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NOTE: We do not offer this option at HLTCOA. We provide information about this option for educational purposes only for those who are researching all hair growth options currently available on the market today.

Surgical Hair Transplant   

During a surgical hair transplant, Terminal hairs are surgically removed from the scalp by various procedure types from the donor site then transplanted into the balding/recipient site. A team of medical personnel typically work in tandem to complete the process, and laws vary by country and by state regarding which team member can perform which aspect of the procedure. The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS)  recommends the surgeon create the transplant plan, administers anesthesia (numbs the scalp), removes harvest tissue and hair grafts, and creates the receptor sites. Other medical personnel prepare and place the harvested grafts into the recipient sites.

Post-op swelling is common and can be mitigated by following all doctor pre-op and post-op instructions.

Pros of Surgical Hair Transplants:

  • Terminal hairs are surgically transplanted therefore those hairs will never die

Cons of Surgical Hair Transplants:

  • Uncomfortable recovery due to swelling and healing requirements
  • Downtime to heal from surgery
  • Takes 12 months for complete results
  • Costly; up to $10,000 depending on how many grafts are transplanted
  • Hair transplantation does nothing to prevent future loss of non-transplanted hairs
  • Not everyone is a good candidate for hair transplantation

Good Candidate Characteristics:

  • In good general health
  • Has excellent terminal hair for harvesting
  • Has good scalp elasticity in the harvest area
  • Willing to undergo a surgical procedure despite possible complications
  • Willing to wait 12 months for the full fruition of the transplant 

Possible Complications:          

  • Bleeding

  • Infection
  • Swelling of the scalp
  • Bruising around the eyes
  • A crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or implanted
  • Numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
  • Itching
  • Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles, which is known as folliculitis
  • Shock loss – sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted and/or surrounding hair
  • Unnatural-looking tufts of hair


Any medical doctor can legally perform a hair transplant…even if they have never been shown how! Be very cautious when searching for a surgeon. At HLTCOA, we highly recommend ONLY board-certified plastic surgeons who are members of ISHRS for this delicate procedure. We also recommend you interview at least 3 surgeons prior to your final decision.


Questions to ask the surgeon:

  1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  2. Are you a member of ISHRS?
  3. How many years of transplant experience do you have?
  4. How many transplants do you do each month?
  5. How many transplants have you performed in total?
  6. What types of hair transplant surgeries do you perform?
  7. Which procedure is right for me? Why?
  8. Do you have hospital rights at a nearby hospital? If so, which hospitals?
  9. How are complications handled?
  10. Do they have before and after photos of procedures they have performed?
  11. Do you offer payment plans?

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