Hair Transplant Surgery FAQ

How does Hair Transplant Surgery Work?

Hair transplant surgery requires transferring (transplantation) the resistant bald hair follicles from the back of the head to the top and front of the head in the balding areas.

This procedure is reliable and will last a lifetime because, no matter where they are transplanted, the hair follicles taken from the back of the head are genetically immune to baldness. These hair follicles that have been transplanted will continue to produce hair for a lifetime.

Hair Transplant Surgery Cost in South Africa

Typically, hair transplant surgery cost ranges from R30 000 upwards and rarely touches R60 000. The cost of hair transplantation depends on the degree of loss of hair, texture, and quantity of hair that you have to donate. The expense, therefore, ranges from one person to the next.

Hair Transplant Surgery FAQ

Does the hair transplant surgical procedure hurt?

Local anaesthesia in the donor and recipient areas is administered to patients. Most patients find that they experience no pain or discomfort during the procedure once anaesthesia is administered.

Before Hair Transplant Surgery After Hair Transplant Surgery

Will the hair transplant results look completely natural?

Done correctly, hair transplantation is so organic that it can not be detected by even a hairstylist that a person has done hair transplantation. Patients will usually experience a certain degree of soreness and numbness following surgery, with some mild pain. How minimal the pain from the surgical operation is, most patients are happily shocked at how painless the procedure is.

Hair Transplant Surgery FAQ

When will my newly transplanted hair start to grow?

Normally it takes between three to five months following surgery before the transplanted hair follicles begin to grow new hair. The transplanted hair grows in very thin initially and gradually grows thicker and fuller over time. After one year a patient’s transplanted hair will be fully mature and will continue to grow for a lifetime.

Will people know I had hair transplant surgery?

Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days. During the first few days after the surgery, a person’s hair transplant will be noticeable if there is no previous hair to mask these temporary scabs. 

However, most patients feel comfortable being in public without wearing a hat within 5 to 7 days following surgery. Once the transplanted hair grows out the results should look entirely natural, even under close examination.

Are the hair transplant results permanent?

Since the hair follicles transplanted to the balding areas are genetically immune to balding, they will continue to grow for a lifetime, much as if they were left in the donor region that is resistant to balding. Understand that some hair follicles, while others are not, are genetically immune to being bald.