Today, bald men have a lot of choices. If your hair starts to thin or fall out, you can use treatments like finasteride and minoxidil to stop more hair loss. You can use topical products to make your hair look thicker if it is already thin or bald. It’s also possible to get hair implants made of artificial or natural hair that can be added to parts of the scalp where your hair is thinning, fill in receding parts of your hairline, and make you a complete, thick, and full head of hair again.
Are hair implants a good idea? Yes, but not. Procedures like a hair transplant, which uses your hair to fill in thin areas or make your hairline look better, are usually safe and work well. On the other hand, Artificial hair implants aren’t usually the best choice for balding men.
Hair Transplant vs Hair Implants
Getting hair implants and getting a hair transplant is not the same thing. Before we talk about each procedure, it’s essential to know that they are not the same thing. When people use the term “hair implants,” they usually mean artificial hair products that are implanted into the scalp instead of natural hair, and they are called that.
Most of the time, hair implants are used to add volume to areas that are balding or to add hair to parts of the hairline that are receding. In this case, Biofibre, which is a safe synthetic hair fiber that can be implanted in a small surgery, is an example of what is called a hair implant.
“Hair implants” can also talk about old-fashioned hair plugs, which were an early way to get rid of bald spots. A significant drawback of hair plugs is that they look fake because so many hair follicles are put into each “plug.” For the most part, hair plugs aren’t used anymore to get hair back.
Instead, most hair restoration surgeons today use a “hair transplant” procedure to move hairs from one part of the scalp to another. This procedure is called “hair grafting.” Hair transplants are safe, familiar, and a little bit effective. It is usually possible to thicken up patches of thinning hair or completely cover the top of a receding hairline with hair that looks and feels like your own.
If you get a hair transplant, there are some limits to how well the surgery works. To have a hair transplant go well, you must be able to grow hair on the parts of your scalp that are thinning and have enough healthy hair for the transplant. Also, if you are completely bald and only have a horseshoe-like pattern of the hair on the support of your scalp, a hair transplant possibly won’t be able to supply you with the thick, full head of hair you get.
Baldness Isn’t Curable With Hair Implants
Artificial hair implants can add hair to parts of your body where it doesn’t grow naturally, but they aren’t a long-term “cure.” Male hair loss is mainly caused by dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a male sex hormone that makes hair follicles shrink and stop creating new hair over time. Our DHT and male hair loss guide discuss how DHT and male baldness are linked.
Start to lose your hair and want to find out what’s going on and how it works. There is no method to prevent your hairline from receding, and a hair implant won’t stop this. When it’s done, it will add hair back to the parts of your scalp where it was transplanted.
Even if you implant hair and don’t do anything about the root cause of the problem, there’s a chance that you could keep losing more and more hair even after the implant. This can make your hair fall out in weird, unnatural ways, precisely if the front of your hairline consists of transplanted hairs that aren’t affected by male pattern baldness.
When you look at the rest of your scalp, you’ll see that it’s made up of thin, DHT-affected hair. To get rid of DHT, which is the leading cause of baldness, you’ll need to use finasteride or something like that. They might tell you to take this after your hair transplant, sometimes with another treatment like minoxidil, to help your hair grow back faster.
After getting a hair implant, you may want to use a DHT blocker to slow down (and, in some cases, stop) the rate at which your hair grows back. The non-transplanted patches of hair are less likely to fall out and mess with the results of your surgery. Men with male-pattern baldness who took finasteride 1mg a day for four weeks before and for 48 weeks after a hair transplant had better scalp hair and more hair density after taking finasteride.
No, they don’t work
Hair implants made from natural hair work well to fill in thinning areas and add hair to parts of your utterly bald scalp, but they come at a high price. There are two ways you can stop losing more hair, but neither of them will work. This isn’t the only thing to keep in mind. The hair that is implanted must come from a part of your scalp that isn’t affected by DHT.
If a hair implant is done with follicles affected by DHT, there’s still a chance that the hair will eventually get smaller and fall out. All in all, artificial hair implants like Biofibre may be able to help men with male pattern baldness look better. However, neither will stop hair loss or make your hair more resistant to DHT.
Talk to a doctor about medications like finasteride (an FDA-approved DHT blocker) or minoxidil (a DHT-blocker and a topical solution that’s thought to help with blood flow to parts of your scalp that need it most). Fortunately, you have many options, no matter how you deal with your hair loss.
Cost of a Hair Implant
The cost of a hair implant may put some people off. So, in most cases, it’s better to keep the hair you have and not let it fall out and “fix” the problem with a hair implant. Even though hair implants are less popular than hair transplant surgery, it’s hard to determine how much they cost. This is because the process is less common now.
However, because hair transplant surgery can cost a lot of money, it’s safe to say that implant surgery wouldn’t be much less expensive, either. In addition, because this is likely to be an “optional” surgery, it’s unlikely that insurance will pay for it.