you’re likely to pay, Gale paid £6000 for his hair transplant, which was just to fill in his receding hairline.
If that sounds like too much, then you could, as many Brits choose to do, go abroad to get the same procedure for a fraction of the cost…
Why People Go to Turkey for a Hair Transplant
Many guys are heading elsewhere to get a hair transplant. And the reason is simple: it’s cheaper.
“I was like if I’m going to get it done then I want it done by the best people,” says Gale. “If you’re going to spend money on something I’d want it doing right, and it was the aftercare as much as anything.”
If cost is what you’re concerned about, then another option open to you is to have the procedure done in a different country before returning home to have your aftercare in the UK. There are certain clinics that offer this service, including the doctors who carried out Gale’s surgery at The Yorkshire Hair Replacement Clinic, so if you’d prefer consultations to be done in the UK then it is something that you can arrange.
Possible Hair Transplant Side Effects
For the first few days after your hair transplant surgery, it’s common to suffer from:
- a tight, achy and swollen scalp
- some temporary scabbing
- you may also find it difficult to sleep in the days after your procedure, as Gale explains.
“It’s kind of hard sleeping because your head has to be straight, because the hairs have to link up with your bloodstream, and as soon as the blood gets to the hair they kind of glue in,” says Gale. “He [Gale’s surgeon] reckons it takes three nights, so you’ve got to be very careful over the next three days, and that’s probably the hardest bit. I can remember you sleep, not upright, but you’re back is on pillows sort of thing, so you’re not sleeping down and ruining it.”
I was turning up to training and the lads were saying it’s not worked, it’s not worked
Once those first three days have passed, Gale explains that it’s totally normal for your transplanted hair to fall out. For the first two months after Gale’s transplant he had to maintain a completely bald head. He says: “I was turning up to training and the lads were saying it’s not worked, it’s not worked, and since then I’ve had so many people message me saying my hair is falling out it’s not worked, but I say be patient it will work. And thank God it did.”
What to Do If Your Hair Transplant Goes Wrong
As with any operation, there’s a small risk of excessive bleeding, infection or you could suffer an allergic reaction, but your surgeon should be able to deal with these issues if they arise. There is also a small risk that the transplant won’t take, as the hair follicles are rejected by your body, but this is extremely rare.
The other risk is that you just won’t like the results, and that’s why the consultation process is so important. If you leave surgery with a horror of a hair transplant, take the matter up with the surgeon who treated you, and if you have concerns about your care, you should contact the CQC.
Hair Transplant Alternatives
If losing your hair is seriously getting you down but you simply can’t afford a hair transplant, don’t get too down. There are other options.
Minoxidil is an over-the counter treatment for male pattern baldness, which is often sold under the name Regaine or Rograine. It comes in the form of a foam or liquid that you massage into the scalp. Most people will need to use this medication regularly for four months to see any benefit.
Finasteride, which is usually sold under the brand name Propecia, is a prescription tablet taken once a day by men with male pattern baldness. It works by preventing testosterone in your body from converting into DHT.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment for people who are balding, thinning or have receding hair. Essentially, a doctor would give the patient a medical tattoo that uses little dots to mimic the look of short hair.
Do Hair Loss Shampoos Work?
Hydrate? Yes. Condition? Yes. Improve the overall healthy appearance of the hair? Yes. But can you regrow hair with a shampoo? We think you already know the answer to that. Still, volumising shampoos like Jack Black’s Thickening Shampoo will help you keep your hair moist, which can give you the appearance, albeit temporarily, of a thicker head of hair.